Give First

12 EpisodesProduced by TechstarsWebsite

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 startup … read more

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Harry Stebbings on committing to building a network & giving first

August 13th, 2019

Stride.VC founder Harry Stebbings is probably best known for his podcast, The Twenty Minute VC, the world's largest media asset in venture, with over 5 million downloads per month. He’s talked with amazing Venture …

John China on whether you can give too much

July 31st, 2019

In over 23 years at Silicon Valley Bank, John China has made it his mission to make connections between entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, and more. Many, many entrepreneurs at Techstars and beyond have benefitted …

Sherri Hammons on staying humble and staying strong

July 23rd, 2019

Today, Sherri Hammons is CTO of The Nature Conservancy, but as she admits, “I took the nontraditional path to CTO land.” This path included eight …

Rebecca Lovell on career ‘nudges,’ karaoke, & how to be an ally

July 16th, 2019

Rebecca Lovell plays, as Brad Feld says, “a very important role in the center of gravity for the Seattle startup community.” Currently Director at …

David & Brad reflect on the first six episodes of the Give First podcast

June 26th, 2019

With six full episodes of the Give First podcast under their belts, David Cohen and Brad Feld reflect on their recent interviews and duty as podcast …

Kesha Cash on impact investing—and how mentorship got her there

June 18th, 2019

Kesha Cash founded Impact America Fund in 2013 with a goal of investing in software and tech enabled companies that have a positive benefit on underserved communities in America. In 2018, she was named one of Fast …

T.A. McCann on how sailing in the America’s Cup is like running a startup

June 11th, 2019

David Cohen was super excited when he realized that T.A. McCann—founder and CEO of Senosis (acquired by Google), Gist (acquired by Blackberry) and Rival IQ, a leader in marketing analytics, as well as Managing Director …

Mary Grove on the origins of Google for Startups & Startup Weekend

June 4th, 2019

Mary Grove is passionate about community-driven change, and this theme has guided her entire career. She joined Google when it had only 2,000 employees, and by the time she left it was up to around 75,000. Over 14 …

Troy Henikoff on how #GiveFirst grew the Chicago startup ecosystem

May 28th, 2019

How does a startup ecosystem grow? #GiveFirst is one essential element.

Troy Henikoff, Managing Director of MATH Ventures and Co-founder of Excelerate Labs, which became Techstars Chicago, remembers the early days of …

Paul Berberian on the “addictive” nature of mentoring

May 21st, 2019

Have you ever been mobbed in Times Square, like a rock star? Paul Berberian, CEO of Sphero, the company that makes BB8, at one time the number one …

Wendy Lea talks about the risks of saying no

May 14th, 2019

Wendy Lea is a longtime entrepreneur and investor, as well as a board member and mentor at Techstars. With David and Brad, she digs into some of her own first mentoring experiences and reflects on a time when a mentor …

What is Give First?

May 2nd, 2019

What exactly is Give First? David Cohen and Brad Feld explore what this philosophy of living means to them. In the startup world, Give First means simply trying to help anyone, especially entrepreneurs, without any …
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