Why I’m Talking Through It

November 24th, 2020

By Neal Sáles-Griffin, Managing Director of Techstars Chicago

The world moves fast — and the world of entrepreneurship moves even faster. And nowhere does it move faster than inside a Techstars accelerator. With startups, mentors, and investors all coming together, it’s move fast or get left behind — and that usually starts with conversations with people who challenge our thinking.

This is why today, I’m launching a new podcast on the Techstars Podcast Network: Talking Through It.

On Talking Through It, I'll discuss five timely startup topics in about thirty minutes with people who have unique and interesting points of view. 

For our very first episode, I talked with one of Techstars Chicago's mentors Mert Iseri, Co-founder and CEO of SwipeSense.

Mert and I talked through five big topics that I’m thinking a lot about right now:

  • The impact the U.S. election will have on startups

  • Tech's role in enabling democracy

  • The power of personal values for one's business

  • Choosing great companies to invest in

  • Giving thanks

And we each picked a founder we think you should be watching:

If you’re a founder, mentor, or investor — or hope to be one day — I hope you’ll subscribe and become a regular listener. 

Follow Mert on Twitter: @mhi

Follow Neal on Twitter: @nealsales

Listen & subscribe to Talking Through It on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and more.


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About the Author

Neal Sáles-Griffin

Neal Sáles-Griffin is an entrepreneur, teacher, and nonprofit leader. He co-founded the first beginner-focused in-person coding bootcamp, and most recently ran for mayor of Chicago. He's currently the Managing Director of the Techstars Chicago Accelerator, serves as co-chair of the School of the Art Institute's MakeWork council, and is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering where he teaches entrepreneurship. Listen to his podcast, Talking Through It.