The 2010 class of Techstars entrepreneurs.

7 key things you need to know about an accelerator like Techstars

My startup, Final, was lucky enough to take part in this year’s Techstars Boulder program. Along with learning that a diet consisting only of free coffee and Cosmo’s pizza gives your skin a weird tint, here are some key takeaways from my experience with one of the top tech accelerators.

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Did the Uber protest hurt business? Ratings tanked, but downloads of Uber and Lyft are up

Uber stepped into a front-page-headline public relations disaster this week, after one of its executives hinted at deploying opposition research to destroy the reputations of critical journalists. The scandal sparked an online protest to boycott Uber and switch to its mustachioed competitor, Lyft. VentureBeat’s editor-in-chief, Dylan Tweney, chimed in, Mashable ran an entire op-ed on boycotting the ride-sharing company, and New York Times columnist Justin Wolfers tweeted: