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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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Watching People Come of Age

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One of the most satisfying parts of what I do is getting to work with people over a long period of time, starting early in their careers.  It’s one of the things I love about TechStars, but it’s not limited to that as I have many other relationships with young and first time entrepreneurs.

Last night, at Ignite Boulder 5, I had a permagrin on my face as I thought about the amazing job Andrew Hyde was doing.  I first met Andrew a few years ago when we started TechStars – he basically volunteered to hang out with a video camera for free all summer to film stuff and learn.  He was so hugely helpful that it was easy to bring him on board the TechStars team in year two as the community manager.

I attended Ignite Boulder 2 and had a great time.  But last night – #5 – just blew me away.  700-ish people in the Boulder Theater, enormous energy, endless laughter and brain stimulation, and just a very good time.  Andrew organized a phenomenal show and really shined as the organizer / MC.

But TechStars and Ignite Boulder are not the only things Andrew does.  He also created Startup Weekend (I was at the first one in Boulder) and he was one of the founders of Boulder.me. And – with Matt Emmi of One Button -created the hilariously creative VC Wear t-shirt line (my favorite: “I went down on Sand Hill Road”.)

But wait, there’s more.  Andrew is everywhere in the Boulder startup community while managing to travel all over the world sharing his brand of entrepreneurial passion.  I don’t ever think I’ve seen Andrew without a smile on his face, and he’s even gracious when he kicks my butt in ping poing.

It’s been awesome to see Andrew come of age as a key driver of our local entrepreneurial community.  Good job man!

  • http://jilato.com jil cohen

    Very nice post, brad. i agree, andrew really did shine last night. i was very impressed too! i'm sure it will feel great for him to be recognized and appreciated for all he is doing.

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

    Great work Andrew!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/joshfraser Josh Fraser

    Well said. Couldn't agree more. I was blown away last night as well.

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

    I've only communicated with Andrew by email but the infectious energy definitely resonates through..

    And it IS great to watch good people…. get better!

    NK

  • ginger cohen

    Congratulations Andrew! Everyone seems to agree that IgniteBoulder5 was the best and you had the biggest part in making it so. I loved watching it. Thanks to Brad for communicating this to the world so well.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/charlieok39431 charlieok

    Wow, I'm sorry to have missed this most recent Ignite. Congrats Andrew!

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

    I couldnt agree more. I am interested in seeing how Andrew continues to grow. Who knows, perhaps he has found his calling putting together events like Ignite Boulder and StartupWeekend, and can really focus building like events for all the enjoy.

    I was sorry to miss Ignite5, sounds like it was a great event!

  • http://technbiz.blogspot.com Paramendra Bhagat

    VCism, the human side.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jason4307 Jason Mendelson

    Andrew rocks. He's one of the most giving folks in the community and we are very lucky to have him.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kkellymn Kevin Kelly

    great post and well deserved recognition for Andrew – congrats Andrew!

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

    It's a rare experience when you get to enjoy someone or something at the beginning. Andrew is a good example of watching someone before they reach their peak, and being there to watch the whole thing.
    Andrew is a connector in the true sense. Kinda like in The Tipping Point, Andrew runs in many social circles. We're witnessing the beginning of something, or someONE who's star is on the rise.

    IgniteBoulder 5 was the shit! I'm glad to have had a front row seat for it.

    Cheers,
    Rick

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