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How To Lose

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In the US, we are currently getting a master class in “how not to lose.” ” When I was young, my parents regularly said to me, “Don’t be a sore loser.” ” I was a serious tennis player between the age of 10 and 14.

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The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

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Poetry is complex, beautiful, and mysterious. My wife Amy writes poetry. So does my first business partner Dave Jilk ( Rejuvenilia , Distilled Moments ). There is a lot of poetry in my house. Both Amy and I had tears in our eyes after listening to Amanda Gorman yesterday.

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The Great HQ Migration

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January 3, 2020, seems like a very long time ago. That day, I wrote a post titled The Future Of Work Is Distributed.

RIP Len Fassler

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Gramercy Park in June 2015. After 89 years on this planet, Len Fassler passed away on Friday. Len was my Yoda. As a paternal figure, he was a close second to my father. I loved him deeply. And I will miss him every day.

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Media Archaeology Lab Virtual Tour on 1/21/21

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For a long time, I collected computers (hardware, software, manuals, and magazines.) About five years ago, I donated my collection to the Media Archaeology Lab , located at CU Boulder. Also, Amy and I have made substantial gifts to MAL from the Anchor Point Foundation.

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Roam: My New Favorite Software Product

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Until six weeks ago, my favorite software product of all time was Lotus Agenda. We ran my first company (Feld Technologies) on Lotus Agenda from when the first version of Agenda came out sometime in 1990 to when we sold the company in 1993.

Welcome Maëlle Gavet to Techstars

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Today, Techstars announced that Maëlle Gavet has joined as CEO. When David Cohen, David Brown, Jared Polis, and I started Techstars in 2006, we could have never envisioned what it has become.

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100% Deductibility of Cash Charitable Contributions in 2020

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Amy and I just finished allocating our 2020 year-end charitable contributions from our Anchor Point Foundation. Given our charitable contributions around Covid and Racial Equity throughout the year, we were extremely overallocated going into our end-of-year gift cycle.

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Can Do Colorado – A New Energize Colorado Project

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During the Covid crisis, I’ve been regularly discussing the dramatic amplification of inequities that already existed.

Thoughts on Sourcing Black Companies and Entrepreneurs

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I recently was in an email thread where a Black founder had a powerful and clear response to the question from one of her corporate partners.

Help Support Black-Owned Businesses

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A few months ago, Jasper Kuria reached out to me about a new non-profit he was starting called The Black-Owned Business. His goal is to create a community of vetted, high-quality Black-owned professional services companies.

What Is Your First Political Memory?

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For the past nine months, Amy and I have started our morning together. I get up, pee, weigh myself, brush my teeth, meditate for 20 to 30 minutes, and then we have “morning coffee” together. Morning coffee lasts for two cups of coffee (one regular, one decaf).

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Startup Communities Audiobooks

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The audiobooks for The Startup Community Way and Startup Communities, 2e are both available. I’ve gotten this request from many people, so I’m glad they are finally out. If you are an Audible listener, you can get them at: The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

How Is The 54th Week of 2020 Going For You?

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At lunch today, Amy said “Welcome to January 112th.” ” I just got an email from a friend that included the line, “I’m writing off the first 20 days of the year, so here’s to a much different 2021 starting next week!”

Are You At Your Best Right Now?

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I’m not. And I know a lot of people who aren’t. I’m trying hard, but I’m aware that there are many moments where I’m nowhere close to being my best. Every day, I feel confused by behavior from someone I know well which is inconsistent with how I think of them.

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What Is Your Biggest Hope and Your Bigger Fear?

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About a month ago, I participated in a discussion hosted by the CU Boulder Conference on World Affairs titled Back to the Future: Lessons for our emerging challenges from science fiction and history. The moderator was Phil Weiser (Colorado’s Attorney General).

The Goal Should Not Be The New Normal

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For the last several months, I’ve heard or read the phrase “the new normal” 7,354 times. I’ve steadily grown tired of it and now I believe it is an invalid concept. There is no new normal. We have move forward and get better.

Tenet – One Big, Hot Mess of a Movie

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Amy and I watched Tenet the other night. When we finished, she turned to me and said, “That was one big, hot mess of a movie.” ” I sat for a moment and said, “I’m not sure it was any good, but I’m not sure.” ” I just watched the trailer.

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The Manipulation Machine

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I’m tired (today’s Whoop recovery score of 15). Almost everyone in my virtual universe is tense, tired, frustrated, angry, annoyed, exasperated, irked, or outraged. Fortunately, the only person in my physical world – and there is only one (Amy) – is generally calm.

Are You Spending Your Weeks The Way You Want To?

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Amy has a birthday coming up. We spent some time this morning talking about her next year. Since the two of us are together all day every day, we also discussed how I’m spending my time over the upcoming year that begins at her birthday.

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@bfeld v55.0

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Simply begin again. A year ago, I wrote in my v54.0 post that I’d decided not to have any goals for the year ahead. Instead of having goals, I wrote: I’m embracing the moment. Every moment. Simply being in the moment. Being present with whomever I’m with or whatever I’m doing.

1000 Holograms on Your Desk

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“Either this is madness or it is Hell.” “It is neither,” calmly replied the voice of the Sphere, “it is Knowledge; it is Three Dimensions: open your eye once again and try to look steadily.” -Edwin A. Abbott, Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions.

