Meet the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars in NYC

Hello startup founders!

The Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars in New York has opened applications for its 2017 program with an application deadline of July 14th. Apply now!

We’re excited about everything FinTech and see tremendous opportunity in modern payments, investment banking, settlement and clearing, research, trading, and knowledge sharing products and companies.  Nascent technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, and blockchain to de-risk institutions all represent unique opportunities for innovation.

Techstars is a Worldwide Network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Starting in June, we’ll be hosting a series of webinars, office hours, and Q&A sessions to get to know the community and provide information on Techstars’ approach to entrepreneurship.

Do you have questions about the program and what we look for?

Register below for an upcoming interactive webinar & AMA session to learn more:

Request Office Hours if you want to meet us one on one, receive mentoring and advice on your startup, business model and product.  If we’re not coming to a city near you you can always select a virtual meeting when applying.

Office Hours

  • Tel Aviv, Israel | June 13
  • San Francisco, USA | June 14
  • London, UK | June 16
  • New York, USA | June 19
  • Boston, USA | June 20
  • Mumbai, India | June 21
  • Toronto, Canada | June 27
  • District of Columbia, USA | June 29
  • Virtual Meetings | Anytime!







The New Era of Fintech Disruption in NYC

I’m thrilled to be joining Techstars as managing director for the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars in New York City. I am taking the torch for this role from the talented Jenny Fielding, who is continuing her role of managing director of Techstars IoT.

Over the past five years, I’ve been fortunate to have helped nurture the largest community of Fintech entrepreneurs in the world through Empire Startups. My experience in Fintech started before the hashtag with product management and strategy leadership roles at Blackrock, Goldman Sachs, Instinet, and E*Trade. Most recently, I was the Entrepreneur in Residence for the Barclays Accelerator in NYC.

In my past Fintech experience, I’ve learned that building great companies is about throwing out the rulebook, not just creating a mobile friendly version of it.

As tweetable as that may sound, it’s a wild oversimplification. If you just build it, they won’t come. This is especially the case in Fintech, where even the greatest hustlers can fail to acquire customers and secure distribution partnerships.

My deep dark secret is that I’ve also been in the belly of the beast and lived to tell the tale. I’ve been on the inside of the largest and most successful investment banks and asset managers and have built the products that Fintech startups seek to disrupt today. I’ve been an agent of change and I’ve also been mired in the opposite. Now I’m ready to take that experience and help startups pave their way with new products and disruption.

While small, agile startups will always ship technology faster than larger teams, some say Fintech distribution, customer acquisition and trust can’t be accelerated. I disagree.

Here’s how we’ll do it:

  • Capitalize on the lessons learned by the global Techstars network on building products that instill trust in consumers in order to build great businesses.
  • Laser-focus product roadmaps by working with our “enterprise customer-in-residence,” Barclays.
  • Hone the story and test business models by leveraging the top community of Fintech mentors in the world.

Ready to knock the cover off Fintech? Apply here.

This blog post, and the million moving parts before it, would not have been possible without the mentorship, support, and 5am Slack messages of Greg Rogers and Jenny Fielding. I truly thank you and am honored and humbled to join the team.








Announcing the Barclays Techstars NYC Class of 2016

We are thrilled to introduce the ten tremendous companies that are joining Techstars for the 2nd annual Barclays Accelerator in New York! Today kicks off the start of a 13-week intense program, capped by a Demo Day in September.

To help guide the companies through the unique FinTech landscape, we’re fortunate to have many of our 2015 alumni on the ground, as well as 100+ incredible mentors from all facets of technology and financial services.

Please join me in welcoming the 2016 Barclays Techstars companies:

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acuteIQ  acuteIQ uses artificial intelligence to power customer acquisition throughout the sales cycle leading to a 4x improvement in performance.

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Alpha Exchange – Alpha Exchange transforms the way institutional participants interact, share knowledge and discover investment insight by creating the first open network for the capital markets community.

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Bloomfield – Bloomfield’s platform for commercial real estate transactions allows brokers to efficiently market deals to lenders and negotiate the best financing package.

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Chroma – Chroma is the only platform that enables non-accredited investors to put their money into the local economy using a managed Virtual Private Fund.

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Create – Create builds smart 3D maps enriched with millions of data points on the urban environment for investors, brokers, and service providers.

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Ernit – Ernit created the world’s first smart piggy to allow modern parents to teach children how to give, save and spend money wisely.

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Morty – Morty empowers home-buyers to find the right mortgage with a modern, online, and fully-digital experience.

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Painless1099 – Painless1099 simplifies tax season for independent contractors through a smart bank account that eliminates the guesswork from tax savings.

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PierceMatrix – PierceMatrix improves company security by identifying and orchestrating the removal of hackers from the network leveraging artificial intelligence to power recommendations.

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Windrush – Windrush makes it possible for non-technical employees to bring data to life as fully-responsive, well designed, interactive online documents.








Barclays NYC 2016 Applications Open

I am excited to announce that we have opened applications for the second Barclays Techstars Accelerator class in NYC!

Start your application right here for our Summer 2016 class.

Fintech is arguably one of the hottest areas in tech right now and we’re excited to be in the thick of it, at our accelerator space Rise NYC. Many disagree on exactly what technologies or business models fit in the category of fintech. To us, if a business can disrupt or innovate a financial services company in any way, we are interested.

From payments to lending, security to blockchain, capital markets to data and analytics, the opportunity to partner with a top tier bank like Barclays is incredibly impactful.

Don’t take our word for it, hear from a few of our founders themselves at our recent demo day: Liveoak, Chainalysis, Rangeforce and Seeds.

To learn more about the upcoming NYC program, attend one of our information sessions or apply for office hours:

Meet Techstars in Person:

Open NYC Office Hours
April 7 San Diego Office Hours
April 11 San Francisco Office Hours at Lendit
April 18 NYC Meet the Team Happy Hour

Catch us Online:

Open Virtual Office Hours
April 6 12:00pm ET Webinar Registration

Key Dates:

  • Applications Close – April 20th
  • Program Begins – June 20th

Apply here to be part of the Barclays Techstars Accelerator in NYC








Want to disrupt FinTech? Join the Barclays Accelerator

FinTech is arguably one of the hottest areas in tech right now and we’re excited to be in the thick of it, at our amazing office at Rise NYC. Many disagree on exactly what technology or business model fits in the category of FinTech. To us, if a business can disrupt or innovate a financial services company in any way, we are interested. From payments to lending, security to blockchain, capital markets to data and analytics, the opportunity to partner with a top tier bank like Barclays is incredibly impactful.

But don’t take our word for it, hear it from a few of our founders themselves at our recent Barclays Techstars Accelerator demo day: Liveoak, Chainalysis, Rangeforce and Seeds.

To learn more about the upcoming NYC program, attend one of our information sessions or apply for office hours:

Meet Techstars in Person:

March 10 6:00pm – 8:00pm ET NYC Techstars Second Thursday + Fireside Chat with Empire Startups
March 14 Austin Office Hours at SXSW
March 16 DC Office Hours
March 18 SF Office Hours
March 25 Boston Office Hours
March 29 LA Office Hours
April 8 Montreal Office Hours

Catch us Online:

Virtual Office Hours
March 16 12:00pm ET Webinar Registration
March 30 12:00pm ET Webinar Registration