Ethan Austin

Ethan Austin

Co-founder and COO
GiveForward

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“ 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. ”
“ Thanks! ”
“  I recently asked a friend who just finished his first year as an associate at a big VC firm what was the biggest thing he learned in his first year.His answer:  “No one has any clue what they are doing.”“What??”  I said to him.... ”
Ethan Austin has a new connection.

recent blog posts

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: 166
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: 248
Ethan Austin
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 the post, David gave thanks to the people who...
02/02/2015
VIEWS: 26
01/05/2015
VIEWS: 25

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