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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

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.

David Cohen speaks with Joy Taylor, who supports entrepreneurs in Toowoomba, Australia and around the world. She brings new meaning to #GiveFirst, supporting entrepreneurship among women, children, migrants, and refugees.

David Cohen speaks with investor, founder, mentor and alternative futurist Gus Balbontin, who inspires entrepreneurs to be agile, innovative and define their own success. He supports the Melbourne startup community and presents around the world

Brad Feld talks with Semil Shah, founder of the venture capital fund Haystack. Semil was inspired by his mentors to take a risk and shares how it inspired him to Give First by helping others fund their ideas.

Chris talks with Brad about how he fosters technology entrepreneurship as an advisor and investor in rising markets in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Misti Cain is founder of digital strategy company Whyzze, host of the business reality show “Werrrk!,” and an All Star Techstars Mentor. Misti talks about what’s needed in a mentor/founder relationship, how to build relationships virtually, and more.

Heidi Cuppari co-founded Dream Tank, a social impact accelerator and think tank for children, after she saw a demand for the youth voice in social entrepreneurship.