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We invested in Makerbot which transformed how additive manufacturing works. Now we have invested in Glowforge which will change subtractive manufacturing.
Make beautiful things, quickly with a Glowforge 3D laser printer. The first Glowforges will be available for half price, so sign up using this link to be notified when they are available!
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Earlier this week I wrote a post titled The Religion of Silicon Valley. It was intended to be provocative and exploratory. The comments were great and helped me think through this concept more. Then I wrote a post titled The Board Operating System. A few…
Earlier this week I wrote a post titled The Religion of Silicon Valley. It was intended to be provocative and exploratory. The comments were great and helped me think through this concept more. Then I wrote a post titled The Board Operating System. A few folks tied together the concepts of Religion and Operating System as an operative... Read more
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In the comments to my post yesterday titled The Religion of Silicon Valley, Rosey commented that the choice of metaphor could be “operating system” instead of religion. “Brad, I expected your choice of metaphor would be ‘operating system’ more than…
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My favorite Mark Twain post, which I share with my close friend Phil Weiser (the Dean of CU Boulder) is “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” There is a lot of rhyming going on. If you want a quick taste, go read today’s Fred Wilson’s blog…
My favorite Mark Twain post, which I share with my close friend Phil Weiser (the Dean of CU Boulder) is “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” There is a lot of rhyming going on. If you want a quick taste, go read today’s Fred Wilson’s blog post Coming Up With A Better Name For... Read more
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I miss capital efficiency. It seems like you were our best friend just yesterday. Were you a myth? A lie? A justification by VCs to explain away their lack of capital to invest? A rationalization by entrepreneurs to explain away their inability to raise…
I miss capital efficiency. It seems like you were our best friend just yesterday. Were you a myth? A lie? A justification by VCs to explain away their lack of capital to invest? A rationalization by entrepreneurs to explain away their inability to raise capital? Do you remember all the blog posts about how companies needed... Read more
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I’m been staying with Morris Wheeler and his family for a few days in Cleveland while I deal with some personal stuff. I first met Morris through my friend Howard Diamond, currently the CEO of MobileDay (which I’m on the board of). Both Morris and Howard…
I’m been staying with Morris Wheeler and his family for a few days in Cleveland while I deal with some personal stuff. I first met Morris through my friend Howard Diamond, currently the CEO of MobileDay (which I’m on the board of). Both Morris and Howard are extraordinary Techstars mentors, so I was motivated this morning to knock... Read more
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At Foundry Group, we have a deeply held belief that we benefit from our local community (Boulder, in our case) and that we have a responsibility, as we have success, to give back to our local community. My partner Seth Levine just had an excellent OpEd in the Boulder Daily Camera explaining this. It’s titled Entrepreneurs... Read more
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Scott Maxwell of OpenView Partners had an awesome post up this morning titled The Truth About VC Value-Add. Go read it – I’ll still be here when you get back. You may recognize Scott’s name – I wrote about him in my post When VCs Don’t Bullshit You. The…
Scott Maxwell of OpenView Partners had an awesome post up this morning titled The Truth About VC Value-Add. Go read it – I’ll still be here when you get back. You may recognize Scott’s name – I wrote about him in my post When VCs Don’t Bullshit You. The next person on the list of supporters is Scott... Read more
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There has been a lull in the chanting that “Silicon Valley is the center of the tech universe.” I’m in Boulder for the next three weeks and I woke up pondering something Ben Casnocha said to me the last time we were together. “Silicon Valley is a…
There has been a lull in the chanting that “Silicon Valley is the center of the tech universe.” I’m in Boulder for the next three weeks and I woke up pondering something Ben Casnocha said to me the last time we were together. “Silicon Valley is a religion, just like Crossfit is a religion.” This... Read more
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Yesterday morning, over scrambled eggs and smoked salmon with Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Partners (he had yogurt), we talked about immigration reform and our broken immigration system. Both Jeff and I have been working hard on making it much easier for…
Yesterday morning, over scrambled eggs and smoked salmon with Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Partners (he had yogurt), we talked about immigration reform and our broken immigration system. Both Jeff and I have been working hard on making it much easier for immigrant entrepreneurs to get visa’s to start their companies in the US. Both of... Read more
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I passed on something referred to us by a close VC friend (who I’ll call Joe) who I’ve done a bunch of investments with over the years. A few minutes later I got the following email from the entrepreneur. hey brad –  if you get a moment, i’d love to hear…
I passed on something referred to us by a close VC friend (who I’ll call Joe) who I’ve done a bunch of investments with over the years. A few minutes later I got the following email from the entrepreneur. hey brad –  if you get a moment, i’d love to hear your unvarnished reasons for... Read more
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I’ve been very open about my struggles with depression over the years. A few weeks ago, I participated in a Q&A with Greg Avery at the Denver Business Journal titled Brad Feld Q&A: Bringing depression out of the shadows in startups. It was part of a more…
I’ve been very open about my struggles with depression over the years. A few weeks ago, I participated in a Q&A with Greg Avery at the Denver Business Journal titled Brad Feld Q&A: Bringing depression out of the shadows in startups. It was part of a more extensive series on Depression, entrepreneurs and startups. Since I’m still... Read more
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    Managing Director, 2007 - present
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I'm a managing director at Foundry Group. I live in Boulder, Colorado, invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons, and read a lot.
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I'm one of the managing directors at Foundry Group, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage software / Internet companies throughout the United States. I'm also the co-founder of TechStars, a mentor-driven accelerator, author of several books and blogs, and a marathon runner.
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    SM Management, 1987 - 1988
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    SB Management, 1983 - 1987
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