New MIT Entrepreneurship book: Celebrating Entrepreneurs

My friend and an investor in various Techstars funds, MIT Professor Edward Roberts, who founded the MIT entrepreneurship program and still chairs the MIT entrepreneurship center, has just published “Celebrating Entrepreneurs: How MIT Nurtured Pioneering Entrepreneurs Who Built Great Companies”. At the website CelebratingEntrepreneurs.com, you can get more information about the author, the book itself, and …

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Supporting the 1K project

Minda Brusse and my good friend Alex Iskold started a new organization recently called the 1K Project. Already thirty more volunteers have jumped in to help manage it. The idea is super simple. You can nominate a family and directly support them with $1,000 (1K) per month for three months. They’ve already crossed 100 families …

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Are financings and M&A slowing down during the pandemic?

At Techstars, one of the most common questions we get is “How has the pandemic impacting financings and M&A transactions?” Due to the size of our system (now 2,200 accelerator portfolio companies and adding 500 per year) we have real-time insight into this question. Each month we typically see between 40 and 70 financing events …

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Making Elections Resilient Against Pandemics

COVID-19 is impacting everything — even elections. I’ve always been genuinely puzzled why so many people are against online and mobile voting. We protect our money online and zip secure wire transfers around the world every day using online tools. We store super sensitive business information online. The census is conducted online. But for some …

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An Open Letter to Startup Founders Everywhere in a Time of Crisis

March 30, 2020 Founders, I’m talking to you. I’m one of you. Your world and mine are different than they were three weeks ago.  A virus has changed everything for your businesses and for your family.  You’re being bombarded by advice for what to do (including mine), and trying to figure out how to make …

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No Vision, All Drive – updated!

This fall, the newest edition of No Vision All Drive by David Brown, my co-Founder and (now) CEO of Techstars was released.  As I read the new book, I am again reminded of the times David and I shared building our first company, Pinpoint Technologies. It’s tough to find honest, concise recollections of the entrepreneurial …

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