Why Startups Need Mentors Who Don't Pull Punches [VIDEO]

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In the last episode of TechStars, we witnessed the early success of one startup team give its founders a potentially dangerous overconfidence.

In this episode, we see why mentorship is the bedrock of the TechStars program. Startups are put through the ringer by early stage investors, entrepreneurs and successful tech executives, whose job is to point out potential flaws and help teams to really evaluate their business models.

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This process is essential for startup founders to refine their approaches and create something of value for their customers. As the TechStars teams find, it is important for startups to work with mentors who will be brutally honest and not sugarcoat their critiques.

Check out the latest episode above, and be sure to leave your thoughts on the topic in the comments below.


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Getting into a top startup accelerator program can make the difference between a company making it big and being lost in the ether. Mashable is going behind the scenes of that experience by bringing the show TechStars to our community.

We've made the entire series available on-demand, and chopped it up into short segments that are ideal for Internet viewing. Over the course of the next couple of months, we'll also be sharing each episode as part of a Mashable post, giving our community a chance to discuss the themes of each show in our comments section. You can read more about TechStars on Mashable here.

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