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I grew up in a small town in the west Ukraine. Growing up I wasn’t athletic. My parents had me try a few sports like tennis and swimming, but I would quit after a few lessons. I didn’t enjoy physical exercise, and didn’t care to give it a shot. I was physically weak, and not […]

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Last week, I finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Admittedly, I am a little late to the party. The book, published in 2011, is already a classic, soon to be a movie directed by Steven Spielberg. The plot itself is okay, not amazing. A little cheesy, uneven and always predictable. Yet, the book has […]

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If your startup is growing, at some point you will likely be seeking Venture Capital. Unlike angel investors, who typically write checks between 10K to 100K, VCs have an ability to write multi-million dollar checks. This means that VCs support startup growth from seed to much later stages. Because VCs deploy large amounts of capital […]

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We are really excited to open up a new role at Techstars NYC for Fall 2015 program – Senior Associate. If you are looking to get in the middle of NYC startup and venture scene this is a great opportunity. Thank you to KJ Singh for drafting the formal job description below. Techstars NYC Senior […]

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Getting an introduction is a basic things that startup founders do pretty much every day. We talked about introductions in the post about business development tips, and also in this post about asking for introductions. One other thing we teach Techstars founders how to do properly is to send something called Forwardable Emails. Why Forwardable […]

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I am thrilled to share that I accepted a role on Advisory Board for The S Factory. This is a new, pre-seed accelerator for women founders launched by Startup Chile. You can read TechCrunch coverage of the launch. Why The S Factory? To put it simply, the vision is to help more women founders build […]

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Every two months we do a post with cool jobs available in one of over 100 Techstars companies in NYC. We are confident that Techstars companies stand for highest qualities startups you can find in NYC. Thats why whether you are an engineer or an MBA or an aspiring entrepreneur or an anxious corporate executive, […]

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So you decided that an accelerator is appropriate and helpful to your company. You read 10 Reasons to Join (or not to join) an accelerator post and decided to go for it. Filled out the application, researched different kinds of accelerators, applied, and got in. Congrats! Now the work begins. Here is how you can […]

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I once had the pleasure of hearing Danny Meyer speak at Union Square Ventures portfolio summit. Danny addressed the CEOs, and talked about the power of hospitality. Danny’s speech made me immediately buy his bestselling book, called Setting the Table. In this book, Danny, who is one of the most successful restauranteurs in the world, […]

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I am not exaggerating when I say that yesterday was one of my best days both at Techstars and my professional career. My second Techstars NYC batch took stage at the beautiful Skirball theater and delivered crisp, clear and compact pitches to the audience of over 500 investors, mentors, press and community members. The companies […]