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Alex Iskold

Alex Iskold is the Managing Director of Techstars in New York City.

Previously Alex was Founder/CEO of GetGlue (acquired by i.tv),  founder/CEO of Information Laboratory (acquired by IBM), and Chief Architect DataSynapse (acquired by TIBCO).

Alex routinely writes about entrepreneurship and startups at Alex Iskold.

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Advice - Mailing lists can be a simple, yet powerful tool to set cadence and keep people up to date on your progress. The advantage of having several mailing lists is that you can share the right kind of information with the right group, and...
Advice - I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Moisey Uretsky, co-founder of Digital Ocean (Techstars ’12), a close friend, and one of my all-time favorite founders. Moisey is incredibly smart, thoughtful, and had the best...
Advice - Whether you are trying to get users to try your product, sell to an enterprise customer, hire an engineer, or raise capital, you are dealing with a funnel.Funnels are essentially inverted pyramids divided into stages. The...
Advice - Recently, we wrote about questions that investors ask founders during investor meetings. This week, we are turning the tables and talking about questions that founders need to ask investors.Most founders spend little time asking...
Advice - We’ve talked a lot about raising seed capital. Even when capital is readily available, fundraising is still not easy.But today, the markets are cooler, and according to Crain’s and Alley Watch, early-stage investment activity...
Advice - Recently, I came home from work at 10pm, opened the door and immediate heard my wife say how stressed she was. Her pharmaceutical company recently bought a biotech startup for a lot of money, and my wife is leading a very tough...
Advice - Techstars is a mentorship-driven accelerator. Our model is to help accelerate startups and help founders go faster by connecting them to world-class mentors—founders, experienced entrepreneurs, executives, and investors.At the...
Advice - We are all in a rush these days. As founders, we want to literally do more faster all the time. As we rush, and get a lot done, sometimes we don’t do things right.  We forego quality in exchange for speed and quantity. Yet it...
Advertising - Recently, we talked about MVP, and that it is important for MVP to be actually viable.Viability, as we explained, means ability to live. To be viable the product needs to have enough hooks and feedback loops. But even if you...
Advice - I am a fan of having a formal board meeting right after the company raises seed financing. I have seen how helpful the boards are and how lost and disadvantaged the founders can often be without the board. To put it simply, a good...
Advice -For some reason, folks in tech, particularly investors, have trouble saying NO.Typically, the fear manifests itself in not even bothering to reply. After a number of seemingly positive interactions, the replies just...
Advice -We have written a lot here about fundraising and how it is a complicated, and at times, confusing process. To fundraise effectively, you need to prepare and have a strategy, understand different types of investors,...
Advice -Everyone is talking about the economic downturn and exuberant valuations in private markets. Bill Gurley predicted this back in early 2015, and I wrote about it last August.So, here it finally is – everyone said this and...
Advice -I am a big fan of A16Z podcasts, and they just released a terrific episode on Network Effect.Network effect is an important, and somewhat confusing topic.The reason network effect is important is that the businesses with a...
Advice -A few years back I had pleasure of working on a transaction with Stan Shuman, then a Managing Director at Allen & Co.Allen & Co is the investment bank at the center of the tech ecosystem, and Stan joined in 1970, and was...
Advice -Every single company depends on software, and startups are no exception. Software has gone from being critical to every business, to BEING the business.Software creation is an art, a craft, and a process.Building and...

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