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TechStars Boston

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Last week while I was off the grid for my Q1 vacation, TechStars announced that we are doing a Boston program this summer.  Applications for both the Boston and the Boulder programs are open until March 21, 2009 at 11:59:59 PM MDT, but apply before 3/1/09 and be eligible to attend TechStars for a Day.

We launched the original TechStars program in January 2007.  We’ve now run TechStars in Boulder for two years and have had a dynamite time, helped create some super companies (we’ve had 20 companies go through the program, 2 have been profitably acquired, 2 are profitable, and 12 have been funded), and have been able to contribute meaningfully to the Boulder entrepreneurial scene.

In October, I spent a few days in Boston with Amy.  Among other things, I arranged a “nerd dinner” for some of my old Boston friends, including Shawn Broderick, Warren Katz, Colin Angle, Eran Egozy, and Steve Munroe.  While I have regular contact with each of them, they hadn’t been together in a gang for a while so we enjoyed a rambunctious meal at Sel de la Terre (thanks Warren for dinner) and ended up talking about entrepreneurship in Boston for a while.  There was a lot of discussion about how to energize the community more, what we had been doing in Boulder, and who was doing what to whom.  As part of the discussion, Eran told me I had to get together with Bill Warner, who had been thinking of some of the same things.

Coincidentally I’d been connected with Bill a few weeks earlier by David Cohen.  Bill was considering investing in EventVue (one of the TechStars 2007 companies), was interested in talking more about it, TechStars, and Boston.  We had lunch scheduled for the next day.  I’d never met Bill, but I knew of him from MIT and his experience as the founder of Avid and Wildfire, and had seen him speak about his experiences (I think at an MIT Enterprise Forum event) when I was living in Boston.

We had an awesome lunch and hit it off immediately.  Bill totally got TechStars and our mentor driven approach and said, in short “we’ve got to do this in Boston.”  A logical next step was to have Bill come out to Boulder, spend a day really immersed in things with David, and figure out if it made sense.  We did this and the three of us got more excited about the idea of doing TechStars in Boston, but realized we needed to find “a David” to run things on a daily basis.

We made our list of potential David’s, checked it twice, and started calling.  Shawn Broderick was at the top of the list.  I’ve known and worked with Shawn since 1988 – he was the third employee at Feld Technologies, I was the lead angel investor in Genetic Anomalies which had a very successful acquisition by THQ, and am an investor in TrustPlus.  Shawn was a perfect fit, spent time with David in Boulder, and voila, we decided to do TechStars Boston.

Wade Roush at Xconomy Boston has a thorough interview up with David Cohen titled TechStars “Entrepreneurship Boot Camp” Comes to Boston: An Interview with Co-founder David Cohen that goes deeper in to the why and how.  Shawn has hit the ground running and we are totally psyched with how the Boston program is coming together.

Having spent 1983 to 1995 in Boston, this is a wonderful “going full circle moment” for me.  I’m planning on spending some chunks of time in Boston this summer both with our investments (we’ve got two in Boston), TechStars, MIT, and old friends.  Bill – thanks for being the spark that got this started!

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    this is great news. I was introduced to Shawn some time ago but we never managed to meet up due to scheduling conflicts.

  • markslater

    this is great news. I was introduced to Shawn some time ago but we never managed to meet up due to scheduling conflicts.

    i am loosely associated with a group that might submit – might need to ask shawn for an extension though!

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    David Beisel is already on board as a TechStars mentor – see http://www.techstars.org/mentors

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    This is fantastic news for Boston. I met with Shawn this week. Look forward to being involved with the program

  • Eran Muskat

    Any idea how to contact Eran Egozy?

  • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

    Yes – send me an email with what you are looking to ask him and I’ll get it to him.

  • Eran Muskat

    Thanks, how can I get your email?

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    Thanks David G. Cohen.I just got more info from techstars website.
    This is a so good program.

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    I as introduced to Shawn some time ago but we never managed to meet up due to scheduling conflicts. I am loosely associated with a group that might submit – might need to ask shawn for an extension though!

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Well – the 2009 Boston program is off and running so you’ll have to wait to 2010.  But – definitely apply!

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    Taking the lead is the brilliant and funny Shawn Broderick. I met Shawn for the first time last week in Boulder, and have a great respect for what he has accomplished. If Boston had a David Cohen, it would be Shawn.

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    Wow, Boston is truly a destination for that. I have been there twice for vacations. Good luck with the coming event. Must be fun to spend up to weeks there..

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    TechStars will operate programs concurrently in both Boulder and Boston starting in the summer of 2009. Applications for both locations are open now and run through March 21. Applicants will be able to specify a preference for either Boulder or Boston when applying to the program. The new program will be managed by Boston entrepreneur Shawn Broderick.70-640 exam

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    The decision to expand and create the Boston program was promoted by Warner, founder of Boston-based Avid Technology and Wildfire Communications, who had been interested in the TechStars model for some time because of the community-oriented mentorship-driven model that it employs. He visited the TechStars’ Boulder operation last year, got involved, and ultimately invested in one of the companies.

    Coupled with Warner’s enthusiasm Boston became the logical next step for TechStars.

    The TechStars founders have deep East Coast roots as well. Brad Feld is a MIT graduate who built, operated, and sold his early businesses in Boston. David Brown and David Cohen sold their first company to ZOLL Medical Corporation in Chelmsford, MA in 1999. Many TechStars mentors such as Howard Diamond, David Hose, Neil Robertson, Eric Marcoullier and Seth Levine are also very connected to the Boston entrepreneurial community.

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    This is fantastic news for Boston. I met with Shawn this week. Look forward to being involved with the program. Thanks.

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