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In the startup world, Give First means simply trying to help anyone—especially entrepreneurs—with no expectation of getting anything back. It's the pay-it-forward principle that builds strong startup networks. Hosts David Cohen and Brad Feld—Techstars cofounders, lifelong entrepreneurs, and startupRead more

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Ep 57: Zipline co-founder on how robotics and automation have changed him and the world

Nov 30 • 18:41

When Keller Rinaudo started Remotive in 2011 while in a Techstars Accelerator program, he didn’t really know what entrepreneurship was until he read Tony Hsieh's book “Delivering Happiness.” At the time, he was at Harvard University working with DNA and the inner workings of humans, not robots. That all shifted. ...

Ep 56: Goodie Nation's Joey Womack on building community for entrepreneurs from all backgrounds

Nov 2 • 18:12

Joey Womack is a builder, but he’s not in traditional construction. Through creating ecosystems and making connections, he is helping social entrepreneurs and diverse founders build relationships that close the gaps, all through his company Goodie Nation....

Ep 55: MindMaven Founder and CEO Patrick Ewers on achieving true greatness through relationships

Oct 12 • 23:27

Patrick Ewers describes his work as helping people achieve true greatness, or as our host David Cohen calls it, giving people superpowers. But there is a funny thing about the term “true greatness”....

Ep 54: Zane Access founder Shila Nieves Burney on accessing networks while building capital

Oct 7 • 22:11

Shila Nieves Burney, General Partner at Zane Venture Fund, has spent 20-plus years addressing inequity with capital, first in human capital with institutions and education systems, and then sourcing investors. Along the way, Shila discovered a much-needed resource for entrepreneurs: networks and connections. They can build the capital, but then what? In comes Zane Access c...

Ep 53: DivInc’s Preston James on diversity and inclusion in the tech industry

Sep 28 • 16:50

After two decades in the corporate world, Preston James was blown away by the innovation of tech startups. Once he got involved as an angel investor, he realized this industry was just like corporate America, where diversity was severely lacking....

Ep 52: Fraudmarc’s Keith Coleman on the Value of Give First as a Founder

Sep 21 • 38:14

If you’ve ever wondered just where Give First came from, or how it became such a central philosophy at Techstars, this episode is for you. Or if you’ve ever wanted to push back and say: does Give First really work? What’s in it for me? This is also the episode for you. ...

Ep 51: Bain Capital Ventures’ Matt Harris on supporting entrepreneurs through 25+ years as an investor

Sep 14 • 33:41

There are some people whose lives are perfect expressions of the zeitgeist. Matt Harris is one of them. ...

Ep 50: Sustainability and economic opportunity with Cody Simms of Techstars Climate Tech Podcast

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Ep 49: The Community Fund’s Lolita Taub on investing in community-driven companies

Sep 7 • 22:47

Lolita Taub has always been about community, from her upbringing in South Central LA to now at The Community Fund, which is a venture capital fund that invests in community-driven companies, “connecting people to people and resources to achieve results.” ...

Ep 48: Academy Investor Network’s Sherman Williams on going from military service to VC

Aug 31 • 18:52

From his service as a Naval Intelligence Officer to an MBA from the University of Chicago to becoming an investor in early-stage startups in healthcare tech, frontier tech, logistics, and marketplaces, Sherman Williams has had an interesting career. ...

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