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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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Stepping in Shit

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It happens all the time.  You do something, don’t think hard about the implications of it, and then realize that you’ve “stepped in shit.”  I can’t count the number of times I’ve done this in business over the last 20+ years – at least I know how to clean my sneakers off quickly and efficiently.

Earlier today I had a phone call with an exec from one of my portfolio companies.  He did something recently that could only be characterized as stepping in shit. It ultimately came back around to me because of the various people involved.  It wasn’t a major thing (stepping in shit never is), but it was unpleasant, a little messy, and smelled bad.  My reaction – when I heard about it – was similar to the one I have after the aforementioned physical event.

We had a great, short talk.  He quickly got the implications of what he did, realized it wasn’t appropriate, and took corrective action.  But – more importantly – I think he learned from it.

Stepping in shit doesn’t hurt, isn’t life or death, but is unpleasant.  Learning how to walk a little more carefully through a field that is regularly visited by dogs is a healthy thing.

  • http://www.merchantcircle.com ben

    Brad

    I have stepped in it a few times. I have also fonud there are a few types of people based on thier behavior after they step in sh*t.

    1) They look at the bottom of thier own shoes…

    2) They asked everyone else who stepped in sh*t because something smells…

    3) They look for a dog to yell at..

    4) And then, the guy who doesn’t even notice the smell because he/she is running so fast…

  • Rockwell

    Names please. :)

  • http://www.zerologic.com Michael Sitarzewski

    How close to home this story is. :)

  • http://www.wind-sail.com Jeremy

    bromidic sermoning

  • http://leighhimel.blogspot.com Leigh

    Yeah what’s worse is when you:

    have stepped in shit
    then get treated like shit
    so you feel like shit
    and proceed to get the shits

    (i think this is leading to some sort of colorectal cleansing business metaphor so I better stop ;-)

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