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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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Teaching in Munich

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Amy and I had a great few days in Munich earlier this week.  The highlight was teaching Joachim Henkel’s class at Technische Universitat Munchen on the topic of “Why Innovations Often Come From Startup Companies.”  I met Joachim through Eric von Hippel – they’ve worked together on some Open Source research that’s part of Eric’s Democratizing Innovation theme.

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The class was very engaged and humored me by speaking excellent English.  Rather than stick to a tight topic, I did a lot of story telling and Q&A, which I always expect is a nice change of pace for a class like this from the more standard academic lecture (at least they seemed to have fun.)

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Joachim and his delightful wife Kathrin were excellent hosts.  We had an extraordinary meal at Schuhbeck and stayed at the beautiful Bayerischer Hof hotel.  In addition to some sightseeing, I managed to squeeze in a meeting with the founders of eCircle – an impressive email marketing company in Munich that is a potential partner for several of my portfolio companies.

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