If you have witnessed a violation of our Code of Conduct, please report it here.

At Techstars, we believe that entrepreneurs create a better future. One of the ways we do this is by behaving well and helping each other, as companies and as people.

This Code of Conduct provides guidelines for all members of the Techstars Network, including companies and people. These guidelines address both the things we do and the things we don’t do—as good actors in the world and as productive members of our #GiveFirst network.

Techstars companies must hold themselves to the highest standards as part of the Techstars community. We recognize that each of us is an ambassador for Techstars and for each other. Integrity in each of our companies is central to protecting our reputation for each other and for future companies. As part of the Techstars global community, we realize that we are living in public and need to act appropriately at all times. Therefore, those who do not abide by this Code of Conduct will be removed from the Techstars community and will no longer have access to the associated benefits.

Members of the Techstars Network are expected to help each other whenever possible by quickly responding to requests (ideally within two business days), leveraging their unique skills and personal relationships to support other members, and by sharing opportunities (such as relevant RFPs and talent that they themselves cannot utilize) directly with other members.

The Techstars Code of Conduct revolves around three key principles:

1. We give first.
2. We act with integrity.
3. We treat others with respect.

We give first.

1. We help others whenever possible. We are all busy, but when the ask is sincere and realistic, we respond and help. We are respectful of each other’s time and are clear and focused in our requests.

2. We respond quickly in-network. We make every attempt to prioritize and respond to requests from fellow Techstars network members, ideally within two business days.

3. We deliberately create a virtuous cycle. We proactively work to give back to the ecosystem by giving first to others in our community with no specific expectations of return.

4. We appreciate the help of others. No one goes it alone – startups are a team activity. We express our appreciation for the help of our customers, mentors, and others that makes our success possible.

5. We respect “no” as an answer. If another member says no to a request, we respect their decision.

6. We share talent and business opportunity. Whenever we have finalist candidates that we choose not to hire directly, we share them with others in the network. When we become aware of good business opportunities that we choose not to pursue directly, we share them with others in the network.

We act with integrity.

7. We are honest and transparent. If we say something either publicly or privately, then we believe that it is true. We do not intentionally omit important and relevant factual information in an effort to deceive others. We strive to be clear and transparent in our communications.

8. We protect sensitive information. When we are entrusted with sensitive, confidential, or personal information we use appropriate measures to secure it. We respect requests for privacy and confidentiality.

9. We communicate with our investors. We will send an update on our business at least every six months and be responsive to their inquiries.

10. If we fail, we fail well. If we are going out of business, we will notify our customers and make their data available to them for at least 60 days. We will advise every one of our investors and provide the chance to discuss what went wrong in a live conversation. If we know the company is going to fail, we attempt to return as much capital to investors as possible.

11. We disclose known conflicts of interest early. We err on the side of too much disclosure.

12. We do not steal assets or content. We encourage and respect independent, innovating thinking. We do not plagiarize content from anyone.

13. We are responsible with controlled substances. If consuming alcohol, we do so responsibly and in moderation. Alcohol is never provided to minors. We do not drive under the influence of any legal or illegal drug. We do not distribute, use, or operate under the influence of illegal drugs (defined by local or federal law) while participating or engaging in any Techstars program or event.

14. We abide by all local and federal laws. We do not do business with bad actors. We honor international sanctions. We are careful to do business only with lawful parties.

15. We do not pay or accept bribes or kickbacks. We do not engage in any form of corruption. We act with integrity in our dealings with others and strictly prohibit corrupt activities.

We treat others with respect.

16. We commit to non-hostile, open, and welcoming workplaces. We intentionally create workplace environments where employees, partners, customers, and visitors feel accepted and free to express their opinions, concerns, and needs with an expectation that they will be heard and respected. We communicate professionally and appropriately at all times.

17. We don’t tolerate illegal discrimination or harassment in any form. We will quickly fire employees who do this, and train our employees to recognize and address bad behavior. We will ban or fire mentors, investors, employees, contractors and others who discriminate against or harass others.

