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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 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.

David Cohen talks with Brittany Baretto, Ph.D., Cofounder, Executive Director, and Podcast Host for FemTech Focus and Cofounding General Partner of Coyote Ventures, about how she is building the FemTech category from the ground up.

What lessons have David Cohen and Brad Feld learned making more than 40 episodes of the Give First podcast? They reflect on great guests, mistakes made, and more.

David Cohen talks with Carly Brantz, Chief Marketing Officer at Digital Ocean — a Techstars Boulder grad that achieved unicorn status in 2020 and went public in 2021 — about how they Give First with love and content.

David Cohen talks with Kevin Barenblat, Cofounder and President of Fast Forward, about the similarities and differences between Techstars and an accelerator for tech nonprofits — and how Fast Forward measures success.

David Cohen talks with Jonathan Levin, Chainalysis cofounder and chief strategy officer, about the unique challenges and opportunities around building a blockchain business -— long before crypto went mainstream.

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.