Give First… Build First… or Both?

“How is an early-stage founder expected to interpret the Give First philosophy?” That’s the polite way of rewording a question Keith Coleman, Founder of Fraudmarc (Techstars Atlanta 2017), posed to Brad Feld and me in an email a little while back. Keith got our attention with his subject line, “give first, finish last.” His email …

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Guest Blog: A Message on Juneteenth

On today’s blog, I am doing something different, by amplifying the voice of my colleague, Neal Sáles-Griffin, Managing Director, Techstars Chicago. Neal shares his perspective, personal experience and offers reflection and connection on this important holiday of Juneteenth. – David Do you remember how it felt when you first learned about the lockdown restrictions last …

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How to convince an investor

I recently spoke at Collision and the format was really fun. Four entrepreneurs each pitched me in two minutes with no slides, and I provided reactions and tips in front of the audience. I had never met or seen any of these companies before.  As you might have guessed, I saw some familiar patterns. Among …

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CU Tech Frontiers Data Science and ML courses look awesome!

I was looking at the University of Colorado Tech Frontiers offering this summer. Wow, it looks amazing. Tech Frontiers is the professional development program of the College of Engineering and Applied Science of the University of Colorado Boulder, offering short-form learning on contemporary topics in engineering. Through live sessions taught by CU faculty experts, Tech Frontiers …

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The Techstars Foundation and Black ParentPreneurs

A huge thank you to Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor and Anchor Point Foundation for getting the ball rolling in a big way with the ParentPreneur Foundation, by nominating them for the Techstars Foundation Accelerate Equity program and providing a $100,000 lead grant. Amazing! The ParentPreneur Foundation is an awesome organization and peer network started …

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Gig Wage demo day pitch

I don’t normally share a demo day pitch for one specific startup here on my blog. But this wasn’t just any demo day pitch. It’s just three minutes long, but very powerful. To read more about Gig Wage, check out “Why I Used My Startup’s Techstars Demo Day To Advocate For Other Black Founders” and …

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