Author Archives: Alex Iskold

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 […]

6 Ways Startup Founders Can Deal With Extra Stress

Last Thursday I came home from work at 10pm, opened the door and immediate heard my wife say how stressed she was. Her pharmaceutical company recently bought a biotech startup for a lot of money, and my wife is leading a very tough integration project. She works super hard, all the time, and is still behind on […]

Funnels for Startups: A Primer

Funnels are remarkably useful in many aspects of startup life. Whether you are trying to get users to try your product, or sell to an enterprise customer, or hire an engineer, or raise capital, you are dealing with a funnel.   Funnels are essentially inverted pyramids divided into stages. The objective is to move through the […]

12 Tips for Founders to Get the Most Out of Mentor Meetings

Techstars is a mentorship-driven accelerator. Our model is to help accelerate startups and help founders go faster by connecting them to world-class mentors—founders, experienced entrepreneurs, executives, and investors. At the beginning of each Techstars NYC program, we setup a so-called Mentor Week, a set of quick discovery meetings to figure out which mentors would be most […]