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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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Anti-Charity

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I was talking to Andrew Hyde over at the Boulder.me Job Fair and a few of the folks I ran into busted my chops (in a good way) about my publicly declared jihad on my weight.  For those of you that have commented – thanks – the encouragement, support, and suggestions have been great.

I’ve started a group competition on Gyminee called Overweight Boys In BoulderThe competition is to lose the most % body weight before 1/31/09.  The losers buy the winner a super healthy meal at Leaf (and we all have a party together).  Micah has suggested he’s going to kick my ass, but I think his odds were better in the sushi eating contest that occurred recently.

While I was talking to Andrew, he mentioned an idea I hadn’t heard before called anti-charity that appears to have some fans on the web.  The idea is brilliant – you make a public commitment to a goal along with a contribution to a charity you are opposed to if you don’t achieve your goal.

For example, if I don’t get below 200 pounds by 1/31/09, I’m going to donate $100 in my name to ProLife.com.  It’s a cynical, but awesome motivational tool.

  • http://www.redanyway.com/blog Kuldeep Kapade

    Anti-charity is an awesome concept! Thanks for bringing this up into the light for us :)
    I think there should be a start-up too, managing all this.

    Good luck with your goals!

    P.S. Gyminee, take the hint ;)

  • Steve Bergstein

    Perhaps, Brad, you should expand the community to include areas outside of Boulder.

    The prospect of donating $100 to ProLife.com sounds awful. Think about all the fund-raising mail that you'd get after sending that check!

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Yeah – feel free to join. No need to limit this to Boulder.

  • Dave Rodger

    Brad–

    Have you read Super Crunchers? A great book, and in it the author describes a concept related to this. They call it “Commitment Contracts” and have formed a company to support it: http://www.stickK.com

    An excerpt from their bio page
    Our Mission

    stickK promotes a healthier and happier living. We help people achieve their goals and objectives by enabling them to form Commitment Contracts.

    Our Story

    stickK was formed by combining personal experience and scholarly research. Our story began at Yale University a few years ago when Dean Karlan (Economics Professor at Yale and Co-Founder of stickK) came up with the idea of opening an online 'Commitment Store'.

    He envisioned that people would come to the Commitment Store to sign contracts obliging them to achieve their personal goals such as losing weight or quitting smoking. Dean experimented this concept by making contracts himself (click here to read his personal weight loss story). Meanwhile, he also conducted and published research* on Commitment Contracts as a tool for helping people save money.

    Good luck in your campaign

  • http://www.luravernon.com Lura

    I think this idea is awesome! I think I would have to commit dontaing to a “Palin in 2012″ to really force me to lose the weight.

    When I read that you went public with your war on weight, I thought about the book, “The Business Plan for the Body” by Jim Karas. One of the steps that he recommends for weight loss is to go public. It's written by an entrepenuer turned weight-loss guru.

  • Blake

    Great motivational concept. But, ProLIFE – wow… how awful. Why, that's almost as bad as being a full blown… gasp… conservative. Ugh.

  • http://learntoduck.com micah

    Given that I have already donated a shit ton of money to the IRS, I am unsure of this anti-charity concept. But I will donate $100 to the American Nazi Party if I dont get below 250 in the same time frame as you. (1/31/09).

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/greg_cohn5428 greg_cohn5428

    have you seen the snuzulus alarm clock? http://tinyurl.com/3e5zry

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/greg_cohn5428 greg_cohn5428

    have you seen the snuzulus alarm clock? http://tinyurl.com/3e5zry

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

    Anti-charity is an awesome concept! Thanks for bringing this up into the light for us :)
    I think there should be a start-up too, managing all this.

    Good luck with your goals!

    P.S. Gyminee, take the hint ;)

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

    Yeah – feel free to join. No need to limit this to Boulder.

  • Lura

    I think this idea is awesome! I think I would have to commit dontaing to a "Palin in 2012" to really force me to lose the weight.

    When I read that you went public with your war on weight, I thought about the book, "The Business Plan for the Body" by Jim Karas. One of the steps that he recommends for weight loss is to go public. It's written by an entrepenuer turned weight-loss guru.

  • Dave Rodger

    Brad–

    Have you read Super Crunchers? A great book, and in it the author describes a concept related to this. They call it "Commitment Contracts" and have formed a company to support it: http://www.stickK.com

    An excerpt from their bio page
    Our Mission

    stickK promotes a healthier and happier living. We help people achieve their goals and objectives by enabling them to form Commitment Contracts.

    Our Story

    stickK was formed by combining personal experience and scholarly research. Our story began at Yale University a few years ago when Dean Karlan (Economics Professor at Yale and Co-Founder of stickK) came up with the idea of opening an online 'Commitment Store'.

    He envisioned that people would come to the Commitment Store to sign contracts obliging them to achieve their personal goals such as losing weight or quitting smoking. Dean experimented this concept by making contracts himself (click here to read his personal weight loss story). Meanwhile, he also conducted and published research* on Commitment Contracts as a tool for helping people save money.

    Good luck in your campaign

  • Blake

    Great motivational concept. But, ProLIFE – wow… how awful. Why, that's almost as bad as being a full blown… gasp… conservative. Ugh.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/micah105 micah105

    Given that I have already donated a shit ton of money to the IRS, I am unsure of this anti-charity concept. But I will donate $100 to the American Nazi Party if I dont get below 250 in the same time frame as you. (1/31/09).

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/steve_bergs2127 steve_bergs2127

    Perhaps, Brad, you should expand the community to include areas outside of Boulder.

    The prospect of donating $100 to ProLife.com sounds awful. Think about all the fund-raising mail that you'd get after sending that check!

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