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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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The PicturePhone Has Arrived

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While I still don’t have my jetpack, I do have my picturephone.

I was four when the AT&T PicturePhone appeared on the scene. This dude went through a lot of iterations over the year – my favorite is in this Western Electric ad.

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This morning as I was drinking my coffee, waking up, and trying to get motivated to go running in the rain (I think I’ll go swim instead), my dad called on Skype.  I answered and we had a nice video chat.  I heard about my mom’s newly rediscovered Corvette lust (go mom!) and the hike they were going to do.  I saw the study in my Keystone house where they are staying which made me smile.  And then I said a quick hello to my mom.

I really hate the phone.  I always have – and spend much too much time on it.  But for some reason I like the videophone.  Maybe it’s the novelty of it, maybe it’s a different way it grabs my attention because I really engage fully with it.

Regardless, the future is catching up with my childhood in interesting ways.

  • http://www.pindropsoup.com DaveM

    Actually, you are catching up to the present.

    I've had a video phone on my desk for almost a year now. I have the Polycom VVX1500, works great. As a Skype user, you may prefer the GrandStream. It also can display your Google Calendar and go thru your Flickr account for a screensaver.

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

      True. I had one of the Asus' for the past year. I've been a Skype user for a while but noticed that it suddenly became a mainstay of my communication within the past few months.

  • http://bln.kr Andrew Cronk

    The ad is for Western Electric, not Western Digital, no?

    Sorry, it's the nitpicky editor in me.

  • DaveMillman

    Brad,

    I wonder how many people would even notice the typo in your post above, transposing "Western Digital" for the now long gone Bell manufacturing arm "Western Electric."

  • Cindy M

    Brad.
    The Jetpack IS here (well, in New Zealand anyway)! http://www.martinjetpack.com
    They are looking for investors, too! Happy to introduce you. Perhaps you can be the first to fly it in the USA.

  • Mike Greczyn

    Some of my best runs have been in the rain. Of course, so have some of my worst. As for the jetpack, why not go electric? http://www.nasa.gov/topics/technology/features/pu

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