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Last night we had the Techstars Boulder Mentor Kickoff dinner. It’s an annual tradition at Techstars – we have a dinner for all mentors before we start the program. It’s a meet and greet for all mentors in the upcoming program, a great way to reconnect…
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I’ve had some really crummy experiences with business and corporate development people in the past year. There’s been a strange change in ethos, where suddenly people have forgotten that when they do deals, they are doing deals with other people, not with…
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I think there is something in the air in general. Weirdness from people for about a year in EVERYTHING.
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I love origin stories. The moment of the beginning of something new, or a key point in the founding of something, is always powerful to me. On the 238th birthday of the United States of America, I think it’s useful to reflect on America’s origin story.…
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I woke up to a bunch of VC related things in my twitter stream this morning. I had a nice digital sabbath yesterday so I was a little surprised by how much there was. I tried cranking out a #tweetstorm of them using Little Pork Chop but I found the…
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Every single day I have multiple conversations and emails from CEOs and people at companies I work with about how to work with Big Tech Companies. You know – Google, Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Salesforce, SAP, LinkedIn,…
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I just read an amazing post from Nikki Durkin, the founder and CEO of 99dresses. It’s titled My startup failed, and this is what it feels like and it is one of the best posts I’ve ever read about startup failure. I almost titled this post “What Failure…
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MIT is a special place. I was a student there from 1983 – 1990, got two degrees, and was booted out of a Ph.D. program well before I finished. I lived in a fraternity (ADP) on the edge of Central Square (351 Mass Ave) for four years. My first office was…
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Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh have written an outstanding and important book called The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age. I encourage you to get a copy right now and read it this weekend. If you are a CEO of a company Foundry…
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Thanks, just ordered.
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As Amy and I get ready to return to Boulder today and physically re-enter the human race, I woke up this morning thinking about how I’m feeling emotionally. We’ve had an excellent three weeks up at our house in Homer, Alaska, far away from the people we…
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+Brad Feld After 15 years of not publicly talking about my problems with depression and alcohol, I am coming out and telling my story. How two con artists stole my whole life from me in 1997, how I was a sorry drunk for two years after and how I went to an AA meeting one day and put booze down for 5 years.

When I first went to a meeting, I had just left my wife, was living on the street and working construction for minimum wage. To stay sober I was sleeping on the sidewalk outside the AA meeting hall, so when the sun came up I made the first meeting of the day. I also made the last meeting of the day at night, and then, slept on the sidewalk out side so I was the first one in when they opended the doors the next morning.

So, +Brad Feld, if my stories that I am about to tell help just one person, get one guy to go to a meeting and put the booze or dope down, then who the hell cares if somehow my public sobriety and problems with depression have some effect on some product I launch?

But then I am all about my new novel, I am no longer a marketer that depends on his public image and trustRank to make a living.
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Getting into an accelerator is increasingly difficult. While there has been a proliferation accelerators around the world, there has simultaneously been a dramatically increasing number of companies applying to accelerators. In my world, supply and demand…
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Startup Next seam like a great place to start developing and testing a business idea. Sounds really interesting.
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Going Beyond Amazon: A New Model for Authors, Retailers, and Publishers

As many of you know, I have a keen interest in the future of digital publishing. One of the reasons we started FG Press was to give control and transparency back to the authors. Specifically, at FG Press the author gets 50% royalty on all books sold (up…
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+Brad Feld Don't complain I did not read it all please, but for me, Amazon has the traffic, big time traffic if your book is ranked highly in a catagory. Hence I am keeping all my books there only. More sales = a higher ranking.

But I will agree with you, Amazon is drawing fire at least from authors, and G+ users are beginning to show animosity towards Amazon. Case in point: My last book got 36,000 visitors from G+ and did poorly. I am thinking that it's a Android fanboy thing that is hurting my once robust sales from my very large G+ following. Your thoughts?

As far as what Amazon does with the data. It's obvious, they use it to algorithmically recommend other products, and I am good with that, since it means at times they will be recommending my books too.
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Jane Miller‘s first book Sleep Your Way to the TOP is out and available in digital and print. This is Jane’s first book and FG Press‘s second one. Around the Foundry Group Offices we’ve been referring to Jane as “Sheryl Sandberg meets Chelsea Handler.” If…
Jane Miller‘s first book Sleep Your Way to the TOP is out and available in digital and print. This is Jane’s first book and FG Press‘s second one. Around the Foundry Group Offices we’ve been referring to Jane as “Sheryl Sandberg meets Chelsea Handler.” If you happened to catch my interview with Jane during Boulder Startup …
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Awesome - enjoy!
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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
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