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Greetings Techstars Community Leaders, today we’re excited to introduce a new tool that will help you connect with others like you. From Organizers or Facilitators across the globe, to Curators or Coaches in your own backyard, we consistently heard that you wanted a way to better discover each other.

Now when you log in to SWOOP, you’ll see a new menu under your picture in the top right. This will give you access to the new “Techstars Community Leader Directory.” The menu gives you a few options; Your Profile, Directory, and Edit Profile. We’ll talk about each of these in this post and show you how to put them to use.

With so many great messaging platforms already out there and an even broader variety of preferences, we focused this tool on helping you simply find others based on a few important attributes. We look at it as a simple online ‘phonebook’ for the community.

For those inclined to jump in and figure it out themselves, jump over to SWOOP and give it a go! If you have questions, come back here and read the rest of this introduction.

The Directory

By accessing the Directory, you’ll be able to find and connect with other Community Leaders to collaborate on anything from Techstars Startup Weekend, to best practices on community activities, or even just to say hello or find a friendly face while traveling.

Example: Getting to know facilitators from around the globe

By filtering to Facilitators under Roles and to ‘Girls’ under Vertical. You can easily narrow down the results to a few people with expertise in these kinds of events! You can even further narrow your results by location, by choosing a Country and/or City. Say hi to Kacey and Marion!

If you happen to know who you’re looking for and just want to get in touch, a simple text search is available, too. Here’s us finding everyone’s favorite Techstars Startup Weekend Director, Hey JB!

The Profiles

Once you’ve found someone, there’s even more information available on their full profile page. Click their name to bring up their full profile. If they’ve opted in (more on that below), this is where you’ll find their email address and other details.

At the top, you’ll find contact info and social networks, the different roles a person plays in the community, as well as their location. A bio area is followed by other key details and their event history. These details can be really useful in determining how to work together or learning more about the person before reaching out.

Here’s my profile as an example:

Listing & Updating Your Profile

Remember the days when you had to email your Regional Manager to update details on your profile? Those days are now behind us.

First, if you want to participate in the Directory you’ll need to opt in. We made this step so you could make your own decision on whether you’d like to appear in the Directory or not. You have 3 options for how you can participate in the Directory:

  1. Not at all (do nothing, you will not be listed in the Directory. You’ll still be visible to Techstars employees as you are today.)
  2. Listed, but not showing your email address
  3. Listed, and showing your email address

To opt in, click ‘Edit Profile’ and you’ll be taken to a screen that will allow you to edit all your profile details and opt in to the service. The very first item you will see is the ‘Contact Me’ area, check the boxes according to how you’d like to participate.

Check both boxes to be listed and open to email contact, select only the first to appear in the Directory, but not have your email listed.

From there, you can keep going down the page to edit your profile, bringing whatever you need to up to date. Just remember to click the ‘Update Profile’ button at the bottom after you make any change, and you’re good to go.

Do and Don’ts:

For this to remain useful for everyone, we ask that you respect a few basic ground rules when using the Directory:

  • Do use the Directory to connect with individuals locally and abroad.
  • Don’t scrape information from the Directory
  • Don’t use the Directory for promotional or advertising purposes

We’re really excited to introduce this tool and hope it makes it easier to connect with other wonderful people like you around the world. If you have any questions or need support, email help@techstars.com.

Happy connecting!

Mitchell Cuevas
(@mcuevasm) I am the Sr. Marketing Director here at Techstars, am passionate about helping entrepreneurs, and am obsessed with finding, playing with, and implementing all the best new marketing (and other) technology I can get my hands on.