Semyon Dukach

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Recruiting trips around Europe over the winter by the head of the Techstars Boston entrepreneurship program have resulted in a geographically diverse new group of participating companies. Two hail from Canada, two from Ukraine, one from Spain, and one from Portugal. The remaining half-dozen startups that will hone their products and their pitches during the three-month program come from the Boston area.More →

It’s graduation day for the latest class of entrepreneurs participating in the Techstars Boston accelerator program. They’ll pitch an audience of investors and fellow founders at the House of Blues on Landsdowne Street, hoping to get the capital and connections necessary to make it big. Among the twelve startups are teams designing new bikes for city-dwellers, devices for wireless music streaming, and sites that aim to become the OpenTable of school field trips. This is the first Techstars session run by Semyon Dukach, an angel investor, entrepreneur, and one-time leader of the MIT Blackjack Team.More →

Earlier, I wrote a post about how Tech stars’ new approach to taking equity in participating startups addresses one of the criticisms that some have in regards to the accelerator program.

Dan Primack wrote a piece earlier about the startup accelerator program’s new “guarantee.” I misread that as a kind of “pay what you want” philosophy, which isn’t actually accurate.  Companies will still give up equity to take part in the program, it can just be negotiated if they are unsatisfied with their Techstars’ experience.More →