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How TechStars Founder David Cohen Turned A Passion For Technology Into An Incredible Career

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David CohenIf you pay attention to the technology/startup world, it is nearly impossible to not have run across David Cohen. David’s pride and joy, TechStars, has helped fund and mentor hundreds of successful companies. David himself is an incredibly successful entrepreneur, starting (and selling) multiple companies (check out more about them right here). His new book, along with TechStars co-founder Brad Feld, Do More Faster (link below if you want to nab a copy) is a collection of incredible insights and takeaways from the startup world.

I wanted to know about the person behind the story. How did David get to where he is at today (and doing something he loves)? What were the struggles, insights, and lessons along his journey? And much more in this “tell all” interview. Enjoy!

And, as always, feel free to hop into the conversation below and leave your two cents.

PS: My goal on The Rise To The Top is to give you fluff-free, unscripted, unedited conversations…regardless of what happens. Skype was a little sketchy in this interview so there are a few drops in audio/video. Just a quick heads up.

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Book Update: It’s here! Smarter, Faster, Cheaper: Non-Boring, Fluff-free Strategies for Marketing and Promoting Your Business is officially on sale! You can grab the first chapter for free right here, and you can buy it on Amazon or anywhere books are sold.

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