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NewCo Boulder: Open House Tour of Innovative Companies in Boulder

Forget those business conferences with long speeches and boring panel discussions. On Nov 18 (new date!), Boulder’s most innovative businesses will open their doors to the public to celebrate Boulder companies who drive the networked economy. NewCo Boulder is a city-wide event that takes you right into the corporate offices of 35 of the most innovative and successful
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Want to work for a startup? Job fair on 8/27

The companies in the current Techstars class are hiring!  Practically every company is hiring at least one position (hey, do more faster, right?). On Aug 27th, we’re doing a quick and dirty job fair.  It’s a chance for you to meet 13 great companies that are hiring right now. Positions available include: Designer (UI/UX) Graphic
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Techstars Boulder 2014 ALS Icebucket Challenge to Techstars Austin

Dear Techstars Austin Class of 2014.  Consider yourselves challenged.  That means you have 24 hours to either meet the challenge, or donate to ALS.  In fact, you should just donate anyway. Jason Seats, Brewbot, Burpy, Cloud66, Common Form, Experiment Engine, Fashion Metric, Free Textbooks , LawnStarter, NMRKT, Pivot Freight, & Smart Host! With Love, Techstars Boulder
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New to Boulder or the Boulder Tech Scene? Come say hi…

I’m often getting emails from people who are either new to Boulder, or just want to connect deeper with the Boulder tech scene.  In an effort to bring everyone closer together, we’re launching a Welcome To Boulder event series.  It’s only 30 minutes long, just long enough to have a quick drink, but you’ll be
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Running Lean Workshop in Boulder

One of the best lean processes for startups I’ve used is Ash Maurya’s Running Lean.  It’s wonderful in how tactical and practical it is, and I’m excited to announce that he’s personally coming to Boulder on Aug 27-28 to run a 2 day workshop on the method. I couldn’t recommend the workshop enough, in fact,
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CatalyzeCU’s Demo Day is July 31st

I’ve been watching CU’s entrepreneurship ecosystem really evolve over the last 5 or 7 years.  It’s a grassroots efforts, led in part by the students, and in part by passionate faculty within CU.  For instance, Brad Berenthal’s efforts over at Silicon Flatirons have become a staple in the entrepreneurship community.  The Spark Boulder co-working space
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Bawte to manage my stuff

When it comes to the stuff in my home I’ve bought over the years, I’m the annoyingly organized about it.  Everything from that Ikea dresser to our TV to the garbage disposal we just replaced, I have an entire drawerful of assembly instructions, instruction manuals, warranty cards, and more.  You know how many times I’ve
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Angel investors in CO might get a tax credit

Angel investors in CO who invest in tech (and a few other growth industries) might be able to get a tax credit for their investment. You have to apply for the tax credit within 90 days of making the investment, there are only $375K worth of tax credits for this year, and I believe they
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Process for Techstars applications

Now that applications to Techstars in Boulder have closed, I’m getting a lot of email inquiries around what happens next.  I tend to not publish this information simply because each year we do it a little differently, we’re always iterating on the process to make it less painful for entrepreneurs and reduce errors and missed
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18 things that can screw up your company

Last week, Jason Mendelson came and gave a fantastic talk at Techstars in Boulder on all the things you can do to screw up your company.  According to Jason, there are 18 things and most of them are not fixable!  I’m including his list below, and also the video of his talk for those who
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Great artistry from Hullabalu

Hullabalu, a company in the Techstars NYC class of 2014, is known for they’re great artistry.  Cassady Benson, one of the artists there, doesn’t even take notes with words.  Cassady uses images to take notes.  I love it.   And here’s one from Del Laramie  
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Evening Events

I get a lot of invitations to evening events – all for great things.  Startup judging events, student entrepreneur events, networking events, happy hours, open houses, startup launch parties, and more.  I could go to an event a night easily, and often times its more. When I was in my 20s, evening events were great
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My favorite new research tool – Crunchinator

I’m always looking for a great tool to help me do research into what’s happening in the market.  My latest favorite tool, which launched on Tuesday, is called Crunchinator which takes CrunchBase data and lets you slice and dice it in almost any way you want. Brought to you by entrepreneur and friend Eric Marcoullier, it’s
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7 weeks of awesome events for Techstars Boulder

Techstars Boulder applications opened up yesterday, and to celebrate, we’re hosting 7 weeks of great events designed to help entrepreneurs kick @ss.  All events are free and open to the public, but space is limited so RSVP today! Here’s the 7 Weeks of Awesome (#7weeksofawesome!) Schedule: Monday 3/24 @ 4:30 – 10 things that will
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Getting the most out of your board of directors

I work with a lot of companies, some of them  have boards, but most haven’t formed their first board of directors yet.  As they venture into their first real financing and are required to put that board together, I watch them struggle with how to best utilize the group.  Early stage entrepreneurs usually fear the
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Looking for capital in Colorado?

