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Looking back, one of the most valuable parts of the TechStars program was spending time with the other startup founders. We formed a sort of bond, as if we were all part of a “summer camp” for startups. We hosted our own barbecues, house parties, bar gatherings and dinners, which helped create a clear line of trust between us all, sort of like a startup support group. We’d often share information in confidence—collectively giving us strength, unity and a balanced perspective—not to mention way too many man-hugs.