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The economist Ian Hathaway recently interviewed Brad Feld, Techstars co-founder and Managing Director of the Foundry Group, about the startup accelerator phenomenon.

In this video discussion, they cover the origin of accelerators, startup communities, seed stage investing, immersive education, the downside of learning by doing, and the value of mentorship. Brad offers best practice tips for accelerators around mentor dynamics, program rhythm, and investor engagement. He also explains how founder stress and conflict can help to build the muscle which eventually helps startups succeed.

If you’ve been through an accelerator, are a mentor to an accelerator program, or are interested in what’s important around accelerators — check it out.

Kerri Beers
Director of Marketing at Techstars