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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Techstars Boston Week 10 - Acquisition

Techstars Boston Week 10 - Acquisition

Customer acquisition is usually the foremost topic on a founder's mind.  This week was full of workshops, focused on various aspects of this topic. We also heard one of the most powerful Founder Stories of the program.

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Techstars Boston Week 9 - Product

Techstars Boston Week 9 - Product

After dipping briefly following Mentor Madness (at least in feel), the pace here has started to noticeably increase again.  That mostly means founders and teams have less time for distractions, and are putting in even longer hours than usual.  New product is being shipped, and more time is being dedicated to fundraising and sales, in preparation for Demo Day. As such, the focus this week was mostly on product development, and putting more pressure on growth.

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