If you’re looking for capital in Colorado, consider applying to the Boulder Open Angel Forum.  Deadline to apply is April 1st, and you can complete the application here. Good luck!  
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Come say hi at SXSW

If you’re going to be at SXSW and you read my blog, you’re in luck.  We have just a few spots left for the Techstars Party on Saturday night, and I wanted to give you the chance to join in the fun. RSVP here, and pssst – don’t share it.  It’s for you only!  
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Techstars Boulder 2014 Schedule

And the Techstars Boulder 2014 schedule is out! The first thing you’ll notice is the dates are very different than normal.  Historically we start in May and end in August, but this year I’ll be in NYC helping our new MD there, Alex Iskold, until June.  So Boulder will start a little later, and end
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Random Act of Kindness

I spend a lot of time meeting new people who are interested in becoming Techstars mentors.  Recently, at the end of one of those quick 30 min meetings, the guy I was meeting with, Ben, said to express his gratitude, he’d like to extend his personal Apple Employee Discount to me, giving me 25% off
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Lean Startup Conference Livestream on Dec 9-10

The lean startup movement has dominated conversations in the startup community since 2011 when Eric Ries presented a methodology for building efficient companies. Terms like “minimum viable product” and “validated learning” have become ubiquitous. On December 9th and 10th at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco, 70 entrepreneurs from the lean startup world will
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Karen Nyberg should be mama of the year

Karen Nyberg, a female astronaut, landed back on earth today after 6 months in space.  I saw the news with photos of her reuniting with her preschool aged son Jack.  I don’t know why, but the story really affected me.  I can’t imagine saying yes to a ride on a rocketship with the knowledge that
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“How to be a killer CEO” workshop tomorrow, by an amazing CEO!

As part of our efforts to Give First to the New York entrepreneurship community, Alex and I have put together a series of free events for startups. Tomorrow night, we’re hosting “How to be a Killer CEO” by Techstars Mentor and veteran CEO Matt Blumberg of Returnpath.  He’s also authored the book “Startup CEO: A
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How do you say “Free Translations” in Spanish?

One of my favorite companies, VerbalizeIt, is on a great growth trajectory.  They went through the Techstars program in 2012 and I’ve been impressed with their execution ever since.  Kunal & Ryan are great entrepreneurs and have been fun to watch! VerbalizeIt provides human translation services (because Google translate really does suck).  Imagine traveling in
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Alex Iskold joins Techstars in NYC

I’ve spent the last year working hard (read *blood, sweat and tears*) on Techstars in NYC as Managing Director, and I’ve set in motion a lot of changes to help radically improve our program and ecosystem there.  This includes radical changes to how we run our mentorship program, how we engage with the larger community,
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My favorite give first startup this month…

I’ve been working with a startup called Kangu.org – its a site to help crowdfund the prenatal care of mamas in third world countries.  Those mamas are at astronomically high risk rates of death in pregnancy or childbirth, but that risk is radically reduced by simple prenatal care.  Care that costs less than $250.  Because
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Boulder Startup Food Drive

If you’re a startup in Colorado, you’ve got to get in on this.  Our friends at PivotDesk are organizing the first ever Boulder Startup Food Drive.  Startups around can drop off their non-perishables by 11/8 at the Techstars Boulder office.  PivotDesk will deliver those items to Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) to help families in
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Marie Claire thinks I’m somebody

Marie Claire came out with a list of successful women in tech, and someone deluded them into thinking I was cut out for the list.  Shameless self promotion alert – but check out me in Marie Clare!  Guess my 15 min of fame starts NOW…  
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Personalization is boring

I completely understand why personalization is necessary in today’s tech world.  Because there is just too much content, we become overwhelmed by the sheer number of options, and we shut down.  So the sites that have figured out how to do personalization well are crushing it with higher engagement metrics. But there’s a dark side
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Foundry Group announces a shift in investment strategy

If you didn’t catch it on their blog today, Foundry Group announced a major shift in their investment strategy. And have fun with the accompanying video.    
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Foundry Group’s New Music Video Teaser

Given how amazing their last music video was, I’m ecstatic for the Foundry Group’s next one to come out.  Here’s a teaser for The Worst of Times  
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Ontological Arrogance

My husband Mark and I have fundamentally and radically different taste in music.  He listens to a lot of jam bands, like Widespread Panic and the Dead.  I’ve been to a lot of the Widespread Panic shows because many of our friends love the music as well, and the scene is a complete blast.  But
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Entrepreneurs building connected hardware

Entrepreneurs!  If’ you’re working on hardware, internet of things, and connected devices – you should be aware of a date that’s fast approaching. October 11th is the last day to apply for the R/GA Accelerator, powered by Techstars.  The 3 month program is focused on connected devices and is based in NYC.  As is standard
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Getting Colorado back on its feet

If you’re an entrepreneur or a startup, and want to help get Colorado back on it’s feet after the flood last week, consider donating to EFCO, the Entrepreneur’s Foundation of Colorado. Many have already joined in, including Foundry Group, GoodApril (recent Techstars grad acquired by Intuit), the Defrag Conference, Silicon Valley Bank, Galvanize, Uber, Techstars,
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Denver Startup Week and EFCO

