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Harry Stebbings on committing to building a network & giving first

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 five million downloads per month, and how he Gives First every day.

John China on whether you can give too much

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

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 and her approach to bringing together technology and sustainability, which is her focus as CTO of The Nature Conservancy.

Rebecca Lovell on career ‘nudges,’ karaoke, & how to be an ally

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

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

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

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

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

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 later, that accelerator is now Techstars Chicago, and Troy is Managing Director of MATH Ventures. You never know where #GiveFirst will take you—but you do know you’ll never have to go it alone.

Paul Berberian on the “addictive” nature of mentoring

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

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?

David Cohen and Brad Feld explore what Give First means to them

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