David Cohen is the Founder and CEO of Techstars, a mentorship-driven seed accelerator based in Boulder, Colorado. Each summer, Techstars funds ten new web companies and surrounds the founders with incredible mentors for three months. It’s been described as a “startup bootcamp”, “a 3 month MBA in entrepreneurship”, and “incubator 2.0.” TechStars now also operates in Seattle each fall, and in Boston each spring, and is funding and supporting approximately 30 raw new startups each year.
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 earFeeder.com, a music service which was sold to SonicSwap.com 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 DavidGCohen.com. 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’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.