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Talking Through It

with Neal Sales-Griffin

The world of entrepreneurship moves fast. And nowhere does it move faster than inside a Techstars accelerator. With startups and mentors and investors all coming together, move fast or get left behind -- and that usually
Latest Episode4/5/2021

Crossover: Talking Through It + Give First! Talking through unicorns, NFTs, and giving first with David Cohen

Season 1, Ep. 7
In this special episode, Give First host David Cohen and Talking Through It host Neal Sáles-Griffin take turns interviewing each other: it’s two Techstars podcasts in one.David discusses with Neal on how giving first grew the Chicago startup ecosystem, and then Neal talks through today’s hot issues with David.Today’s Topics:Finding UnicornsCrypto, NFTs, What’s Next?Dream Dinner GuestThis Week’s Startup to Watch:https://hey.com/. Plus, listen to Neal’s conversation with Hey and Basecamp founder Jason Fried here.If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the National Geographic documentary series City So Real, a portrait of contemporary Chicago, including Neal’s candidacy in the 2019 mayoral election.Techstars personnel and/or guests who speak in this podcast express their own opinions, and not the opinion of either Techstars or any company discussed in this podcast. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. You should consult your own advisers as to those matters. References to any securities are for illustrative and/or informational purposes only and do not constitute an investment recommendation or offer to provide investment advisory services. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investor or prospective investor, and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any fund managed by Techstars.Certain of Techstars funds own (or may own in the future) securities in some of the companies discussed in this podcast.
4/5/2021

Crossover: Talking Through It + Give First! Talking through unicorns, NFTs, and giving first with David Cohen

Season 1, Ep. 7
In this special episode, Give First host David Cohen and Talking Through It host Neal Sáles-Griffin take turns interviewing each other: it’s two Techstars podcasts in one.David discusses with Neal on how giving first grew the Chicago startup ecosystem, and then Neal talks through today’s hot issues with David.Today’s Topics:Finding UnicornsCrypto, NFTs, What’s Next?Dream Dinner GuestThis Week’s Startup to Watch:https://hey.com/. Plus, listen to Neal’s conversation with Hey and Basecamp founder Jason Fried here.If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the National Geographic documentary series City So Real, a portrait of contemporary Chicago, including Neal’s candidacy in the 2019 mayoral election.Techstars personnel and/or guests who speak in this podcast express their own opinions, and not the opinion of either Techstars or any company discussed in this podcast. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. You should consult your own advisers as to those matters. References to any securities are for illustrative and/or informational purposes only and do not constitute an investment recommendation or offer to provide investment advisory services. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investor or prospective investor, and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any fund managed by Techstars.Certain of Techstars funds own (or may own in the future) securities in some of the companies discussed in this podcast.
3/1/2021

Talking through virtual accelerators, mentors, and Techstars Chicago theme song with Whitney Gregory & William Birdsong

Season 1, Ep. 6
In this week’s special founder edition episode of Talking Through It, Neal Sáles-Griffin talks with alumni from his recent Techstars Chicago class: Whitney Gregory, CEO of Eemerg Roadside Assistance, and William Birdsong, CEO of Documentor.Today’s Topics:Natural Disasters in TexasThe Virtual Accelerator ExperienceMentor MadnessApplication Tips for FoundersThe Techstars Chicago Demo Day Song, City So RealThis Week’s Startups To Watch:Eemerg Roadside AssistanceDocumentorCity So Real song by William Birdsong and Tyni BirdsongTechstars personnel and/or guests who speak in this podcast express their own opinions, and not the opinion of either Techstars or any company discussed in this podcast. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. You should consult your own advisers as to those matters. References to any securities are for illustrative and/or informational purposes only and do not constitute an investment recommendation or offer to provide investment advisory services. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investor or prospective investor, and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any fund managed by Techstars.Certain of Techstars funds own (or may own in the future) securities in some of the companies discussed in this podcast.
11/24/2020

Talking Through Tech, Democracy, and Personal Values with Mert Iseri

Season 1, Ep. 1
Today’s 5 Topics:The U.S. electionTech and democracyThe power of personal valuesChoosing great companiesGiving thanksThis Week’s Founders To Watch:Neal picks Havoc Shield, 2020 graduate of Techstars Chicago, which just raised $1.45 million.Mert picks Documentor, another 2020 Techstars Chicago grad, which he mentors.Meet Mert Iseri:Mert Hilmi Iseri has the best job in the world as the CEO of SwipeSense, aiming to eliminate preventable medical errors in hospitals. His journey started off in Istanbul, Turkey and changed courses completely once he arrived at Northwestern University. Prior to fighting infections in hospitals, he co-founded Design for America, a national initiative amongst college students to use design thinking for social impact in their communities. In 2018, DFA was awarded the National Design Award by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Mert has presented at conferences such as TEDActive, TEDx, CUSP, Design:Chicago and has been recognized by Forbes in their 30 Under 30 list. He lives in Chicago, IL.Follow Mert on Twitter @mhiFollow Neal on Twitter @nealsalesTechstars personnel and/or guests who speak in this podcast express their own opinions, and not the opinion of either Techstars or any company discussed in this podcast. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. You should consult your own advisers as to those matters. References to any securities are for illustrative and/or informational purposes only and do not constitute an investment recommendation or offer to provide investment advisory services. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investor or prospective investor, and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any fund managed by Techstars.Certain of Techstars funds own (or may own in the future) securities in some of the companies discussed in this podcast.