How Techstars Works

Do you want to know what it’s really like to be in a Techstars program? Techstars provides a massive interconnected network that founders can access for life, but it begins with an intense three-month program and you may be wondering how it all works.

With 15 programs across the world, including corporate accelerators with partners like Disney, Qualcomm, Barclays, Sprint, R/GA and more, there is an accelerator program for every kind of entrepreneur. Check out the schedule here and apply today!

We hope this video shows the true essence of what it’s like to be part of Techstars.  You can also check out these FAQs for additional information.

How Techstars Works

Where Are They Now – New Videos

Towards the end of last year we started a new series of short videos on Techstars companies, Where Are They Now?  We profile some interesting companies, highlighting where they began, what they’re doing today, and some tips on how they got there.  Some Techstars companies we’ve already featured include SendGrid, DigitalOcean, ContentlyRapt MediaNestioSketchfabPlatedOccipital, Romotive, and more. As of today, 61 companies have been acquired across the Techstars portfolio and 78% are still active.  There are a ton of stories to be told and a lot to learn.

Interested in applying, check out the schedule and apply!

Where Are They Now? Trailer #2

GoSpotCheck “Starting over with a new idea”
Streamline your field teams, surveys, audits and reports with GoSpotCheck‘s Mobile Data Collection Software.

ROXIMITY “Growing a team”
ROXIMITY is a location based advertising platform that enables retailers and brands to send targeted, contextual messaging to nearby customers.
Begin your next iBeacon project with Roximity.

The Holiday Video!

We wanted to wish you all a wonderful holiday with this video on The Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Entrepreneurs.  Thank you to all of the Techstars companies who helped make this video!

1. Shed some pounds, release stress Sportsy
2. Take risk, grow some balls Sphero
3. Motivate people to save energy Simple Energy
4. Move out of your parent’s basement Everlater, acquired by MapQuest
5. Let your dreams soar, without them crash SkySpecs
6. Learn something new everyday Occipital
7. Know how to pitch your company to anyone Rapt Media
8. Build something from scratch and watch it grow Maker’s Kit
9. Don’t take yourself too seriously
10. Give First!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Techstars!

Techstars 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Are you looking for some fun gift ideas for the holidays?  Well, we have some for you!  Below are a list of creative gift ideas for people (and dogs!) of all ages and interests, plus they’re all from Techstars companies!!!  Don’t miss the promo codes offered.

Maker’s Kit -DIY Project Kits & Video Guides.  Use promo code: techstars25 for 25% off.

Litographs – Art from the books you’ve read and loved, more product videos here.  Use this discount code: SAVE10 to save 10%.

CodeStarter – For every $250 donated, they’ll ship a laptop to a kid who is waiting to enroll in a programming class. 100% of your gift covers the laptop and shipping. Donate here!

Sphero and Ollie – the app controlled robot driven by adrenaline.  Check out their website to see deals.

Romo – Your robot friend.

Occipital’s Structure Sensor – Turn your iPad into a color 3D scanner! Use this promo code for $10 off before Christmas.

Hammerhead – Hammerhead is a tool that helps cyclists find their way and discover new ones. Pre-order now!

Plated – Fresh, premium ingredients and chef-designed recipes, delivered to your door weekly.  Click here to get 4 free plates with a 6 plate min. purchase.  By redeeming this offer, you will be enrolled into a weekly subscription; you can skip weeks as needed or cancel at any time.

WeeSpring – Find the best toys and gifts for parents, babies, and kids on weeSpring.  Check out their baby gift guide.

Notion – small, extremely smart, multi-function sensor that can be placed anywhere and can help you know more about what’s happening in your home.

Brewbot – a robot that brews beer controlled and monitored using a smartphone app.  The app allows users to create, tweak or download recipes while the appliance offers the perfect brewing environment for anyone to brew their own beer.

Atlas Wristband – a fitness monitor that identifies your exercises, counts your reps and sets, calculates the calories you have burned and evaluates your form. Atlas measures your success; all you have to do is work out. Atlas is smart enough to tell the difference between push-ups and triangle pushups. Our machine learning algorithms can intelligently detect exercises in 3D effortlessly.  Discount Code: TS2015


Freedom Audio – Freedom Audio designs portable speakers for the outdoor enthusiast! Discount code for 30% off – Techstars33726

audio Pictarine – Order photo prints from your phone and pick them up from Walgreens in 1 hour. Use discount code: PHOTOPRINT50 to get 50% off!

