TechStars

  • Where Vancouver’s Tech Ecosystem Goes From Here Crunch Network

    Where Vancouver’s Tech Ecosystem Goes From Here

    Compass recently published its second report on the global startup ecosystem. The report is the result of more than 200 interviews with entrepreneurs from 25 different countries, 11,000 startup surveys and insight from data partners like CrunchBase, Deloitte and Dealroom, as well as more than 60 local partners. Our CEO, Ray Walia, was also quoted; he summarized Vancouver’s strengths in… 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

  • Foundry Group Is Providing Free Housing To Techstars’ Detroit Program

    Foundry Group Is Providing Free Housing To Techstars’ Detroit Program

    Startups participating in Techstars Mobility have a new option for housing: Foundry Group purchased a lovely house in the Cass Corridor neighborhood. Believe it or not, there’s actually a real estate crunch in downtown Detroit. Sure, houses are a dime a dozen in Detroit, but it’s tough finding a nice house in a nice neighborhood with like-minded people. And this house is free for… Read More

  • Techstars Buys UP Global, The Non-Profit Behind Startup Weekend

    Techstars Buys UP Global, The Non-Profit Behind Startup Weekend

    Techstars — the startup incubator that has built up a network of programs across the U.S. and Europe and specific verticals like health and education — is expanding once again. The company has acquired UP Global, the non-profit group that organizes the entrepreneur events Startup Weekend, Startup Week, Startup Next, and Startup Digest. Terms of the deal, which closed on Monday… Read More

  • How To Make The Most Of Your Startup Accelerator Program Experience Crunch Network

    How To Make The Most Of Your Startup Accelerator Program Experience

    Seed accelerators have been around for 10 years now and their popularity doesn’t appear to be waning any time soon. Sure, criticism for the programs themselves and the proliferation of different programs around the world have taken some wind out of the sails, but primarily, joining an accelerator program – or rather, being accepted to an accelerator – is still considered… Read More

  • Music Startup Jukely Pulls In $8 Million To Expand Its Concert Subscription Service

    Music Startup Jukely Pulls In $8 Million To Expand Its Concert Subscription Service

    Monthly concert subscription service Jukely has raised $8 million in a seed extension round from existing investors to expand into at least 20 more cities in the next year. The round was led by previous investors Northzone and former Warner Music executive Alex Zubillaga’s 14W, with additional participation from Larry Marcus, Hany Nada, Lyor Cohen, Maiden Lane and GroupMe founders… Read More

  • Naritiv Helped ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Get 800K Snapchat Followers In 3 Months

    Naritiv Helped ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Get 800K Snapchat Followers In 3 Months

    With every big social content network comes tools and services for brands to leverage those platforms. For Snapchat, that tool is Naritiv. The startup has been building out an influencer network that they can leverage to build out Snapchat campaigns for various brands, complete with analytics and reporting tools. Naritiv launched out of the Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars, and was… Read More

  • A Super Angel’s View On Venture Capital In 2015 Crunch Network

    A Super Angel’s View On Venture Capital In 2015

    As the first quarter of 2015 draws to a close, it’s clear that the venture capital industry is evolving. Since 2005, thousands of new millionaires have been minted by the IPOs of Alibaba Group, Lending Club, Go Pro, Box, Zendesk, Facebook, Pandora, Zynga, Linkedin, Homeaway, Zipcar and countless others. Read More

  • Getting Into An Accelerator Is More Than Just Luck Crunch Network

    Getting Into An Accelerator Is More Than Just Luck

    Everyone is familiar with Y Combinator and TechStars, but not as many people know about Seedcamp. It is arguably the most prominent startup acceleration program in Europe and it has helped some of the world’s top startups get off the ground, including TransferWise, GrabCAD FrontBack and Editd. Read More

  • A Cold, Dark, East London Cinema Witnesses Techstars London Demo Day

    A Cold, Dark, East London Cinema Witnesses Techstars London Demo Day

    Techstars has had a fast 3 years in Europe. After Techstars London, led by the departing Jon Bradford, had been set up, it opened a further three programmes: in Berlin, the Techstars Metro Accelerator (around retail) and a fintec accelerator sponsored by Barclays Bank. Techstars London Demo Day today saw over 1,000 people signed up (the majority of whom actually turned up to a rented East… Read More

