I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be becoming a member of the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars as Managing Director in Philadelphia in 2019! Let me let you know a bit bit about how I acquired right here.
In 2013, once I joined Techstars as Director of Techstars NYC, I needed to recognize the irony: a number of years earlier than, I had utilized to the inaugural class of that very program. On the time, I used to be engaged on a monetary literacy startup with my brother. We submitted our utility, however didn’t actually anticipate to listen to something again. I used to be shocked once I noticed an e mail from David Tisch, then Managing Director for the NYC program, asking considerate, robust questions on our firm—and I used to be blown away by how accessible and useful everybody at Techstars was throughout your entire utility course of. That enterprise didn’t find yourself understanding as hoped, however I used to be left with a robust affinity to Techstars. When the chance offered itself to be a type of immensely useful individuals on the opposite facet of the desk, I jumped at it.
Throughout my very first program as Director, I labored with a few of what turned probably the most iconic Techstars NYC alums, comparable to Plated and Bluecore, and I acquired to assist them refine their messaging, join with buyers, and rent their first workers. If I’m being fully trustworthy, I initially took the place with the intention of studying how the sausage was made, after which making use of these learnings to my very own future startup. However because it turned out, working with entrepreneurs from the Techstars NYC packages turned probably the most rewarding work I’ve ever carried out.
Up to now six years, I’ve run 10 mentorship-driven accelerator packages—probably the most of anybody on the group (I’m very happy with this). I had the privilege of working with Alex Iskold, serial entrepreneur and former Managing Director for Techstars NYC, for eight of those packages, and I realized extra from him than I might ever have imagined. So once I heard that Alex was transferring on, I made a decision it was additionally time to think about what was subsequent for me. That’s once I heard in regards to the alternative with this system down in Philadelphia.
I’ve been intrigued by the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars and the worth it presents each startups and these media giants. The startups get superb entry, business insights, and mentoring from the firms. It’s a unique mannequin of accelerator, and I wished to offer it a attempt. Plus, I knew we’d be an unstoppable group after we mixed my six plus years of expertise and information of the Techstars method with Comcast’s important experience within the connectivity, media, and leisure house.
I’ve spent the final a number of weeks attending to know the LIFT Labs group at Comcast in Philadelphia, and the vitality and enthusiasm relating to the accelerator program from everybody, together with the group’s senior executives, was intoxicating. I’m thrilled to inform the world that I’m becoming a member of the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars as Managing Director and proceed my path and fervour in supporting founders and serving to to nurture and develop startups throughout the globe.
Purposes for the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars open at the moment, January 7, 2019, and this system will kick off this summer season in mid-July. In case you’ve acquired questions, you possibly can message me on Twitter, or request workplace hours with me to be taught extra about this system, or for those who’re prepared, apply now!