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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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Startup Boards Publisher Draft Is Finished

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I shipped off the publisher draft of Startup Boards last night. For those of you who haven’t written a book that means I’m in the home stretch “pre-production” – I’ll have the final draft done by 9/3 and it’ll be published by December.

This has been – by far – the hardest book I’ve written so far. If you like my writing and want to do me a solid, pre-order a copy of Startup Boards today. That’ll make me smile.

The book was originally planned to come out this summer. My co-author Mahendra Ramsinghani wrote a good first draft. We got together in Miami for a week in February to work on it together. I was pressing for an end of February deadline for the publisher draft. While we made progress that week, I knew I was struggling. And not just with the book – I was depressed but I hadn’t yet acknowledged it.

By the end of February I just didn’t care about the book. I didn’t want to work on it anymore. And I knew I was depressed and just struggling to get my normal work done. So I told Wiley (my publisher) that I was punting until the fall. We reset the schedule with the goal of having the book out by the end of the year.

Mahendra was patient with me. I didn’t pick the book back up until a month ago. I’ve been working on it since the beginning of August and I made a hard push over the weekend to get it out to the door.

Saturday was a grind. I finally hopped on my bike at the end of the day and rode out to our new house in Longmont and then wandered over to my partner Seth’s house (a mile away) for a party he was having. On Sunday morning I knew it was in good shape. I spent all day Sunday in front of my computer except for lunch with Amy. I gave myself until 5pm, at which point I was going for a run. I had a superb, book fueled 75 minute run, had some dinner, spent one more hour on what I was now referring to as “the fucking book” and then sent it off via email to Wiley.

Man – this one has been hard. I hope it’s helpful.

  • John Fein

    Boom! Pre-ordered. :)

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Thx!

    • http://John.do/ John Saddington

      me too. venture deals was a no-brainer. a must-have for all!

  • http://byJess.net/ Jess Bachman

    Awesome Brad, I’ve been anticipating this one especially, since its a subject I have the least experience with.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Cool – thx @jessbachman:disqus

  • Peter Skalla

    So I’ve read most of your books and hugely valued each. From this post it sounds like you hated writing “the f*ing book” so I have to ask . . . is it good?!

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      It was a hard one to write. I think it’s good, but I’ll let the world decide.

  • http://www.feedthebeast.biz/blog Drew Williams

    Congrats! Pre-ordered.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Thx – and I know you know the pain of getting to the goal line.

  • http://www.startupmanagement.org/ William Mougayar

    No pain, no gain… :)

    The first advice I got from another author before I wrote my first book was- at some point you’ll feel you’re writing writing writing writing and the F word comes out. Then you’ve got something.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      I said Fuck about 371 times yesterday so I’m in good shape.

      • http://www.startupmanagement.org/ William Mougayar

        Once for every page! Excellent book.

  • http://www.theequitykicker.com brisbourne

    Hi Brad – just pre-ordered in the UK. FYI the Kindle edition is more expensive than the hardback over here. That doesn’t seem right somehow. Looking forward to reading it.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Yeah – that seems wrong. I’ll check with Wiley.

  • Glenn@MessagePetz

    Pre-ordered and tweeted….

  • lawrence@appcitylife.com

    My wife and I are looking forward to this one. Your other books have been helpful, so I’m sure this has great potential as well. I’ve seen some ineffective boards kill companies, and I’m sure you will provide some interesting insight.

  • http://www.HubSpot.com Dharmesh Shah

    I have felt your pain — but at least I was smart enough not to repeat it. :) Book pre-ordered. You owe me a smile. Cheers.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      SMILE!

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