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Archive for the ‘techstars’ Category



Feb 23
New Startup? TechStars Boulder Application Deadline Looming
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

I’ve been a longtime supporter of TechStars, the #1 startup accelerator in the world.  I’m a mentor to the teams, investor in the program and we’ve funded five companies that have completed the Bolder program.  I believe with all my heart that the companies that graduate from Techstars have a significant competitive advantage over their competitors, not […]

Jan 19
Lost Amid The Hoopla – A Great Day for Isaac Saldana
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

On Tuesday, SendGrid announced that they have raised a $21 million growth round of capital led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Having led the seed round of funding for SendGrid, this was obviously gratifying for us here at Highway 12 Ventures and was another in a long list of validation points that SendGrid is on its […]

Oct 11
Beers With Brad In Boise
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

On Friday November 4 from 4-6 pm, Highway 12 Ventures will host a special event featuring Brad Feld of Foundry Group at the WaterCooler in Boise. For those who saw Brad speak at Idavation a couple of years ago, you know what a treat this is. Brad is one of the most successful and outspoken VC’s […]

Jun 30
Entrepreneur feedback for VC’s
Posted by: George Mulhern
 

As you may know Highway 12 Ventures is a part of the Village Ventures network of funds and my partners and I are attending the semi-annual Village Ventures Fund Managers meeting this week.   It is a couple days where we can meet with other Fund Managers to share best practices, network, etc.  Contrary to what […]

Apr 24
OK Boise: Now What?
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

Last week, I was invited to speak at develop.Idaho 2011, the first annual gathering for Boise’s software community. From my perspective, the event was terrific as these things go. I saw lots of old friends and I was very encouraged by how many new (and younger!) faces I saw as 250 people showed up for […]

Apr 07
Why We’re Investing In Orbotix
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

“It’s fun.” Sometimes, it’s that simple. Making a sphere controllable is no easy feat and the team at Orbotix has some pretty impressive chops when it comes to sophisticated robotics. As a result, we’re excited to announce our newest investment in Orobtix (based in Boulder, Colorado). Orbotix is the company behind Sphero, the world’s first […]

Mar 30
Contribution, Community & Mentorship
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

Last night, I was reading the article that appeared in TechCrunch about TechStars raising an additional $8 million for its programs and was reflecting on being a part of the TechStars community. As investors who’ve had a front row seat to the TechStars phenomenon for the last few years (and invested in a handful of TechStars […]