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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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The Buffett Letters

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I landed in Paris today to visit Amy for a week (she’s spending six weeks over here to immerse herself in French).  I usually get the sleep thing right on international flights – I screwed up this time because I was tired and crashed on the leg from Denver to Cincinnati.  So – I had a nice seven hour flight to listen to music on my Bose QuietComfort 2 Headphones and read.

After my post on Warren Buffett’s Annual Shareholder Letter, one of my blog readers sent me the “Annual Letters of Buffett Partnership, Limited, 1957 – 1970.” Unfortunately (again – maybe it’s Paris) I forgot who sent this to me.  I apologize – my mother taught me to always say thank you and acknowledge others.  At 39, I have to write certain things down to remember them and – since I’m on a continual holy mission to revolutionize the way I interact with computers (which includes eliminating paper from my life) – I didn’t write it down.  And – ironically – in this case – I printed them out (rather than tossing them in my “Inbox -> Read” folder), so I don’t have the original email.  So – if you are the one, thank you – feel free to put up a comment saying “hey Brad – you buckethead – it was me.”

You’d think that at midnight Colorado time I’d finally fall asleep on the flight.  But, in between finishing off a series of speeches by Buffett’s long time partner Charlie Munger (sent to me by the same person – I think <g>) and grinding through Buffett’s letters, sleep was not forthcoming.

The letters are a work of art.  Buffett demonstrates his brilliance from age 25 to 39 (yikes – there’s that 39 again) – both in investing, how he operates his business, and how he communicates.  They are just magnificent. 

I considered posting several things from them.  However, in several places, it was made clear that these letters are not for public consumption.  Specifically, “while they are of great interest, and Mr. Buffet has let it be known that he has no objection to people passing them around like this, but does not care for the idea of them being posted in a public forum.  Please honor his wishes.  PLEASE DO NOT POST THESE LETTERS.”  So – I respect that and will merely tease you with the delight I got from reading them, even if they contributed to my need to sleep from noon Paris time until 4pm today.

  • Jayz

    hello, i would appreciate it vey much if you could also send me the partnership letters! God knows i want it very badly…
    thanks ( in advance???)

    • Jay Zou

      Could you please send me the partnership letters as well? I want it very badly..
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  • j thompson

    I am writing an outline of the Buffett partnership letters for myself (I have a small investment partnership-but who doesn't) and am lacking the the 1957 letter. I would be happy to forward you my outline when complete. Many thanks

  • Matt

    Can you send me a copy of the letters from 1957-1961? Thank you very much in advance!

  • Peter

    Dear Brad, I am a fellow lover of Warren Buffett's ideas and character and like you, I relish reading the master's own words. Would you please send me a copy of the letters you mention in your post. Also, would you happen to know where to find the annual reports from 1970 to 1994 (because the most recent annual report posted on berkshire's website is 1995). I greatly appreciate this! thank you!

    p.s. my email is pojintianxia21@yahoo.com

  • Vivek Hira

    Please Please Please send me a copy of them. Vivek vhira@aol.com

  • Vivek Hira

    Please Please Please send me a copy of them. Vivek vhira@aol.com

  • Vivek Hira

    Please Please Please send me a copy of them. Vivek

  • Michael Chang

    Hi, Brad
    I've been looking for those Buffett partnership letters for some time, as a fan of Buffett, I am very interested in his early stage. I would be very appreciate if you could send me those letters.
    Many thanks!

    Michael

  • Joe

    Hi, i noticed that you're a Buffetteer (a WEB follower), i will like to request a copy of the partnership letters you have…I will highly appreciate if you can share it with your fellow Buffett follower….Thanks much in advance!

    Joe

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      On their way.

  • Patrick de Man

    Hi Brad,
    This is another request for a copy of the partnership letters.
    Would you please be so kind to send them to me?
    Thanks very much!
    Patrick.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Just sent them – you should receive them via email.

  • Matthew New Age

    Could some please send me the partnership letters also

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      I just sent them via email.

  • Tom Snow

    Hi, Brad

    I've been looking for those Buffett partnership letters for some time. As Buffetteer, I am very interested in his early days. I will highly appreciate if you can share it with your fellow Buffett follower.

    Thanks in advance!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jayz8728 jayz8728

    hello, i would appreciate it vey much if you could also send me the partnership letters! God knows i want it very badly…
    thanks ( in advance???)

  • j thompson

    I am writing an outline of the Buffett partnership letters for myself (I have a small investment partnership-but who doesn't) and am lacking the the 1957 letter. I would be happy to forward you my outline when complete. Many thanks

  • Jay Zou

    Could you please send me the partnership letters as well? I want it very badly..
    Thanks!javascript: postComment(1);
    Submit Comment

  • Matt

    Can you send me a copy of the letters from 1957-1961? Thank you very much in advance!

  • Peter

    Dear Brad, I am a fellow lover of Warren Buffett's ideas and character and like you, I relish reading the master's own words. Would you please send me a copy of the letters you mention in your post. Also, would you happen to know where to find the annual reports from 1970 to 1994 (because the most recent annual report posted on berkshire's website is 1995). I greatly appreciate this! thank you!

    p.s. my email is pojintianxia21@yahoo.com

  • Vivek Hira

    Please Please Please send me a copy of them. Vivek

  • Michael Chang

    Hi, Brad
    I've been looking for those Buffett partnership letters for some time, as a fan of Buffett, I am very interested in his early stage. I would be very appreciate if you could send me those letters.
    Many thanks!

    Michael

  • Tom Snow

    Hi, Brad

    I've been looking for those Buffett partnership letters for some time. As Buffetteer, I am very interested in his early days. I will highly appreciate if you can share it with your fellow Buffett follower.

