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Give First on Smash Notes

Give First podcast.

December 31, 2019

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 investors—talk with mentors and founders about what giving first looks like in action, and how it makes great entrepreneurship possible.



Episodes with Smash Notes

Host David Cohen talks with Monique Maley, founder and president of Articulate Persuasion, about teaching leaders how to get out of their own way and reframe their mindset.

Host David Cohen talks with Alban Denoyel, co-founder and CEO of Sketchfab, about the major moves the company made to stay successful, including traveling to the U.S. and creating long-term rapport

Keller Rinaudo, co-founder and CEO of Zipline, shares his founding story with host David Cohen, from human DNA to robotic DNA that make a difference around the globe

David Cohen talks with Joey Womack, the founder and CEO of Goodie Nation, about how 200+ founders are benefiting from the connections and ecosystem provided

David Cohen talks with Patrick Ewers, the founder and CEO of MindMaven, about leveraging your relationships and getting out of the trap of ‘I don’t have time’ to free up 8+ hours per week.

David Cohen talks with Shila Nieves Burney, founder of Zane Access, about teaching entrepreneurs how to access knowledge, networks, and capital

David Cohen talks with Preston James, the co-founder and CEO of DivInc, about the lack of access for people of color to the best practices, financial capital, and know-how to build a successful tech startup.

David Cohen and Brad Feld talk with Keith Coleman, Founder of Fraudmarc (Techstars Atlanta 2017) about the value of Give First and what it means to each of them, and how early stage founders view it.

Brad Feld talks with Matt Harris, Partner at Bain Capital Ventures, about his journey as an investor, and how he’s learned to support entrepreneurs

Give First co-host David Cohen teams up with Cody Simms, host of the Techstars Climate Tech Podcast, to explore the power of the give first philosophy in sustainability

Host David Cohen talks to Lolita Taub, the co-founder and general partner at The Community Fund, about her passion for underestimated founders and increasing the number of investors that come from underestimated communities.

David Cohen talks with Sherman Williams, Managing Partner at Academy Investor Network, about why he believes U.S. Service Academy grads make great early-stage startup investors.