Ted Serbinski, 33
Ted is managing director at Techstars, a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market. He is an early stage software VC, successful tech entrepreneur and open source hacker. In 2011, he relocated to Detroit from San Francisco, joining Detroit Venture Partners as a founding team member, after having sold his company to Lifetime Television in 2008.
Ted is widely regarded as one of the most influential, emerging venture technology partners in the Midwest and a key player leading the startup renaissance in Detroit. He has been a founding or first institutional investor in more than a dozen startups, frequently involved at the company inception phase. Ted is an internationally recognized web architect who has been building websites for over 15 years.
He is the founding Midwest regional advisor for Venture for America, a nonprofit program that places the best and brightest at startups in emerging cities, helping build businesses, create jobs, and make an impact. In 2014, Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Ted to the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council where he is working to help amend legislation to expand the current film bill. He is an advisor to the student run Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund at the University of Michigan, board member at Michigan Venture Capital Association and a member of President's Leadership Counsel at Detroit Cristo Rey.
As chairman and Detroit executive advisory board member, Ted was responsible for bringing Techweek to Detroit in 2014, which drew more than 2,000 attendees. He received his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Cornell University. He is a member of the 2014 classes Crain's 40 Under 40 and dBusiness 30 in their 30s.
The information presented here was accurate as of January 1, 2015.