Stanley Feld M.D., FACP,MACE
A few Mondays ago I flew to Boulder on the first American Airlines flight from Dallas to Denver get to TechStars FounderCon before 9.30 a.m. and the first morning session.
I wanted to see what FounderCon was all about and how my son, Daniel Feld, put it together.
Daniel and his staff put on FounderCon in Boulder. It attracted over 800 TechStars founders. I wanted to be there to celebrate Daniel’s success.
Also I wanted to spend time with all these young people observing how their powerful social network works.
I love spending time hanging out and learning from my sons. I try to take every opportunity I can to learn from them
Daniel Feld is Vice President of Operations for Techstars. He leads its powered by TechStars expansion efforts with corporate partners including Nike, Kaplan, R/GA, Sprint, Disney, Barclays, Ford, MetroAG and others.
FounderCon is a TechStars annual event for all Techstars graduate founders. The conference is two full days of keynote speakers and breakout sessions in addition to social and business opportunity networking.
The primary purpose is to learn and network with almost 800 Techstars founders across the 36 TechStars programs in the U.S. and around the world.
My conclusion at the end of the conference was that Daniel is an excellent organizer and administrator. His staff is dedicated to his leadership.
His father (me) is very proud of him. I also learned a ton from all these young entrepreneurs about their corner of the world.
What is TechStars?
TechStars is a startup accelerator founded by David Cohen, David Brown, Brad Feld and Jared Polis in 2006.
In Las Vegas in 2006 on one of our father-son weekends Brad told me the two David’s idea to see how I would react. I knew he had already made up his mind that he was going to go for it.
I thought it was great. There is nothing like a young startup entrepreneur learning how to start and run a business from mentors who have already started up a business. It is much better and more efficient than learning from scratch.
TechStars has grown into a fabulous franchise in the last nine years. There are founders who have learned how to startup a company from all over the world. It is growing rapidly.
FounderCon provides an opportunity for graduates of TechStars to grow and help each other.
The TechStars mantra is give first. Do not worry about the return. The concept is expressed eloquently in Brad seminal book for start ups “Startup Communities Building An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City. “ The book has been published in many languages.
The book is the foundation of his Startup Revolution.
The startup energy results from his Boulder Hypothesis. This hypothesis has led to the formation of many very successful startup companies.
TechStars has expanded geometrically in the pursuit of developing Startup communities.
The magic of TechStars and the development of a successful Startup Community are expressed in the following You Tube.
My sons Daniel and Brad teach me more that I teach them these days.
I am all ears and try to learn all I can.
We also have a great time hanging out and enjoying chocolate ice cream.
Daniel and Stan. Which One is Stan?
Brad and Stan at our tradition.
Thanks guys. I love you both very much.