FitBark – Redefine  the way you understand your pup, her health and behavior.  30% off all pre-orders.


Ecovent – Ecovent lets you get the right temperature in each room in your home through a system of easy to install smart vents and sensors. Use discount code: techstars for 10% off.

Invited Home Vacations – beautiful vacation rental homes with the consistency and service as fine hotels.

Happy Thanksgiving!

You may hear us talk a lot about #givefirst at Techstars. It’s the philosophy that you give without expecting anything in return. It’s really a powerful mindset and was one of the guiding principles Techstars was founded on. Brad Feld talks about it here.  We have thousands of amazing mentors who have deep engagement with our founders, and we’re endlessly thankful for their ​dedication to helping them succeed​. These relationships don’t end after the program does,​ but often continue for life.

With that, have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!

Interested in learning more about Techstars mentors? Watch here.

Bill Flag

Tom Higley

Jim Franklin

Where Are They Now?

Since Techstars began in 2007, 500 startups have gone through our accelerator programs. These companies are changing the face of entrepreneurship and many have made a significant impact on the world. 80% of these companies are still active, and we have seen 53 acquisitions to date.

Our new video series, “Where Are They Now?”, highlights the post-program adventures of some of these companies. Want more video? Please subscribe to our YouTube channel!


Rapt Media



FounderCon Keynote Videos

Just recently we had our annual FounderCon event in Austin, TX. FounderCon is our annual event for all Techstars companies past and present – with two full days of keynotes and breakout sessions. There were tons of opportunities to network with over 3,000 founders, alumni, mentors, investors, and corporate partners from across our 36 programs to date.

We filmed the amazing group of keynote speakers for your enjoyment.  Here are just a few, stay tuned for more later this week. Learn more faster!

Ellen Levy, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect

Steve Catigan, former VP of Linkedin

Fireside chat with Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to making this event a special one!

Also special thanks to our FounderCon Sponsors: American AirlinesAustin City ChamberGoodDataLocalyticsMasterCardMercury FundPivotDeskSendGridSilicon Valley BankSoftLayer, and Uber.



Mentor Spotlights

It’s time to show off some more amazing mentors in the Techstars network.  Below are some super short videos with tips and recommendations from some of the most seasoned entrepreneurs from across the Techstars network.

Jason Mendelson, Managing Partner at Foundry Group

David Mandell, CEO & Founder at PivotDesk

Howard Diamond, CEO at MobileDay

Chris Moody, Data Strategy at Twitter

Kevin Menzie, CEO & Founder and Jeff Rodanski, Partner & Creative Director of Slice of Lime

Startup Stories – Sketchfab “Having International Offices

In 2013 Sketchfab, a platform to publish, share and embed interactive 3D models, joined Techstars. The founders moved from Paris to New York City within a month and since the beginning Sketchfab has grown massively fast.  They started with about 50 visits to their site a day and are now 50,000+ visits a day.

Below is a short video on how Sketchfab operates having international offices and an example of an interactive 3D image.

Volkswagen Beetle
by slavinek
on Sketchfab

Startup Stories – Plated “Getting a Physical Goods Business off the Ground”

The latest in our series on Startup Stories is about Plated! In this short video we hear from Nick Taranto and Josh Hix, the founders of Plated, on how they have successfully gotten a physical goods company off the ground.  Plated delivers fresh ingredients so that you can cook gourmet meals at home.  They joined Techstars in New York City in 2013 and have been growing super fast with about 45 employees at their HQ and another 100 across their fulfillment centers creating many jobs for people from low income communities.  I love hearing about Techstars companies making such a positive impact.

This is one of those classic, inspiring stories of two entrepreneurs who wanted to solve their own problem and built their company from the ground up.  What makes their story unique in the world of tech is Plated delivers fresh ingredients.  Naturally this creates a ton of obstacles that need to be figured out, and fast!

Try out Plated and see their menu!

Watch the video below to hear what Josh & Nick say about solving these obstacles.