Shawn Broderick Departing TechStars Boston for Social Games Startup

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in good shape.” Cohen says that TechStars is already speaking with “several strong candidates” and that a replacement will be announced in the near future.

Also, Xconomy reached Broderick by e-mail this morning and conducted the following short Q&A.

Xconomy: What was the biggest highlight of your time as TechStars director?

Shawn Broderick: I can’t say there was one unique time or highlight or event. The most memorable moments for me are from the end of each program, seeing teams and founders who three months earlier couldn’t string a useful marketing message together, or couldn’t pitch to save their lives, or whose business was wildly unfocused – kicking ass and succeeding beyond what they even thought possible. Those moments made me insanely proud of what the program and mentors and founders were and are able to accomplish.

X: What unique role do you feel TechStars plays in Boston?

SB: Net-net, TechStars tries to be a catalyst in the communities we love, to help make them the best communities they can be for entrepreneurs. It takes a village to build a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem. Every ecosystem we’re in is unique and not static. Hopefully we’re smart enough and nimble enough to augment each community where and when it needs the most help.

X: What excites you about your next gig?

SB: What excites me most about play140 at this stage is the green-field scope of our market. We’re building text-based, social games payable by 2 to 3 billion people on the planet. It’s daunting and exhilarating!

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Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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