I’ve spent the last year working hard (read *blood, sweat and tears*) on Techstars in NYC as Managing Director, and I’ve set in motion a lot of changes to help radically improve our program and ecosystem there. This includes radical changes to how we run our mentorship program, how we engage with the larger community, things we can do to help the community as a whole bond and gel towards the single goal of making the entrepreneurial community in NYC the best in the world… and others.
But one of my challenges, since Day 1, is that I don’t permanently reside in NYC. We knew since I joined that my time was temporary, as I have 2 small children and run the Techstars program in Boulder. I’ve been commuting almost weekly since I joined, and furthermore moved my family out there for 3 months during the last program.
Well today, one of the best changes we’ve made is hiring Alex Iskold, former CEO of GetGlue to join me in NYC. I’ll be there through the next program again, helping make sure that Alex doesn’t make all the silly mistakes I made my first time through (we are a mentorship driven program after all). I’ll still be involved during the next 6 months, and will be moving to NYC again for the next program, but I’m transitioning the day to day and long term care and feeding to Alex.
Alex is amazing, he’s been rated one of our top mentors in NYC, he has an insatiable appetite for making this awesome. I couldn’t be happier to work alongside him and am thrilled at the potential for the future in NYC.