ATLANTA, April 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Techstars Atlanta announced Tyler Scriven as director. The startup accelerator program is entering its inaugural year in Atlanta and is presented in partnership between Techstars and Cox Enterprises.
"Tyler and I complement each other very well," said Techstars Atlanta Managing Director Michael Cohn. "I'm excited to be partnering with him and believe that, together, our broad range of startup experience and diverse skills will deliver a world-class program for entrepreneurs, mentors and the Atlanta startup community overall."
Scriven will partner with Cohn to set the strategic direction of the program and will share responsibility for recruiting and selecting companies, working with stakeholders across the Techstars network and long-term community development around the program.
Scriven, a recent Atlanta transplant, was previously based in Palo Alto as a member of the senior leadership team at Palantir Technologies, where he served as chief of staff and head of operations. During his five years with Palantir, he was broadly engaged in scaling the operations of the business from 100 to nearly 2,000 employees and saw the company grow to become one of the most valuable in Silicon Valley. He also co-founded ThinAir Labs, a Y Combinator-backed data security company. Scriven began his career with J.P. Morgan and worked in the fields of private equity and investment banking.
Scriven is an active angel investor and advises several startups, including Grab, AlphaFlow, MyLumper and Storj. He received a bachelor's degree in American Studies and Economics from The University of Virginia.
"Atlanta is one of the most exciting startup ecosystems in the country, and I couldn't be more thrilled to join Michael in leading the Techstars Atlanta accelerator program," said Scriven. "Our partnership comes naturally to both of us, and together, along with the tremendous network of Techstars, I believe that we will do great things to further the already rapid growth of the Atlanta startup ecosystem."
Located at Ponce City Market, Techstars Atlanta annually selects a group of 10 startups to participate in a three-month program that provides expertise, funding and office space to accelerate their businesses. To help achieve that vision, the three-month Techstars program culminates with Demo Day, where approximately 100-200 angel investors and venture capitalists learn about the participants' businesses.
Techstars Atlanta is seeking applicants that are focused on social media platforms, cloud-based data, predictive analytics and cybersecurity that will drive positive change in this interconnected world. Applications will be accepted through May 8, 2016 at http://www.techstars.com/programs/atlanta-program/. The first program will take place in Summer 2016.
About Cox Enterprises:
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Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of community programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world's most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding, and beyond.
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