TechStars is a mentorship-driven investment program in Boulder and Boston. They fund 20 new startups every year from over 600 that apply, and have been operating for 3 years now in Boulder and one year in Boston. TechStars is like a "boot camp" for those companies highlighted by some amazing mentors. Somehow they let me on that list and went to both Boulder and Boston this summer to help these companies, and had a blast doing so. TechStars companies have achieved some notable exists such as Intense Debate (to Automattic/Wordpress), Socialthing (to AOL), and Brightkite (to Limbo).
Every year, the TechStars companies get together for a reunion in a different city. This year, I'm excited to tell you that it's happening here in Seattle! As part of the reunion, TechStars reserves a part of one afternoon to have some of their companies that are still raising money pitch investors. About 75% of the companies that come out of TechStars have been angel or ventured backed historically, so this is a great chance to see some interesting early stage companies and to check out what TechStars is all about. In addition to the company presentations, there is a panel on angel and venture investment trends that I'm on along with Brad Feld (co-founder of TechStars and Managing Director of The Foundry Group), Greg Gottesman (Madrona), Stephen Hall (Vulcan Capital), David Cohen (co-founder of TechStars and angel investor), and Chris Sheehan (runs CommonAngels in Boston). I'm really looking forward to it and if you're a Seattle area VC or angel investor that is interested in attending, please contact me and I'll get you an invitation.