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Nate Schmidt Joins Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator as Managing Director

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In 2010 my brother Mike and I took our e-gift card startup, Instagift , through Techstars Seattle. The experience changed my life. We were guided by incredible mentors, worked in an amazing space, and ultimately raised money for the first time in our entrepreneurial careers.

Venture Deals Spring 2020 Course – Now Open for Registration!

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Raising capital can be one of the most difficult parts of the founder journey. The more you know about cap tables and term sheets, negotiating tactics and letters of intent, the better positioned you’ll be for investor meetings.

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Startup Reads: 11 Books Every Early-Stage Entrepreneur Should Read

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I haven’t always been a big reader, but I’ve got more into it over the past few years of working with startups. In a past article, Five Pillars of Success: Curated Content for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs , I mentioned that last year I read 12 books.

Building an Investor Pipeline Spreadsheet: Keep Your Funding Flowing!

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As the Managing Director of Techstars NYC and investor in 120+ companies , I’ve helped dozens of early stage companies connect with investors. But all too often I’ve watched founders struggle with fundraising —- pitching the wrong deal, to the wrong investor, at the wrong time.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

LaunchPad Lift Spring Program Kicks Off

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What elements are necessary for successful college-based entrepreneurship education?

David & Brad reflect on the first six episodes of the Give First podcast

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How has the Give First podcast been going? David and Brad reflect on their initial forays into podcast hosting, and come to the conclusion that, while they’re still learning, their guests are amazing. .

Announcing the 2020 Class of the BSH Future Home Accelerator, powered by Techstars

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Today I’m thrilled to announce the ten companies joining the BSH Future Home Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

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Five Pillars of Success: Curated Content for Early Stage Entrepreneurs

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So you’ve got a terrific idea for a startup? Great! If you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur, you may feel overwhelmed by all the new vocabulary and concepts around building a business.

Techstars Foundation Accepting 2019 Grant Applications

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Techstars is always working to be a leader in inclusive entrepreneurship by improving opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities throughout our global ecosystem. One important way we do this is through the Techstars Foundation.

The North Star Playbook

Every product needs a North Star. In this guide, we will show you the metrics product managers need to tie product improvements to revenue impact. If you are looking for a more-focused, less-reactive way to work, this guide is for you.

Techstars and 43North Partner to Grow Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Buffalo

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Twelve Years of Investing in Women

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By Joanne Wilson, Gotham Gal. Photo Credit: David Johnson. I began investing in women over a decade ago. It was a major part of my investing thesis. Twelve years doesn’t seem like a lot of time but in the world of technology it was a long, long time ago. People Just Weren’t Listening.

Wendy Lea talks about the risks of saying no

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Entrepreneur, investor, and Techstars board member Wendy Lea remembers the beginnings of Techstars, her first encounters with #GiveFirst—and how mentors have changed her life. Wendy Lea is a longtime entrepreneur and investor, as well as a board member and mentor at Techstars.

Supporting Entrepreneurs Wherever They Are, Including Prison

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Defy Colorado is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals with criminal histories — who they call Entrepreneurs in Training — create legal business ventures outside of prison.

How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

Scott Kraege Joins Techstars as Managing Director of The Heritage Group

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Today, I’m excited to announce that I am joining Techstars as Managing Director of The Heritage Group Accelerator, powered by Techstars in Indianapolis.

Techstars and HBCUvc Launch 10-City Startup Weekend Tour to Promote Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital

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Techstars and Innovation Leader Reveal Best Practices for Leveraging Startups in Corporate Innovation

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Research shows corporations create coherent partnering and investing strategies with startups.

The Silent Epidemic of Workplace Bullying

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Workplace bullying is extremely common and has a high financial impact on companies. Based on research by Dr. Judy Blando at the University of Phoenix, 47% of employees have been bullied at some point in their career, and 27% admitted to being a target of a bully in the last 12 months.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Want to Solve a Social Problem? Turn It Into an Economic Opportunity

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Katica Roy is on a mission to close the gender equity gap—in her lifetime. And she has a formula for how to do it. It’s a formula that other entrepreneurs can use to tackle other large, seemingly intractable social problems. The key is to turn a social problem into an economic opportunity. “If

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Diverse Startups Do Better: How To Make Yours More Inclusive At Any Stage

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“Decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially diverse groups (that is, those with a diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation) are more innovative than homogeneous groups.”.

