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The winds and the birds are bringing the news today that valuation madness has reached the all time high. Startups with a little to no traction / revenue are asking for 10MM-15MM pre-money. Here is my raw gut reaction to this. The Psychology of 1MM dollars When we were buying our house, we had an […]

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At Techstars we talk a lot about productivity, email, getting things done, basic biz dev and fundraising culture. Below is a collection of general tips we give our founders. While nothing is ever universal, these are generally helpful for your startup, especially if you are a first time founder. Productivity 1. Prioritize and only do […]

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I get up and go to bed thinking about startups. I have dozens and dozens of ideas that I keep writing down. They range from ambitious projects in personal computing to very silly web games. I wake up and imagine better interface for LinkedIn, a modern wine store, and a diet app that makes it […]

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So begins an amazing talk on Branding by Geoff Cook. Geoff is a partner at a world renown agency Base, a long time mentor, friend and a supporter of Techstars. Today was the second time I was fortunate enough to hear Geoff’s talk. It is a unique blend of art and science — inspiring and […]

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We spend a lot of time talking to Techstars founders about focus. We talk a lot about saying ‘no’ to things that don’t matter. We talk a lot about not chasing too many things at once. We try to give founders tools for deciding what’s important. We try to give them a framework for how […]

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We have over 100 different Techstars companies in NYC, including Techstars 2015 Winter Batch, which is in progress right now. Jobs listings are all made equal, but the companies aren’t. We are confident that the Techstars companies stand for highest qualities startups you can find in NYC. Thats why whether you are an engineer or […]

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I’ve seen the new face of Search, and it ain’t Google. What is it you ask? It is a Text message. Wait, what? A text message?! Alex, this really makes no sense?! Ah, but it does. Read on, and you will see why… The Rise of Mobile The rapid rise of mobile is wiping out […]

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Last week, on Friday, I wrote a post called 9 Seed Funding Gotchas.  I tweeted it out, as usual, and got a bunch of people to re-tweet. No big deal – 10 retweets. https://twitter.com/alexiskold/status/561205747758166016 I also emailed the post to David Cohen and Brad Feld, and asked them for feedback. I do that from time […]

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‘The chance favors the prepared mind.’ – Louis Pasteur. One of the objectives of the companies going through Techstars and other accelerators is to secure financing. Most companies are coming in focusing on accelerating their business and then securing capital to continue to accelerate growth. As the common shareholder in the company, Techstars is completely […]

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I get a lot of asks to do an intro, and I do A TON of intros every week. I don’t mind, I love it actually, because my job is to create a bigger network, to connect the dots ;) First rule of any intro is do your homework, and make me do as little […]