IDCEE 2013: Techstars - where, what, who - Jon Bradford (Managing Director @ TechStars London)

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Previously Jon was the co-founder and CEO of Springboard. Jon loves to help start-ups and their founders achieve their true potential. Over the last 2 years, Jon acted as an advisor to many other multi-company accelerators from Montreal to Moscow.

Since launching Europe’s first bootcamp accelerator in 2009 – The Difference Engine – he helped to launch Springboard now based in Cambridge and London. In addition, he has also founded ignite100, a re-invention of the Difference Engine, that combines a 13 week accelerator with follow on funding of up to £100k per team and Startup Wise Guys in Estonia, Eleven in Bulgaria and TexDrive in Moscow.

In a previous life, Jon trained as an accountant with Arthur Andersen, and subsequently has worked in various start-ups and turnarounds. He has worked in London, throughout Europe, Australia and also the United States.

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IDCEE 2013: Techstars - where, what, who - Jon Bradford (Managing Director @ TechStars London)

  1. 1. Techstars Techstars is a mentorship-driven, seedstage, investment program that takes technology-based startups from concept to fledgling enterprise.
  2. 2. Techstars #DoMoreFaster Startups fail 95% of the time. Techstars provides, startups, capital and mentorship in a three month bootcamp. We turn that 95% failure rate into a 90% success rate.
  3. 3. MENTORS MAKE TECHSTARS #1 Current Techstars mentors include over 350 actively involved, world-class caliber investors and entrepreneurs from premier organizations including: INVESTORS: ENTREPRENEUR S:
  4. 4. Our Results At Techstars, we believe in full transparency and have the numbers to show you why we are rated the #1 Accelerator in the world.
  5. 5. >1% Each year we receive thousands of applications from teams who want to be in Techstars. We only accept the best and have a lower acceptance rate than most ivy league schools.
  6. 6. LOCATIONS Seattle • Boulder • Boston • New York • Austin • Chicago • London • ONLINE Twitter reach of over 3 million • http://www.techstars.tv • http://www.bloomberg.com/tv/shows/techstars • http://www.techstars.com •
  7. 7. NYC YORK BOS TON AUS TIN BOU LDE R LON DON Accelerato r SEA TTL E CHI CAG O
  8. 8. TECHSTARS TEAM DAVID COHEN BRAD FELD JON BRADFORD Co-Founder and CEO, Techstars Co-Founder, Techstars Managing Director, Techstars London •Founder, CTO Pinpoint (exited) •50+ Angel Investments •Author •Managing Director, Foundry Group •15 Years of Startup Experience •Co-founder f6s
  9. 9. Some Techstars Facts #1 Accelerator – As ranked by Kauffman/Kellogg report – we do this better than anyone else Over $320 M raised by TechStars companies Over 1,300+ jobs created by TechStars companies Average of $1.6M raised by each company Experienced – 20 programs completed, directly operated, see the results here, more than anybody else Over 1,000+ mentors participating in TechStars programs, over 2,000+ investors, 8,000+ companies applying per year
  10. 10. SPECIFIC MENTOR PROSPECTS MATT GALLIGAN HAYLEY BARNA TIM ENWALL SETH GODIN BRAD FELD Founder, Circa, SimpleGEO, and SocialThing Co-Founder, CEO of Mobiplug, Author, Founder of Managing Director, Birchbox Former Founder and Squidoo Foundry Group CIO of Tendril
  11. 11. SPECIFIC MENTOR PROSPECTS PAUL BERBERIAN DAVID COHEN ROB HAYES LARA AUGUST JASON CALACANIS CEO, Orbotix aka Sphero Founder and CEO, Managing Director, TechStars First Round Capital Founder, Robot Creative Founder Mahalo, Open Angel Forum, Launch
  12. 12. SPECIFIC MENTOR PROSPECTS ERAN EGOZY JEFF CLAVIER DICK COSTOLO DION ALMAER DAVID KARP Co-Founder & CTO, Founder, COO, Twitter, Founder, Tumblr Harmonix Music Systems SoftTech VC Founder, CEO, Founder, Ajaxian, Director Development Tools at Mozilla Feedburner

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