In Conversation

Accelerator Alumni, Accelerator Mentors and Accelerator Program Managers talk about their experiences and give advice

Accelerator Program Design

The Startup Accelerator Business Model And The Emergence Of Venture Builders

[Dave Drach,Director of Startupbootcamp IoT, Data and Cybersecurity (Barcelona) ]

In our November podcast we talked about how the increasing number of accelerators are making it harder and harder to produce winner programs. An emergence of venture builders or company builders, focusing on fewer projects with a deeper focus on each project, is maybe what more and more accelerators will turn into. We invited Angel Garcia, director of Startupbootcamp IoT, D

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Root Access: Should I take my startup to an accelerator? [Matt Kozlov,Developer Advocate for Google (California) ]

Should you take your startup through an accelerator, like 500 Startups or Rocketspace? What kind of equity do they usually want and what do you, the entrepreneur, get in return? Is it worth it? Don Dodge, long-time investor and startups advocate, shares his experience with us.

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MuckerLab the Startup Accelerator Amping Up LA's Tech Ecosystem

[Saeed Amidi and Marc Schmitt ,Co-Founder & Managing Partner, MuckerLab (Los Angeles and California) ]

One of the leading new startup accelerators in L.A. is MuckerLab, so while TechCrunch TV was in Southern California recently we stopped by to take a look inside and find out about what makes the program tick. Co-founder Will Hsu talk about the MuckerLab vibe, what he and other MuckerLab mentors bring to the table when it comes to shaping new companies, what he'd like to see

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Sam Altman on how to get funded by Y Combinator @ Startup Grind [Carlos Espinal,President, Y Combinator (California) ]

Hear Sam Altman speak about how to get funded by Y Combinator, the danger of some incubators, and other great startup advice.
Sam Altman is the President of Y Combinator. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Loopt, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2005 and acquired by banking company Green Dot in 2012. At Green Dot, he was the CTO and currently serves on the board of

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Y Combinator's Essential Startup Advice [Isidro Laso,Full-time Partner and CEO, Y Combinator (California) ]

A Fireside chat with Michael Seibel, CEO of Y Combinator, talking about Y Combinator's Essential Startup Advice. Interviewed by Derek Andersen, Founder of Startup Grind.
Michael Seibel works at Y Combinator as a full-time partner and CEO of the YC accelerator program. Previously, Michael Seibel was the co-founder and CEO of and Socialcam. Socialcam sold to Autodes

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Why is YCombinator is the top accelerator?

Startups & Spirits with Andrew Ackerman [Mursal Hedayat,Managing Director, DreamIT Ventures (New York)]

Startups & Spirits is a series of interviews with relevant entrepreneurs and investors. Conducted in bars and pubs around the world, we ask the unconventional questions.

Our guest for this episode is Andrew Ankerman, Manager at DreamIt Ventures​ ( a globally recognized digital health and urban tech accelerator designed for pre-Series A companies seeking to

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How to get into 500 Startups?

Startups & Spirits with Elizabeth Yin [Justin McLoughlin,Co-founder and General Partner, Hustle Fund (San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, West Coast) ]

Want to know what you need to have to get into 500 Startups? We discussed with Elizabeth Yin.
S&S is a weekly interview with startup founders and VCs, with questions that could only be asked over one (or several) drinks.
Our guest for this episode is Elizabeth Yin, former partner at 500 Startups. (; one of the most important VC/Accelerators in Sili

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Interview with a Startup Accelerator [ part 1]

[Adrienne Palmer and Carlo Santoro,Captain of Founders Space, Managing Director of FOUNDERS.VC, and angel investor (San Francisco) ]

We had an interview with Steve Hoffman who works at founders space as an accelerator mentor.
He gave us a great tips for aspiring Founders!!

