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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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Doubling Down and TechStars for Life

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I’m heading out for the first run in 10 days since I hurt my back playing tennis.  It’s a beautiful day here in Keystone and I’m looking forward to enjoying the mountains for a while.

I slept late, had breakfast with Amy, and then went through my morning information routine.  In addition to leveling up in Mafia Wars and Pirates, checking to make sure my Farm didn’t need harvesting until later today, and making sure my workers were feed and working the rides in Roller Coaster Kingdom, I ran across a pair of very inspiring blog posts.

Fred Wilson wrote a great post titled Doubling Down.  In it, he describes the biggest double down of his life – his decision around the Flatiron portfolio in late 2000 / early 2001.  In addition to a good story, he ends with some sage advice about how to think about doubling down.

Mark O’Sullivan, the CEO of Vanilla (one of the TechStars 2009 Boulder companies) also wrote an inspiring post titled TechStar for Life.  In it, he captures the essence of TechStars along with showing his depth as a person and entrepreneur.

While scanning my Facebook news feed this morning, I saw one more gem posted by Shawn Broderick (who runs TechStars Boston).  It’s the .sig of the day and says “How about instead of spreading the wealth around we spread the work ethic around?  Amen, brother.”  Having just come off an amazing summer with the Boston TechStars, I can comfortably say these guys all have an incredible work ethic that reinforces how important innovation and entrepreneurship is to our country and society as a whole.

I’m lucky to know and work with a large number of people that I put in the “strong work ethic club”, including many who are on their first venture as well as those that have been at it for a long time.  There is a common thread that runs through all of them – they believe in innovation, entrepreneurship, and getting things done that matter.  I’d like to think that I’ve been in this club my entire life and hope to retain my membership until the lights go out, whatever I’m doing.

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

    I have a really crazy question… Do people find you intimidating?

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

      I hope not, but I have no real clue.  I guess is depends on the person.

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

        Mark's post got me thinking about how I would prepare meeting you for the first time and I realized that I would probably go insane trying to work on the right questions to ask and the right way to ask them. I am definitely a little intimidated by your expertise and intelligence.

        So what advice would you give someone who wants to meet with you professionally (but not to pitch for investment)?

      • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/JChauncey JChauncey

        Mark's post got me thinking about how I would prepare meeting you for the first time and I realized that I would probably go insane trying to work on the right questions to ask and the right way to ask them. I am definitely a little intimidated by your expertise and intelligence.

        I know you have written about how to pitch an idea, but what advice would you give someone who just wants to meet with you professionally and talk about an idea or concept?

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

      Chauncey, I would say that Brad is definitely not intimidating – however, make sure you are prepared and don't waste his time (that blog post is very good advice) if you request a one-on-one meeting. If you are meeting him in public I highly recommend introducing yourself to him.

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