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A Conversation With Dan Caruso About Gender Equity at the Boulder Country Club

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Brad : Hey, Dan. Like Cindy and you, Amy and I are Boulder Country Club members, but we play tennis, not golf. Is it true that only men can golf on Saturday mornings? Dan : Yes. Believe it or not, you must indeed be male to golf on Saturday mornings. There are a few exceptions.

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Founders Mental Health in the Time of Covid

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Mental health has been an issue among tech entrepreneurs for a long time, but has been exacerbated by the stresses of the Covid crisis.

The Sameness

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It’s Monday. Again. I have 30 Zoom meetings on my calendar this week (yes – I counted). It’s a light week for Zoom meetings since I have four board meetings this week, which each takes up a big block of time, limiting the total number of Zoom meetings for the week.

Coloradans – Activite Exposure Notification on Your iPhone/Android to Help Keep Colorado Safe from Covid

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We’ve learned many things in the last six months that help slow the spread of the Covid, such as social distancing, outdoor vs. indoor activity, and mask-wearing. We’ve also learned a lot about how to treat the disease.

Zoom Secret Magic Trick – Hide Self View

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Here’s a simple one to make your 10 hours a day on Zoom more enjoyable. Hide Self View. Click on the three little dots next to Mute in your video window. Choose “Hide Self View.” ” The following view … is much better to look at that the one with my own picture in it.

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Book: In the Beginning…Was the Command Line

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I love Neal Stephenson. I’ve read all of his books, some of them multiple times. Well, except the Baroque Cycle trilogy, which I’m saving for a special period of time to get lost in them, and from everything. Last week I read In the Beginning…Was the Command Line. For the second time.

Art by Julie Maren

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Amy and I have been collecting art since we first got together in 1990. My mom, Cecelia Feld , is an artist, and I have been around contemporary art my entire life. We prefer non-representational art from living artists.

Supporting the ParentPreneur Foundation

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Amy and I, through our Anchor Point Foundation , recently provided the seed grant to the ParentPreneur Foundation. Founded by James Oliver, the ParentPreneur Foundation empowers Black people to be the best parents and entrepreneurs possible providing them money, tools, resources, and social capital.

Pondering the Commercial Real Estate Market

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Since Covid started, I’ve had many conversations about office space. In April, almost all of our companies were unable to use their office space because of stay at home orders.

Please Vote Today

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If you haven’t voted yet, today is the day. Please vote. The post Please Vote Today appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Personal

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The World In A Phase Transition

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We are in the midst of the most dramatic phrase transition I’ve experienced so far in my 54 years on this particular planet. Ian Hathaway and I talk about phase transitions (also known as a phase shift) in several parts of The Startup Community Way. P rogress is uneven, slow, and surprising.

There’s No Downside to Trying Therapy

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I got a note from someone who recently saw my Techstars mental health video. He said that could relate to how I describe depression as the “absence of joy.” ” He went on to write me a long, thoughtful, and brave note about his experience with depression.

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Definition of #GiveFirst

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Jaclyn Hester, one of my Foundry Group partners , recently asked if there was an online definition of #GiveFirst. I spent some time looking around, and, while it’s embedded in numerous podcasts and video interviews, I couldn’t find a clear definition on the web.

Come Join Us at Foundry Group: Hiring a Head of Network

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At Foundry Group, we are hiring a Head of Network. Following is a repost of the overview of the role and why we are adding a Head of Network to our team. If you are interested in applying, please reach out to us at apply@foundrygroup.com. And please help us get the word out!

Book: Becoming Monday

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I read G. Constable’s near term sci-fi book Becoming Monday. If you are a fan of near term sci-fi, AGI, or the singularity, go get a copy right now – you’ll love it. I woke up in a customer service booth.

The Expanse: Season 5: 12/16/20

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In the category of all of this has happened before, and will happen again. I read The Legend of Bagger Vance yesterday and then watched the movie last night. The book is much better than the movie, and the book is really, really good, even if you don’t care about golf at all.

Supporting Sophie’s Neighborhood on World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day

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Today, I’m helping amplify a $50,000 fundraiser for Sophia’s Neighborhood as part of World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day. Amy and I just contributed $25,000 so we are effectively matching any contributions dollar for dollar up to $50,000.

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Laptops for the Justice Reskill Program

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Aaron Clark is leading a program called Justice Reskill. They need 20 laptops for the participants in the program. Justice Reskill is a reskilling platform that teaches both technical and essential skills to justice-involved individuals.

Eric Ries’ Foreword to The Startup Community Way

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My new book with Ian Hathaway, The Startup Community Way , is officially out. When I saw the Kindle download first thing this morning, I felt a moment of unbridled joy. Writing a book is extremely hard. I’ve now written seven of them, all about startups and entrepreneurship.

How To Write An Email Intro Request

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Multiple times a day, someone in my network asks if I’ll make an intro to someone else. I’m almost always happy to do this and, if not, I will explain why. I like to do opt-in intros, where I ask the person on the potential receiving end of the intro if they are open to the intro. Most of the time people say yes. Sometimes they say no. Very occasionally they don’t respond to me.

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