If you haven’t caught any of the events for Denver Startup Week this week, now’s the time to get involved.  Denver Startup Week is a celebration of all things entrepreneurial in Denver, and its in its last 2 days. Tomorrow, I’m doing office hours as a contribution to EFCO, the Entrepreneurial Foundation of Colorado.  And
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I would have failed finishing school

I’m enjoyingmy first afternoon tea experience, here in London. Felt like an appropriate place to get familiar with the custom. It’s white glove service, down to the server putting my white linen napkin on my lap for me. There’s a harpist playing behind me, the Thames is flowing lazily at my feet, I’m surrounded by
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Android KitKat in full 3D Sketchfab glory. Yum….


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Come join me at BrandCamp ’13 in Detroit – Oct 22nd

      If you’re in the Detroit area, come join me for BrandCamp – a great conference for startups! Early Bird Ticketing ends soon, so hurry and get on it.  I’ll be joined by some other amazing speakers and it’s looking like a great lineup.  
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Techstars NYC and Boulder baby…

It’s going to be a fun year for me! First of all, I’m thrilled to say that I’m looking forward to another great class in NYC in 2014, as I’ll continue to head efforts there.  We’re committed to another 4 programs in NYC, and it just keeps getting better.  Plus I’m about to make some
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Startup Phenomenon Women is September 3rd, and it’s going to rock

  If you want better bottom lines – you put women at the helm.  Women make such amazing entrepreneurs, and I LOVE to see this movement taking hold.  On September 3rd, Startup Phenomenon Women is taking place.  It’s a conference geared for both women AND men to understand how to better support women into more
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The Confidence Coefficient

I’ve had this theory running around in my head for a while now, and I’ve finally broken down and written a blog post about it.  It’s called the Confidence Coefficient and what that means for your startup, and anything else you feel like tackling in your life. The notion is around how your confidence levels
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Happy Anniversary to the love of my life

Yesterday was our anniversary and I’ve spent an entire day trying to figure out words that adequately convey how much I love and admire my husband Mark.  Its times like these that I wish I were a poet. While we’ve only been married for 7 years, we’ve known each other for 16.  We met on
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Gut wrenching decisions

Yesterday we made final decisions for the next TechStars NYC class.  It was absolutely gut wrenching.  We had over 1700 applications, we narrowed it down to about 40ish, and then picked the final class from there.  It took us FOREVER to decide this round – lots of debates back and forth between myself and Eugene.
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Welcome to TechStars, Eugene Chung

I’ve been serving as Interim Managing Director for TechStars NYC since November-ish while we look for a permanent replacement there.  Well today, I’m thrilled to announce that after interviewing over 35 candidates, Eugene Chung from NEA has agreed to join us as the permanent Managing Director for TechStars in NYC. We have a rule around TechStars, that
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App Developers Unite with the Application Developers Alliance

App developers – you’re large in numbers but small in representation.  That’s where the Application Developers Alliance comes in.  They help connect, educate, and share best practices for app developers.  They’re trying to be a unifying voice for the industry that has no clearly emerged leaders or representatives.  Given my experience working with entrepreneurs, many
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How to get into TechStars – a tutorial

We just completed TechStars for a Day in NYC, and I was overwhelmed with the number of requests from teams that wanted to come but didn’t get an invite. Don’t worry!  If you didn’t get an invite, it’s not a cut.  It was simply a reflection of how much time and mentors we had at
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TechStars early application deadline for NYC is today – why you should apply now and not wait

I’m spending about 95% of my waking hours right now on TechStars – reflected so in this blog!  Bare with me as I get through this. Early application deadline for TechStars NYC is tonight at 11:59:59 ET.  I’ve complied an awesome list of reasons why you should apply TODAY and not wait until the final
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This week’s TechStars application tip: The Team

Happy 2013! This week’s application tip comes near and dear to my heart.  The Team. We put a heavy emphasis on team.  In fact, we like to say that we look for 5 things in an application: Team Team Team Market Idea So, spend some time crafting an AMAZING team section.  I’m looking for telltale
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Joining the EFCO Board

I’ve had a long standing belief in doing at least 1 philanthropic thing a year, trying to give back a multiple of what I’ve been given, and supporting the community. This year, I get to do that in spades.  I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been invited and have accepted a board role at the
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This week’s TechStars application tip: The Video

Part of the TechStars application lets you link to a business video and a team video.  I love watching your videos because they give us more insight on who you are and the vision of your product.  Videos often are my favorite part of the application. So here are some tips to make sure creating
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Want to hire a CU student?

And another resource to help the startup community here in Boulder – if you’re interested in hiring students from CU – fill out this form.  It will get in front of students at CU who are looking to work for a startup. Built by students, for students.  Great job to the CSUAC and AECU! *********************************************
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