I hold public office hours, and do a lot of Skype calls. I always wear a Techstars T-shirt during those calls. This week, one of the entrepreneurs immediately noticed and asked me about it. To me wearing a Techstars’ T-shirt is an opportunity to promote a brand that I stand for and care about. I […]


When I made an offer to Borja over Skype, he started jumping and yelling out loud. He then ran out the door, and the next thing I knew, him and his mother where both yelling into my Skype from Spain. It was kind of like being present during a UEFA soccer game – I loved […]


Accelerators are now integral part of the startup ecosystem. For some, especially first time founders, it sort of becoming a checkbox — have to go through an accelerator. Serial entrepreneurs, as a rule, would say they don’t need to, because they already know what to do. Some people say that accelerators are only good for […]


At Techstars, we spend a lot time surrounding companies with amazing, experienced mentors. We believe that it is the power of the network, the collective wisdom, the experience, the diversity of opinions that causes the companies to accelerate. After the program is over, many of our companies go on to raise successful Seed rounds. Sometimes […]

MakersKit Herb Garden Kit

I first heard about MakersKit, from Jason Seats, the Managing Director at Techstars in Austin. Jason highlighted a few companies that he was tracking for his previous program. MakersKit looked intriguing, and I reached out to them to get an update. The moment I met Mike and Jawn on Google Hangout, I knew they were […]

Behind the business

Today we graduate our 5th class in NYC and my very first one as the Managing Director. It has been a fantastic experience – one of the best, most intense 3 months of my professional career. The companies in this class spawn a world of ideas and industries. What unites them is their passion for […]

36 Coper Sq

This weekend, in the middle of the Techstars NYC 2014 session, we packed up and left our old home at 36 Cooper Square. Techstars is now a proud owner of a brand new 13K SQ space with the stunning views of Times Square and Empire State Building. Moving is always both exciting and nostalgic. 3 […]


Being able to quickly get in front of the right people is an important skill. Biz Dev has evolved to be leaner, but people’s attention is ever more scarce. Gone are the days of lengthy emails, Twitter forced us to fit most of our thoughts and actions into 140 characters. Here are 7 (lengthy!) tips […]


One of the hardest things about running Techstars NYC is selecting 10 companies out of 1,000 applicants for every program. Many companies, especially the ones that didn’t get in, pointed out just how unfair this system is – some companies get in and some don’t. Over the past several weeks David Cohen, Brad Feld and […]


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