Volume 14: David Cohen: You Are Not Alone

There are monumental challenges that most entrepreneurs face when starting a new company. Frustration, loneliness, isolation and fear seem to just come with the territory, but just taking an upwards glace could show you, you are not alone in your struggles.

Welcome to The Psychology of Entrepreneurship, a candid and revealing series that follows Ronsley Vaz and his guests, as they strive to unravel the inner workings of the entrepreneurial mind and explain why even the most successful among us experience Imposter Syndrome. 

 If you are someone who is holding back, feeling unworthy of your success or questioning your competency as a professional, this podcast is for you. 

David Cohen is Co-Founder, Managing Partner, and a Board Member at Techstars, the worldwide network mentorship-based startup accelerator that helps entrepreneurs succeed by connecting them with the right people. The Techstar experience has been so valuable and unique, that it has been turned into a reality TV show on Bloomberg TV.

David has been an entrepreneur and investor all his life and has founded and invested in some of the world’s more prominent startups such as Uber, Twilio, SendGrid, FullContact, and Sphero. 

Collectively, his 2,000 company strong investment portfolio is worth more than $100 billion in value. Before developing Techstars, David was a co-founder of Pinpoint Technologies which after great success, was later acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation back in 1999. 

Both David and Brad Feld brought their expertise together to co-author the critically acclaimed book ‘Do More Faster: Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup.’

In this volume, Ronsley and David deconstruct the essential role support systems play in an entrepreneur’s journey. They also look at why the most successful entrepreneurs should have total creative freedom and David’s daily battle with imposter syndrome.

Also featured in this volume:

  • Why you should build a support system and enjoy being alone
  • Reflecting back on the impact David has achieved
  • Why David wants to help the world
  • The role luck plays in entrepreneurial success
  • Mental Health and Entrepreneurship – You’re not alone
  • Why we all get Imposter syndrome
  • Hitting the wall metaphorically and physically
  • The unfortunate friendship with Philip McKernan
  • This is the stuff life is made of


Techstars: Website

David Cohen: Website

David Cohen: LinkedIn

David Cohen: Twitter

Do More Faster: Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup

The Give First Podcast

Author: Ronsley Vaz

Ronsley is the founder & chief day dreamer at AMPLIFY. He is an author, speaker & serial entrepreneur.

He has a Masters’ degree in Software Engineering and an MBA in Psychology and Leadership. He is known as the creator of We Are Podcast – the first Podcasting Conference in the Southern Hemisphere, and the host of The Bond Appetit Podcast and Should I Start a Podcast. He has an audience of over 3 million in 133 countries.

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