Today is Techstars for a Day in Boulder as we lead up to our 2013 program this summer. In that spirit, Cyrille Vincey, CEO and co-founder of qunb (now in session with the newest class at Techstars in Boston), describes his experience attending Techstars for a Day in New York City as an applicant in January.
I really felt that Techstars for a Day gave a preview of the Techstars’ atmosphere. Techstars look like a true fellowship, composed by entrepreneurs and Techstars staff who have gone together through tough experiences. All of the entrepreneurs I met with were focused, brilliant, friendly people who were passionate about their product. These are the kind of people with whom you want to share your problems and typically the kind you want to share a beer with after a hard problem-solving session.
Within a few hours, I went through the most valuable mentorship sessions ever. The mentors were incredible. Ari Newman pointed out our most painful problems via his precise questions. Ben Siscovick‘s mind-blowing knowledge about qunb’s field (its competition landscape and the problems of every startup that tried to become a data marketplace) was incredible.
I’m pretty amazed by the energy the Techstars’ team manages to spread around. Nicole, while preparing Techstars for a Day, took the time to invite me to the Techstars office, to set me up with Ari Newman, and to spend time with me and Ari before rushing to the TS4AD location itself. Techstars does whatever is required to engage with startups and I wonder when they find the time to sleep.
Techstars for a Day (#TS4AD) is an invitational one-day mini-camp for Techstars applicants. You’ll meet the Techstars Mentors, alumni, and staff – and is a fantastic way to get a glimpse into what Techstars is like and talk with us about your application. You’ll hear speakers, get to practice your elevator pitch, and will get (very brief!) feedback on your business and product. Full info here.
On this episode, David Cohen said, “Let us make it so, we will make sure that we blog the full recording of Techstars for a Day for the first time ever,” promising full footage of our recent Techstars for a Day in Boulder, Colorado.
And so it was:
David Cohen – All About Techstars
Jim Franklin of SendGrid on How to Be a CEO
Howard Diamond of Aventura on How to Engage Great Mentors
Techstars Mentor Panel
Alex White of Next Big Sound – Enjoying the Ride and Storytelling
Techstars Alumni Panel
10 Things You Can Do to Mess Up a Company with Jason Mendelson of Foundry Group
Brad Feld of Foundry Group and Being Obsessed About What You Do
When you’re in Techstars and you build the bigger team with mentors, I’m extra jealous.” – Dirk Elmendorf, Rackspace Hosting founder.
It’s no secret that mentorship and community are what drives the vehicle of Techstars. We would like to give a big, fuzzy thank you to the mentors and alumni that spoke about their experiences and excitement for the Cloud program to participants and the live stream audience for Techstars for a Day on Saturday.
Managing Director Jason Seats Explains Techstars Cloud
Techstars for a Day: Techstars Cloud November 5th, 2011
Techstars Cloud: Application Deadline November 7th, 2011
Silicon Valley News: Meet Some of the Techstars Cloud Applicants
A New Breed of Builders and Makers Converge on Geekdom, Texas
Deadline is today, November 7th! Apply now.