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Give First

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. See for privacy and opt-out information.


Ep 52: Fraudmarc’s Keith Coleman on the Value of Give First as a Founder 38:14 09/21/2021
Ep 51: Bain Capital Ventures’ Matt Harris on supporting entrepreneurs through 25+ years as an investor 33:41 09/14/2021
Ep 50: Sustainability and economic opportunity with Cody Simms of Techstars Climate Tech Podcast 28:16 09/09/2021
Ep 49: The Community Fund’s Lolita Taub on investing in community-driven companies 22:47 09/07/2021
Ep 48: Academy Investor Network’s Sherman Williams on going from military service to VC 18:52 08/31/2021
Ep 47: FemTech Focus’ Brittany Barreto, Ph.D. on creating a new category: FemTech 22:19 08/24/2021
Ep 46: David Cohen and Brad Feld reflect on over 40 episodes of the Give First Podcast 16:57 08/17/2021
Ep 45: Digital Ocean’s Carly Brantz on leading marketing at three Techstars unicorns 19:31 08/10/2021
Ep 44: Fast Forward’s Kevin Barenblat on running an accelerator for tech nonprofits 20:46 08/03/2021
Ep 43: Chainalysis’s Jonathan Levin on building a blockchain business, values and the future 20:47 07/27/2021
Ep 42: Bruno Morency on the evolution of the Montréal startup ecosystem 21:24 06/08/2021
Rob La Gesse on being the opposite of risk averse 20:49 05/12/2021
Katie Rae on breakthrough tech that can change the world 19:58 04/27/2021
Crossover: Give First + Talking Through It! Neal Sáles-Griffin on giving first to grow Chicago’s startup ecosystem 25:40 04/05/2021
Maëlle Gavet on helping entrepreneurs around the world create a better world 26:01 03/17/2021
Sean Paul Shanor on the joy of running Startup Weekends 27:00 03/09/2021
Baden U'Ren on growing entrepreneurship education in Australia 26:05 02/23/2021
James Oliver on empowering Black parentpreneurs 26:23 02/08/2021
Andy Sack on Give First and Creating a Startup Ecosystem from Scratch 25:53 01/07/2021
Denise and Jim Franklin on how a scrappy startup grows into a thriving ecosystem 31:57 12/17/2020
Janine Davis on Executive Coaching in the Time of COVID 26:55 10/30/2020
Susan Standiford on the five traits of leadership 25:13 10/02/2020
Joy Taylor on taking the concept of Give First to the nth degree 32:04 09/18/2020
Gus Balbontin on fighting momentum and setting up your own success metric 28:26 09/11/2020
Semil Shah on turning ideas into reality 22:51 08/28/2020
Chris Schroeder on the power of global entrepreneurship 32:38 08/21/2020
Misti Cain on how to connect during COVID-19 26:04 08/13/2020
Fostering Youth Entrepreneurship with Dream Tank 28:35 08/05/2020
Brad Feld and the mentor who changed his life 40:01 07/24/2020
Philip McKernan on the importance of reinventing yourself 31:11 02/06/2020