Quick Health Update

Folks wondering why my blog cut out suddenly, here’s the reason: I contracted oropharayngeal cancer, and pretty much just dropped out to deal with it. I’ve been treated at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and have recently finished both chemo and radiation treatments. Everything to date seems to have gone as scheduled, with a 70% chance of recovery (defined as no re-occurrence of cancer for 5 years.) UPDATE 1/26/16: I’M GOOD! DOCS GIVING BEST POSSIBLE NEWS, NO MORE SIGN OF CANCER.

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Demo Day vs. Investor Day @Techstars Boston

The rubber is about to hit the road. It’s like a Bar Mitzvah, Debutante Ball, and college Commencement Day all rolled up into one.  Demo Day, where the companies nervously and/or proudly strut their stuff for the assembled press and public. Insiders have already found their favorite companies and backed them–that’s one of the great advantages for being a mentor, is getting to know the companies in an intimate way that makes for far more informed investing decisions than is … Read More

Boston Creme de la Creme Pie: The Standout @Techstars Mentors

150+ mentors have gotten their hands dirty so far with this summer’s class in Boston at Techstars. Who has had the most impact? We measure it a few ways.

From net promoter scores done by the companies after each mentor session, we get a quantitative view.

Mike Surilov of DataXu Bill Warner of Warner Labs Bob Mason of Project11

For the broadest impact–meaning that you had to have made a meaningful dent on a LOT of companies: three standouts … Read More

The Mascot Exercise

Techstars does lots of stuff just for fun to get the teams to know each other better. San Antonio organizes games of Werewolf, Boulder does hikes, and Boston did an Outward Bound adventure. My co-director Eveline proposed a mascot game where, like a Secret Santa game, each company draws another company at random and has to create a mascot. There are no winners and losers here, but my favorite mascot was done by Cuseum (which helps museums engage their visitors … Read More

@Techstars Mentor @PaulFord

Paul Ford is not your typical suit. He has one of the more colorful backgrounds of our mentors–from being one of five official “Entrepreneurs-In-Residence” for the United States to his time as a paratrooper jumping out of airplanes in darkness and blowing things up (necessary skills for any founder).

This is why I love being involved with Techstars–meeting entrepreneurs like Paul. For now, Paul is an at-large mentor, traveling all over on behalf of (Techstars 2009 Company) SendGrid as a … Read More


James from Shearwater International

I am pretty sure that what most of the teams need on July 4th is to catch up on their Zzzzzs. Me too. Happy 4th, everyone.

Sal from SmackHigh Sal can sleep anywhere. It’s just that he so rarely does sleep…

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@Techstars Day 35; The End of Mentor Madness, and One Last Workshop before the Holidays

As we approach the 4th of July Weekend and finish the first month of Techstars Boston S’15 session, the focus will be on hitting our weekend KPI: 8 hours of sleep for 3 nights in a row.

@austinfish finishing up Part 2 of her workshop on hiring. Who you gonna call? Julia Austin (and at least 10 engineers for everyone you hire) Cai Rintoul of Provender relaxing after another round of meetings with someone who’s been there and done that,… Read More

Just Another Day at @Techstars: Wednesday July 1

Keith Frankel laying the knowledge on ThriveHive and Kwambio

We are in our fourth week at Techstars, with this week marking the end of “Mentor Madness”. Techstars traditionally starts off with the first third of the program intentionally focused on networking within the community, in what becomes known as “Mentor Madness”. Techstars is at its core a mentorship-driven program, where companies begin by networking like crazy, talking with mentors with whom we’ve matched them according to our read of each … Read More