18. We are committed to diversity and inclusion. We are committed to building inclusive work environments that reflect and value the diversity of people and cultures found in the world, which we believe leads to better companies. To ensure that our commitment to diversity and inclusion are tangible, we adopt the Kapor Capital Founders’ Commitments, a set of four actions known as “G.I.V.E.” (Goals, Invest, Volunteer and Educate).

19. We stand up for others. We report violations and we appropriately intervene in situations when we witness violations of this Code.

20. We are reachable and responsive. We enable standard forms of communication so that anyone doing business with us can have a reasonable expectation of receiving a response in a timely fashion.

21. We participate in both offline and online forums with respect. We don’t cause or participate in flame wars online. We participate in respectful discourse in all forums. We do not comment anonymously or with false identities.

22. We respect our legal agreements. We follow the spirit and intent of our legal agreements.

23. We keep our promises. If we commit to do something, we do our best to do it. If we can’t keep our promises for some reason, then we strive to make it right in any way possible.

24. We do right by our customers. We strive to deliver products that delight our customers and seek to exceed their expectations.

25. We do not attack others electronically. We don’t maliciously attack others using scripts, robots, or similar techniques.

26. We are not spammers. We do not send bulk unsolicited email nor do we scrape contact lists and abuse them. We don’t harass prospective customers who have clearly said no to us and opted out of communications.

27. We work for the benefit of our companies. We always work for the benefit of our company, not for our own personal benefit.

28. We encourage professional development. As founders, we do everything we can to ensure the happiness and professional growth of our employees.

29. We avoid gossip. We don’t share disparaging comments and rumors about others. We are constructive in our feedback and always provide it directly to the individual or company to which it pertains.

30. We ensure fair pay for equal work. We are committed to ensuring everyone receives fair compensation (to include all forms of equity and benefits). We appreciate the commitment our employees make to the success of our companies and agree to compensate them without regard to ability status, age, ancestry, civil union, class, color, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, military service (current or past), national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or other status. As a member of the Techstars network, we are committed to eliminating all forms of pay inequality.

The Techstars Code of Conduct is a living document managed by our community. For suggested changes, please contact us.

If you have witnessed a violation of our Code of Conduct please report it here.


