Give First

Give First

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In the startup world, Give First means simply trying to help anyone—especially entrepreneurs—with no expectation of getting anything back.


Rajat Bhargava on Giving First for a B2B company
Nov 5 • 31 min
Why does Rajat Bhargava, Co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud, keep starting businesses? How does JumpCloud, a B2B company, Give First? What does their 30 years of friendship mean to Rajat and Give First co-host Brad Feld? Listen for answers to these…
Elizabeth Kraus on funding women-led companies
Oct 23 • 25 min
As co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of MergeLane, Elizabeth Kraus invests in women-led startups and venture funds. And she hopes to one day make MergeLane obsolete—by achieving gender parity in entrepreneurship and VC.
Jason Mendelson on demystifying venture deals
Oct 9 • 22 min
Jason Mendelson, Co-founder of Foundry Group, has spent over 15 years explaining how venture deals really work. From blog posts to a book—Venture Deals is now in its 4th edition!—to a free online course, Jason and co-author Brad Feld are determined to…
Janet Bannister on human-centered investing
Sep 24 • 30 min
Canadian VC Janet Bannister, a partner at Real Ventures, loves investing in “conscious founders” who are trying to make the world a better place. Her style of “human-centered investing” prioritizes people and relationships, and investing in smart,…
Heidi Roizen on meaningful work & relationships
Sep 12 • 31 min
“The true path to happiness is to have meaningful work and meaningful relationships,” Heidi Rozen says. She brings these two elements together as a VC working with entrepreneurs who are changing the world for the better. Her humane take on being a “mentor…
Marc Nager & Dave Mayer on building rural startup communities
Sep 3 • 32 min
You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to start a successful company. Marc Nager, Co-founder of Startup Weekend, and Dave Mayer, Founder of Aspen Entrepreneurs, are pros at building ‘non-urban’ startup communities. Listen for insights into how Give First…
Bonus Episode Alert: Do More Faster, 2nd edition
Aug 20 • 9 min
The second edition of Do More Faster by David Cohen and Brad Feld is out, and David and Brad are excited. Listen to this quick bonus episode for their thoughts on what’s changed in the past nine years—and what publishing a book is really like.
Harry Stebbings on committing to building a network & giving first
Aug 13 • 32 min
Harry Stebbings, founder of the Twenty Minute VC podcast and Stride.VC, spends time every day connecting with each of his new followers on social media. He ends every email with “How can I help you?” Listen for more on how he built his podcast to over…
John China on whether you can give too much
Jul 31 • 23 min
Can you give too much? John China, President of SVB Capital, reflects on how mentorship helped him grow into an executive, and on whether, at some point, you need to see payback from all your giving. Spoiler alert: the answer is no. Never stop giving.
Sherri Hammons on staying humble and staying strong
Jul 23 • 22 min
As a successful woman CTO, Sherri Hammons is well known for being both humble and strong. Her Oklahoma childhood taught her the importance of always giving (and how to get back on the bucking bronco). Give First is ingrained in Sherri’s leadership style…
Rebecca Lovell on career ‘nudges,’ karaoke, & how to be an ally
Jul 16 • 25 min
Do you know how to be a great ally in the workplace? Why should all startup founders do karaoke? What is the secret sauce of the Seattle startup ecosystem? Create33 Director Rebecca Lovell knows the answers to all these—and more.
David & Brad reflect on the first six episodes of the Give First podcast
Jun 26 • 29 min
How has the Give First podcast been going? David and Brad reflect back on their initial forays into podcast hosting, and come to the conclusion that, while they’re still learning, their guests are amazing.
Kesha Cash on impact investing—and how mentorship got her there
Jun 18 • 27 min
Strong mentorship was essential to Kesha Cash’s journey to becoming an impact investor. Her mentors Gave First to help her—and now she’s Giving First to diverse entrepreneurs through her Impact America Fund.
T.A. McCann on how sailing in the America’s Cup is like running a startup
Jun 11 • 26 min
T.A. McCann, serial entrepreneur and Managing Director of Pioneer Square Labs, has sailed in two America’s Cups. How are sailing and startups alike? T.A. explains.
Mary Grove on the origins of Google for Startups & Startup Weekend
Jun 4 • 28 min
From Google for Startups to Startup Weekend to Rise of the Rest and beyond, Mary Grove is passionate about community-driven change, and helping make it happen.
Troy Henikoff on how #GiveFirst grew the Chicago startup ecosystem
May 28 • 27 min
Over the years, a #GiveFirst network will reward its members time and time again. Troy Henikoff looks back at 2009, when he first encountered Techstars and was so inspired he started his own accelerator—with some help from the Techstars Network. A decade…
Paul Berberian on the “addictive” nature of mentoring
May 21 • 19 min
How did Sphero CEO Paul Berberian make the number one toy in the world? Sphero got to make the BB8 toy robot because of a connection made during a Techstars accelerator. That’s the power of the network. Hear him tell that story, and more.
Wendy Lea talks about the risks of saying no
May 14 • 16 min
Entrepreneur, investor, and Techstars board member Wendy Lea remembers the beginnings of Techstars, her first encounters with #GiveFirst—and how mentors have changed her life.
What is Give First?
May 2 • 3 min
David Cohen and Brad Feld explore what Give First means to them