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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 starts with candid conversations. 
Each week Neal Sales-Griffin, Managing Director of Techstars Chicago’s accelerator program, brings together a rotating cast of high-powered and provocative guests to talk through the most pressing topics of the moment, in a free-form and unscripted conversation.
 
If you’re a founder, mentor or investor, or hope to be one day, this is a must-listen. It’s Talking Through It, first and fresh takes, from the Techstars Podcast Network.


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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 starts with candid conversations. 
Each week Neal Sales-Griffin, Managing Director of Techstars Chicago’s accelerator program, brings together a rotating cast of high-powered and provocative guests to talk through the most pressing topics of the moment, in a free-form and unscripted conversation.
 
If you’re a founder, mentor or investor, or hope to be one day, this is a must-listen. It’s Talking Through It, first and fresh takes, from the Techstars Podcast Network.


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

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

    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 Unicorns
    Crypto, NFTs, What’s Next? 
    Dream Dinner Guest 
    This 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.

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

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

    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 AssistanceDocumentor
    City So Real song by William Birdsong and Tyni Birdsong

    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.


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    • 24 min
    Talking through pandemic productivity, Clubhouse, and making work a happier place with Claire Lew

    Talking through pandemic productivity, Clubhouse, and making work a happier place with Claire Lew

    In this week’s episode of Talking Through It, Neal Sáles-Griffin talks with Claire Lew, CEO of Know Your Team. 
    Today’s Topics:
    Hitting a pandemic wallRobinhoodClubhouseAddressing toxicityPositive workplacesThis Week’s Startups To Watch:
    FrankRosecrans Ventures

    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.

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    • 34 min
    Talking Through the Start of 2021, Cryptocurrency, and the Power of Relationships with Mike McGee and Jimmy Odom

    Talking Through the Start of 2021, Cryptocurrency, and the Power of Relationships with Mike McGee and Jimmy Odom

    In this week’s episode of Talking Through It, Neal Sáles-Griffin catches up with Mike McGee, Director of Special Projects at AnitaB.org, and Jimmy Odom, Partner at Bit Capital Group. 
    Today’s Topics:
    Impeachment & InsurrectionCryptocurrencyNetworksWhat’s Good
    This Week’s Startups To Watch:
    Strike21e8Ethel’s Club
    Follow Mike on Twitter
    Follow Jimmy on Twitter

    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.

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    • 49 min
    Talking Through the Positives of 2020 and Predictions for Next Year with Jason Fried

    Talking Through the Positives of 2020 and Predictions for Next Year with Jason Fried

    As we wrap up 2020, Neal Sáles-Griffin talks with Jason Fried, Cofounder and CEO of Basecamp, on this episode of Talking Through It.
    Today’s 5 Topics:
    The good of 2020Tech and disinformationFrom Silicon Valley to… Austin?The perfect pitchPredictions
    Follow Jason on Twitter @jasonfried
    Follow Neal on Twitter @nealsales


    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.

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    • 38 min
    Talking Through Virtual Holidays, Vaccines, and Demo Days with Taylor McLemore and Clement Cazalot

    Talking Through Virtual Holidays, Vaccines, and Demo Days with Taylor McLemore and Clement Cazalot

    It’s time to give thanks. On this episode of Talking Through It, Neal Sáles-Griffin talks with Taylor McLemore, Managing Director of the Techstars Workforce Development Accelerator, and Clement Cazalot, Managing Director of Techstars Boston.
    Today’s 5 Topics:
    Virtual holidaysBiden economyVenture capital and long-term successVaccines and 2021Virtual Demo Days
    Follow Taylor on Twitter @taylormclemore
    Follow Clem on Twitter @clementc


    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.

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    • 33 min

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This podcast is an enjoyable stroll through an intellectually engaging park for the mind

Neal, guides enjoyable and interesting conversations on a variety of topics. This is a fun balance of smart discussion with fun and lightness.

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