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Csaba Gasparik wrote on February 2, 2019 at 12:06 am:
Esther Mehesz wrote on February 1, 2019 at 3:06 pm:
Tom Kiss wrote on February 1, 2019 at 3:05 pm:
Kurt Latimore wrote on February 1, 2019 at 1:12 pm:
Andre Betz wrote on February 1, 2019 at 3:14 am:
Marisa wrote on February 1, 2019 at 3:12 am:
Albert Zikmund wrote on February 1, 2019 at 1:21 am:
Will Guillaume Foussier wrote on January 31, 2019 at 7:56 pm:
We give first. We act with integrity. We treat others with respect!
We give first. We act with integrity. We treat others with respect!
Michael Kiel wrote on January 30, 2019 at 1:01 pm:
Agreed. I'm a big believer of always giving more than you take.
Agreed. I'm a big believer of always giving more than you take.
Brian Stewart wrote on January 30, 2019 at 11:18 am:
Rick Ha wrote on January 30, 2019 at 10:55 am:
Daniel Schmeh wrote on January 28, 2019 at 10:10 am:
Ethan Petersen wrote on January 26, 2019 at 11:10 am:
Matthew Herbst wrote on January 24, 2019 at 4:14 pm:
Agreed
Agreed
Fereydoun Taslimi wrote on January 24, 2019 at 2:01 pm:
Geat principals to live by
Geat principals to live by
Michael Hodge wrote on January 24, 2019 at 1:37 pm:
I have read and understand the Code of Conduct
I have read and understand the Code of Conduct
David Talenfeld wrote on January 23, 2019 at 1:09 pm:
Zhanna Sharipova wrote on January 23, 2019 at 6:47 am:
Yohei Nakajima wrote on January 22, 2019 at 9:31 am:
Nora Klug wrote on January 22, 2019 at 2:00 am:
Signed with pleasure
Signed with pleasure
Pranas Kiziela wrote on January 22, 2019 at 12:38 am:
Chris Morin wrote on January 21, 2019 at 10:23 pm:
Itamar Zur wrote on January 21, 2019 at 7:06 pm:
Basia Kubicka wrote on January 21, 2019 at 2:26 pm:
Omar Eleryan wrote on January 21, 2019 at 1:48 pm:
Happy to abide.
Happy to abide.
Steven Glod wrote on January 21, 2019 at 1:44 pm:
Ha Duong wrote on January 21, 2019 at 1:39 pm:
Happy to give first
Happy to give first
James Perry wrote on January 21, 2019 at 12:54 pm:
Jared Cardon wrote on January 21, 2019 at 8:54 am:
Agreed - And both honored and excited!
Agreed - And both honored and excited!
Peggy Lee wrote on January 21, 2019 at 8:07 am:
Agreed
Agreed
Bryan Uyanwune wrote on January 21, 2019 at 5:45 am:
Jakub Krcmar wrote on January 21, 2019 at 2:50 am:
Happy to be part of this
Happy to be part of this
Philipp Bauer wrote on January 19, 2019 at 8:35 am:
Let's be part of it!
Let's be part of it!
Aryan Khodabandeh wrote on January 18, 2019 at 12:21 pm:
Javier Segovia wrote on January 18, 2019 at 10:11 am:
Excited to again be a Mentor at Techstars, and look forward to supporting the 2019 cohort to build the ventures of their dreams!
Excited to again be a Mentor at Techstars, and look forward to supporting the 2019 cohort to build the ventures of their dreams!
Laurence Gaubert wrote on January 18, 2019 at 5:31 am:
Laurent Liou wrote on January 17, 2019 at 11:58 pm:
Christopher Gage wrote on January 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm:
Elliott Flowers wrote on January 17, 2019 at 5:16 pm:
Raina Casbon-Kelts wrote on January 17, 2019 at 3:18 pm:
I love this. Thank you.
I love this. Thank you.
Anton Barulenkov wrote on January 17, 2019 at 11:08 am:
Axel Meiling wrote on January 17, 2019 at 1:37 am:
Looking forward to beeing a mentor.
Looking forward to beeing a mentor.
Robert Chu wrote on January 16, 2019 at 1:31 pm:
Maarij Rehman wrote on January 16, 2019 at 1:30 pm:
Ben Sanders wrote on January 15, 2019 at 5:47 pm:
Danny Cho wrote on January 15, 2019 at 5:32 pm:
Nicolas Schmidt wrote on January 15, 2019 at 4:58 pm:
We give first. We act with integrity. We treat others with respect.
We give first. We act with integrity. We treat others with respect.
Alexis Normand wrote on January 15, 2019 at 4:19 pm:
We give first. We act with integrity. We treat others with respect.
We give first. We act with integrity. We treat others with respect.
