• The Rise Of Entrepreneurial Communities Crunch Network

    The Rise Of Entrepreneurial Communities

    This summer, as Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I had the opportunity to honor an innovative business accelerator called First Batch. This isn’t your typical business accelerator. First Batch is a product accelerator in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, that focuses on helping entrepreneurs and makers bring physical products to market. It’s a great resource… Read More

  • Accelerators Are The New Business School Crunch Network

    Accelerators Are The New Business School

    It’s no secret that most startups fail. What’s a bit less obvious is that most startup accelerators also fail. While a few top-tier programs get the cream of the crop unicorns of the future, the hundreds of others struggle to attract teams that will produce the investment-grade companies on which their models so depend. Read More

  • It’s Time For VCs To Run To Their Bubble Bunkers

    It’s Time For VCs To Run To Their Bubble Bunkers

    Techstars, one of the most prominent accelerators in the world, announced yesterday that it was introducing what it called “an equity back guarantee.” The idea is that founders who join the program can ask for their equity to be returned (or a percentage of it) shortly after their Techstars batch ends if they feel that the accelerator didn’t provide them with sufficient… Read More

  • Are All Accelerators Decelerators? Crunch Network

    Are All Accelerators Decelerators?

    Hari, a smart and very savvy early-stage entrepreneur, emailed me to ask if it was worth joining a well-known accelerator. I texted an emphatic “No!” We then spoke to each other for over 30 minutes and I don’t recall having made such an impassioned argument. I almost felt like it was my duty to save an entrepreneur. Read More

  • Corporate Accelerators Are An Oxymoron

    Corporate Accelerators Are An Oxymoron

    Building a corporate accelerator is certainly in vogue these days. Wells Fargo launched a new accelerator program last week targeting financial services startups and has already unveiled its first class of three participants. The program follows the general recipe these days for corporate accelerators, providing some cash, mentoring, and networking to young startups interested in the industry. Read More

  • After Moving East, AngelPad Tries To Bridge The SF And NYC Tech Worlds

    After Moving East, AngelPad Tries To Bridge The SF And NYC Tech Worlds

    Back in April, accelerator AngelPad held a demo day for 11 new startups at the San Francisco bar and restaurant 25 Lusk. The choice of location masked a big change — even though the accelerator was founded four years ago in San Francisco, and even though it still has offices there, AngelPad partners Thomas Korte and Carine Magescas have actually moved to New York City, and the… Read More

  • Sam Altman (Reluctantly) Says Y Combinator Has An Accelerator Monopoly

    Sam Altman (Reluctantly) Says Y Combinator Has An Accelerator Monopoly

    If you think Y Combinator dominates the world of the startup accelerators, YC President Sam Altman agrees with you. In an on-stage interview at TechCrunch’s Disrupt New York conference, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington said he was trying to get something controversial from Altman, so he asked whether YC sucks “99.9 percent of oxygen out of the accelerator ecosystem.”… Read More

  • Y Combinator's Sam Altman on Valuation, Competition, and Evil

    Y Combinator Squares Up To 500 Startups, Takes Its One-Day Event International

    Y Combinator, the mother of tech accelerators, says it is not planning to run its three-month YC program anywhere but Mountain View, but it is definitely starting to look further afield. Today YC announced that it would start running its Startup School, its one-day networking event, in cities outside of the Valley, starting first with New York and London. Read More

  • Saeed Amidi’s Global Accelerator Network Plug And Play Expands To Brazil

    Saeed Amidi’s Global Accelerator Network Plug And Play Expands To Brazil

    The warp and weft of Saeed Amidi’s family story — transitioning from Iranian immigrants fleeing revolution in the 1970s to running a multi-million-dollar global family office and a vast technology accelerator network — is one that could only have been woven in Silicon Valley. Read More