    Thanks in advance!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Just sent them – you should receive them via email.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    I just sent them via email.

  • Joe

    Hi, i noticed that you're a Buffetteer (a WEB follower), i will like to request a copy of the partnership letters you have…I will highly appreciate if you can share it with your fellow Buffett follower….Thanks much in advance!

    Joe

  • Patrick de Man

    Hi Brad,
    This is another request for a copy of the partnership letters.
    Would you please be so kind to send them to me?
    Thanks very much!
    Patrick.

  • Matthew New Age

    Could some please send me the partnership letters also

  • OAS

    Brad,

    It would be great if you send them to me the Buffet letters. I have been looking for them forever.

    Thanks,

  • Ali

    Could you please send me the letters?

    djaliman at shaw dot ca

    Thanks very much!

  • Oliver

    Hello, I have most of the letters, but nothing prior to 20th Feb 1960. It would be great to see the others if you would be kind enough to email them.

    Many thanks,
    olsherman at gmail dot com

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      On their way.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    On their way.

  • Adam

    one more request for the letters please. are there any years in particular that are favorites?

    kazwell at g mail dot com

    Thanks Brad

  • Jed

    Hi, Brad. I'd love to see the letters as well, if you're willing to share. Thanks from a fellow Buffett admirer!

    jeddempsey at yahoo dot com

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      On their way to you.

  • Francisco

    I am a big buffett fan. Could you please send the 57-70 letters? thanks

  • Terry

    Hi Brad,

    Id very much appreciate receiving the letters.

    Thanks in advance,
    TM

  • Chang

    Hi, I would like to get a copy of the letters at chchang1991@yahoo.com. Thank you in advance.

  • Chang

    Thank you for the letters.

  • john

    Could you please send me the letters?
    This is my emai: cornelius_boyd@hotmail.com

    Thanks very very very very much!!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      Sent.

  • http://www.dekartacapital.com Alexander

    Brad, I would highly appreciate if you could please send me W. Buffet's 1957–1970 letters. My email is irr@dekartacapital.com. Many thanks in advance!

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Send. You should have a copy.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      Send. You should have a copy.

  • Robert

    hi may i please have a copy of his letters as well, id forever be grateful.

  • James

    If you have a copy of the 1970 letter, could you please send me a copy at jpinksta@hotmail.com

    Thanks!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

    I sent you what I have.

  • Simon

    I am a huge fan of Mr. Buffett. could you please send me a copy of the 57-70 letters at sllau@asia.com

    Thanks.

  • Kurt

    Would you please kind enough to send me a copy of the 1957-70 letters! It would be very appreciated!!
    kdk5996@gmail.com

    Thank you so much!

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      They are on their way!

  • Kurt

    Would you please kind enough to send me a copy of the 1957-70 letters! It would be very appreciated!!
    kdk5996@gmail.com

    Thank you so much!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    They are on their way!

  • ELS

    Hi Brad,

    Thanks for sharing the letters. Could you please send me them as well.

    Thanks.

  • ELS

    Hi Brad,

    Thanks for sharing the letters. Could you please send me them as well.

    Thanks.

  • Mike

    Could you please forward me a copy of the Partnership letters. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      On their way to you via email.

  • Mike

    Could you please forward me a copy of the Partnership letters. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    On their way to you via email.

  • Thomas

    Hello Mr Feld,

    Would it be possible to send me the letters also ?

    Really appreciate your assistance, thank you

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Just sent them.

  • Thomas

    Hello Mr Feld,

    Would it be possible to send me the letters also ?

    Really appreciate your assistance, thank you

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Just sent them.

  • Chris

    Mr Feld,

    Would it be possible to send me the letters also?

    Thanks much!

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Sent!

  • Chris

    Mr Feld,

    Would it be possible to send me the letters also?

    Thanks much!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Sent!

  • Nikhil

    Dear sir,
    Can you send me also a copy of all the partnership letters at nikhil091@yahoo dot com

    I would be greatful to you.

  • Nikhil

    Dear sir,
    Can you send me also a copy of all the partnership letters at nikhil091@yahoo dot com

    I would be greatful to you.

  • Ethan

    Mr. Feld,

    As someone also interested in Mr. Buffett and value investing, would you be able to send me the letters as well? ethan (dot) beschler (at) yahoo dot com. Thank you so much!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

    Sent!

  • Varadarajan

    Hi Brad,

    Could you please send me a copy of the 1957-69 letters as well. I have been looking for them for quite a while now. I'd appreciate it very much if you could help me out.

    Thanks,
    Varadarajan

  • fami

    Hi Brad,

    I have been looking for the letters wrote by Buffett in 1958 and 1957 to his fund partners . They should be about the investment results and his thinking of the general stock market of previous year that is 1957 and 1956.

    If you have them, please send to me at dennyatwol@gmail.com

    Thank you!

    • Adam Gaglio

      Hi Brad,

      I am also requesting the partnership letters that you have. I would greatly appreciate it if you could fill those years in for me! They're the only ones I am missing.

      Thanks,
      Adam Gaglio

  • fami

    Hi Brad,

    I have been looking for the letters wrote by Buffett in 1958 and 1957 to his fund partners . They should be about the investment results and his thinking of the general stock market of previous year that is 1957 and 1956.

    If you have them, please send to me at dennyatwol@gmail.com

    Thank you!

    • Adam Gaglio

      Hi Brad,

      I am also requesting the partnership letters that you have. I would greatly appreciate it if you could fill those years in for me! They're the only ones I am missing.

      Thanks,
      Adam Gaglio

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