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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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Lookery Site of the Week

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Thanks to the guys at Lookery for making Feld Thoughts their site of the week.  As an endless obsessed data weenie, I’m enjoying seeing the data and demographics that Lookery is tracking for my site.  Neat stuff.

Andrew Sullivan on Blogging

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I regularly get the "why do you blog" question.  I also regularly get "thank you for blogging" notes (thank you for the thank you notes.)

I’m a fan on Andrew Sullivan – he has a magnificent article in The Atlantic titled Why I Blog.  He nails it.

Thanks for the link Dave.

My Quest for WordPress Plugins

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As part of Automattic’s acquisition of Intense Debate, I committed to convert all of my blogs over to WordPress.  The process has begun and should be done soon.  In the mean time, I’m on a quest for all the great WordPress plugins.  I’ve already got the Lijit Search, FeedBurner, and MyBloglog plugins queued up.  If you’ve got other recommendations, please leave them in the comments.

The Long List of Interesting Stuff This Morning

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It’s Friday and there’s a remarkable amount of interesting stuff that came out of my morning "catch up on blog / email" routine.  I was going to write a couple of different blogs, but then realized that I didn’t have a lot to add to any of them other than "read this – it’s interesting."  There are a few "linkblogs" that I follow, but I find many break down quickly and become just "lists of more stuff."

I’m curious – if I started linking to the top few things (up to five – of any sort) that I read each morning with a brief description, would this be interesting to you dear reader? This is coming from the set of 500 or so blogs I scan via FeedDemon each morning.  Please give me feedback – do you like this or is it just another ponderous set of links to ignore.

Let’s try it and see.

Rock-and-Roll Fantasy: A fun article in Newsweek about Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy – the two founders of Harmonix – and how they are changing videogames.  They also got a well deserved mention in Time’s 100 Top Techies.

A Sporting Gesture Touches ‘Em All: This is a beautiful story about something that I expect would never happen in baseball, but happened in a college girls softball game. 

Data Centers Are Becoming Big Polluters, Study Finds: I brought this up as an example at a CU Silicon Flatirons Roundtable I was part of yesterday.  I got it slightly wrong – the punchline is that the world’s data centers are projected to surpass the airline industry as a greenhouse gas polluter by 2020.

More Signup Power: Bill Flagg of RegOnline talks about how he has continuously optimized the RegOnline signon page to maximize the conversion rate.  Web services companies – take notice.

Tomorrow’s Forecast: Cloudy Skies & Sunshine: Jud Valeski – the CTO and co-founder of Gnip (one of our new companies) writes about his first blush experiences with Amazon Web Services (AWS for those of you in the know.)

Do You Speak French?

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translateimgOr Arabic, or Chinese, or Dutch, or German, or Greek, or Italian, or Japanese, or Korean, or Portuguese, or Russian, or Spanish?  Last night my Ross-my-IT-guy enabled translation of this blog into those languages via Google’s page translation service. 

I have no idea how well the translations work (since I don’t speak any of those languages), but if you are curious about how he did this, he blogged about Using Google Translation on your site.

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