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Techstars Accelerating Black ParentPreneurs

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I recently nominated James Oliver’s ParentPreneur Foundation for the new Techstars Accelerate Equity Program. Amy and I provided the lead gift of $100,000 through our Anchor Point Foundation.

Another Virtual 5K in Boulder As Spring Emerges in Full Bloom

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I received a lot of positive feedback on my post highlighting the 2nd annual Emerge Virtual 5k Run so … It’s time for the 10th Annual Happy Smackah 5k Fun Run and Walk. This would have been the 11th Annual, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we canceled the May 2020 event.

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Startup CXO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Company’s Critical Functions and Teams

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Matt Blumberg has a new book out titled Startup CXO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Company’s Critical Functions and Teams. It’s a follow-up to his previous book, Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business. I’ve been working with Matt since 2000.

The Founder’s Story of The Path To Us Investing in Gig Wage

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In February, we announced our investment in Gig Wage. After some entertaining back and forth, I encouraged Craig Lewis, the founder/CEO of Gig Wage , to write up a quick story of how things unfolded, as he remembered them, and I’d post it here.

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.

Book: The Business of Venture Capital

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Today’s book recommendation, for anyone interested in venture capital, is The Business of Venture Capital: The Art of Raising a Fund, Structuring Investments, Portfolio Management, and Exits by Mahendra Ramsinghani. A decade ago, I got a cold email from Mahendra.

Shopping in Boulder at Table Mesa This Weekend

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My partner Chris Moody came up with a great idea he’s calling #BoulderStrongTableMesa. This is in response to the mass murder that happened at the King Soopers in Table Mesa on Monday, March 22nd.

Techstars Sustainability Accelerator / The Nature Conservancy – 2021 Applications Open

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In 2017 I helped get the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator off the ground in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Amy and I have been supporters of TNC for over 30 years and Amy serves on their global board of directors.

Growing Up Boulder

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Boulder has been our home for 25 years and we love it. Amy and I support numerous local non-profit initiatives through our Anchor Point Foundation. The following video captured my attention this morning and resulted in a bathroom-sized donation to Growing Up Boulder. Bella and Mads – well done!

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.

Book: The Soul of an Octopus

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My favorite animal is a polar bear. For some reason, I have always related to polar bears. When I’m reincarnated, I hope I come back as a polar bear. I’ve always like octopuses but never thought much about why.

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A Sad and Scary Day In Boulder

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A mass shooting happened at a King Soopers on Table Mesa in Boulder Monday afternoon. Amy and I are safe. So are our friends and family. But 10 people in Boulder, including one police officer, are dead.

The GameStop Phenomenon

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I expect we’ll be exploring, unscrambling, pontificating, and dealing with what is happening with GameStop (GME) for a while. If you are reading this in the future and want some historical context for the rest of this post, this chart from the last 30 days of trading is instructive.

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A Boundless Ally To Immigrants

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Boundless Immigration , a company we’ve been investors in since they spun out of Pioneer Square Labs venture studio, raised a $25 million financing last week.

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.

New Book: The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche

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My newest book, The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche: A Book for Disruptors , comes out next Tuesday, May 25th. This has been an on-again, off-again project with Dave Jilk that began in 2013.

Boulder Chamber Memberships for Black-Owned Businesses

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Amy and I just underwrote one-year memberships to the Boulder Chamber of Commerce for 62 Black-owned businesses in Boulder. Last summer, Aaron Clark started putting together a list of Black-owned Businesses in Boulder. The current list is at 62.

Password Insanity

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My mom is extraordinarily patient. Several weeks ago, I bought her a brand new Mac as a mother’s day present. She was using a 2010 Mac, and it was time for her to use one that didn’t have an endless spinning pinwheel of Mac slowness on it.

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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.

Google Enters Hologramland

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Six months ago I wrote When The Big Companies Show Up about Sony releasing their first holographic display and what I thought about that development, given my role as an investor via Foundry and board member in the 40-person purveyor of fine holographic interfaces in Brooklyn called Looking Glass.

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Venture Deals Online Course – Spring 2021 Edition

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We are running the Venture Deals Online Course from March 7, 2021 – April 30, 2021. We’ve moved the Venture Deals Community from Slack to Mighty Networks where we have much more functionality and flexibility. Once again, we’ll do a weekly AMA with a variety of people participating.

427 Mondays In A Row

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I was talking to a friend yesterday and he said, “Just another Monday.” ” But yesterday was Tuesday. I asked him what he meant. He said, “Every day feels like a Monday – I just get up and do it again.”

