#253: Ethan Austin, Chief Strategy Officer at Gig Wage and Former Managing Director at Techstars, on Fundraising, Joining an Accelerator, and His Experience as a Founder and Investor

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Ethan Austin is the Chief Strategy Officer at Gig Wage, former Managing Director at the Techstars Western Union Accelerator, and the Founder of GiveForward.

Gig Wage, a company that's raised more than $10M in venture capital, is a platform designed for innovators who want a simplified way of managing contractor payments so they can recruit and retain world-class 1099 talent and power modern contractor commerce.

Some of the Topics Covered by Ethan Austin in this Episode

  • What Ethan's role is at Gig Wage and what the company is doing
  • Why Ethan decided to join Gig Wage
  • How Ethan first got involved with startups
  • Ethan's experience starting GiveForward
  • How Ethan found his co-founder for GiveForward and his experience bootstrapping for 2 years
  • Ethan's Techstars experience as a Founder and his fundraising experience
  • Getting Naval Ravikant as an investor in 2012
  • The team behind GiveForward and how Ethan built a great culture at the company
  • What Ethan did to grow GiveForward in the early years and after they raised funding
  • How Ethan went from GiveForward to Techstars after losing 75% of their Facebook traffic in a year
  • Why Ethan took a year off after GiveForward
  • What Ethan's role entailed as the Managing Director at Techstars
  • The experience of going through Techstars for a founder
  • How Ethan thinks about being an investor vs. running a company

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