For years people have been talking about the demise of traditional television, and now, it is finally here. It is getting unbundled and attacked from so many different direction that there is no way that this house of cards can stand much longer. Actually, it is already dead. But like a zombie its still moving, […]


Techstars program mantra is DO MORE FASTER. Coined by Brad Feld and David Cohen in the earlier days, the saying reminds founders that they are on the clock, and have the opportunity to get years worth of work done in just 3 months. But when it comes to demo day, the culmination of the program, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]