David Cohen is the Founder and Chairman at Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. David started his career as an entrepreneur and founded three companies, two of which had successful exits. In the 15 years since he founded Techstars, it has invested in more than 3,000 startups. With offices in more than 40 cities in 15 countries, Techstars has 350 employees including 100 investment professionals and makes more than 600 new investments annually via its network of accelerator programs. Notable Techstars investments include the first rounds of more than 20 unicorn companies such as Chainalysis, Classpass, DataRobot, Digital Ocean, Outreach, Pillpack, Remitly, SalesLoft, Scopely, SendGrid, Twilio, Uber and Zipline. In total, these investments have gone on to create more than $210B in value.
Prior to Techstars, David was a co-founder of Pinpoint Technologies which was acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: ZOLL) in 1999. You can read about it in No Vision, All Drive. Later, David was the founder and CEO of earFeeder, a music service that was sold to SonicSwap. He also had what he likes to think of as a “graceful failure” in between.
David is active with several non-profit organizations, including his work as a founding Board Member of Endeavor Colorado. David is also a co-founder and Advisory Board Member of the Techstars Foundation.
David is the co-author (with Brad Feld) of Do More Faster; Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup. David also enjoys reading non-fiction books and playing tennis. He is married to the coolest girl he’s ever met and has three amazing kids who always seem to be teaching him something new.
You can find David tweeting at @davidcohen and blogging on the web at DavidGCohen.com.