In the past year, the number of startup accelerators and incubators across the US has grown faster than expansion league baseball. This growth led Jed Christiansen to base his master thesis on the impact and efficacy of the phenomenon. In 2009 Jed created a Google doc to track the seed accelerators. By mid-2011 he noted, “As seed accelerators have exploded in number world-wide, it’s become nearly impossible to keep this (Google Doc) working.”
I recently discussed the explosion of seed accelerators and incubators with Brad Feld, who, as the Co-Founder of acclaimed startup accelerator TechStars, is uniquely qualified to opine upon the subject.