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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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What I Learned At The University Venture Fund Conference Last Week

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I was a keynote speaker at the University Venture Fund Conference last Friday.  I had a great time and was blown away by the quality of the 300+ undergrad and graduate students from around the country who participate in the UVF program.

Most of the conference was very relevant and substantive, including a great list from Martin Plaehn’s (Bungee Labs CEO) titled Quick Hits: Do’s and Dont’s of Entrepreneurship which was posted earlier today on Will Price of Hummer Winblad’s blog.  I’ve known Martin since the mid 1990′s when the company he was running (Viewpoint) bought a company I was chairman of (Thinkfish) and while we haven’t worked together since, he was in fine form on Friday and brought back good memories.

It’s so rewarding to spend a day with young people that are interested in entrepreneurship and venture capital.  I did it again today with Amy where I co-taught a class on Social Entrepreneurship with Lucy Sanders (NCWIT CEO) to a Wellesley College winter session course.  If the future of the US is represented by these young men and women, our future is bright.

  • Paul Roales

    and Brad's Keynote talk was pretty kicking too. I was glad to
    here him give something focused and relevant to the crowd (how hard it is to get a job as a VC, what experience may get you there, etc) instead of just the standard web 2.0 schpeal, that some would have given. Great talk Brad, everyone appreciated you taking the time to come over.

  • http://www.nimbletheory.com Jeff Barson

    Hell. I was supposed to get down there and I totally spaced it.

    I have to say that the UVF is a pretty impressive program. I'm not aware of many other programs that work the same way. (Of course I may be closeted.) I'm going to have to ping my contacts and give them a kick in the shins for not turning up the reminder heat.

    Of course Sundance is here so it's almost a fair trade.

  • Jeff Barson

    Hell. I was supposed to get down there and I totally spaced it.

    I have to say that the UVF is a pretty impressive program. I'm not aware of many other programs that work the same way. (Of course I may be closeted.) I'm going to have to ping my contacts and give them a kick in the shins for not turning up the reminder heat.

    Of course Sundance is here so it's almost a fair trade.

  • Paul Roales

    and Brad's Keynote talk was pretty kicking too. I was glad to
    here him give something focused and relevant to the crowd (how hard it is to get a job as a VC, what experience may get you there, etc) instead of just the standard web 2.0 schpeal, that some would have given. Great talk Brad, everyone appreciated you taking the time to come over.

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