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Curated quotes about accelerators, accelerator topics and the accelerator experience  

GETTING ACCELERATOR READY

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Susan Cohen, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Georgia

A fundamental challenge for new ventures is accessing, interpreting, and processing the information needed to recognize and realize an opportunity

CHOOSING AN ACCELERATOR

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Yael Hochberg, Rice University Entrepreneurship professor

"If you're a healthcare startup, it doesn't matter if they're the best consumer internet VCs on the planet and the mentors are all consumer internet gurus; if you're doing healthcare, that's not the right fit for you".

ACCELERATOR INVESTORS

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Paul Graham, Cofounder, Y Combinator

The recipe for impressing investors: – Make something worth investing in. – Understand why it’s worth investing in. – Explain that clearly.

ACCELERATOR VALUE PROPOSITION

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Brad Feld, Co-founder, Techstars

"The accelerator experience is a process of intense, rapid, and immersive education aimed at accelerating the life cycle of young innovative companies, compressing years’ worth of learning-by-doing into just a few months".  

ACCELERATOR VALUE PROPOSITION

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David Cohen, Co-founder, Techstars

"We've been publishing the TechStars data fully since the beginning on TechStars.com. For every single company, you can see if it's a failure, success, how much they raised. Entrepreneurs deserve that sort of transparency from accelerators, and it's not hard to do"

GETTING ACCELERATOR READY

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Reid Hoffman, Founder LinkedIn

"No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you're playing a solo game, you'll always lose out to a team"

GETTING ACCELERATOR READY

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Sam Altman, President Y Combinator

"For most startups at this stage, the best predictor of success is the founders. The most important parts of the application are the questions about the founders’ backgrounds and the most impressive things they’ve done. We’re looking for evidence that the founders are smart, effective, and determined.".

GETTING ACCELERATOR READY

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Eric Mathews, founder and CEO, Start Co

"A startup’s main advantage is speed of learning. You learn what works and doesn’t work when you take action, run tests, get feedback, and iterate. You can’t be an entrepreneur in an armchair -- you must do".

AFTER THE ACCELERATOR

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Anna Barber, Managing Director, Techstars LA Accelerator

There is a close to zero percent chance that the plan you have today will be the best plan in six months.

GETTING ACCELERATOR READY

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Steve Blank, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Stanford University

It’s critical to understand that an MVP is not the product with fewer features. Rather it is the simplest thing that you can show to customers to get the most learning at that point in time.

GETTING ACCELERATOR READY

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Andrew Chen, General Partner, Andreesen Horrowitz VC

Startups need to get to “Product/Market Fit” or die trying. Most die trying.

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