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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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Slice of Lime Thinks Out Loud

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One of my favorite things about blogging is that it lets you (if you have the courage) think out loud.  As a blogger, you get to try out a bunch of ideas in public.  As a blog reader, you get to see how other people think.

We’ve been working with Kevin Menzie and his gang at Slice of Lime for a long time (since it was just Kevin and Jeff.)  We’ve even got a small investment in them.  They’ve got some of the best ideas and insights of anyone I’ve worked with on the web design front.  I’ve encouraged Kevin to blog more aggressively about what he’s thinking and how they come up with their ideas.

Kevin has started doing this with his posts What Legos Can Teach Us About Web Standards and The Elongating Tail of Return Path.  

Great stuff – keep it up Kevin!

Yes – I Know My Blog Is Painfully Slow

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I received the following the other day from Micah Baldwin, who is now running business development at Lijit (and is a deliciously hysterical person when he wants to make a point.)

If I hear “Tell Brad his blog loads way too slowly” one more time (it has now surpassed “Are you too legit to quit”) I will shove a hot stake into my eye. Just thought you would like to know that you will be the cause of my soon to be eye-patch.

Since this is the 4,271st time I’ve heard this in the last 173 days, I promise I will do my best to have some performance improvements implemented by 2008.

Testing an Image Post with Live Writer

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Feel free to ignore this post.  Or – you can just laugh at the picture of a bunch of lame people trying to play Rock Band (the only one who wasn’t lame was the singer.)

rockbandturkeydayHowever, I think there will likely be a reunion tour, much to Katherine‘s chagrin.

If you were wondering why Facebook’s search function is so lame, Katherine has some thoughts on this.  Just don’t take her on in Scramble – she’ll destroy you.

I Have Some Intense New Comments for You

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I love blog comments – I think of them as the Dark Matter of the Blogosphere.   I haven’t been able to get an accurate count of the total number of comments floating around – my guess is that there are somewhere between 1 billion and 10 billion.  That’s a lot of comments.

I’ve also talked about The 80-19-1 Rule in the past.  In blogging, the 1% are the bloggers, the 19% are the commenters, and the 80% are the readers.  However, up to this point, the tools for the 19% suck. 

One of the TechStars companies – Intense Debate – worked on a comment replacement system this summer.  They’ve officially launched and are now up on about 1,000 blogs, including Feld Thoughts.  Give it a spin and tell me what you think (in a comment, of course.)

60 Seconds on Friction and Blogging

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Debbie Weil grabbed me at the New New Internet show and made me answer a question about blogging.  Even though it is only 60 seconds long, I did manage to get the word “shit” into the interview. 

“… likable, rumpled and forthright” indeed.

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