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Pat Riley
Pat Riley is the CEO of the Global Accelerator Network, a group of accelerators spanning six continents and more than 100 cities around the world. GAN accelerators give startups the power to create and grow business regardless of geographic location. Pat previously served as director of business development for TechStars, an investment accelerator for technology-based startups. He is passionate about skiing, hiking, entrepreneurship, and technology.
  • 4 factors to consider before signing with an accelerator

    If you were starting a business 20 years ago, you'd typically spend most of your time running around town searching for customers, investors, and mentors. In a single day, you might only have time for one meeting with a customer and another with an investor. If you were lucky, you could squeeze in a meeting with a mentor. Carving out time to work on your actual product generally meant sacrificing sleep. In the mid-2000s, accelerators such as Y Combinator and Techstars changed the startup world. Instead of founders having to go out to visit mentors, investors, and customers, accelerators made it possible for these...