The Startup Hats by David Gardner

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Earfluence has partnered with Serial Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist David Gardner to convert his book, "The Startup Hats: Master the Many Roles of the Entrepreneur" into a podcast series and audiobook, sponsored exclusively by Forrest Firm, and now available on Audible and other audiobook platforms.

Earfluence has partnered with Venture Capitalist David Gardner to convert his book, “The Startup Hats: Master the Many Roles of the Entrepreneur” into a podcast series and audiobook.

The Startup Hats: Master the Many Roles of the Entrepreneur Audiobook on Audible

David Gardner is a serial entrepreneur, writer, adviser, and early-stage fund manager with over thirty years of experience in creating and building software technology companies. After failing at retirement twice, David became the Triangle’s most active angel investor spending his time as a volunteer coach and mentor to startup founders and managing a free accelerator he sponsors with the Town of Cary. To combat the lack of early stage capital in NC, David created and runs Cofounders Capital, a $12M seed fund, the success of which led to a second $30M fund.

Here’s what executives are saying about “The Startup Hats”…

“Practical and entertaining. David states an important principle and then makes it memorable with real examples from his own life as an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor….a must read.” – Jon Kraft, co-founder Pandora Radio

“I’ve worked with David and watched him do his magic with entrepreneurs. He knows what they need to hear and he says it in a way that makes sense to them and is actionable.” – Tom Lotrecchiano, co-founder, Canvas on Demand / Cafe Express

“The consistently successful entrepreneurs like David know the importance of these concepts but very few can communicate them as clearly and as effectively as he has done here.” – Scott Moody, co-founder, AuthenTec

Here’s David talking to Donald Thompson about why he wrote The Startup Hats, how he got into angel investing, and why he failed at retirement.


The Startup Hats is sponsored exclusively by Forrest Firm, a full-service law firm and Certified B Corporation with offices across North Carolina and clients (including many startups) around the globe.

Forrest Firm Startup Law

To preview the chapters of the audiobook and subscribe to the podcast, see below.

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Chapter 2: The Navigator’s Hat

“A flower doesn’t blossom without the right nutrients, water, soil, and sunlight; and neither does a company. The journey of a founder is just that – a journey.  And...

Chapter 1: The Entrepreneur Hat

“Hard work. Perseverance. Grind. It’s a way of life for entrepreneurs. Startup Hats is one of my favorite books, and in this chapter venture capitalist David Gardner provides invaluable...


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