Week 8 - Techstars NYC

Week 8 - Techstars NYC

How to Create an Investor Pitch

The alternate format to Demo Day continued this week, and in preparation for Investor Preview in Week 9, we were preparing to record investor pitches.  I was reminded how difficult and time-consuming it is to prepare a great company pitch, and how difficult it is to pitch in front of a camera.

Read More

Week 7 - Techstars NYC

Week 7 - Techstars NYC

The Elevator Pitch

Week 7 kicked off the final stretch of the program, during which we would normally be preparing for Demo Day.  There have been a few posts written recently (Ty Danco, Ross Baird)  about why we should be changing Demo Days, and Techstars NYC has been experimenting with a different format.

Read More

Week 5 - Techstars NYC

Week 5 - Techstars NYC

We’re Halfway Already?

This week was what I consider the hangover week – everyone was a little bit tired, and a little bit off.  Big Rocks were tough, and some got there, but certainly not the majority.

Read More

Week 4 - Techstars NYC

Week 4 - Techstars NYC

The Power of In-Person

I spent most of Week 4 in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, attending the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers conference which happens once every year.  In theory, these are exactly the people we want to be talking to, learning from, and eventually helping, so it was a great opportunity.

Read More

Lean Systems - My Next Project

Lean Systems - My Next Project

New Startup!

I've joined a new startup called Lean Systems (as of September)!  I'm super excited about the project, in which I'm now a cofounder, and the last few months since joining have been awesome.  I wanted to share a bit about the company, as well as my thought process in selecting a new challenge following my time as an Associate with Techstars Boston (Spring 2016).

Read More

Why Positive Constraints Are So Valuable

Why Positive Constraints Are So Valuable

What Next?

I haven't managed to write nearly as much as I'd hoped for the past several months, but for good reason.

After Techstars finished, I did a bit of traveling to visit some friends in Europe, and then headed back home to Nova Scotia.  I ended up staying longer than planned - it's difficult to leave Nova Scotia in the summer (check out this video to see what I mean).  Ultimately though, it was one of the best summers in recent memory.

Read More

Techstars Boston Week 11 - Last Workshop

Techstars Boston Week 11 - Last Workshop

This week was the last "normal" week in Techstars, before the pitch practice madness begins.  The final week was full of workshops, with the last workshop on Friday, and the topics varied from selling techniques, to common VC (venture capital) pitch mistakes, to PR (public relations) strategy.

Read More