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Techstars will build and launch startups with new venture studio

Similar to Y Combinator, early-stage technology startup accelerator Techstars has spent much of the last decade supporting and seeding innovative projects, including Plated, ClassPass, SendGrid and PillPack. Now, it wants to take its service a step further.

Today, Techstars is announcing the launch of Techstars Studio, a new venture that will have the accelerator developing and launching venture-scale businesses with the support of several corporate partners. Leveraging its large network of entrepreneurs, Techstars has invited large companies to co-create startups targeting specific challenges within their industry. Techstars says it has signed on 25 corporate partners so far, each of which will pay an annual membership fee to access an early look at the Techstars Studio projects, as well as updates from the team, as concepts transition into prototypes then to full-fledged companies.

Techstars Studio plans to complete four full spin-outs per year and will identify talent from within its network to lead each venture. The companies will be seeded with a varying amount of capital depending on the business’s needs.

The news is the latest in a series of developments from within Techstars that illustrate the accelerator’s bid to marry corporations and the startup ecosystem. On top of the startup studio, Techstars announced in September a Network Engagement Program, which offers concierge-style connections for corporations looking to build relationships with startups and a 54-hour Innovation Bootcamp, which teaches corporate employees “to rapidly identify and validate solutions for critical business problems.”

“We think of ourselves as the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed — this will help entrepreneurs in our world be successful,” Techstars co-founder and co-chief executive officer David Cohen told TechCrunch. “We have the history and the talent to do it but this is new for us, so we have to build that muscle.”

Cohen will lead the studio along with portfolio co-founder Isaac Saldana, who will serve as chief technology officer. Saldana co-founded Techstars-backed SendGrid, an email platform acquired by Twilio for $2 billion in October. Mike Rowan, SendGrid’s former vice president, and Sabrina Kelly, Techstars VP of talent, have also joined the new effort.

A slew of Techstars-backed founders have also signed on to advise the projects, including the founders of Remitly, Sphero and DataRobot.

Founded in 2006, Techstars now operates 44 programs in 14 countries with more than 1,600 companies in its portfolio.


Source: TechCrunch

The Dutch Science Park Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe

For his book Universe, photographer Jos Jansen documented a neutrino-detecting orb, data visualizations, and other ambitious projects in the Netherlands.
Source: Wired

Best Skiing and Snowboarding Gear (2019): Jackets, Boots, and More

From custom skis to the ultimate in-bounds backpack, everything you need to make the most of powder days.
Source: Wired

MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro

Though they both share Retina Displays and similar keyboards, there are still some specs differences and other changes that differentiate the new 2018 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. In this guide, we stack the two up against each other.

The post MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

For Nervous Californians, Fire-Proofing Is a New Obsession

In wildfire-prone cities and towns, increasingly worried residents are banding together to prevent future disasters.
Source: Wired

8 Best Travel Coffee Mugs (2019): Insulated, Steel, Thermal

From classics like Zojirushii, Yeti, and Stanley to new mugs from OtterBox and Snow Peak, I tried a ton of travel tumblers this winter. These are the best.
Source: Wired

The eye-tracking HTC Vive Pro Eye is a sign of VR to come – CNET

HTC Vive Pro Eye demos show the weird and very imminent future of eye-tracking tech.
Source: CNET

Porny Presidential Fanfic Isn't Just Kinky—It's Political

You probably won’t enjoy reading about President Trump getting it on with Mike Pence (or Putin, or Shrek), but you’re not really supposed to.
Source: Wired

The Millions Silicon Valley Spends on Security for Execs

Facebook told investors it expects to spend $10 million annually on security for CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Source: Wired

As the Government Shutdown Drags on, Security Risks Intensify

From potential nation state hacks to a brain drain, the shutdown has done nothing good for cybersecurity.
Source: Wired

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