Comparing YCombinator & Techstars

Source: JWegener blog, May 2011

This core difference, isolationist vs collaborative, manifests itself in a few key forms that are worth discussing:

Office space: In Y Combinator, you work out of your house. In TechStars, you’ll work side-by-side with other companies in a shared office space.

Location: Y Combinator takes place in Silicon Valley.  TechStars takes place in four major cities around the world.

Mentorship and events: YC offers “regular office hours year round for startups who want to talk about what they’re building, or get advice on dealing with investors.” TechStars takes mentorship to another level.

Size of the program: In TechStars, you’re one of ten companies. In Y combinator, you’re one of forty.


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