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Free Event Series at Techstars: 8 weeks of awesome events for Techstars Boulder

Applications for Techstars in Boulder are open, and to celebrate, we’re hosting a cadre of events that are valuable and full of tactics for your startup. We love helping entrepreneurs, so it’s free and open to the public. Last year, we called it 7 Weeks of Awesome, and we got such a positive response, we decided to do it again, but more awesome! This year, it’s 8 Weeks of Awesome, every Tuesday for 8 weeks @ Techstars in Boulder. Please RSVP below.

Here is the 8 Weeks of Awesome Schedule:

Tuesday 1/20 @ 4:30 – The Art of Selling with Howard Diamond

Tuesday 1/27 @ 4:30 – 20 Ways to Screw Up Your Company with Jason Mendelson 

Tuesday 2/3 @ 4:30 – Finding Funding with David Cohen

Tuesday 2/10 @ 4:30 – Techstars Open House!!!!!

Tuesday 2/17 @ 4:30 – Building Company Culture with Dr. Natalie Baumgartner

Tuesday 2/24 @ 4:30 – CoFounder Dating with Techstars and CoFounders Lab

Tuesday 3/3 @ 4:30 – The Keys to VCs with Mark Solon

Tuesday 3/10 @ 4:30 – How to Pitch, with Nicole Glaros   (also a CU New Venture Challenge workshop)

Applications for Techstars Boulder open January 5th and final deadline is March 15th!  Why should you apply early?  If you haven’t done so already, apply today for Techstars!

Boulder is the Best

I’ve lived in Boulder now for nearly 10 years but prior to that, I moved here from Florida.  Ahhh Florida – this brings me to the topic of my post.  There recently was an article about how Florida was the Next Hotbed of Venture Capital.  Other than the appropriate descriptive “hot” in the title, the author couldn’t be more wrong.

Never in Boulder will you find your VC in a jacket and tie.  Well, ski jacket, maybe, but that’s only because he’s invited you up to Vail to ski for the afternoon.

In Boulder, the VC’s get their pick of the smartest people in the country.  Really – Boulder has the most advanced degrees per capita.  Florida has what, the most mosquitoes?

In Boulder, you get to bike to your presentation with your VC, and get brownie points for doing so.  In Florida, you’d get hit by that drifting Cadillac and be so thoroughly drenched in sweat by the time you got 5 feet from your house… oh wait, both of those things happen even if you drive.

In Boulder, the VC’s love the community because entrepreneurs often help entrepreneurs.  The succesful ones are frequently heavily involved in the community.  They sit on advisory boards, serve as mentors, take almost any meeting – and really serve as a support group for the next generation of entrepreneurs.  In Florida you’ll have to take your business advice from Mickey Mouse.

There are so many other reasons Boulder is a great town.  We have the best weather on the planet.  You can climb, bike, and ski all in one day if you felt so inclined.  The music here is fabulous.  Our winters are mild, our springs are glorious, our falls are beautiful, and winter is often the best season.  There is an energy here that Florida just doesn’t have.  People are actually nice to each other.   Just come to Boulder for a day and talk to anyone on the street, they’ll tell you how much they love it here.  Talk to anyone on the street in Florida and they’re usually running for the air conditioning.

I lived in Florida a majority of my life, and it has its pluses.  I’ve also stayed extensively in many places people consider paradise – Hawaii, Greece, Thailand, Fiji – and Boulder is still better.