It is not always obvious just how much work goes into putting on a three month program like TechStars Chicago. We started ramping up in January getting ready for applications to open February 1st and will finally slow down a bit around Thanksgiving. A program like this could never come together without the dedication and incredible work of the entire team. We want to proudly introduce the three Associates that have already been working for months, they will have a lot more visibility as the program starts next week!
Colin Boardway – Originally from Buffalo NY, Colin just graduated from Loyola University. He specializes in inbound marketing and is working to make a name for himself in the Chicago Startup community. He’s put in his 10,000 hours as a working DJ and also manages digital marketing efforts and events with Entrepreneurs Unpluggd. Though he would eventually like to run his own startup, he is eager to put his skills to work helping the TechStars teams this summer. In his spare time he enjoys being probably the Midwest’s leading taco aficionado. You can usually find him biking the streets of Chicago.
Ian Connell – Ian loves all things startup. A California transplant, Ian began his career with a startup focusing on improving state and local government through SaaS program management solutions. Mid 2012, Ian was looking to gain some experience on the other side of the table and took a duel role as 1) a summer associate at Kapor Capital working on early and seed-stage investments in the EduTech and Human Capital verticals and 2) as a strategy intern for one of Kapor’s portfolio companies UniversityNow Inc. Ian is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Since moving to Chicago, Ian has been working as an associate with Hyde Park Venture Partners and Hyde Park Angels. Outside of work and school, Ian volunteers with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a nonprofit focusing on increasing the pipeline of under-represented groups in top universities, and spends all of his remaining time praying for a 70-degree day.
Ryan Fukushima – Hailing from sunny streets of Silicon Valley, Ryan has a soft spot for warm beaches and startups. Two years ago, he decided to take his talents to Michigan’s Ross School of Business and hasn’t looked back since. While Michigan is lacking in the beach department, he has been supporting the entrepreneurial community as an associate at two local VC funds. The Midwest has definitely won him over and he’s excited about the vibrant Chicago scene. When he’s not in the office he’s likely cheering on his fellow Wolverines, trying to surf in Lake Michigan, or validating product-market fit. His fun fact is quite awesome but you’ll have to chat with him to find out more