  • The Head Of TechStars London, Jon Bradford, Is Leaving For New Pastures

    The Head Of TechStars London, Jon Bradford, Is Leaving For New Pastures

    As Jon Bradford, head of TechStars London, hosts their annual Demo Day in a well-worn old cinema in East London, TechCrunch has learned that this will be his last in the role. Independent sources have confirmed that Bradford is leaving the TechStars network to pursue new opportunities, though his next move remains a mystery. Bradford gave me a “no comment” on the story today… Read More

  • At The R/GA Accelerator Demo Day, Ten New IoT Companies Go Live

    At The R/GA Accelerator Demo Day, Ten New IoT Companies Go Live

    Here at the R/GA accelerator Demo Day, powered by TechStars, 10 companies are looking to make a difference in the world. Back in August, TechStars and R/GA got together once again to form a special kind of accelerator, focused entirely on connected devices and the IoT space. Today, the fruits of all that labor are about to be unveiled, with ten new companies launching into the scene to figure… Read More

  • Bench Bookkeeping Service Cooks Up $7 Million Series A

    Bench Bookkeeping Service Cooks Up $7 Million Series A

    Bench, the TechStars-backed company that matches bookkeepers with businesses, has today closed a $7 million Series A round. The financing was led by Altos Ventures with participation from Contour Venture Partners. Bench started out as 10sheet, an algorithm-meets-human platform where SMBs could sign up to have all their transaction paperwork sent directly through the 10sheet system and then… Read More

  • Techstars Lands In Detroit

    Techstars Lands In Detroit

    Detroit has a new resident: Techstars. The noted startup accelerator is today announcing Techstars Mobility, a program designed to advance young mobility and transportation companies in the Motor City. Together with Ford, Magna and Verizon Telematics, the program will give 10 startups deep access into the motor industries. Read More

  • Ello Raises $5.5 Million, Legally Files As Public Benefit Corp. Meaning No Ads Ever

    Ello Raises $5.5 Million, Legally Files As Public Benefit Corp. Meaning No Ads Ever

    Ello.co, the ad-free social media network which blew up last month, has nabbed $5.5 million in venture capital funding even as it plants a legal flag in the ground that the company will never make money from selling ads or user data and that no acquirer can do so either. The company filed in Delaware as a Public Benefit Corp., which Ello says makes it legally impossible under US law for… Read More

  • Forget LinkedIn, Conspire Analyses Email To Be Your Next Networking Tool

    Forget LinkedIn, Conspire Analyses Email To Be Your Next Networking Tool

    LinkedIn — now with over 300 million users — has become the go-to platform for networking in the business world. Now, a new startup called Conspire is hoping to dig into that marketshare (and mindshare) with a new approach for how to meet people. It taps into your communications platforms — starting first with email and those who use Gmail or Google Apps email — and… Read More

  • Barclays Debut London Fintech Cohort Eyes Real Estate, Wider Access And Hardware

    Barclays Debut London Fintech Cohort Eyes Real Estate, Wider Access And Hardware

    The Barclays Accelerator is holding its inaugural demo day today, with 11 startups presenting to potential investors after 15 weeks of mentoring and financial services hot-housing. Read More

  • ClassPass Lands $12 Million Series A Led By Fritz Lanman, Hank Vigil

    ClassPass Lands $12 Million Series A Led By Fritz Lanman, Hank Vigil

    ClassPass, the subscription service that offers unlimited monthly access to various fitness classes around town, has just closed a $12 million Series A funding round, the majority of which is coming from existing ClassPass investors. Fritz Lanman and Hank Vigil are leading the round, with participation from existing investors such as David Tisch, Kal Vepuri, and Shana Fisher, among others. 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

  • Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem Crunch Network

    Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem

    Why are there so embarrassingly few women in the tech industry? Repeat after me, robotically, defensively: “It’s a pipeline problem!” So says David Cohen of TechStars, echoing many others, e.g. Paul Graham and CNN. But come on, folks. We’re kidding ourselves if we pretend that’s the only obstacle here. The pipeline problem is very real; but so is the trapdoor problem. Read More

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