With the new year upon us, many developers are undertaking new startup projects. It’s at this critical early stage in development where the right guidance can make a big difference in the direction your newfound company takes. David Cohen, Co-founder and CEO of TechStars, is no stranger to helping companies get launched. Through TechStars, David, the rest of the TechStars team and a plethora of mentors have helped accelerate the launch of 70 companies across Boulder, Seattle, New York City and Boston.
David reached out to us and wanted to help provide the same guidance a TechStars company receives to a promising startup or app that uses Twilio along with any API or service provided by a TechStars company. That sounded like a great idea to us, so for this “Two for One” contest we’re helping David find exactly that: the best combination of Twilio and any TechStars offering. What a great way to start off another year of Twilio developer contests!
The winner will receive a bevy of great prizes. First, the standard lot. The winning submission will receive an Amazon Kindle 3G and $100 in Twilio credit. On top of that, one member of the winning team will win an all-expenses paid trip to Boston to meet with:
- Jeff Bussgang (Flybridge Capital Partners)
- Katie Rae (Managing Director, TechStars Boston)
- Reed Sturtevant (Project11 Ventures)
- Bijan Sabet (Spark Capital)
You’re free to use the meeting time to get advice, pitch your company or however else you would like. Lastly, we’ll be providing a copy of “Do More Faster” to every member of your team.
Judging the contest along with David are Dave McClure (500 Startups) and Brad Feld (Foundry Group). They’ll be looking for the most creative, useful and well-designed entries. Later this week we’ll have a guest post from David that talks more about the selection criteria and some examples of the APIs and services TechStars companies have to work with. Entrants into this contest will also have the option to have their entries reviewed by 500 Startups for the Twilio Fund which invests in Twilio-powered startups.
The deadline to submit your entry is Sunday January 16th at 11:59pm PT. To enter, fill out the official contest entry form. This is an incredible opportunity for your aspiring or established startup to make some great connections, learn from the best and take that next step toward a successful venture!
Note: David Cohen and Dave McClure are investors in Twilio.