How are startup financings and M&A impacted by the pandemic? (through Oct 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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A review of the first eleven Techstars Unicorns

Someone asked me the other day “How many unicorns has Techstars funded?” When I asked them to guess they said “2 or 3.” I told them it was closer to ten. Actually, there are currently eleven. Here’s quick review of the eleven companies valued at $1B or more that Techstars has funded to date. These …

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Are financings and M&A slowing down during the pandemic? (Update through July, 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 over the events of the first half of 2020. Here’s an update to that data through the end of June, 2020. Remember, the graphs …

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Are financings and M&A slowing down during the pandemic? (Update through June, 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 over the events of the first half of 2020. Here’s an update to that data through the end of June, 2020. Remember, the graphs …

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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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