Brad Feld

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Brad Feld
Brad-Feld-Techstars-June-24-2013.jpg
Residence Boulder, Colorado, United States
Education MIT
Occupation Venture Capitalist, Author
Spouse(s) Amy Batchelor

Brad Feld (born December 1, 1965) is an American entrepreneur, author, blogger, and venture capitalist at Foundry Group in Boulder, Colorado, a firm he started with partners Seth Levine, Ryan McIntyre, and Jason Mendelson.

Feld began financing technology startups in the early 1990s, first as an angel and later an institutional investor. Feld was an early investor in Harmonix, Zynga, MakerBot, and Fitbit.[1][2][3][4]

Career[edit]

In 1987, Feld co-founded Feld Technologies, a custom software development startup which catered mostly to small and medium sized businesses,[5] while he was a student at MIT.[6] In 1993, the company was acquired by AmeriData for around $2 million,[5] where Feld took the role of chief technology officer.[6][7] Prior to the acquisition, Feld Technologies had grown to a headcount of 20 employees and was doing just under $2 million in annual revenue.[8]

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Feld helped operate Interliant, an application service and hosting provider.[9] Interliant failed in 2002, following the collapse of the dot-com bubble.[10] Feld openly talks about his experience at Interliant, using it as an example of entrepreneurial failure.[1]

In 2006, Feld helped David Cohen co-found Techstars, an early-stage venture fund and startup accelerator.[11]

Before co-founding Foundry Group in 2007, Feld co-founded VC firms Intensity Ventures and Mobius Venture Capital.[citation needed] After its inaugural $225 million fund, Foundry Group has raised four more early-stage funds of $225 million each — in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2016.

Foundry Group also raised a $225 million Select Fund in 2013 that invests in later stage opportunities of their earlier stage funds. In 2016, they raised Foundry Next which is a $500 million fund investing in later stage opportunities as well as investing in other venture firms.[12]

Feld serves on the boards of nonprofits National Center for Women & Information Technology, Startup Colorado, Global EIR Program,[13] and UP Global.

Writing[edit]

Since 2005 Feld has been writing on Feld Thoughts, a technology venture blog.[1]

Feld is the author and co-author of a series of books focused on entrepreneurship, technology venture capital, and startups in general.[14] He is also a member of the Xconomists, an ad hoc team of editorial advisors for the tech news and media company, Xconomy.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Feld was born in Arkansas and grew up in Dallas, Texas.[16] In 1983, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend MIT. Since 1995, he has lived in Boulder, Colorado with wife and co-author Amy Batchelor.

Views on Legacy[edit]

On October 7, 2015, at a talk Brad gave in which he participated in a Q&A session, he was asked "What do you want your legacy to be?", to which he answered: "I don't care what my legacy is". In the comment section of his blog the next day, he added "I care about what I do. I don't care about the notion that it creates a legacy."

Bibliography[edit]

  • Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup with David Cohen (2010)
  • Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist with Jason Mendelson (2011)
  • Burning Entrepreneur: How to Launch, Fund, and Set Your Startup On Fire (2012)
  • Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City (2012)
  • Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist (Second Edition) with Jason Mendelson (2012)
  • Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur with Amy Batchelor (2013)
  • Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors with Mahendra Ramsinghani (2013)
  • Startup Metrics: Making Sense of the Numbers in Your Startup with Seth Levine (2014)
  • Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job with Sean Wise (2015)
  • Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist (Third Edition) with Jason Mendelson (2016)
  • #GiveFirst: A New Philosophy for Business in The Era of Entrepreneurship (2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "This Week in Venture Capital - Brad Feld, Managing Director at Foundry Group - YouTube", YouTube, Retrieved on 1 December 2013
  2. ^ "Zynga | CrunchBase Profile", CrunchBase, Retrieved on 1 December 2013.
  3. ^ "MakerBot | CrunchBase Profile", CrunchBase, Retrieved on 1 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Fitbit | CrunchBase Profile", CrunchBase, Retrieved on 1 December 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Brad Feld: Great Entrepreneurs Go Out and Do" Feld, Brad. [Stanford eCorner] Stanford University, 20 October 2011. Retrieved on 5 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Brad Feld: Building A Company Is Like Running A Marathon", Business Insider, Retrieved on 1 December 2013
  7. ^ "Brad Feld", Huffington Post, Retrieved on 1 December 2013.
  8. ^ http://web.mit.edu/~mkgray/afs/bar/afs/athena/activity/other/50k/old-www/success.html#brad
  9. ^ "Talking About Failure - Feld Thoughts", Retrieved on 1 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Interliant Files Chapter 11; CEO, COO Resign", [CRN Magazine], Retrieved on 1 December 2013.
  11. ^ Sweeney, Megan. "Celebrating Seven Years - Techstars", 14 November 2013, Retrieved on 1 December, 2013
  12. ^ http://www.foundrygroup.com/about/
  13. ^ "Advisors - Global EIR". Global EIR. Retrieved 2017-05-08. 
  14. ^ "Amazon.com: Brad Feld: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle", [Amazon.com], Retrieved on 1 December 2013
  15. ^ "About Our Mission, Team, and Editorial Ethics". Xconomy. Retrieved 2018-01-02. 
  16. ^ "Blogger of the Week: Brad Feld | MyVenturePad", 26 March 2009, Retrieved on 1 December 2013

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