David Nadezhdin wrote on January 15, 2019 at 2:03 pm:
Rachel Guest wrote on January 15, 2019 at 12:36 pm:
Tania Hew wrote on January 15, 2019 at 11:53 am:
Jessyca Gonzalez wrote on January 14, 2019 at 3:57 pm:
Stephanie Wang wrote on January 14, 2019 at 4:58 am:
Lorenzo Pieri wrote on January 12, 2019 at 2:35 pm:
Benjamin Cooper wrote on January 12, 2019 at 3:31 am:
Aaron Welch wrote on January 11, 2019 at 12:14 pm:
Looking forward to giving back, helping others, and sharing the love.
Looking forward to giving back, helping others, and sharing the love.
Ryan Breen wrote on January 10, 2019 at 11:42 pm:
Emily Casanova wrote on January 10, 2019 at 10:58 pm:
Roger Norton wrote on January 10, 2019 at 11:48 am:
Megan Shagam wrote on January 10, 2019 at 9:26 am:
Arjun Pillai wrote on January 10, 2019 at 8:37 am:
Fully aligned with the values and code of conduct
Fully aligned with the values and code of conduct
Matt Hoey wrote on January 10, 2019 at 6:07 am:
I'm very excited to be a part of this amazing Techstars community and culture. Looking forward to the road ahead!
I'm very excited to be a part of this amazing Techstars community and culture. Looking forward to the road ahead!
Prasanna wrote on January 10, 2019 at 5:00 am:
Prasanna wrote on January 10, 2019 at 5:00 am:
Ikechi Nwabuisi wrote on January 9, 2019 at 3:15 pm:
Jos van der westhuizen wrote on January 8, 2019 at 8:03 pm:
Lindsey Michaelides wrote on January 8, 2019 at 3:03 pm:
Aleef Mahmud wrote on January 7, 2019 at 2:05 pm:
Brendan Lee wrote on January 7, 2019 at 1:20 pm:
Read and agreed! Grateful to be joining the Techstars community.
Read and agreed! Grateful to be joining the Techstars community.
Tal Ben Basat wrote on January 7, 2019 at 9:37 am:
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
Tomer Laslo wrote on January 7, 2019 at 9:35 am:
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
Shiran Yaroslavsky wrote on January 7, 2019 at 9:34 am:
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
Lance wrote on January 6, 2019 at 7:48 pm:
Misti Cain wrote on January 4, 2019 at 12:34 pm:
Al Bsharah wrote on January 4, 2019 at 12:32 pm:
Steve Mays wrote on January 3, 2019 at 6:20 pm:
This is more of a code to live by then just business ethics. Really refreshing to see in the startup world!
This is more of a code to live by then just business ethics. Really refreshing to see in the startup world!
Bradley Matthews wrote on January 3, 2019 at 5:57 pm:
Wafaa Arbash wrote on January 3, 2019 at 7:28 am:
Looking forward to being part of Techstars!
Looking forward to being part of Techstars!
Julian Alvarez wrote on January 2, 2019 at 3:16 pm:
Amazing code of conduct! We're thrilled to be part of a program that puts values first!
Amazing code of conduct! We're thrilled to be part of a program that puts values first!
Jake Boshernitzan wrote on January 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm:
Honored to sign this code of conduct. I've already seen members of TS live by it!
Honored to sign this code of conduct. I've already seen members of TS live by it!
Emily Williams wrote on January 2, 2019 at 2:11 pm:
Proud to carry on the tradition!
Proud to carry on the tradition!
Andrew Birt wrote on January 1, 2019 at 5:51 pm:
Yes. Great CoC and set of values. Exciting community to be a part of!
Yes. Great CoC and set of values. Exciting community to be a part of!
Cole Williams wrote on December 31, 2018 at 11:45 am:
Yes to this code! Another reason we are excited to be joining this community.
Yes to this code! Another reason we are excited to be joining this community.
Andrew Gibbs-Dabney wrote on December 31, 2018 at 10:16 am:
Daniel D'Alonzo wrote on December 31, 2018 at 7:45 am:
We shall build civilizations together.
We shall build civilizations together.
Rob Allen wrote on December 30, 2018 at 11:57 pm:
This Code of Conduct is well aligned with our values at hiveonline - I am very pleased to be part of the Techstars programme
