What Techstars Gave Me: Founder Stories

We recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary at Techstars. Over the 10 years, we have met so many great founders, mentors, partners and community leaders. We are honored to get the chance to work every day with amazing people building awesome companies, all around the world.

One of our core values since day one is #GiveFirst. Not only does this value and tradition still hold true today, but we are seeing founders, mentors, and more carrying it on throughout our Worldwide Network. We give without asking for anything in return and help any time we can. This is what helps entrepreneurs succeed.

We wanted to highlight the stories and work being done by some of our founders. We thought it would be an interesting new perspective to have them tell you what it feels like to be on the receiving end of #GiveFirst in the context of their Techstars experience. We hope you enjoy the video!








A Look Back at 2015 & Happy Holidays from Techstars

This past year has been a wild ride at Techstars! We joined forces with UP Global to support entrepreneurs around the world; we launched the Techstars Foundation to improve inclusive entrepreneurship; and we announced our new fund, Techstars Ventures, to extend our investments into the Techstars network. We’d like to say thank you to all of the founders, mentors, community leaders, organizers, sponsors, employees and partners who’ve made it all possible.

Happy Holidays from Techstars and here’s to an even more successful 2016!








50 Groundbreaking Startup Ideas – Video Compilation


Here are the startup founders/companies used in the video:

1) Brian Chesky – Airbnb 0:07
2) Ben Silbermann – Pinterest 0:32
3) Kevin Systrom – Instagram 1:14
4) Danae Ringelmann – Indiegogo 2:06
5) Alexis Ohanian / Steve Huffman – Reddit 2:54
6) Andrew Mason – Groupon 3:23
7) Jack Dorsey – Twitter 4:01
8) Leah Busque – TaskRabbit 4:31
9) Emmett Shear – Twitch 5:10
10) Alan Schaaf – Imgur 6:00
11) David Karp – Tumblr 6:51
12) Jake Nickell – Threadless 7:28
13) Dennis Crowley – Foursquare 8:16
14) Stewart Butterfield – Flickr 9:11
15) Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook 9:42
16) Steven Chen – Youtube 10:36
17) Eli Pariser / Peter Coechly – Upworthy 11:20
18) Garrett Camp – Uber 11:40
19) Jeremy Stoppelman – Yelp 12:00
20) Ryan Hoover – ProductHunt 12:40
21) Tony Fadell – Nest 13:42
22) Jack Dorsey – Square 14:59
23) Evan Spiegel – SnapChat 15:37
24) Drew Houston – Dropbox 15:52
25) Nira Tolia – Nextdoor 16:23
26) Tracy DiNunzio – Tradesy 16:56
27) Brian Wong – Kiip 17:16
28) Otis Chandler – Goodreads 19:10
29) Pierre Omidyar – Ebay 19:59
30) Salman Khan – Khan Academy 20:30
31) Zach Sims – Codecademy 21:43
32) Blake Mycoskie – TOMS 22:20
33) Naval Ravikant – AngelList 23:23
34) Adora Cheung – Homejoy 24:00
35) Phil Libin – Evernote 24:20
36) Daniel Ek – Spotify 25:10
37) Micha Kaufmann – Fiverr 26:35
38) Dom Hofmann / Colin Kroll – Vine 27:45
39) Adam Goldstein / Steve Huffman – Hipmunk 28:35
40) Tom Preston-Werner – GitHub 29:24
41) Alph Bingham – InnoCentive 30:27
42) Evan Williams – Medium 30:48
43) Charlie Cheever – Quora 31:51
44) Alex Ljung – Soundcloud 32:07
45) Rich Barton – Zillow 32:56
46) Scott Heiferman – Meetup 34:01
47) Rob Kalin – Etsy 34:50
48) Jack Conte – Patreon 35:40
49) Matt Mickiewicz – 99 Designs 37:25
50) Sean Rad – Tinder 38:18








AKLSW Nov 2014 Highlights – Ben Tan

Benjamin Tan is the website development manager at snowball effect. He is constantly looking for new experiences and opportunities that will challenge his skills or help a greater good.

Watch the youtube video here

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Attention Stuttgart: Startup Weekend Mexico City is sponsoring you – Two tickets to win, pitch deadline: Nov 14th, 2014

Let the games begin! Startup Weekend Mexico City will sponsor two lucky entrepreneurs to attend our Startup Weekend Stuttgart on Nov 21st-23rd, 2014! Follow the instructions in their hilarious video and good luck! The deadline for the pitch upload is Friday, Nov 14th, 2014 (6 pm German time).

Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/Tu75YJ8JKNc

SW DF Pic

Our own video for our sponsoring of two tickets for Startup Weekend Mexico City can be found here: http://youtu.be/IUsVgayXwe0
(Nevertheless, the Mexicans beat us widely in terms of creativity and craziness!)

SW Stuttgart pic