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We announced Our Investment in Topspin Media today. My partner Ryan McIntyre has a long post up titled Topspin, Baby! that describes the history of how the investment came together over the past ten years. Ian Rogers – the CEO of Topspin who was profiled in TechCrunch a few weeks ago in the article Ex-Yahoo Music GM Ian Rogers Launches Topspin Media has a nice a post up on the Topspin blog titled Old Friends, New Opportunities.
Oh – and there is that really cool Billboard cover and article.
As a special bonus, Ryan blogged the text from The Declaration of Independence yesterday. This seemed somehow fitting when you consider what Topspin is planning to do for music artists.
Larry Nelson from w3w3.com has an interview up with my partner Seth Levine. The interview is called Is an Advisory Board or Advisors Really Necessary? but the first half of the interview is about Seth’s view of Foundry Group and his partners (e.g. me, Jason, Ryan, and Chris.) Listen and find out some magic secrets – or just hear what Seth thinks. As a special bonus Seth has some good ideas about advisors and advisory boards.
Over the past few months we’ve been posting about the "themes" we invest in at Foundry Group over on our Foundry Group blog. I thought – with the most recent announcement of our investment in Smith & Tinker (our most recent human computer interaction (HCI) investment) – it was worth reviewing our current themes.
For a view on how we think about themes, start with our post What Is "Thematic Investing?" We then cover four of our current themes:
We also put up a post titled Did Darwin Skip Over Email? explaining our desire to find another investment on our long standing theme around email (and SMTP). We are also continuing to scour the world for RSS-related stuff (yes – we love protocols – ad hoc or otherwise).
While we don’t limit ourselves to only investing in these themes, we rarely wander outside them and will usually only do so with someone we’ve worked with in the past. We are always working on a set of new top secret themes that intrigue us. Some of these will see the light of day; others won’t. In all cases, they keep our brains busy.
Today we announced that Foundry Group has joined the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado. We’ve contributed 1% of our carried interest (the functional equivalent of 1% of our equity) to the Community Trust Endowed Fund of the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County.
When I co-founded the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado (EFCO), we explained what we were trying to accomplish in the post titled Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado Encourages Early Stage Giving. Fifteen months later, with the addition of Foundry Group, we now have 19 member companies.
To everyone that has supported and/or participated in EFCO, thank you! If you are a founder or an employee of a Colorado-based company (or venture capital firm) that is interested in participating in EFCO, just drop me an email.