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You may have noticed that we’ve been quiet here on Medium lately. That’s because we recently launched a new digital magazine: The Line.

Here’s what you can see on The Line, every day:

  • Startup Profiles: get to know Techstars startups from around the globe, in every industry, and learn how they’re transforming the world we live in.
  • Advice: actionable advice for entrepreneurs at every stage of starting, scaling, or selling their startup.
  • POV (Point of View): Thoughtful and informed perspectives about everything startup, from experts across the Techstars worldwide network.
  • Podcasts: Listen to shows on the expanding Techstars Podcast Network…

How to be a Considerate Communicator

By Ray Newal, Managing Director of Techstars Bangalore Accelerator

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The Metaphor of the Traffic Light

On a recent bike ride, while passing through a four-way intersection, a thought occurred to me regarding the role of contracts and signaling systems in interdependent situations. Without traffic lights, speed limits, and a contract between drivers to obey the traffic laws, cars would crash into each other a lot more than they do. Bike riders like myself would never stand a chance. The combination of signalling systems and contracts allow us to bring order to chaos. …


by Chris Heivly, Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars

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My children are all adults now (that does not mean I am done being a parent) and I am reminded of one of my pet peeves that siblings seem to do all the time. That pet peeve is complaining about what they did not get as compared to what their sibling received. I used to call it the compare game and my kids all knew that was a hot button for me and thus to not use that in any of their arguments.

I find that that the same compare game is…


By Kate Drane, Techstars Network Engagement Manager

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Hey founders: Did you know that at any given time, your startup may be in the process of being considered for a game-changing opportunity? It’s true!

As a Techstars Network Engagement Manager, a critical part of my role is to serve as a matchmaker between our corporate partners and Techstars portfolio companies. My team and I pore through our portfolio a few times a week, searching for amazing companies that best match the needs of our corporate partners. …


By Chris Heivly, Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars

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Great startup communities have meaningful connections from every actor in the ecosystem. Corporations are one of those critical actors. Why? It’s actually simpler than you think. There is something in it for everyone. The perfect win-win.

For an effective win-win, you must have two motivated parties each of whom get obvious value from the connection.

The problem with the corporation–startup community connection, or lack thereof, is that the value for each actor is many times not obvious.

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Originally published at www.techstars.com on January 22, 2019.


By Chris Lucas, Vice President of BLASTmedia and Rachael Feuerborn, Program Manager Techstars Chicago

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I see my fair share of brilliant founders. Many of whom have well-thought-out business models, growth strategies, product roadmaps, etc. However, most neglect PR… because honestly who gives a hoot when you are spending your last $276.78 trying to get your big vision off the ground while investors (and your parents) keep telling you to quit? I get it. That’s why I wrote this.

What is PR?

Public Relations: if you break the words down it’s quite broad.

“Public” means just that: people. Not just your customers or the…


by Chris Heivly, Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars

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For a brief, shining moment, I was in the fire suppression business, so I know a little about fire. Fire needs three elements: spark, material, and oxygen. That is why you keep your door closed when there is a fire outside the room — don’t feed it more oxygen.

When I meet with startup community enthusiasts, we a lot talk about the factors that seem to grow a community and the factors that seem to inhibit progress. If we could only do more of the right thing and less of the wrong things maybe we could build a little momentum.

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Originally published at www.techstars.com on January 8, 2019.


By Chris Pearson, Manager, Partnerships | IBM Digital Business Group

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I’ve spent my fair share of time mentoring startups, and when we meet for the first time, I always begin by asking the founders a seemingly simple question: “Why are you doing this?” Answers to this question come in different forms, typically to the tune of “We’ve noticed a gap in ‘x’ market that we can expose,” or “We have an innovative product that can revolutionize the way ‘y’ business is done,” and of course the ever so original “We’re the Uber for ‘z.’” It’s always great to get a…


By Shannon Liston, Techstars Corporate Council

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Just to be clear: This sheet is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Companies should consult their own attorneys for legal advice on these issues. Because of the generality of the issues discussed in this piece, the information provided may not apply in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

Sometimes, startups fail.

It’s painful and brutal — and nothing to be ashamed of. It’s part of many, many entrepreneurial journeys. …


By Arturo Calle Flores, CEO Alterlatina & Community Leader, Techstars Startup Programs Peru

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Here, Everyone Shares Everything

In a conversation during an event at Techstars Startup Week Lima, a venture capitalist told me: “It amazes me how this works, I come from the corporate world and there nobody shares anything.” I liked hearing that because it reflects the achievements of several years spent trying to create a community of startups in Lima, Peru. Here, everyone shares everything.

Organizing Techstars Startup Week Lima took four months, but helping to create a collaborative culture took about six years. Techstars Startup Week Lima is an event that…

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