Sometime around three months ago I moved to New York City with two bags, no place to stay, and one awesome opportunity. That opportunity was Techstars NYC. Up to that point of my life I’d never even stepped foot in New York City… and as for my place to stay, let’s just say I’m still working on that.
To quickly and quite frankly, unjustly, summarize Techstars NYC…it was simply a one of a kind opportunity in my eyes from the start and a no brainer to be involved with. I had no doubt in my mind it was the place I wanted to be, which was the driving force behind me working extremely hard to get here (a post I plan to write about when I finally get the chance). And was an opportunity that I was granted thanks to David Tisch and Adam Rothenberg, and I couldn’t be any more grateful to them for the opportunity to take part in such an awesome experience. They ran an incredible program.
I plan to elaborate on this much more at a time when I have a few more hours of sleep under my belt, but in one sentence…it was everything I expected and much, much more.
So, as I sit here 3 months or so from showing up absolutely clueless to what I was getting myself into… sleep deprived, on the eve of demo day, and surrounded by just as many crazy people as me (which I love btw), I can say I honestly feel I’ve found something special here in New York. I can only speak for the people I’ve been surrounded by, but it’s been a pleasure to be around so many truly amazing and talented people for the last 3 months.
As for my next step, I couldn’t be more humbled to say, starting friday, I’ve accepted a position with one of those amazing Techstars NYC startups…Bondsy.
From day 1 of the program, I’ve had the extremely fortunate opportunity to cross paths with a solo founder that made my experience an unforgettable one. It took no longer than our first conversation to know Diego was exactly the type of person I set out to work with when I moved here cluelessly 3 months before. As a solo founder, this guy has truly inspired me with his ridiculous work ethic and detailed approach to everything he does. He’s pushed me to be better and I feel very fortunate after these 3 months of spending nearly every hour of the day together (and I mean that literally) to say he’s not only taught me a great deal but someone I consider a great friend.
I couldn’t be more excited to join the Bondsy team and begin on this journey to hopefully build something people will love, as much as I’ve loved working on this product.
Tomorrow will mark a monumental day in every start-up at Techstars NYC’s lives, and I’m extremely grateful to have the chance to be there to support them all. They’re all going to absolutely crush demo day and go on to build some ridiculously game changing businesses. And I sincerely mean that. So, stay tuned!