Before the Techstars Demoday of 2014

When you watch the World Cup, you notice the stark difference between the football players who’ve played on the European leagues and those who haven’t.

The sheer amount of experience you learn competing against the top players, being part of a great team is something that is unparalleled, and this is exactly what will push you forward light years ahead of your pack.

For me, Techstars felt like that experience I needed as an entrepreneur. Even though I had the fortune of selling my previous startup, this program feels like the place where you can really learn how to present yourself, how to crystalize your thoughts, how to deliver your execution, and bring out the best in yourself.

Without doubt, I would recommend the program to any aspiring entrepreneurs to take part in this wonderful journey.

Techstars London: Founder Diaries

Great post by Mick @ Spatch on the experience at Techstars’ 1st month.

If you are interested in startup accelerators, go check it out.

Techstars London: Founder Diaries

Techstars S14 – wrapping up Week 4

Time flies. As Jon Bradford (MD, Techstars) puts it, “It feels like you’ve been here forever, yet at the same time, time goes by so quickly.”

Last night, we had a round table (without the table), each going in circles sharing what was the one best thing that you’ve learned in the first month through Techstars. That moment, we all felt that camaraderie, a sense of belonging and kinship as fellow entrepreneurs, and as a fellow Techstars batch.

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Mentor Week 1 at Techstars

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We were meeting 6~8 people on a daily basis starting Monday til Friday, total of 36 mentors for Smile Family. The meetings usually takes place from 9am ~ 1pm with few short breaks in the middle, so basically most of them ends up to be back-to-back meetings.

Mentors are groups of successful entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs, executives, or industry experts, so you get wide range of perspective into your business in a short period of time. 

You get to play with your pitch, edit it here and there, literally doing A/B testing and optimizing in a short period of time to see which sticks, which works to whom and doesn’t and so forth.

So in the end, you get tons of feedback, tons of contradicting views and mix of emotions – ‘mentor whiplash’ – which you have to distill and prioritize.

Fun week.