- Invest in seed and follow-on rounds of some very interesting companies that have emerged from TechStars, such as SendGrid, Next Big Sound, and Orbotix;
- Invest new companies founded by TechStars alumni, including SimpleGeo (acquired by Urban Airship) and Torbit; and
- Invest in companies that are not directly related to TechStars such as GroupMe (acquired by Skype), Twilio, and Uber.
28 Million More Ways To Help Startups
March 7, 2012 By
When I founded TechStars in 2006, the goal was to help discover amazing entrepreneurs and invest in them with not just dollars but also with a new style of super-engaged mentorship. Looking back after six years, we've expanded to five locations and TechStars has become something very special. The network of mentors, entrepreneurs, and investors around TechStars provide a tremendous number of unfair advantages to the startups that we fund, and helps them do more faster. TechStars is simply a joy to run. Most importantly, it touches lives and makes a difference in the world. In 2009, I created a small fund known as Bullet Time Ventures, which had three investment strategies: