Former Techstars Leaders Launch VC Firm to Back Immigrant Founders

Semyon Dukach believes supporting immigrants is a moral imperative. That’s not a knee-jerk response to the policies and rhetoric of President Donald Trump, but a long-held belief that stems from Dukach’s own experience of escaping the Soviet Union with his family in 1979 to find a better life in the United States. Now, after leading […]

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Semyon Is Taking On a Position As a Lead Mentor At Techstars

Starting in February, Semyon is taking on a position as a Lead Mentor, at Techstars, the Number 1, mentorship driven start-up accelerator in the world. Techstars provides startups with seed funding from over 75 venture capital firms and angel investors, as well as in-depth mentorship from the brightest entrepreneurs from around the globe. Because of […]

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Facebook + Twitter + Google Communities = Narvii

It’s not difficult to make friends and find others on the internet, but sometimes making real connections with people who are interested in the same thing as you are can be more difficult than it needs to be. So say the founders of Narvii, developer of a family of mobile apps that bring people together […]

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Pet-Friendly Tech Startup Explodes On Kickstarter

People love their pets. Unfortunately it’s impossible to be with them all the time and many pets spend hours alone in a home or apartment, pining over their missing owner, bored out of their minds and possibly destroying everything in sight. This is the problem that recent crowdfunding champion Petcube Inc. intends to solve. The […]

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Former blackjack player finds fulfillment in helping startups grow

Semyon Dukach spent part of the 1990s as a member of the famed MIT blackjack teams, playing with the original Strategic Investments team and later founding the spin­off Amphibian Investments. Notoriety followed, since Dukach was the only member of either team referred to by his real name in the books Busting Vegas—where he is the […]

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Traits of a True Angel

Angel investors are an important source of capital for early stage startups. Without them, many startups would never get beyond the idea phase. However, not all angels are equal. There are many individual investors, but certain traits separate the average investor from the true angel. A true angel not only enables a startup with fuel […]

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