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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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Here Comes The Sun and More Daily Stuff

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If you follow my tweets you know that I am starting to get desperate for some sun.  I could never live in Seattle.  There’s a rumor that we’ll see the sun in Homer again later today – if it comes out to play I’ll post a picture of it (did you hear that Mr. Sun – that’s called a blibe ("blog bribe").  Here are some interesting things I’ve collected over the past few days of my cloud induced web reading.

Boulder Olympians weigh politics, pollution as they prep for Beijing: I’m really glad I didn’t quality for the 2008 Olympic Marathon.  If I had, I’d currently be struggling with whether or not to compete.  I sure hope no one dies.

Frontier going under the knife: It looks like there might be more to the Frontier bankruptcy than Frontier getting shafted by First Data.  Unlike Southwest, apparently Frontier didn’t hedge oil prices (nor – apparently – did any of the other major airlines.)  Oops.  My prediction – Southwest cleans up in the Denver market and United goes bankrupt again.

Thank you, Adobe Reader 9: Here’s a scathing review of everyone’s favorite bloatware, Adobe Reader. Oh – it’s also sort of a virus if you’ve ever gotten stuck in the "update – oops – didn’t work – try again" infinite loop. I’ve switched to Foxit Reader – much nicer.

You Just Dont Get It: Outstanding short post from Mark Cuban. If you tell me that "I don’t get it", you are either (a) being lazy or (b) being lazy.  You are also indirectly calling me an idiot, which isn’t necessarily a good way to get someone’s attention for your idea. 

Secret report: biofuel caused food crisis: I put this one in the "well duh" category.  The real irony is that the World Bank – through a confidential report – suggests that global food prices are up by 75% due to biofuels, while the US claims the number is only 3%.  Who knows what the real truth is – like most "economic indicators", we will only know what really is going on sometime in the future when we look at back and study the past.  Regardless, don’t believe everything you read and hear in the media or from our world leaders.  "Well duh!"

Dispatches: A Post-Wimbledon Dialogue: I love tennis.  I used to be really good (as a junior) – I’m now able to occasionally torture – but not beat – someone that is a 4.5.  Watching Federer and Nadal play is a joy that harkens back to my childhood watching Borg and McEnroe play (I loved Borg because my game was like his but rooted for McEnroe because I was an angry and volatile tennis player.)  This is a brilliant recap of some genius tennis.

Electronic Papyrus: The Digital Book, Unfurled: I love my Kindle (I haven’t read a physical books since I left for Alaska last week.)  I’m not sure that I love the Readius, but I’m definitely game to try it.

Time for a run.  The sun is still not out.

  • http://barfieldmanagement.com Chase Barfield

    I love Foxit Reader. It will even run standalonerom a flash drive. My only gripe is the inability to scroll from page to page with the scroll bar.

  • Kimm Viebrock

    But… it's sunny here in Seattle today! And really warm too!

  • http://twitter.com/timross73 Tim Ross

    You would probably really like David Foster Wallace's “A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again”. Besides being a killer essayist, his two pieces on his days in youth tennis are must reads for anyone who played the circuit. http://tinyurl.com/5pufup

  • http://www.kidmercuryblog.com kid mercury

    a bunch of factors are contributing to rising food prices, though one contributing factor to the rise of all prices is the federal reserve. through inflation of the money supply they have distorted the commodities market and the price of all goods in general. as the economy collapses, it is crucial to understand the cause, so that we can build the solution. cause = federal reserve (and its owners, who engineered 9/11 and helped create the warfare/welfare state we now live in).

  • http://blog.travelfli.com Krista

    I agree with your predictions on the airline industry. We are talking with Frontier and they just had another major set of layoffs last week. It's brutal and SW is the only smart one. Great quote by Herb Kelleher, CEO of Southwest: “We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.”

    Check out the series on loyalty program spin offs on travelfli.com's blog….interesting stuff.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/chase_barf55451 chase_barf55451

    I love Foxit Reader. It will even run standalonerom a flash drive. My only gripe is the inability to scroll from page to page with the scroll bar.

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

    But… it's sunny here in Seattle today! And really warm too!

  • Tim Ross

    You would probably really like David Foster Wallace's "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again". Besides being a killer essayist, his two pieces on his days in youth tennis are must reads for anyone who played the circuit. http://tinyurl.com/5pufup

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

    a bunch of factors are contributing to rising food prices, though one contributing factor to the rise of all prices is the federal reserve. through inflation of the money supply they have distorted the commodities market and the price of all goods in general. as the economy collapses, it is crucial to understand the cause, so that we can build the solution. cause = federal reserve (and its owners, who engineered 9/11 and helped create the warfare/welfare state we now live in).

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/krista51951 krista51951

    I agree with your predictions on the airline industry. We are talking with Frontier and they just had another major set of layoffs last week. It's brutal and SW is the only smart one. Great quote by Herb Kelleher, CEO of Southwest: "We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things."

    Check out the series on loyalty program spin offs on travelfli.com's blog….interesting stuff.

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