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TechStars is the #1 startup accelerator in the world.
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The leading startup in terms of funding was CoachUp, an online marketplace for matching athletes with private coaches, which reported raising $2.2 million out of a planned Series A round of $2.5 million. Leading the round were General Catalyst Partners and Breakaway Innovation Group (see full story).
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Last week +TechStars Boston showcased 13 graduate companies. Come and meet them:
1) BetterFit Technologies: Technologies that personalize medicine by incorporating information not only about the drugs you take but also about your history and conditions. Their consumer product, BetterFit Text, sends text messages to patients asking if they have common side effects or issues, so doctors can monitor patients between appointments. Led by Julia Winn, who struggled with depression as a side effect of birth control pills.
2) Careport Health: A platform where hospitals, patients, and care providers can connect to make hospital discharges more efficient. Founded by Harvard medical students Lissy Hu and Jessica Hohman.
3) CoachUp: A marketplace to find sports coaches. The coaches have verified experience and have passed a sex offender registry check. Cofounded by Jordan Fliegal, a former professional basketball player, and Arian Radmand, a sailing instructor.
4) Dashbell: Software that helps independent hotels manage bookings more easily. Cofounded by Paige Brown and Alex Torrenegra, who have both worked on travel startups before.
5) Fashion Project: A marketplace for high-end fashion and accessories that are donated. A portion of the proceeds go to charity. Cofounded by Anna Palmer and Christine Rizk, who have both started nonprofits.
6) Fetchnotes: A productivity app that lets you take short notes with hashtags to organize your life. Cofounders Alex Schiff and Chase Lee took a leave of absence from the University of Michigan to do TechStars.
7) NBD Nanotechnologies: Technology that can collect condensed water from the air, mimicking the Namib Desert beetle. Cofounded by Miguel Galvez, who used to work at TechStars; MIT PhD student Andy McTeague; and Deckard Sorensen, a biochemist.
8) Ovuline: An app that helps women get pregnant, allegedly almost three times faster than the national average. It recommends actions to take and fertility supplies to buy. Led by Paris Wallace and Alex Baron, both Harvard graduates, with an advisory board of fertility doctors.
9) Saverr: An app that helps you save money on groceries. When you scan your receipt, it gives you coupons on the things you buy. Cofounded by Eyal Yair, Eyal Molad, and Eylon Ohevya, who are from Israel.
10) Urban Hero Sports: A way to “turn a concrete jungle into a playground” with “hero gear,” like a backpack springboard. Cofounded by Arron Acosta and Blake Sessions, who both studied at MIT.
11) Wymsee: Software for TV and film that helps brands measure and improve their reach. Cofounded by Brett Beaulieu-Jones, Alex LoVerde, Dan Stefanis, and Jeff Impey, who all went to Boston College.
12) Zeppelin: Cloud-based software for teams to view metrics, see suggested actions, and collaborate. The team, led by Davorin Gabrovec and Vlada Petrovic, is from Slovenia.
13) ImpulseSave: An online savings account that helps you save money toward particular goals, like an iPad or a vacation. Cofounded by Phil Fremont-Smith and John Mileham, who both straddle the music and technology industries.
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When people ask what the experience of being a TechStars CEO was like, I have a nice short answer: “It changed my life.”

I wish I had a better answer for their follow-up question: “How?”
By +Miro Kazakoff 
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+TechStars is taking a bit of a niche twist with the new Techstars Cloud program to launch in 2013. 

TechStars Cloud is a thematic program, which means we are somehow filtering companies with the criteria of what we consider to be ‘Cloud.’ So what does that filter look like? Well, one short-cut would be to just tell you to look at the companies we selected in the last batch. In the past, we described our target company as one that is building the ‘plumbing of the internet’. That’s a great metaphor, but it may be a little misleading. In some sense, this program is more like TechStars Technical in that any sufficiently technology heavy company is probably going to feel like a fit.
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Accelerators vs Incubators - what's the difference? 
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After stepping down from +TechStars +David Tisch has a piece of advice for early stage startups "choose wisely"
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