Semyon Dukach

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Start Me Up
UPDATE: Details of Techstars' new equity 'guarantee' clarified
Techstars Boston director Semyon Dukach (photo by Kyle Alspach)
Earlier, I wrote a post about how Tech stars' new approach to taking equity in participating startups addresses one of the criticisms that some have in regards to the accelerator program. Dan Primack wrote a piece earlier about the startup accelerator program's new "guarantee." I misread that as a kind of "pay what you want" philosophy, which isn't actually accurate.  Companies will still give up equity to take part in the program, it can just be negotiated if they are unsatisfied with their Techstars' experience. Read More
International Innovation
MIT International Innovation Symposium showcases impressive European startups
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Last summer I had the great fortune of visiting Portugal to get a better understanding of the startup ecosystem there. Since not everyone can go to Portugal to see it up close, thankfully MIT brought a portion of that ecosystem to Cambridge for Wednesday's MIT International Innovation Symposium. Read More
Doubling down on Boston
Why being a Techstars chief beats being a blackjack whiz: a chat with Semyon Dukach
Techstars Boston director Semyon Dukach (photo by Kyle Alspach)

Semyon Dukach will probably always be most famous for his blackjack-related exploits as a young man studying at MIT. He was the main figure in a bestselling Ben Mezrich book ("Busting Vegas"), after all.

But Dukach, the brand new head of the Techstars Boston startup accelerator, doesn’t envy that younger version of himself. Read More

Regime change
Angel investor Semyon Dukach will run Techstars Boston accelerator
Semyon Dukach with members of the band Pussy Riot, recipients of a "Troublemaker Award" he created.
After a little more than three years running the Techstars Boston program for entrepreneurs, Katie Rae and Reed Sturtevant are turning over the keys to Semyon Dukach, an angel investor, entrepreneur, and former member of the MIT Blackjack Team. Dukach takes over with the fall cycle of Techstars this year, which runs from August through November. Read More