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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

Brad Feld talks with Bruno Morency, Managing Director of the Techstars Montréal AI Accelerator about how the Montréal startup ecosystem has grown and evolved over the past 20 years, and how Bruno has been a part of it every step of the way.

David Cohen talks with Rob La Gesse about taking chances and helping people over his long career. Rob has reinvented himself over and over as a combat medic, neonatal respiratory therapist, programmer, and more — including helping to develop Wi-Fi.

Brad Feld talks with Katie Rae, CEO and Managing Partner at The Engine, about investing in tough tech, breakthrough technologies that have the potential to benefit society in a big way.

Techstars founders David Cohen and Brad Feld talk with new Techstars CEO Maelle Gavet about why she and Techstars are such a great fit and how she plans to continue to help entrepreneurs around the world use technology to create a better world for all.

David Cohen talks with Sean Paul Shanor about how he got involved in Startup Weekend, and why he works so hard to facilitate these events and help entrepreneurs.

David Cohen talks with Baden U'Ren about how the Australian startup ecosystem is changing and growing, and the impact Baden is having through entrepreneurship education. 

Technology entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist Andy Sack tells his story of inspiration, from his experience with the first Techstars Boston Startup Weekend to becoming one of the godfathers of the Seattle startup community.

Angel investors, mentors, and startup supporters Denise and Jim Franklin on how to build a thriving startup ecosystem through the magic of Give First.

Executive coach Janine Davis talks with Brad Feld about her journey from software developer to recruiter to executive coach, and why executive coaching is important for startups, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

David Cohen speaks with Techstars mentor and former Chief Technology Officer at IKEA Susan Standiford about her career as a female technologist, leadership advice for entrepreneurs, and why it’s vitally important to #GiveFirst.