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David Cohen Posts – Titles

David Cohen  Posts  – Titles  (5 posts)

 

Many Successful People are Deliberate about Randomness

David Cohen Wants to Immediately Invest in These Entrepreneurs

Filters to Exclude Potential  Investments

The Number One Startup Killer

Social Proof : Surround Yourself with Great People

 

Social Proof : Surround Yourself with Great People

David Cohen Founder and CEO TechStars, angel investor and former entrepreneur

“Part of the game has always been [to] surround yourself with great people [and] have great supporters that help you stand out []. [Social proof is surrounding] yourself with great people, and having great customers who will talk about your product, [] who will vouch for it, matters. [] Do you have a name brand customer ? [] Advisors again [are] another thing. [] But if those advisors are actually doing real work and really bringing you customers and talking to investors on your behalf, that can really help.”  David Cohen, This Week in Startups, TWiST #323, Published Jan 22, 2013 @ 17-19 min. into interview by Jason Calacanis, TWIST host; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuWLGAbyEaw

The Number One Startup Killer

David Cohen Founder and CEO TechStars, angel investor and former entrepreneur Brad Feld venture capitalist and Managing Director Foundry Group

“[] the Number One startup killer []-- making a product for which there is no interesting market”.    David Cohen and Brad Feld, Do More Faster by David Cohen & Brad Feld, Theme 4: Product, pg  171

Filters to Exclude Potential Investments

David Cohen Founder and CEO TechStars, angel investor and former entrepreneur

Cohen discussed his filters for excluding an entrepreneur from a potential investment. “[][Cohen] want[s] to know [if] you’re dishonest or you’re stupid. These are great shortcuts for [him] [because] [he] can just be done. [] [He] value[s] integrity very highly. [] It happens regularly [that he applies these filters]”. David Cohen, This Week in Startups, TWiST #323, published Jan 22, 2013 @ 34-35 min. into interview with Jason Calacanis, TWIST host; http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KuWLGAbyEaw

David Cohen Wants to Immediately Invest in These Entrepreneurs

David Cohen Founder and CEO TechStars, angel investor and former entrepreneur

Cohen discussed the qualities that make him want to immediately invest in an entrepreneur.   Specifically, he described one entrepreneur and his team:  “They understood the problem just technically, they had experienced the problem, they were pissed off about it, [and] their level of technical understanding of what they were trying to accomplish was very, very high. And every time [Cohen] had talked with them, [he] was more impressed than last time. 

[] It’s just passion and it’s knowledge of the space, and the interaction from meeting to meeting being better and better every time [that encouraged him to invest]”. David Cohen, This Week in Startups, TWiST #323, published Jan 22, 2013 @ 31-32 min. into interview with Jason Calacanis, TWIST host; http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KuWLGAbyEaw

Many Successful People are Deliberate about Randomness

David Cohen Founder and CEO TechStars, angel investor and former entrepreneur

“Many [] successful people [] are very deliberate about randomness [like Brad Feld]. [] Brad has regularly held “random days” when he’ll meet anyone to talk about anything [].”  That’s how TechStars arose when Cohen met Feld on a random day.

“Being open to randomness is about more than just taking meetings [].  It’s the idea of trying something you really have no reason to try. Recognize [] that someone you meet or something that you do might ultimately be able to help you in some completely unexpected way.  If you’re not open to randomness, you may miss a huge opportunity [].”   David Cohen, Do More Faster by David Cohen & Brad Feld, copyrt 2011, pg. 109-110