Ethan Austin

Ethan Austin

Co-founder and COO
GiveForward

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“ Former Chester French frontman, D.A. Wallach wrote an essay on Medium the other day called“When Mother Teresa Drives a Ferrari: Why Compassionate Capitalism is Kind of a Scam.”In it, he argues that compassionate capitalism is not a viable p... ”
“  Last week Techcrunch reported that GoFundMe was raising capital at an expected $500 Million valuation.  Some folks have been surprised at how big the valuation is but when I heard the number I was surprised how small it was.I’ve been... ”
“  When TechCrunch reported last week that GoFundMe was raising capital at a $500 Million valuation, I decided to write a two-part blog post discussing how a crowdfunding site not named Kickstarter could attract such a high valuation. The short an... ”
“ I had a great conversation with Jeff Carter yesterday on Twitter about the evolution of the Chicago startup ecosystem. (H/T to Chicago Inno and this interview of J.B Pritzker for prompting the conversation).  The question at hand was:... ”
“ Values matter. A lot. Sure, every company has a set of stated values. But the great companies live these values, which permeate the culture and drive every company decision. Moz and Gnip are two such companies. GiveForward is another. GiveForward is... ”
“ Winning companies have either a remarkable product that ‘sells itself’ or a strong product with remarkable distribution. As a startup founder, one of the fundamental questions you have to ask yourself early on is: should we focus our energy on produc... ”
“ Last week David Cohen wrote a wonderful blog post entitled, 150M New Reasons to be Thankful at Techstars where he announced a massive new $150M Techstars fund for early-stage ventures involved with the Techstars network. In t... ”
Ethan posted a blog: The Habit of No
“ Most people at startups are in the habit of saying yes.This new year if you are looking for a resolution that will transform your startup, get in the habit of saying no.The Habit of YesThe habit of yes occurs when a founder asks you to help him with... ”
Ethan Austin has a new connection.
“ Thanks John! That said, I think this guy seems to know what he's doing. http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/09/technology/six-figures-to-play-video-games/index.html?hpt=hp_t4 But besides him, yeah, everyone is pretty clueless. ”

recent blog posts

Ethan Austin
  When TechCrunch reported last week that GoFundMe was raising capital at a $500 Million valuation, I decided to write a two-part blog post discussing how a crowdfunding site not named Kickstarter could attract such a high valuation.
05/04/2015
VIEWS: 88
Ethan Austin
I had a great conversation with Jeff Carter yesterday on Twitter about the evolution of the Chicago startup ecosystem. (H/T to Chicago Inno and this interview of J.B Pritzker for prompting the conversation).  The question at hand was: how do you build a startup ecosystem?
04/20/2015
VIEWS: 247
Ethan Austin
Winning companies have either a remarkable product that ‘sells itself’ or a strong product with remarkable distribution. As a startup founder, one of the fundamental questions you have to ask yourself early on is: should we focus our energy on product or distribution? 95% of the startup world...
03/16/2015
VIEWS: 253

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