Cody Simms

Resides in Los Angeles, CA

Cody got his start in tech in 1999 when he moved from Kansas to San Francisco after college, trying to find a job with his Mandarin Chinese language skills and instead accidentally fell into the dotcom boom at a pre-IPO startup, Snap.com.

Today, Cody is a Partner and Senior Vice President at Techstars – the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed – and works as a steward of Techstars’ equity investments and venture capital funds for one of the most active early-stage venture investors in the world. Cody works at the board level with companies including Two Bit Circus, StatMuse, WELL Health, Tasso, Voatz and more.

As of December 2019, Techstars has $550M USD under management and operates ~50 startup accelerator programs across the globe, investing roughly $90M USD per year into ~500 startups annually via that footprint. Techstars has operations in over 30 geographies globally from Los Angeles to Minneapolis, Atlanta to New York, London to Berlin, Lisbon to Abu Dhabi, Singapore to Seoul, and many geographies in between. Techstars runs many of these accelerator programs in partnership with some of the world's top companies including Amazon, UnitedHealthcare, Barclays, Ford, Comcast, Cargill, and dozens more. Techstars has been a first round investor in six companies valued at $1Bn USD or more and the Techstars Accelerator portfolio has gone on to raise over $8Bn USD in follow-on capital.

Previously, Cody was Executive Director at Techstars and head of Techstars accelerator investments and operations in North America, which grew to more than 20 locations across the region and ~200 investments per year during his tenure. Cody joined Techstars in 2013 to launch and serve as Managing Director for the Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars, co-investing in 20 startups alongside The Walt Disney Company in 2014 and 2015.

Earlier in his career, Cody held roles including Chief Product Officer at StumbleUpon, Vice President of Product Management at Yahoo, and Product Manager at The New York Times, Sprint, and NBC Internet / Snap.com. Cody holds an M.A. in Transnational Communication and Global Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Kansas with a B.A. in History and East Asian Languages and Cultures with emphasis on Mandarin Chinese.

Cody resides with his family in Los Angeles and writes on the web via medium.com/@cody or @codysimms on Twitter.

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    • Techstars