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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 12:02pm
I joined Techstars in 2013 and ran my first program in Spring of 2014. This summer 2018 program was my 8th program and it will be my last. We were lucky to work with an amazing group of founders for this summer session, Techstars Class 142. After 8 programs I know exactly what makes for a…
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:05pm
When I was running my second company, I was out of shape. I didn’t take care of myself, nor did I understand the importance of self-care. To start with, I had been a smoker since I was 15. Although I had quit around 30, it had left a mark on my body. I didn’t exercise…
Monday, August 6, 2018 - 3:05am
How many of you know Facebook? Okay, It is not a trick question – all of you, of course. But how many of you remember Friendster? Friendster was the early social network that gained initial popularity, but then fizzled out. The waves of many first technologies go the same way. In 70’s and 80’s people…
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:56am
You’ve probably have heard that convertible debt (SAFEs and Convertible Notes) are a lot less favorable to founders compared to equity. If you don’t know why read Mark Suster’s post. With equity, it is clear how much of the company you sold. With convertible debt what exactly do you owe to the investor is to be…
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 5:05pm
I joined Techstars in 2013 and ran my first program in Spring of 2014. It has been an amazing journey, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work with incredible group of companies during my 7th program this winter. Huge shout out to KJ Singh and Jill Canning who built Techstars NYC…
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 7:35am

We are headed towards the holiday season. For founders who are fundraising, this is typically particularly stressful time. It is certainly true, that some investors slow down their activities during the holidays. That said, there are patterns, and specifics for each type of investor. Also, end of year can actually be great for closing the […]

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 11:35am
I woke up this morning with a single thought stuck in my head – the community that we are building together here at Techstars in NYC and around the world is so incredible. In life, when you bump into something special you just know it, you can just feel it. And I have this feeling right…
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 11:35am
This is my 6th program as Managing Director of Techstars NYC, and  I am really grateful to 3 people who run the program with me – KJ Singh, Jill Canning and Raj Patel. We’ve been lucky to be able to work with an amazing group of 80 startups, including 13 new companies from our summer…
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 5:05pm
As you probably know we’ve not done a traditional Demo Day at Techstars NYC for a few years now. This year we are launching Investor Week, and also Community Demo Night. Investor Week is our last week of the program, and we’ve invited hundreds of investors to come meet the founders 1-1. In addition, we…
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 7:35am
I recently gave a talk at NYU Startup School. The talk is pretty long, 1.5 hours and covers a really broad range of topics from types of investors to how VCs make money, from what do accelerators do to what preferred stock is, and more. I really enjoyed this conversation, and hope you will find…
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 11:35am
In recent years, we’ve seen a massive surge in digital identity theft, hacking and online fraud. The bad news is that these practices will not go away, but instead will become even more prevalent. Hackers are becoming increasingly more sophisticated, gaining inroads into election results, company databases and individual bank accounts. They use algorithms and so-called…
Monday, July 24, 2017 - 7:35am
We just kicked off Techstars NYC Summer 2017 session, and the companies going through the program have come up with a list of offers and asks. CottageClass is a community marketplace for preK-12th grade microschools founded by teachers and parents. In little over a year we have served 400 children in the NYC area, and…
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 5:05pm
TLDR; To create the future you need to envision it in great detail, and then make it happen through precise execution. What distinguishes strong founders from the rest is a massive vision; clarity of details on what the future should look like. Strong founders don’t necessarily know the exact path, but they do know their true…
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:15pm
One of the questions investors like to ask the founders is – What is your vision? While seemingly cliché and qualitative, the question of vision is really important. After working with more than 80 founders, I believe that the ability to articulate a strong and clear vision is the leading indicator of success for the early…
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 8:38pm
Earlier this week, on the USA’s birthday, I sent a brief email to Techstars NYC founders. I got a pretty amazing response, and decided to publish the email on this blog verbatim with the hope that you will also find it helpful. Here it is: Hey founders! Today is the birthday of this amazing country…
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 1:33pm
Every couple of months we do a post with cool jobs available in over 100 Techstars companies in NYC. We are confident that Techstars companies stand for highest qualities startups you can find in NYC. Thats why whether you are an engineer or an MBA or an aspiring entrepreneur or an anxious corporate executive, we…
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 11:30am
When I first joined Techstars as a Managing Director in NYC, back in 2014, I really wanted to invest in technology and innovation. Wired wrote a short story about my focus on backing engineers, and innovation. It has been more than 3 years, and I consider myself VERY LUCKY to be able to work with…
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:30am
These days, startup founders spend a lot of time thinking about how to pitch investors. The problem is not simple—investors get pitched a lot, and most startups are either too early or don’t think that making their pitch stand out really matters. The problem is that most founders just pitch with words. The founders spend time…
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 11:30am
Last Thursday I came home from work at 10pm, opened the door and immediate heard my wife say how stressed she was. Her pharmaceutical company recently bought a biotech startup for a lot of money, and my wife is leading a very tough integration project. She works super hard, all the time, and is still behind on…
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 11:30am
Funnels are remarkably useful in many aspects of startup life. Whether you are trying to get users to try your product, or sell to an enterprise customer, or hire an engineer, or raise capital, you are dealing with a funnel.   Funnels are essentially inverted pyramids divided into stages. The objective is to move through the…
Alex Iskold is a Tech Entrepreneur and Investor working in New York City. Currently, he is the Managing Director, NYC @ Techstars.