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A few years ago I began blogging about twice per month. Each post was focused on one specific piece of founder advice for pre-product-market-fit startups.
My formula for writing a post was clear from the beginning. I would only write a blog post when three things came together. First, I had to hear a very specific, powerful piece of founder advice from a good founder on a podcast. Then I had to have a specific lesson around that same topic in my startup journey. And, lastly, I had to be hearing other (usually first-time) founders asking about this topic. Once those three things lined-up I'd sit down with a cup of coffee on Saturday morning and lay out all my thoughts on that topic.
I blogged this way until about nine months ago when I became Managing Director of Techstars Atlanta. Since that time I have been getting up-to-speed on Techstars, learning about the MD role and recruiting ten great companies for my next class.
One of the things that suffered was my blog and I've really missed it.
So this is a quick post to let you know that I plan to start writing regularly again, but with a slightly different format.
The New Format
My blogging so far was informed by my four startup failures, my one startup success, advising lots of founders and launching a startup space (more on my journey here), but my new role with be 10x that learning and I want my writing to reflect what I'm learning as much as possible, so other founders are learning with me.
Techstars began in Boulder, CO a dozen years ago. Over the years it has become one of the main startup accelerators around the world. As a result, there is a great deal of interest in the dozens of Techstars city programs. Plus each MD (like me) spends a few months a year meeting with lots and lots of founders before the application deadline. Just this year I had face-to-face meetings or calls with over 700 founders before applications closed and got 400 applications for my 10 slots. This means that the acceptance rate for Techstars Atlanta this year will be around 2%. Next I'll live 24/7 with these founders during my 90-day program and then continue to help them for the life of that startup (and those founders in their future startup journeys).
I'm laying this out to make the point that this new phase of my startup journey will evolve from personally being a founder and running a startup community to acting more like an investor, hand-picking ten startups each year to work very closely with. I will also be working closely with the Techstars investment team and all the other (really fantastic) Managing Directors around the world who have incredible backgrounds.
So I expect to be learning lots more founder lessons at a high rate and I plan to take the best and write about them every so often so everyone subscribed to my blog will be learning right along with me.
I feel very fortunate that my posts have resonated with so many founders over the years. It blows me away every time I look through all the people subscribed to my blog. So many great founders and people supporting founders.
My only ask of my readers has always been the same...if a post resonates with you please forward it to one founder (or should-be founder) that you believe in. You'd be surprised at the ripple effects this will have.
Create great startups and help great founders!