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Ethan

The Fastest Way to Solve Tech’s Diversity Problem

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Ethan Austin
Director of Techstars LA at Techstars

Ethan Austin is an entrepreneur and investor who currently serves as Director of Techstars LA. Prior to joining Techstars, Ethan pioneered the medical crowdfunding space as a co-founder of GiveForward, the world's first medical crowdfunding platform. After going through the Techstars program himself in 2010, his company raised $7M in funding from First Round Capital, Founder Collective, and Pritzker Group. The GiveForward platform went on to help families raise $200M for their loved ones' out-of-pocket-medical expenses and helped change the way people care for each other during life's most difficult times. GiveForward was twice recognized by the White House, has been part of INC's 30 under 30 and won the Edison Award in 2012 as the best new social innovation in the United States.

Course Description:

Nearly all tech founders and VCs agree that there is a need for more diversity in tech. Yet, despite this widespread agreement, there has been very little meaningful action to date. This talk explores a simple solution that is quickly gaining momentum in tech circles and has the potential to transform our collective intent into action.

Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of how to:


  • Get a clear understanding of the diversity problem and what’s being done to solve it

  • Learn about the resources available to help create change

  • Leave the session with a concrete way to get involved in solving this problem