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MassChallenge's Founder & CEO John Harthorne Talks Startup Accelerators [Dr Calum Forsyth,Founder & Former CEO, MassChallenge (Boston) ]

Boston-based John Harthorne, Founder & CEO of MassChallenge, chats with Senior Editor Matt Burns at TC Davos 2016.
John Harthorne is the Founder and former CEO of MassChallenge, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. He currently participates on the MassChallenge board of directors. No equity and not-for-profit, MassChallenge is obsessed with helping entrepr

Corporate Accelerators

Sam Ostler, Venture Analyst Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator #fintechbanking [Elizabeth Yin,Venture Analyst, Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator (Silicon Valley) ]

Sam Ostler, Venture Analyst at Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator. Sam joined the Startup Accelerator Investor Team in 2015 and his responsibilities include facilitating investment activities, portfolio management, and external partnerships. The Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator is a hands-on program designed to advance startups that create solutions for enterprise customers – i

Accelerator Program Design

The Man Behind Techstars’ Remote Startup Accelerator With Ryan Kuder (EP 2) [Mostafa Ronaghi and Amanda Cashin,Managing Director, Techstars (Colorado) ]

Today, my guest is Ryan Kuder. Ryan is the Managing Director at Techstars Anywhere.
Techstars is a global startup accelerator with a combined market cap of over $18B. They’ve funded companies like DigitalOcean, ClassPass, Bench, Plated, Localytics and SendGrid, which was acquired for $3B.


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Alchemist Accelerator, Part 1: The Entrepreneur's Education [Mark Wachen, J. Skyler Fernandes and Alex Iskold,Director of Alchemist Accelerator (San Francisco, CA)]

Part 1 of 2: The Alchemist Accelerator is a six month educational and startup development program for companies who monetize or receive revenue from enterprise organizations. The Alchemist has been recognized as being highly successful in its selection of fundable companies as well as the level of investment received by participating startup companies, during or after the

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What is a Startup Accelerator? [Angel Garcia, Patricio Hunt and Bernat Farrero,Freelance Science and Technology Writer (Cambridge, Massachusetts)]

Wade Roush of Xconomy, a network of sites that cover innovation and entrepreneurship, explains the basics about the startup accelerator movement spreading across the globe in this Q & A session.

The Accelerator Experience

Exclusive Interview With RocketSpace CEO [Don Dodge,CEO and Founder, RocketSpace (San Francisco)]

Duncan Logan is the CEO and Founder of RocketSpace, an accelerator based in San Francisco in which alumni companies include Zappos and PocketChange. Rocketspace is an accelerator for high growth, seed funded tech startups. They connect Venture Capital, blue-chip brands representing millions of users, and access to top tier talent. In this Pop17 interview I sit down with Dun

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How TURN8 Seed Accelerator Helps Startups Succeed in Business [Sara Gonçalves,VP of IT at DP World (Dubai)]

TURN8 seed accelerator provides 120 days of acceleration support to help selected startup teams launch their innovative business from idea to market. In this video interview, Mr. Afzal Khalfay, VP of IT at DP World and a member of the TURN8 selection committee, provides insight into how the TURN8 program accelerates its teams, including the role of mentors and a tour of Th

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Y Combinator Accelerates the Hunt for Unicorns [Pat Riley,President, Y Combinator (Mountain View, CA)]

Y Combinator President Geoff Ralston, an INSEAD alumnus, tells Claudia Zeisberger, Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise at INSEAD, why his company’s Startup School will be a “funnel for innovation for the world”.

Corporate Accelerators

Dave Drach from Techstars on Corporate Accelerators [Paul Graham,Techstars VP of Corporate Strategy (Boulder, CO)]

"For startups it's important to apply early and apply often", Dave Drach, Vice President of Partnerships at Techstars, recommends to startups to get support from corporate accelerator programs.

The interview was shot at the Techstars METRO Accelerator launch event on April 17, 2015 in Berlin.

Corporate Accelerators

The Rise of the Corporate Accelerator, hosted by Wayra UK [Ash Maurya,Founder, The Memo (London)]

On the 29th of October, Wayra, in collaboration with OpenAxel, NESTA and Innovate Finance presented ‘Disrupting the Ecosystem: The Rise of the Corporate Accelerator’ event. This unique occasion was the first event of its type held in the United Kingdom and welcomed over 70 corporates.

Vertical Accelerators

Matt Kozlov, Managing Director, Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator [George Deeb,Managing Director ,Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator (Los Angeles)]

We talked with Matt Kozlov, the Managing Director of the Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator in Los Angeles, to hear about the program and its plans. Interview at the 2019 Demo Day. Interview by Benjamin Kuo, Editor of (

Vertical Accelerators

Start-up accelerator Plug and Play – the new location in Hamburg [Matt Gunnin,CEO, Plug and Play (Silicon Valley)]

The start-up accelerator from the Sillicon Valley has chosen the Hanseatic city as a further location for its "Supply Chain & Logistics" program.