Colorado Startup Summer 2021 – Request for Companies

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CU’s Silicon Flatirons Center Startup Summer is back! Startup Summer provides a fantastic experience for college-age students and interns interested in entrepreneurship and the Front Range emerging company scene.

Helping to Eliminate Racism in America

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Last summer, I shifted my personal behavior around racism. I realized that I had spent the previous 20 years providing “passive” support to social justice causes. I decided that I’d spend the next 20 years actively helping to eliminate racism in America.

Book: Wintering

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I listened to Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times on Audible over the past week. It was spectacular. Danielle Morrill recommended it to me.

Dealing with Reality in Business

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I used to love the Matrix’s Red Pill / Blue Pill metaphor and still use it occasionally to try to make a point around dealing with reality in an entrepreneurial context.

Run With Me To Help Prevent Youth Suicide

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It’s time for the 2nd annual Emerge Virtual 5k Run produced by Rise Against Suicide (formerly Second Wind Fund of Boulder County). It’ll be from 8:00 am to Midnight MT on Sunday, May 2, 2021. Amy and I are helping underwrite it as we did last year and I just signed up to run it.

Eat Your Frogs First Thing In The Morning

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Each morning during the week, after morning coffee together, Amy says, “Ok, time to go eat my frogs.” ” She’s usually told me about the one or two or three frogs she has for the day, and her statement is a rhythmic part of our morning.

Book: The New Builders

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My long-time business partner Seth Levine has written a book with Elizabeth MacBride titled The New Builders: Face to Face with the TRUE Future of Business. It’s extraordinary – buy a copy now!

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The New Builders: Discussion on 5/18/21

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My partner Seth Levine and his co-author Elizabeth MacBride recently wrote an important book called The New Builders: Face to Face with the True Future of Business. It is out and available. Foundry Group is hosting an open virtual event to discuss the book.

What I Mean When I Say I’m Indifferent

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I no longer subscribe to many daily email newsletters, but I’ve kept a few. My favorite to wake up to is Ryan Holiday’s The Daily Stoic. Today’s headline was It’s Possible to Tune These Things Out but it linked to an older post titled The True Power Behind Stoic “Indifference”.

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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Book: The 80/80 Marriage

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I haven’t been posting about my reading lately. While I continue to read at my typical pace , I think I was a little tired of writing book reports, but that has passed. Last night I read The 80/80 Marriage: A New Model for a Happier, Stronger Relationship.

The Liminal Space

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I’ve personally been in a liminal space for most of 2020. Today, most of America is in a liminal space. The word liminal comes from the Latin word ‘limen’, meaning threshold – any point or place of entering or beginning. A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’

Twitter Spaces and Nietzsche

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Last week I was scheduled to do a live interview with Eliot Peper about The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche. He opted to use Twitter Spaces and diligently tested it out a couple of days beforehand to confirm that it would work.

False Reassurance

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The Covid crisis has generated an extraordinary amount of what I like to call “false reassurance.” ” Consider how many times you heard something general like the following some time in 2020. Everything is going to be ok. We will get through this pandemic.

Exponential Growth and Covid-19

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Most people don’t understand exponential growth. It can be counterintuitive and is easily misinterpreted. Understanding it is particularly important right now around Covid-19.

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Thoughts For VC Backed Companies Considering SBA/PPP Loans

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My partner Seth Levine recently put up an extremely thoughtful post titled SBA PPP Loans Aren’t for Everyone. Go read it now – I’ll be here when you get back. Seth references two other posts to read and consider.

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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.

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Wise Words from C.S. Lewis in 1948

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The following from C. Lewis. was on my fraternity email list this morning. It was written in 1948 after the dawn of the atomic age. In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. How are we to live in an atomic age?”

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I’m Glad Discord Isn’t Being Acquired

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Dear Discord: Please go public and stay independent instead of being acquired. Love, Brad. I’ve become a huge Discord fan and user of the past year.

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Why Philosophy and Entrepreneurship?

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Since releasing my newest book The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche: A Book for Disruptors I’ve been continually getting the questions “Why Philosophy and Entrepreneurship?” ” and “Why Nietzsche?”

Book: Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality

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I’ve been reading hard science fiction lately, along with some actual science. The hard sci-fi includes Dragon’s Egg and Starquake by Robert Forward (wow – awesome) and Nova by Samuel Delany (also awesome).

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