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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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Going On A Trip

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No – not that kind of trip, although it might have made watching the debates last night more entertaining.  I’m hitting the road for 10 days to travel our great country, check out main street, see some American heroes, and subject myself to more airplane travel fun.  I wonder if I’ll stay in any of the same hotels as the presidential candidates.

I start this trip in New York, where I’ll be exploring the now famous Wall Street greed and corruption people.  I then travel to Bar Harbor Maine to run a marathon (sponsor me and support Accelerated Cure).  As part of this quest, I’m going to search for main street; it seems like I should be able to find it in Maine.  Then I’m off to Boston to return to my post high school roots, have a nerd party with some wikipedia worthy entrepreneurial friends, and explore the outer reaches of 495.   A quick trip by train back to New York and then off to Virginia and Maryland to make sure the leaves are turning the appropriate colors there before they completely fall off the trees.

I’m a PC and I love this country.

  • Chip Schooler

    Have fun in Bah Habah. Should be good conditions to run – not Atlanta-like.

  • http://khontent.com Kevin

    Brad maybe you'll get to meet Joe when you find Main Street! He'll probably tell you that he's mad as hell and isn't going to take the rancor in Washington anymore. Have fun and run fast. I'm off to Boston next week as well, so if we happen to run into each other this time it will be below 14k feet.

  • http://robjohnson.tumblr.com Rob

    Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are some of the most beautiful places I've seen in the U.S. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

  • Heather Duey

    I don't know how you do all that traveling all the time…but at least you've seen some great things along the way. Good luck in your marathon (what is your goal time for this one, or do you have one?)!

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Goal for this one = finish

  • michael

    Your donation link is toast.

    “Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server error '80040e10'

    Procedure 'spGetNavBar' expects parameter '@fundid', which was not supplied.

    /V033U42AYZ/bcpanemone/includes/ssl/incdbopen.asp, line 101″

    And… are you bragging about being a PC?

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Oops on the donation link. I'll take a look later when I'm in front of my PC instead of on my iPhone.

      • Birdsong

        Link fixed :-)

        And pay no attention to the “marathons cause brain damage”, I've run 25, am now training for a marathon and a half in January 2009.

        Of course I did just ride my bicycle across country (thanks again for donating).

        The whole 'brain damage' argument could be made…

        Good luck in the latest marathon.

  • Joe Plumber

    That's great Brad, I'll be toiling away at work trying to hold onto my dreams =) What a year!

  • JB

    Hey family spends time every summer a few miles outside bar harbor …salsbury cove, look for signs for mount desert biological laboratory.

  • Michael

    Brad,

    You should stop running marathons. They are extremely bad for your health.

    At some point you may have been in such poor shape that any form of exercise was an improvement, but now that you are doing better you should find something that doesn't destroy your body.

    The best thinker on the problems with marathons is Art De Vany (http://www.arthurdevany.com/). Here is a link to a particularly relevant post: http://www.arthurdevany.com/?p=1262 (Top Ten Reasons Not To Run Marathons). Here is reason #5:

    “5. Marathon running damages your brain. The damage resembles acute brain trauma. Marathon runners have elevated S100beta, a marker of brain damage and blood brain barrier disfunction. There is S100beta again, a marker of cancer and of brain damage.

    From Marchi, et al Restor Neurol Neurosci, 2003; 21 (3-4): 109-21, “S100beta in serum is an early marker of BBB openings that may precede neuronal damage and may influence therapeutic strategies. Secondary, massive elevations in S100beta are indicators of prior brain damage and bear clinical significance as predictors of poor outcome or diagnostic means to differentiate extensive damage from minor, transient impairment.””

    Wish you the best as you look for a healthier exercise routine…

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Thanks for the encouragement! I happen to love running long distances. I find it ironic that Devany rides motorcycles: http://www.arthurdevany.com/?page_id=2
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  • Nikolaus Bauman

    Perhaps due to my eternal love for Virginia I find myself wanting more details about your travel there. What areas are you planning on seeing?

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      It’s all work in Virginia. I imagine I’ll see the inside of some conference rooms.

  • start

    Good luck with the trip. I do not care if you are PC or MAC as long as it is useful for what you do… so, please no more I am a PC

  • Kevin

    Brad maybe you'll get to meet Joe when you find Main Street! He'll probably tell you that he's mad as hell and isn't going to take the rancor in Washington anymore. Have fun and run fast. I'm off to Boston next week as well, so if we happen to run into each other this time it will be below 14k feet.

  • JB

    Hey family spends time every summer a few miles outside bar harbor …salsbury cove, look for signs for mount desert biological laboratory.

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

    Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are some of the most beautiful places I've seen in the U.S. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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

    I don't know how you do all that traveling all the time…but at least you've seen some great things along the way. Good luck in your marathon (what is your goal time for this one, or do you have one?)!

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

    Goal for this one = finish

  • Joe Plumber

    That's great Brad, I'll be toiling away at work trying to hold onto my dreams =) What a year!

  • Chip Schooler

    Have fun in Bah Habah. Should be good conditions to run – not Atlanta-like.

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

    Oops on the donation link. I'll take a look later when I'm in front of my PC instead of on my iPhone.

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

    Thanks for the encouragement! I happen to love running long distances. I find it ironic that Devany rides motorcycles: http://www.arthurdevany.com/?page_id=2
    />

  • start

    Good luck with the trip. I do not care if you are PC or MAC as long as it is useful for what you do… so, please no more I am a PC

  • Birdsong

    Link fixed :-)

    And pay no attention to the "marathons cause brain damage", I've run 25, am now training for a marathon and a half in January 2009.

    Of course I did just ride my bicycle across country (thanks again for donating).

    The whole 'brain damage' argument could be made…

    Good luck in the latest marathon.

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

    It’s all work in Virginia. I imagine I’ll see the inside of some conference rooms.

  • michael

    Your donation link is toast.

    "Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server error '80040e10'

    Procedure 'spGetNavBar' expects parameter '@fundid', which was not supplied.

    /V033U42AYZ/bcpanemone/includes/ssl/incdbopen.asp, line 101"

    And… are you bragging about being a PC?

  • Michael

    Brad,

    You should stop running marathons. They are extremely bad for your health.

    At some point you may have been in such poor shape that any form of exercise was an improvement, but now that you are doing better you should find something that doesn't destroy your body.

    The best thinker on the problems with marathons is Art De Vany (http://www.arthurdevany.com/). Here is a link to a particularly relevant post: http://www.arthurdevany.com/?p=1262 (Top Ten Reasons Not To Run Marathons). Here is reason #5:

    "5. Marathon running damages your brain. The damage resembles acute brain trauma. Marathon runners have elevated S100beta, a marker of brain damage and blood brain barrier disfunction. There is S100beta again, a marker of cancer and of brain damage.

    From Marchi, et al Restor Neurol Neurosci, 2003; 21 (3-4): 109-21, “S100beta in serum is an early marker of BBB openings that may precede neuronal damage and may influence therapeutic strategies. Secondary, massive elevations in S100beta are indicators of prior brain damage and bear clinical significance as predictors of poor outcome or diagnostic means to differentiate extensive damage from minor, transient impairment.”"

    Wish you the best as you look for a healthier exercise routine…

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

    Perhaps due to my eternal love for Virginia I find myself wanting more details about your travel there. What areas are you planning on seeing?

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