Author: David Cohen

  • Techstars is evolving and growing

    Recently, this post about our evolution came out from Techstars. Of course, as Chairman, I know of, and strongly support, the strategic changes that are happening at Techstars. We are strengthening our ability to invest in more startups and their founders than any other company in the world. And helping founders be successful has always…

  • Volunteering in Guatemala

    I had been wanting to take Rollie on my customary volunteering trip with Globe Aware for a few years, but the pandemic got in the way. We finally got it done in February, 2024. Long time readers may remember when I did similar trips (China with Andrew, then Costa Rica with Delaney) with my older…

  • The Give First podcast playlists

    Brad Feld and I started the Give First podcast in May of 2019. We’re approaching our 80th episode, and we’ve had some awesome guests and great insights for startups. In case you’re new to the podcast or missed a few episodes, here are a few playlists on Spotify based on different themes that you may…

  • Which is more important: a big vision or a specific focus?

    Eight years ago, I wrote what continues to be one of my best-read blog posts, entitled “Reconciling Vision and Focus.” The question it sought to answer is one that still resonates with founders today: Which is more important for your startup–a big vision or a specific focus? It’s a question that consistently comes up in…

  • The Power of Mentorship

    Techstars recently graduated its 3,000th company. We’ve helped our portfolio to raise $23.5 billion in total funding—and this year we’ll fund 700+ new companies through 54 accelerators around the world. As many in the startup world already know, mentors are a key element of the success of Techstars-funded companies. When I reflect on how we…

  • The Essential Guide to Startup Boards

    The first time many founders see the inside of a board room is when they step in to lead their board. But how do boards work? How should they be structured, managed, and leveraged so that startups can grow, avoid pitfalls, and get the best out of their boards? If you’re looking for answers to…

  • The worst email

    This post is by David Cohen from Hi, I'm David G. Cohen Today I received an email from a founder who was looking for investment from software/internet investors. That happens every day. This particular email was addressed “TO” me and approximately 25 other investors, many of whom I know personally. Unfortunately, this also happens several…

  • Practicing—and Perfecting—Your 60-Second Pitch

    This post is by David Cohen from Hi, I'm David G. Cohen I recently joined my colleague Saba Karim, Director of Startup Pipeline at Techstars, for a one-hour “pitch practice” session on Twitter Spaces hosted by Adam Soccolich (aka Twitter’s @TheBestOfAdam) and… wow! We heard a variety of pitches from a diverse group of founders…

  • Practicing—and Perfecting—Your 60-Second Pitch

    This post is by David Cohen from Hi, I'm David G. Cohen I recently joined my colleague Saba Karim, Director of Startup Pipeline at Techstars, for a one-hour “pitch practice” session on Twitter Spaces hosted by Adam Soccolich (aka Twitter’s @TheBestOfAdam) and… wow! We heard a variety of pitches from a diverse group of founders…

  • Give First… Build First… or Both?

    This post is by David Cohen from Hi, I'm David G. Cohen “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…