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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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MIT Venture Capital Conference Entrepreneur Showcase

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Having lived through the last major tech downturn (precipitated by our friend, the Internet bubble), one of the big lessons that I learned was to steadily play through.  Specifically, I’ve reached the conclusion that there is no right or wrong time to start a company, or build a company.  Great entrepreneurs will figure things out regardless of the macro environment.  As I’m quick to say (and it’s now becoming one of my favorite cliches), "some of the best investments I’ve ever made / companies I’ve helped start were created / funded between 2001 and 2003."

MIT is having their 11th annual Venture Capital Conference on 12/6/08.  This one is titled Reinventing Venture CapitalI’m sure that part will be stimulating for the VCs that are there, but the really good stuff appears to be the Entrepreneur Showcase 

Over 30 early-stage businesses from sectors including information technology, healthcare and clean technology will be selected to exhibit their business vision and technology prowess at the 11th MIT Venture Capital Conference.  Entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to explain their business, display their products, learn from the MIT network, and find growth opportunities.  Attendees include VCs, Angels, corporate executives, and the general public.

If you are a startup and want to apply to be part of this, the application is here and the directions for applying are here.  If nothing else, you’ll get to hear Eran Egozy talk about Harmonix.  If you ask, he might even play his clarinet for you.

  • mark

    Brad,

    Just curious. Have you actually looked at the roster of companies you founded/help start and compared those from 2001-2003 to the rest to see if the data backs up your belief? I am not saying you are wrong but specific data behind it would be powerful.

    I apologize if you already blogged on that and I missed it. thanks.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      I haven't blogged the data but I know it extremely well.

      Also several other noteable successes occurred with companies founded in 1999 and 2000 that were still very young when the bubble burst. They grew steadily and had big exits in 2006 and 2007.

  • Richard Stump

    WHat is the mix of companies that are in the showcase? primarily web/IT or Biotech, Pharma?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/richard_st59861 richard_st59861

    WHat is the mix of companies that are in the showcase? primarily web/IT or Biotech, Pharma?

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

    I haven't blogged the data but I know it extremely well.

    Also several other noteable successes occurred with companies founded in 1999 and 2000 that were still very young when the bubble burst. They grew steadily and had big exits in 2006 and 2007.

  • mark

    Brad,

    Just curious. Have you actually looked at the roster of companies you founded/help start and compared those from 2001-2003 to the rest to see if the data backs up your belief? I am not saying you are wrong but specific data behind it would be powerful.

    I apologize if you already blogged on that and I missed it. thanks.

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