After the Exit: What’s Next for SendGrid Founder Isaac Saldana?

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Techstars Studio is Isaac’s Way of Giving First & Giving Back. Ever wondered what a startup founder does after their company is acquired for billions of dollars ?

A Student Of Style

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Chris Echevarria is a trend spotter, trained menswear designer, and cultural savant well-equipped to outfit a new generation of men.

Build or Buy an LMS? How to Pick the Right Solution for Your Budget

BUDGET. When it comes to picking your next LMS that six-letter word is probably the most important part of the decision-making process. So, what are your options to get the best possible eLearning solution without breaking the bank? Build It or Buy It. This guide from Lambda’s eLearning experts details absolutely everything you need to consider so you can pick the perfect eLearning solution for your organization and budget.

What To Expect From Your Corporate Accelerator

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Partnering with startups is a great way to accelerate the entire corporate innovation journey. In fact, Techstars and Innovation Leader recently partnered to r eveal best practices for leveraging startups to drive corporate innovation.

Techstars Is Coming To Town

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What a time to be a Techstars company! As per CB Insights , 48% of Techstars companies successfully raise follow-on capital (more than $750,000) within their first year post-program.

Expanding My Investment Thesis to Run the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars

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Today, I start my next adventure in startup investing – I’m the new Managing Director of the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars. The program will run this summer on MetLife’s Global Technology Campus outside of Raleigh-Durham, NC.

Interview with Captain Steve Lauver, Director of Technology Accelerators, AFWERX

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This interview originally appeared in a report from Innovation Leader , sponsored by Techstars, “Startup Engagement: Best Practices for Large Organizations.” ” Read the complete report here. .

Growing your Startup? Find the Right Startup Financing for Your Capital Needs

Entrepreneurs are facing unprecedented circumstances right now. The capital choices you make will have a lasting impact on the trajectory of your company. Knowing the right questions to ask and how to compare your options is vital to making the best decisions. Download the Startup Finance Playbook to learn more.

Funding Demystified! Free Course Offers Founders a Guide to Raising Capital

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How do venture deals really work? Whether you’re an entrepreneur raising funds or an investor looking to take your venture finance skills to the next level, Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson have the answers for you.

Paul Berberian on the “addictive” nature of mentoring

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How did Sphero CEO Paul Berberian make the number one toy in the world? Sphero got to make the BB8 toy robot because of a connection made during a Techstars accelerator. That’s the power of the network. Hear him tell that story, and more. Have you ever been mobbed in Times Square, like a rock star?

Marc Nager & Dave Mayer on building rural startup communities

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You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to start a successful company. Marc Nager, Co-founder of Startup Weekend, and Dave Mayer, Founder of Aspen Entrepreneurs, are pros at building ‘non-urban’ startup communities.

Disrupting Environmental Destruction

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Source: Ben Duke. Disruption” is a word that gets tossed around business a lot these days. But what if we could disrupt not just the way we do business, but the fate of our species and our planet? The World In 2050. What will the world look like in 2050?

The Product Manager's Guide to Retention

This book walks through multiple aspects of retention, including why it’s so important, how to best measure it, and how to set goals for the different stages of retention. It also provides strategies for improving retention across the customer journey.

Mary Grove on the origins of Google for Startups & Startup Weekend

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From Google for Startups to Startup Weekend to Rise of the Rest and beyond, Mary Grove is passionate about community-driven change, and helping make it happen. Mary Grove is passionate about community-driven change, and this theme has guided her entire career.

The Fourth Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars in starting in Tel Aviv!

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We are thrilled to announce the 10 extraordinary teams that are joining the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars Tel Aviv today, March 31. Three months of hard work in the world’s “Startup Nation” is awaiting the class of 2019.

Elizabeth Kraus on funding women-led companies

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As co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of MergeLane, Elizabeth Kraus invests in women-led startups and venture funds. And she hopes to one day make MergeLane obsolete—by achieving gender parity in entrepreneurship and VC.

It’s All About the Network

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“Every opportunity I’ve gotten in my life has been provided by a network,” said Sky Kelley, Founder and CEO of Avisare.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.