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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 del.icio.us Visualization

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A few weeks ago, I got a note from Kunal Anand that he was doing a project to create a visualization of my del.icio.us tags and their intersections.  I gave Kunal my del.icio.us info and he sent me the following picture yesterday.

Deliciousgraph

I asked him what it meant (besides being pretty) and this is what he said.

  • Each dot represents a tag (aka a node)
  • Each line represents an intersection between tags
  • The center of the visualization (denoted by a gradient), represents the heavy set of intersections

It looks like I’ve got a decent amount of intersections. 

The Best Numbers of the Week

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This morning, I noticed on Will Herman’s blog that on Wednesday of this week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06 (at least in the US).  I plan to be awake to see it.  After three people sent me the same fact today (thanks!) I decided my obsession with numbers is starting to infect the universe (or maybe it’s the other way around.)

Apple 8086

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The whole world knows that Apple officially announced it’s first Intel-based products today.  Simultaneously, Apple stock closed at a price of $80.86 (it has traded up to $81.89 in the aftermarket, but that doesn’t count.)  I once had a Compaq Deskpro with an Intel 8086 microprocessor.  What a delicious number trick – I wonder how Jobs got Nasdaq to clear the final trade of the day at $80.86.

Room 214

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I love numbers.  Consider it one of my weird predilections.  I’m in Room 214 in a hotel in Fairbanks, Alaska tonight.  When I told Amy my room number, she said “what a great number.”  The reasons are:

  • 21 is the first two digits
  • 14 is the second two digits
  • 7 is the sum of all three digits
  • 2/14 is valentines day

Yes – I know we are a strange, bizarre, and twisted couple.  But – isn’t that what makes it fun?

Google Pie

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By now, everyone has probably heard that Google is doing a secondary offering and selling 14.2m shares of stock.  It turns out they are actually selling 14,159,265 shares.  Of course, anyone who loves numbers like I do will immediately recognize this as the first eight digits of pi after the decimal point.  What a delicious cheap thrill for all the numerologists in the world.

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