Australia, We Hear You!

I recently spent a week in Australia. One of the things I often say when I travel to speak to startup communities around the world is: "We can't hear you!" My point is that I want them to be loud and proud about what's going on there. Often I hear … [Continue reading]

“No” Doesn’t Mean “You Suck”

I know it can be counter-intuitive, but just because an investor says "No," it doesn’t mean they don’t love what you’re doing. Keep in mind that as venture capitalists, our job is to say "No" 99+ percent of the time! That means we often say … [Continue reading]

Katie Rae and the Engine at MIT

Everyone who knows Katie Rae at Techstars is thrilled that she's taken a lead role with The Engine at MIT, a new venture fund and incubator space there. Katie was the Managing Director at Techstars for our Boston program from 2010 to 2014. She … [Continue reading]

Alexa, what is the Alexa Accelerator?

The Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is a new program designed to support early-stage companies advancing the state-of-the-art in voice-powered technologies, interfaces and applications. Created in partnership with Amazon’s Alexa Fund, the … [Continue reading]

Make Price the Last Thing

I receive lots of pitches, and one of the things I notice is that sometimes these pitches are very clear on pricing. Entrepreneurs will name the pre-money or post-money valuation, and sometimes they even lead with the pricing. I think that’s a … [Continue reading]

Techstars Impact Report 2016: a year of milestones

The Techstars 2016 Global Impact Report was released on February 7. This report is a showcase of what Techstars has accomplished in 2016 and over the past 10 years, as well as a thank you to all the people who have contributed to the success of … [Continue reading]