David Cohen is the founder and co-CEO of Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. To date, David has backed hundreds of startups including the likes of Uber, SendGrid, Twilio, ClassPass, PillPack and more. In total, these investments have gone on to create more than $80B in value. Prior to Techstars, David was a co-founder of Pinpoint Technologies which was acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation in 1999. Later, David was the founder and CEO of earFeeder, a music service that was sold to SonicSwap. If that was not enough, David is also the co-author (with Brad Feld) of Do More Faster: Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup.
David spoke with Harry Stebbings on The Twenty Minute VC to discuss why seed investing is a different asset class to venture, what makes the best and the worst board members, and why every company has to have a pessimist in the room.