Silicon Flatirons Conference: Community, Creativity, and #GiveFirst

#GiveFirst is an oft-mentioned—and encouraged—approach to entrepreneurial community interactions. #GiveFirst refers to the willingness of an individual to unilaterally help others without securing a guaranteed benefit in return. As author and investor Brad Feld notes, this approach is “not altruistic—you do expect to get things in return—but you don’t set up the relationship to be a transactional one.”

Silicon Flatirons convenes entrepreneurs, academics, and investors to analyze #GiveFirst in this year’s annual entrepreneurship conference. The conference will begin with a discussion between Brad Feld and Sam Zell, moderated by Scott Peppet. Conference panels then will analyze and debate related issues. Panel One (“Groups, Knowledge, and Adaptation of Startup Communities”) explores system-level dimensions of #GiveFirst. This panel examines how a #GiveFirst mentality emerges within a community, how #GiveFirst affects a community member’s “knowledge” about the world, and how #GiveFirst adapts within a location over time. Panel Two (“How Does #GiveFirst Go Right (And Wrong) for Companies and Individuals?”) considers the perspective of a startup and entrepreneurs. This panel explores the conditions where a #GiveFirst strategy benefits—and harms—companies and individuals.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 1:00pm to 5:30pm

Wolf Law, Wittemyer Courtroom
2450 Kittredge Loop Drive, Boulder, CO 80309

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Meeting/Conference, Community Engagement, Featured Event


Business, Entrepreneurial Community


Students, Faculty, Alumni, General Public, Staff, Industry & Business Community

College, School & Unit

Law School



CU students/faculty/alumni/staff - Free, General $15 ($20 at the door)

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