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TechStars NYC leader David Tisch steps down

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David Tisch, who helped establish the TechStars accelerator program in New York two years ago, is stepping away from his day-to-day duties as managing director. Tisch explained his new role in a blog post, saying he will be focusing on building new projects.

Tisch will remain active with TechStars as a co-founder, investor and mentor and will continue to help with the selection process. But it’s unclear who will become the new head of the New York program.

Since TechStars New York began, the program has taken in 36 companies, all but two of them are active. The startups have collectively raised more than $50 million in follow up funding. TechStars has been part of a big boom in accelerator and incubator programs in the city and has been arguably the most high profile. It was even featured in a Bloomberg TV series.

2 Responses to “TechStars NYC leader David Tisch steps down”

  1. I met David once during an informational session at a tech stars event at a bar. He definitely came off as a jerk. However, I didn’t want to judge him from 1 meeting. Then I saw him on the tech stars tv show on bloomberg. Got the same feeling watching the show. don’t know how much of his attitude is real or just for show or possible to test people who are applying for the program, but he just left a negative impression about tech stars as a whole.

    I think the whole team has greatly improved the startup field in new York city and have to give them a ton of credit for that. With regard to the actual
    selection of the companies, it can be a bit subjective. Sometimes it seems the selection process is highly based on networking and connections more so than the actual idea or team. Involved.

    All due respect to tech stars, I would like to see a change of leadership, it’s usually a good thing.