Disney Accelerator – Do Or Do Not, There Is No Try

My favorite entrepreneurial quote is Do Or  Do Not, There is No Try. So it’s especially delightful to be able to announce the Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars, and based in Los Angeles.

David Cohen’s (Techstars CEO) post Announcing Disney Accelerator has more details about how it works, but the gang at Disney that has engaged on this is pretty awesome and goes all the way to the top with Chairman / CEO Bob Iger.

It’s also Techstars first program in Los Angeles. We collectively love LA and have worked with a lot of folks to help with the startup community there. We hope the Disney Accelerator will be another great addition to the ecosystem there.

In the mean time, just remember what Yoda says.

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  • Trevor Waldorf

    Perhaps the best reading and application of a Yoda quote since Frank Oz himself!

  • rick

    My idea is to build escalator shoes for people who get nauseous from elevator shoes. Is this fundable?

  • James Mitchell

    Brad — Looking at the mentors for the Disney accelerator, all of them are senior corporate executives, individuals that run large enterprises. I see no youngsters, no VCs, no techies, no entrepreneurs.

    James Mitchell

    • Did you scroll all the way down? The top half is Disney folks. The bottom half is VCs, techies, and entrepreneurs.

    • David Cohen

      james, scroll down to see the startup community folks engaging – it’s an amazing list.

  • I liked the video because it gives me a lot of fun and rewarding, thanks

  • Talk about imagine and do! Disney is top notch, just like TechStars, when it comes to those things. Nice!

  • Melissa Pickering

    I’m actually surprised by the list of mentors in that there is only one from Imagineering … ??

    • I expect the list will grow and many others from Disney will engage in different ways.

      • Melissa Pickering

        Might be interesting to pull from the Imagineering execs that are involved in the judging of the Imaginations Design Competition –> https://disneyimaginations.com/ — Just a thought 🙂

    • David Cohen


  • I always thought the essence of that yoda quote was to give your 100% effort at something, or do not do it. Interesting though, your interpretation is.

  • [email protected]

    We missed the cut for R/GA, but perhaps 2nd time is the charm? This could rocket us.