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Foundry Group Raises $225 Million Early Stage VC Fund

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[]<-‘Foundry Group Raises $225 Million Early Stage VC Fund’

If you recognize the syntax above, you’ll recognize the first programming language I ever used.

10 PRINT “Foundry Group Raises $225 Million Early Stage VC Fund”

That would be the second language I coded in.

program FoundryLaunches(output); 
  begin
    WriteLn(‘Foundry Group Raises $225 Million Early Stage VC Fund’);
  end.

And that would be the third. These three examples are minor derivations of everyone’s first program – also known as “Hello World” – written in APL, Basic, and Pascal for the non-nerds among you.

Last year I co-founded Foundry Group with four partners – Seth Levine, Jason Mendelson, Ryan McIntyre, and Chris Wand. In the fall we closed our first fund – a $225 million fund aimed at funding early stage software and Internet companies in the United States.

We are now officially open for business. We’ve made a few investments which we’ll write about over the next few weeks. In the mean time we want to thank everyone – especially our new limited partners and the many entrepreneurs who we’ve worked with over the years – that have enabled us to be in a position to raise this fund.

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Bonus points to anyone that figures out the last programming language.

  • http://www.rassoc.com/gregr/weblog Greg Reinacker

    I think the old skool among us would definitely write it in C:

    printf(“Foundry Group Raises $225 Million Early Stage VC Fund”);

    but with .NET taking over the Windows development world, we'd end up with:

    Console.WriteLine(“Foundry Group Raises $225 Million Early Stage VC Fund”);

    Real men would write this in assembly…unfortunately, I've forgotten too much assembly to even give it a shot. :-(

  • http://www.rassoc.com/gregr/weblog Greg Reinacker

    Oops – I meant to say congrats, also. :-)

    printf(“congratulations!”);

  • http://www.basecampcapital.com Andrew Luter

    Nice work guys!

  • http://donaldryan.net Don Ryan

    I recognized the BASIC and Pascal off the bat. The APL predates my geekdom. Congrats.

  • http://falseprecision.typepad.com/my_weblog/ Todd Vernon

    if (amountRaised>200,000,000) &&(fundLocation==CO){
    return(rockStar);
    }

    Congrats…

  • http://petewarden.typepad.com/ Pete Warden

    Is that DataFlex? I can't claim I know it, but you piqued my curiosity and got me googling.

  • Bruce

    I'll take obscure programming languages for $1000, Alex.

    What is “Dataflex”?

    • http://www.coloradostartups.com David G. Cohen

      impressive obi wan.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Correct! DataFlex 2.2 to be precise.

  • Bruce

    Oh, and given where the world is today, perhaps this is a more appropriate:

    < ?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>



    < ![CDATA[
    Congratulations!
    ]]>

  • http://blog.adaptiveblue.com Alex

    Pozdravlyayu!

    This is congrats in Russian just to expand the weirdness …..

    • risnjak

      Cestitam! (croatian)

  • Tom

    Who ever used the print function in APL, anyway?

  • http://www.ericjohnolson.com Eric Olson

    Congrats Brad!

  • MikeK

    hmm, has been 15 years since my last lines in FORTRAN… wouldn't it be something like

    string = 'Congratulations'
    write(*,*) ' Have to say: ', string

  • http://chrisyeh.blogspot.com Chris Yeh

    I'm hesitant to even comment, since I can't program in anything more interesting than plain HTML, but let me offer my hearty congratulations anyways! Hard to believe that just 14 years ago, Chris Wand and I were dormmates!

  • http://dandunn.org Dan Dunn

    Well done. We're all pulling for you.

  • http://www.davehodson.com Dave Hodson

    Brad – An official “congrats”!

  • Steven Dzilvelis

    Although without an ACCEPT command or an ENTERGROUP, the page would blink pretty quick before returning to the O/S… (sorry – couldn't resist)

    I once wrote an entire accounting system in DataFlex in the 80's… Used to work at Data Access (the maker of DF) back in Miami. Cross platform object oriented 4GL development in the early 90's. Way ahead of their time!

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Yeah – true – that was pretty sloppy on my part. I agree that DataFlex was way ahead of its time! The stuff I wrote in it in the late 1980’s is still being used (successfully) today.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/greg_reinac2315 greg_reinac2315

    I think the old skool among us would definitely write it in C:

    printf("Foundry Group Raises $225 Million Early Stage VC Fund");

    but with .NET taking over the Windows development world, we'd end up with:

    Console.WriteLine("Foundry Group Raises $225 Million Early Stage VC Fund");

    Real men would write this in assembly…unfortunately, I've forgotten too much assembly to even give it a shot. :-(

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/greg_reinac2315 greg_reinac2315

    Oops – I meant to say congrats, also. :-)

    printf("congratulations!");

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bruce2096 bruce2096

    Oh, and given where the world is today, perhaps this is a more appropriate:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
    <Module>
    <ModulePrefs title="congrats" />
    <Content type="html">
    <![CDATA[
    Congratulations!
    ]]>
    </Content>
    </Module>

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/todd_vernon84 todd_vernon84

    if (amountRaised>200,000,000) &&(fundLocation==CO){
    return(rockStar);
    }

    Congrats…

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

    Correct! DataFlex 2.2 to be precise.

  • risnjak

    Cestitam! (croatian)

  • Alex

    Pozdravlyayu!

    This is congrats in Russian just to expand the weirdness …..

  • Eric Olson

    Congrats Brad!

  • Andrew Luter

    Nice work guys!

  • Pete Warden

    Is that DataFlex? I can't claim I know it, but you piqued my curiosity and got me googling.

  • Don Ryan

    I recognized the BASIC and Pascal off the bat. The APL predates my geekdom. Congrats.

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

    Who ever used the print function in APL, anyway?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bruce2096 bruce2096

    I'll take obscure programming languages for $1000, Alex.

    What is "Dataflex"?

  • Chris Yeh

    I'm hesitant to even comment, since I can't program in anything more interesting than plain HTML, but let me offer my hearty congratulations anyways! Hard to believe that just 14 years ago, Chris Wand and I were dormmates!

  • Dan Dunn

    Well done. We're all pulling for you.

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

    impressive obi wan.

  • MikeK

    hmm, has been 15 years since my last lines in FORTRAN… wouldn't it be something like

    string = 'Congratulations'
    write(*,*) ' Have to say: ', string

  • Dave Hodson

    Brad – An official "congrats"!

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

    Yeah – true – that was pretty sloppy on my part. I agree that DataFlex was way ahead of its time! The stuff I wrote in it in the late 1980’s is still being used (successfully) today.

  • Steven Dzilvelis

    Although without an ACCEPT command or an ENTERGROUP, the page would blink pretty quick before returning to the O/S… (sorry – couldn't resist)

    I once wrote an entire accounting system in DataFlex in the 80's… Used to work at Data Access (the maker of DF) back in Miami. Cross platform object oriented 4GL development in the early 90's. Way ahead of their time!

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