Author Archives: Alex Iskold

RSVP to Techstars NYC Demo Night on 9/28 in Partnership with New York Tech Meetup

As you probably know we’ve not done a traditional Demo Day at Techstars NYC for a few years now. This year we are launching Investor Week, and also Community Demo Night. Investor Week is our last week of the program, and we’ve invited hundreds of investors to come meet the founders 1-1. In addition, we […]

Video: NYU Startup School: Accelerators, Angels and VCs

I recently gave a talk at NYU Startup School. The talk is pretty long, 1.5 hours and covers a really broad range of topics from types of investors to how VCs make money, from what do accelerators do to what preferred stock is, and more. I really enjoyed this conversation, and hope you will find […]

30 tips to prevent being hacked that everyone should know

urIn recent years, we’ve seen a massive surge in digital identity theft, hacking and online fraud. The bad news is that these practices will not go away, but instead will become even more prevalent. Hackers are becoming increasingly more sophisticated, gaining inroads into election results, company databases and individual bank accounts. They use algorithms and so-called […]

Check out offers & asks from Techstars NYC Summer 2017 Companies

We just kicked off Techstars NYC Summer 2017 session, and the companies going through the program have come up with a list of offers and asks. CottageClass is a community marketplace for preK-12th grade microschools founded by teachers and parents. In little over a year we have served 400 children in the NYC area, and […]

How to Create the Future

TLDR; To create the future you need to envision it in great detail, and then make it happen through precise execution. What distinguishes strong founders from the rest is a massive vision; clarity of details on what the future should look like. Strong founders don’t necessarily know the exact path, but they do know their true […]

Why Strong Vision is the Secret Ingredient of Successful Founders

One of the questions investors like to ask the founders is – What is your vision? While seemingly cliché and qualitative, the question of vision is really important. After working with more than 80 founders, I believe that the ability to articulate a strong and clear vision is the leading indicator of success for the early […]

Awesome Jobs at Techstars NYC Companies – June 2017

Every couple of months we do a post with cool jobs available in 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, we […]

What makes America really great

Earlier this week, on the USA’s birthday, I sent a brief email to Techstars NYC founders. I got a pretty amazing response, and decided to publish the email on this blog verbatim with the hope that you will also find it helpful. Here it is: Hey founders! Today is the birthday of this amazing country […]

Meet 14 Startups from Techstars NYC Winter 2017 Program

When I first joined Techstars as a Managing Director in NYC, back in 2014, I really wanted to invest in technology and innovation. Wired wrote a short story about my focus on backing engineers, and innovation. It has been more than 3 years, and I consider myself VERY LUCKY to be able to work with […]

Why PRODUCT DEMO is a secret weapon of every single startup

These days, startup founders spend a lot of time thinking about how to pitch investors. The problem is not simple—investors get pitched a lot, and most startups are either too early or don’t think that making their pitch stand out really matters. The problem is that most founders just pitch with words. The founders spend time […]