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David Cohen

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David Cohen is the founder, Managing Partner, and CEO of Techstars, the #1 ranked Internet startup accelerator in the world. 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, a music service which was sold to 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 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. David also runs the Colorado chapter of the Open Angel Forum. David wrote The Mentor Manifesto & co-authored Do More Faster.

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.

Importance of Experience
Common Startup Problems
Accelerating Failure
Network Over Hierarchy
Importance of Network
First Company, Pinpoint Technologies
Starting to Angel Invest
Possibilities of Business
Prioritization and Focus
What Makes an Entrepreneur
Techstars overview
Future of Techstars
Lean Startup in Techstars
Powered by Techstars
Outcomes of Techstars
Starting Small
Early Influences
Kids in Entrepreneurship
Why Boulder, Colorado