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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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It’s Better to Fail Quickly

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Mitchell Ashley has an excellent post up titled Fail Early, Fail OftenI’m seeing a little more chatter about failure, introspection about how it feels, and suggestions about how to turn it into a positive (or at least effective) experience making the rounds.

As someone who has experienced a lot of success and failure, I’m glad to see more people talking about failure in the blogosphere.  It’s a key part of the entrepreneurial experience.  It’s also an integral part of life that cannot be denied.  While it’s a lot more fun to succeed, it’s important to understand how to deal with failure.

  • Kimm Viebrock

    When I was in aviation, my motto – both as student and as instructor – was always, “You can learn more from a bad landing than you can from a good one.”

  • http://startupforless.com Denny K Miu

    Failure is very tough for an entrepreneur. If I have a choice, I would rather not experience failures, no matter how much I could learn from them. But fail we will, and what I learned is that recovering from failure is important to subsequent success. The following is what I wrote about survival. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

    http://www.lovemytool.com/blog/2007/10/riding-a-b

  • http://startupforless.com Denny K Miu

    Failure is very tough for an entrepreneur. If I have a choice, I would rather not experience failures, no matter how much I could learn from them. But fail we will, and what I learned is that recovering from failure is important to subsequent success. The following is what I wrote about survival. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

    http://www.lovemytool.com/blog/2007/10/riding-a-b

  • B.R.

    When are you going to share your thoughts on Judy's Book? I follow the local space and would love to hear your insight.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      I'll write a long thoughtful post once we complete the sale of the company.

  • Paul Brown

    Isn't “fail early, fail often” just a corollary of “measure always”?

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

    I'll write a long thoughtful post once we complete the sale of the company.

  • B.R.

    When are you going to share your thoughts on Judy's Book? I follow the local space and would love to hear your insight.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kimm_viebro1980 kimm_viebro1980

    When I was in aviation, my motto – both as student and as instructor – was always, "You can learn more from a bad landing than you can from a good one."

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/paul_brown5639 paul_brown5639

    Isn't "fail early, fail often" just a corollary of "measure always"?

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