Are you sure?

One of my favorite new questions to ask is “Are you sure?” As I’ve been helping Techstars CEO Maëlle Gavet get up to speed, I noticed she’s been asking me that question quite often! I’m pretty certain that she asks many people at Techstars this same question too. When I’m asked “are you sure?”, it …

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E is for Engage

Recently, on my social accounts I said that my new years resolution was something that began with E. That was a fun little game, and here are the “guesses” that I received. Exhale. Emigrate to France. Eat crepes. Environment. E-sports hall of fame. E pluribus unum. Empathy. Electric Vehicle. Equanimity. Entertainment. Everest. E-Techstars. Exit. Enjoy. …

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Introducing Maëlle Gavet as CEO of Techstars

“Thoughtful leadership evolution in growing and scaling companies is healthy. It happens in strong, successful, mission-driven companies all the time. We’ve seen it over and over again in our own investment portfolio – and helped to mentor our founders through these strategic decisions and transitions. It’s all part of the journey.”  Today, I’m thrilled and …

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How are startup financings and M&A impacted by the pandemic? (through November 2020)

Back in April of this year I wrote “Are financings and M&A slowing down during the pandemic?” with the goal of sharing the Techstars view of how things have been changing given the events of 2020. Here’s an update to that data through the end of October, 2020. Remember, the graphs show when the activity …

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Conflicting Advice

I’ve had several conversations recently where the idea came up that advice is situational. And, for any often used piece of advice, it’s sometimes easy to give exactly the opposite advice. The hard part is deciding what advice (if any) to take in your situation. As I was saying this, I kept remembering a table …

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University credit and talent for Techstars alumni

Today, Techstars announced something really interesting – a partnership with leading educational institutions (so far this includes The University of Colorado and Northeastern University) to offer Techstars accelerator alumni instant credit towards degree programs at those universities. Think of it as a head start on an MBA or other degree, based on the direct experience …

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