This Code of Conduct is well aligned with our values at hiveonline - I am very pleased to be part of the Techstars programme
Bjorn Blakstad wrote on December 30, 2018 at 7:48 am:
Excited to get started!
Excited to get started!
Allen Lu wrote on December 29, 2018 at 11:35 pm:
Excited to be joining the Techstars community!
Excited to be joining the Techstars community!
James Chen Wu wrote on December 29, 2018 at 11:34 pm:
Excited to be joining the Techstars community
Excited to be joining the Techstars community
Matt Mims wrote on December 28, 2018 at 3:41 pm:
I'm grateful to be joining a community that is underpinned by the values and standards in this code of conduct.
I'm grateful to be joining a community that is underpinned by the values and standards in this code of conduct.
Christopher Cummings wrote on December 28, 2018 at 11:40 am:
The Code of Conduct is one of many reasons why we are thankful to be joining the techstars community.
The Code of Conduct is one of many reasons why we are thankful to be joining the techstars community.
Mehmet Bukey wrote on December 27, 2018 at 2:39 pm:
Stone Atwine wrote on December 27, 2018 at 12:27 pm:
Nice code of conduct. Looks almost like our operating principles at Eversend
Nice code of conduct. Looks almost like our operating principles at Eversend
Silja Litvin wrote on December 27, 2018 at 9:40 am:
Thank you, these are great guidelines for PsycApps, as well.
Thank you, these are great guidelines for PsycApps, as well.
Bogdan Carpusor wrote on December 27, 2018 at 8:38 am:
Cristi Niamtu wrote on December 27, 2018 at 5:37 am:
Rosemary Pierce-Messick wrote on December 26, 2018 at 11:38 am:
Kevin Wervenbos wrote on December 25, 2018 at 12:27 pm:
Sofie Blakstad wrote on December 24, 2018 at 3:49 am:
Happy that this CoC reflects our values
Happy that this CoC reflects our values
Cedrick Neba Tandong wrote on December 24, 2018 at 3:29 am:
This code of conduct is a true reflection of this great community
This code of conduct is a true reflection of this great community
Jennie Kelly wrote on December 23, 2018 at 5:41 am:
Signing this code of conduct as one of our first steps as a techstars company is just one of the many reasons we are honored to be part of this community.
Signing this code of conduct as one of our first steps as a techstars company is just one of the many reasons we are honored to be part of this community.
Alisha Griffey wrote on December 21, 2018 at 9:52 am:
I am very excited to be joining this program.
I am very excited to be joining this program.
Joel Dixon wrote on December 21, 2018 at 7:06 am:
Joni Pepin wrote on December 20, 2018 at 4:07 pm:
Sid Tanu wrote on December 20, 2018 at 2:48 pm:
Arthur Guest wrote on December 20, 2018 at 5:49 am:
Happy to join the Techstars family.
Happy to join the Techstars family.
Jesse Mortenson wrote on December 19, 2018 at 1:40 pm:
Shawntera Hardy wrote on December 19, 2018 at 1:16 pm:
Asma Abbas wrote on December 18, 2018 at 8:14 am:
Adel El Mawla wrote on December 18, 2018 at 3:42 am:
Ashley Lambrix wrote on December 17, 2018 at 8:54 am:
Thad Reeves wrote on December 16, 2018 at 6:03 pm:
Christophe Gerlach wrote on December 15, 2018 at 11:44 am:
Pippa Thomas wrote on December 15, 2018 at 10:53 am:
Tiffon Turner wrote on December 15, 2018 at 6:31 am:
Understood
Understood
Richard Lim wrote on December 15, 2018 at 2:09 am:
Michael Bleau wrote on December 14, 2018 at 9:33 pm:
Read and Agree, Michael Bleau
Read and Agree, Michael Bleau
Katy Aucoin wrote on December 14, 2018 at 2:44 pm:
Jamie Richard Bianchini wrote on December 14, 2018 at 9:08 am:
Read and Agreed, Jamie Bianchini
Read and Agreed, Jamie Bianchini
Jamie Richard Bianchini wrote on December 14, 2018 at 9:08 am:
Read and Agreed, Jamie Bianchini
Read and Agreed, Jamie Bianchini
John Abbey wrote on December 13, 2018 at 3:17 pm:
Dave Angelow wrote on December 13, 2018 at 12:27 pm:
