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Hear TechStars founder David Cohen at the Silicon Prairie Awards event

David Cohen will take the stage at the Silicon Prairie Awards to share lessons learned from TechStars and the entrepeneurial community in Boulder, Colo.

We’re thrilled to announce David Cohen, the founder and CEO of TechStars, will be keynoting our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards event August 30 in Omaha.

Cohen (above) is someone we’ve followed for many years as he’s not only well-respected but extremely knowledgeable, possessing years of startup experience along with passion for building an entrepreneurial community.

Cohen also has ties to our community, as Dundee Venture Capital of Omaha is an investor in his current fund, Bullet Time Ventures II. In attending the awards, Cohen will have the chance to meet and mingle with the other movers and shakers that call the Silicon Prairie home.

Cohen founded TechStars, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator, in Boulder, Colo., in 2006. The accelerator held its first program the next year. Today, it’s operational in five cities. Its impressive alumni list includes SendGrid, Foodzie, OnSwipe and Graphicly (a Dundee VC portfolio company). According to its website, TechStars companies go on to average more than $1 million raised in outside capital after the program.

You may also be familiar with Cohen as the co-author of “Do More Faster.” Written with TechStars co-founder and venture capitalist Brad Feld, the book offers advice for first-time entrepreneurs.

Here’s more on Cohen, from the TechStars website:

Previously, David Cohen was a founder of several software and web technology companies. He was the founder and CTO of Pinpoint Technologies which was acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: ZOLL) in 1999. You can read about it in “No Vision, All Drive.” David was also the founder and CEO of earFeeder.com, a music service which was sold to SonicSwap.com in 2006. He also had what he likes to think of as a “graceful failure” in between.

David is an active startup advocate, advisor, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog at DavidGCohen.com. He recently co-authored “Do More Faster” with Brad Feld. He is also very active at the University of Colorado, serving as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Computer Science Department, the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board at Silicon Flatirons, and the Board of Advisors of the Deming Center Venture Fund. David is also a member of the selection committee for Venture Capital in the Rockies, and runs the Colorado chapter of the Open Angel Forum.

David’s hobbies are technology, software/web startups, business history, and tennis. He is married to the coolest girl he’s ever met and has three amazing kids who always seem to be teaching him something new.

Tell David on Twitter (@DavidCohen) how much you’re looking forward to him coming in on August 30. Full steam ahead to the Silicon Prarie Awards!

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Credits: Top photo of David Cohen by Joi Ito via Flickr. David Cohen headshot courtesy of TechStars.

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