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An entrepreneur loving on strangers

A friend of mine (and a Techstars company), Jackie Ros from Revolar, emailed me a few days ago with a fantastic offer.  Revolar makes a personal security device – it’s like a little button that you can ‘wear’, and if you feel unsafe, it will call for help on your behalf. Jackie’s email said “My
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Moving forward post election

While I do vote at every election, I have always stayed out of public conversation around politics.  As a child, when the extended family dinner conversations turned to politics, it always resulted in anger and yelling, ruining the evening for everyone and dividing the family.  I don’t remember constructive, curious conversations, only defensive and offensive ones.
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Just jump

My friend Ryan Frankel is publishing a book, and he asked me to write an excerpt for it.  I made some edits for this blog, but I thought I’d share it. ***** When I was in college in Gainesville, FL, on the weekends my friends and I would visit a nearby rock quarry that was
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A perfect summer weekend in Boulder, CO

I was recently asked by a founder, who was interested in moving to Boulder, what should he do and see while here to get a feeling for the town? I came up with this list.  If you have other suggestions for how to spend a perfect weekend in Boulder, let’s hear them! Hike Sanitas,  it’s
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Good investors will be on your side

Last week I had a conversation with one of my portfolio companies, one I hadn’t spoken to in a while.  He wasn’t great at communicating over time, and honestly, neither was I. When I asked him how it was going, he broke down in tears and unleashed a torrent of issues on me.  The biggest issue was
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Why the diversity conversation is so hard for me

I read this awesome post by Katie Womersley and I love it.  The quick synopsis is that people who identify with a specific stereotype could cause them to do WORSE.  I believe in diversity and think it makes all of us stronger, but I don’t actually identify with ‘being a woman in tech’.  I have never liked the label,
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How to move the needle on diversity…

As a female in tech, entrepreneurship, and investing, I’m often asked how we move the needle on diversity.  We have all seen the data around why diversity is important (stronger companies, bigger bottom lines – not to mention that it’s just the right damn thing to do). I got to where I am because I
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Fundraising? Here’s a great resource…

My friend John Bliss just shared with me this great study by DocSend on what they learned by studying 200 startups that successfully raised capital.  The info in it is great, everything from sample decks to # of investors you need to contact to where to focus efforts.  There are a few areas I disagree
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Meet the Techstars Boulder Class of 2015

This is a bitter sweet post for me.  The 2014 Techstars class was my last.  After 8 programs it was time to tackle new challenges at Techstars.  But I left the program in the great and capable hands of Zach Nies & Natty Zola, two people I’ve known for a long time that were made
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Techstars and UP Global (aka Startup Weekend) UNITE!

Today, Techstars announced that we have acquired UP Global, which includes Startup Weekend, Startup Week, Startup Digest, and Startup Next.  But acquired isn’t really the right word.  It’s more like merge.  Or join forces. Or unite.  Or, REUNITE.  Like twins, separated at birth. Techstars and Startup Weekend share early beginnings.  The idea was borne of Andrew Hyde,
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Fundraiser for Calone For Congress

I met David Calone back when I first started at Techstars.  He has been a longtime supporter, mentor, and investor of the Boulder Techstars program for the last 7 years.  He’s a friend to investor, entrepreneur, and tech alike, and now he’s running for Congress representing Long Island, NY. I’m really proud of David, not
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Pledge1% goes global

Every year, I’m inspired by the community that rallies around the Techstars companies. The sheer number of hours, brain power, and introductions that are pumped into each company is staggering – and the mentors do this without expectation of reward. They volunteer their time, their knowledge, and their contacts for the benefit of startups when
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Techstars raises $150M Venture Fund

Earlier today Techstars announced that we closed a $150M venture fund.  It serves primarily as a co-investor for the Techstars portfolio, our alumni, and our mentors’ startups.  It’s a new resource for the Techstars ecosystem, injecting additional capital to great companies. This announcement is exciting for me personally because I’ve been named a Partner in that fund.  I’ve
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Middle school students and entrepreneurship

I just spent the morning alongside David Brown, talking to 115 middle school students about entrepreneurship.  I do this periodically and it’s one of the most fun days of my year.  The amount of unbridled energy and enthusiasm in the room is always palpable, and the kids have wonderfully insightful questions on how to startup
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Techstars Boulder applications are now open!

I’m well rested after a long sabbatical and ready to tackle 2015!  And no way to bring in the new year by opening applications for Techstars in Boulder. So if you’re interested in applying to Techstars in Boulder – here are some important dates you need to know: Jan 5th – Applications open.  Apply now! March
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Last minute seats for Techstars Boulder Demo Day – tomorrow!

Just for the readers of my blog – if you want to attend Techstars Boulder Demo Day tomorrow (Oct 9th), please RSVP here.  I’ve opened up just a small handful of tickets (25 actually) just to say thanks for reading here. Hope you’ll join us!
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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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