Check out the latest interviews with David Cohen.
David Cohen is the founder and CEO of TechStars, a mentorship-driven seed stage investment program for Internet startups.
Previously, David was a founder of several software and web technology companies. He was the founder and CTO of Pinpoint Technologies which was acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: ZOLL) in 1999. You can read about it in No Vision, All Drive [Amazon]. David was also the founder and CEO of earFeeder.com, a music service which was sold to SonicSwap.com in 2006. He also had what he likes to think of as a “graceful failure” in between.
David is a active startup advocate, advisor, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog at DavidGCohen.com. He is also very active at the University of Colorado, serving as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Computer Science Department, the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board at Silicon Flatirons, and the Board of Advisors of the Deming Center Venture Fund. David is also a member of the selection committee for Venture Capital in the Rockies, and runs the Colorado chapter of the Open Angel Forum.
David’s hobbies are technology, software/web startups, business history, and 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 on Twitter @davidcohen.
Interviews with David Cohen
RISE Episode #162
Click Here If You Prefer Audio Only If you pay attention to the technology/startup world, it is nearly impossible to not have run across David Cohen. David’s pride and joy, TechStars, has helped fund and mentor hundreds of successful companies. David himself is an incredibly successful entrepreneur, starting (and selling) multiple companies (check out more about them right here). His new book, along with TechStars co-founder Brad Feld, Do More Faster (link below if you want to nab a copy) is a collection of incredible insights and takeaways from the startup world. I wanted to know about the person behind the story. How did David get to where he is at today (and doing something he loves)? What were the struggles, insights, and lessons along his journey? And much more in this “tell all” interview. Enjoy! And, as always, feel free to hop into the conversation below and leave your two cents. PS: My goal on The Rise To The Top is to give you fluff-free, unscripted, unedited conversations…regardless of what happens. Skype was a little sketchy in this interview so there are a few drops in audio/video. Just a quick heads up. Connect With David (and tell him you saw him on RISE!): On His Website On Twitter On The TechStars Website Nab David’s Book: Do More Faster This Episode Is Ever-So-Proudly Sponsored By: Jeff Michelman: *A special ONLY FOR THE RISE COMMUNITY* – Jeff has generously offered a free legal consultation to RISE viewers. It is like getting… Read More
RISE Episode #124
Click Here If You Prefer Audio Only Angel investing. Is it right for your company? Do you want to perhaps become an angel investor? What kinds of companies attract angel investors? Which don’t? Meet today’s guest, David Cohen. David is the Founder of TechStars, which is a unique premise that gives startups a little bit of cash and a lot of guidance and has been responsible for some amazing results. Right off their website: TechStars is a mentorship-driven seed stage investment program. We run a three month long program in Boston (MA), Boulder (CO), New York City (NY) and Seattle (WA) once each year. We’re very selective – hundreds of companies apply and we only take about ten companies per city. These companies get up to $18,000 in seed funding, three months of intensive top-notch mentorship, and the chance to pitch to angel investors and venture capitalists at the end of the program. We have invested in 60 companies since 2007. You can see the full results (funding, acquisition, failure, etc). Most of our companies go on to raise angel or venture money after the program. What do you think? Is angel investing something you see in your future? Perhaps as an investor or as a company looking for investment? What do you think of the TechStars model? Connect With David (and tell him you saw him on RISE!) On The TechStars Website David’s Personal Website Via Twitter This Episode Of RISE Is VERY Proudly Sponsored By GFI Digital Buying… Read More