Fred Cook wrote on December 11, 2018 at 11:18 pm:
Cameron Nuckols wrote on December 11, 2018 at 10:13 am:
Read and Agree
Read and Agree
Lamine Zarrad wrote on December 10, 2018 at 5:51 pm:
Read and Agreed
Read and Agreed
Brandi Zavala wrote on December 10, 2018 at 11:27 am:
Read & Agreed.
Read & Agreed.
Elizabeth Giorgi wrote on December 8, 2018 at 10:52 am:
Elizabeth Giorgi
Elizabeth Giorgi
Shumate wrote on December 7, 2018 at 12:30 am:
EvanAlison Tabor wrote on December 6, 2018 at 5:13 pm:
E.A. Tabor
E.A. Tabor
Brantley Pace wrote on December 6, 2018 at 3:07 pm:
Charles Arcodia wrote on December 6, 2018 at 12:56 pm:
Read & Agree
Read & Agree
Vanessa Clark wrote on December 6, 2018 at 12:25 pm:
Natasha Zone wrote on December 5, 2018 at 5:35 am:
Ramón Corujo Pardo wrote on November 29, 2018 at 4:59 am:
I can not be more according to your ethical code. Common sense.
I can not be more according to your ethical code. Common sense.
Matt Terrell wrote on November 28, 2018 at 7:02 am:
Hats off to Techstars & the Give First mantra Thanks for sharing your educational content~
Hats off to Techstars & the Give First mantra Thanks for sharing your educational content~
Johann Romefort wrote on November 23, 2018 at 2:43 am:
Read & Agree
Read & Agree
Thomas Sloan wrote on November 16, 2018 at 8:27 am:
Worthwhile standards to hold ourselves to.
Worthwhile standards to hold ourselves to.
Andrea Perdomo wrote on November 12, 2018 at 12:45 pm:
Read & Agree
Read & Agree
Nicolas Delahaye wrote on November 9, 2018 at 11:39 am:
Read and agreed
Read and agreed
Jagdish Repaswal wrote on November 9, 2018 at 11:01 am:
I agree to abide by this. Great initiative.
I agree to abide by this. Great initiative.
Marc Tessier wrote on November 9, 2018 at 4:51 am:
Nice initiative. I agree to abide by this code. Signes.
Nice initiative. I agree to abide by this code. Signes.
Isabel wrote on November 9, 2018 at 12:26 am:
Read and agreed
Read and agreed
martelle Cecile wrote on November 8, 2018 at 5:49 am:
lu et approuvé
lu et approuvé
Sylvain wrote on November 8, 2018 at 5:48 am:
Ok
Ok
Sarah wrote on November 8, 2018 at 5:47 am:
Lu et accepté
Lu et accepté
Julian Bourne wrote on November 7, 2018 at 2:24 am:
Aymeric Bouzy wrote on November 7, 2018 at 1:31 am:
Agreed
Agreed
Dinshaw Avari wrote on October 23, 2018 at 8:59 am:
April Yang wrote on October 22, 2018 at 5:07 pm:
Ayele wrote on October 21, 2018 at 3:11 pm:
These are excellent principles to live by.
These are excellent principles to live by.
richard sheng wrote on October 21, 2018 at 10:36 am:
Agreed
Agreed
Chris Chance wrote on October 18, 2018 at 4:04 pm:
Pawel Majak wrote on October 18, 2018 at 12:23 pm:
Agreed!
Agreed!
Jesus Garcia wrote on October 18, 2018 at 11:08 am:
Read and agreed.
Read and agreed.
Red Russak wrote on October 18, 2018 at 10:02 am:
Agreed!
Agreed!
Roman Peskin wrote on October 18, 2018 at 9:52 am:
Agreed
Agreed
Tara Backhaus wrote on October 18, 2018 at 9:49 am:
My first time attending FounderCon, looking forward to it! Techstars' Code of Conduct is something all organizations should aspire to!
My first time attending FounderCon, looking forward to it! Techstars' Code of Conduct is something all organizations should aspire to!
Eva Tang wrote on October 16, 2018 at 7:17 pm:
Jarett Diamond wrote on October 15, 2018 at 1:26 pm:
Read, agreed, adopted
Read, agreed, adopted
Jennifer Wong wrote on October 12, 2018 at 1:33 pm:
kathryn penn wrote on October 10, 2018 at 6:14 pm:
Yash Mehta wrote on October 4, 2018 at 10:14 am:
Mike Bois wrote on October 2, 2018 at 1:15 pm:
Done.
Done.
Kendra Dixon wrote on September 24, 2018 at 12:13 pm:
Signed!
Signed!
Mark Doble wrote on September 19, 2018 at 8:01 am:
Alex Crookes wrote on September 18, 2018 at 11:43 am:
Read and agreed
Read and agreed
Denis Laprise wrote on September 17, 2018 at 10:59 am:
Ryan Turner wrote on September 15, 2018 at 10:34 pm:
Agreed. Signed. Adopted.
Agreed. Signed. Adopted.