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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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My Bathroom Gets Papered In Forbes

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A month or so ago I got a voicemail from William Barrett at Forbes.  His message was something like “call me back – I want to talk to you about your bathroom.”  Now, I never view a phone call from one of the major business magazines as a good time.  I don’t have a publicist so most of the calls are about something negative – which is fine – but rarely something I’m looking for.

Barrett’s message intrigued me so I called him back.  We proceeded to have a hilarious conversation about my CU Bathroom gift along with a variety of other topics concerning charitable contributions.  I got off the phone thinking – if nothing else – this article will be funny.  The resulting article Cash Strapped Charities Put Donors’ Names On Just About Everything is everything you’d expect it to be.

But – it gets better.  On the call Barrett said he might want a picture of me in front of the bathroom.  I said “sure” expecting never to hear about it again.  A few days later I got a call to schedule a photo shoot at CU.  Here’s the result.

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That’s my plaque on the left.  I haven’t seen the physical copy of the magazine yet (I’ve only seen it online) so I don’t know if the photo made the magazine, but if it did I now get to say that “the first time my picture was in Forbes was while I was standing in a bathroom.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/bradrosen Brad Rosen

    Brad – which dorm is that in!? Or is it one of the classroom buildings? -brad

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

    I would like to sponsor a sink or maybe a hand dryer.

  • Sankara Subramanian C

    Way to go! very admirable charitable work! And I am in complete agreement with the message on the plaque :-)

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

    Thanks!  I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of that quote.

  • http://twitter.com/scottdalferes @scottdalferes

    Killer shirt!

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

    david duey and myself have come up with a great idea to raise money for the university. Sell T-Shirts that say I took a shit in Brad Feld's restroom.

    Also have you ever peetweeted from this now famous restroom? =P

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

    david duey and myself have come up with a great idea to raise money for the university. Sell T-Shirts that say I took a shit in Brad Feld's restroom.

    Also have you ever peetweeted from your now famous restroom? =P

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

    I have peetweeted from that bathroom!

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

    Thanks – I’ll pass that on to my wife Amy who is the “buyer of all fashionable things worn by Brad”

  • http://www.w3w3.com Larry Nelson

    I've used that bathroom many times…I even took a picture of the plaque…but it didn't get in Forbes…Larry

  • Bill Mosby

    I noticed a trend towards naming smaller and smaller parts of buildings here (Salt Lake City) a couple of years ago, at the University of Utah hospital. I had never thought of funding a whole restroom, though. At most, my budget might get my name on chair in a waiting room or a stall door in a restroom!

  • David Semeria

    Brad, are they fractals on your shirt? If they are, you have my undying respect!

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

      Unfortunately, they are only paisley’s impersonating fractals.

  • http://www.moneypack.ru Monic

    Really amazing one!

  • http://medicbro.com Medbr

    “My Bathroom Gets Papered In Forbes” – sounds good!

  • http://www.12sided.com max

    Oh yes, that picture is in the hard copy of Forbes. Shirt too….

  • Jamay

    Funny your hands are in your pockets so you don't have to pick up any germs in "your" public bathroom.

  • http://www.restisland.ru Rest

    Good for you! Respect

  • http://tabstrade.com Medic

    That is something!

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