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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 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.

Behind every great mentor in the entrepreneurial world is someone who mentored them.

Phillip McKernan believes life is too short to have regrets. As a life coach, he is dedicated to helping others rediscover themselves, tap into their greatest gifts and create a positive impact on the world.

David Cohen and Brad Feld muse on the terrific guests they’ve talked to so far and tease some new guests, announcements, and books coming soon.

SparkCharge Founder and CEO Joshua Aviv shares his remarkable journey live from CES 2020. Listen for insights about how he turned an idea from an econ class at Syracuse University into a thriving startup.

Damon Motorcycles Co-founder and CTO (and Techstars Mobility alum) Dominique Kwong talks with Techstars VP of Network John Hill about the unstoppable power of business and engineering partnerships, launching at CES, and the emotions behind building a comp

Event Hub CEO and Co-founder Michael Bleau shares his startup experience live from CES 2020. Listen for insights about how Event Hubs is tapping technology to help companies make meaningful real-life connections.