E1051: The Power of Accelerators E2 Cameron Teitelman, Founder & Chairman of StartX on optimizing Stanford’s entrepreneurial landscape, thesis on peer-support groups’ correlation to founder success, why growth-stage founders join StartX & more!

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Cameron Teitelman, Founder & Chairman of StartX on optimizing Stanford’s entrepreneurial landscape, thesis on peer-support groups’ correlation to founder success, why growth-stage founders join StartX & more!

1:00 Jason intros Power of Accelerators Episode 2!
3:07 Jason intros StartX Founder Cameron Teitelman: What is StartX, how do they invest, when and how was it started?
6:54 How does StartX exist? Are they profitable?
8:43 Why would a growth stage founder join StartX?
13:28 What is the process for selecting founders/companies for StartX? What is unique about Stanford students?
16:28 Difference between arrogance and confidence, StartX’s “No A**hole” rule, Cohort size
20:47 What does StartX look for in founders, what questions are asked in interviews & what preferences do they have regarding co-founders
27:04 How do VCs look at StartX? What are their demo days like?
31:54 Thoughts on YC’s demo day & how to run a demo day process
41:16 Cameron on hacking his way into VC, new StartX funds, thesis on successful founders & peer-support groups
45:58 Stories about getting cut out of a deal
48:09 What StartX’s portfolio signaling tells them about successful founders, importance of time management
51:59 Steve Blank’s theory of customer development, top portfolio companies

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