2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

The Startup Struggle Is Real

Saturday, March 12
9:30AM - 10:30AM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon C
500 E 4th St

For nearly a decade, Techstars has helped hundreds of startups navigate the grueling, gritty and arduous process of starting a business. And yet there are common pitfalls that still exist today that are derailing the most promising companies. In this session, three Techstars Managing Directors and a Program Graduate will walk attendees through how to fix common flops to avoid the ultimate failure.

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Erika Trautman


Rapt Media

Erika Trautman, founder and CEO of Rapt Media is passionate about the evolution of online storytelling. With successful careers as a writer, producer, editor, and director, she understands the impo...

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Jenny Fielding at SXSW

Jenny Fielding

Managing Dir


Fintech and IoT investor. NYC and SF based.

Semyon Dukach at SXSW

Semyon Dukach

Managing Dir


Semyon Dukach is the Managing Director of Techstars in Boston.

Prior to joining Techstars, Semyon was a prolific angel investor in Boston and a friend to the startup community.
Semyon made over...

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Troy Henikoff at SXSW

Troy Henikoff

Techstars/Managing Dir


Troy Henikoff is a Managing Director of MATH Venture Partners.

Additionally, Troy is the Managing Director of Techstars in Chicago. Troy was a Co-founder of Excelerate Labs, which became Techst...

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