Moving To Homer, Alaska

Feld Thoughts

During one of the long conversations we had at the time about our future, we started talking about calling it quits and moving to Homer, Alaska. We didn’t know anyone there and I didn’t have any business there, but it was a lot more centrally located in the US than Homer, Alaska.

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Funding All Projects on DonorsChoose in Alaska

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Amy and I just funded all of the unfunded DonorsChoose projects in Alaska as part of the annual DonorsChoose #BestSchoolDay event. In all of the Alaska projects, Aspect Ventures matched our donation. Amy grew up in Alaska and we have a house in Homer, which is what motivated us to support Alaska this year on #BestSchoolDay. The post Funding All Projects on DonorsChoose in Alaska appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Philanthropy #BestSchoolDay alaska donorschoose

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An Aurora Over Alaska

Feld Thoughts

When I opened my daily folder, a beautiful picture of an Aurora Over Alaska graced the front page of APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day). Just another reason to love Alaska. Tags: Alaska alaska apod

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Homer, Alaska and the Super Bowl

Feld Thoughts

I was at a Nima board meeting today and was asked by a new friend on the team about my link to Homer, Alaska. The post Homer, Alaska and the Super Bowl appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Places alaska homer mcdonalds

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Two Weeks In Homer, Alaska

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I have been up at our house in Homer, Alaska for the last two weeks. Tags: Work-Life Balance alaska homer We try to spent every July up here – something we’ve tried to do every year for the past decade (we missed in 2007 and 2009.)

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Startup Gospel and Ecosystems in Alaska

Campus Entrepreneurship

Ever since reading Jack London, I’ve wanted to go to Alaska. Looks like July is the time to go as its Alaska Startup week and there are events throughout the state, from lean startup workshops to pitch competitions. 2017 is the Year of Innovation in Alaska.

Local. Organic. Wi-Fi.

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Happy 20th Anniversary Amy

Feld Thoughts

But you can never really take the girl out of Alaska. 20 years. Just amazing. You are my favorite person on this planet. Here are some pictures from the past 20 years. Fashion has clearly never been my strong sense. Fortunately, my t-shirts are rubbing off on you. And your class and grace is rubbing off on me. And one never really does leave Wellesley, does one? And some things never change. I love you. The post Happy 20th Anniversary Amy appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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Do You Consider Yourself a Texan?

Feld Thoughts

While I have a house in Alaska, I never lived there (that’s where Amy grew up.). Did you know that 28.5714% of the partners at Foundry Group are Texans? Recently, I was asked if I consider myself a Texan. I answered that I grew up in Texas, live in Colorado, was born in Arkansas, and went to school in Massachusetts. I hadn’t really thought about this before I answered the question. While Massachusetts was very good to me, I never felt at home living in Boston or Cambridge.

Hanging Out In Pioneer Square

Feld Thoughts

I had become comfortable with Seattle the city, Amy and I were spending more time at our house in Alaska (so Seattle was occasionally a stop on the way to Alaska), and I’d started to enjoy the rain. I’m in Seattle for the next few days. I’ve built this trip around Techstars Seattle Demo, a bunch of time at PSL, and a Moz board meeting. Oh – and time with several of our portfolio companies as well as some nice social stuff with long time friends.

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Societal Structures Change Much Slower Than The Machines

Feld Thoughts

It’s the closest place on earth I’ve been to Alaska, which I love dearly. I’m at Startup Iceland today. I like Iceland – this is the second time I’ve been here. And it’s fun to see and hang out with my friend Bala Kamallakharan.

Supporting DonorsChoose and #BestSchoolDay

Feld Thoughts

We ended up fully funding all the DonorChoose projects in Alaska, Boulder, Longmont, Brighton, Breckenridge, Richardson, and Detroit. Amy grew up in Alaska and we have a house in Homer. When I sat down this morning with Amy she started reading off people who had funded entire cities worth of projects on DonorsChoose this morning. Amy has DonorsChoose in her twitter feed and we quickly figured out what was going on.

Founders 2010 #6: We’re Not Alone

Feld Thoughts

I’ve got a two board meeting day tomorrow ( Impinj and Gist ) as I gear up to head to Alaska for the month of July.

Why Gateway Accelerate Is A Great Choice For International Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

Missouri is our fourth state to go live following Massachusetts, Colorado, and Alaska. On September 15, 2016, UMSL Accelerate joined the Global EIR network and began taking applications for its international accelerator program, Gateway Accelerate. Today is the last day to apply , so if you are considering it, don’t wait. The goal of this program is to contribute to St.

July In Paris

Feld Thoughts

For much of the last decade, Amy and I have spent the month of July at our house in Homer, Alaska. Amy grew up in Alaska and I have a great love of the place. Every year when we head to Alaska, many people who don’t know us that well say “have a great vacation.&# We’ve built one month away each year in a different location into our annual rhythm which we’ve come to treasure as a key part of our lives. We are trying something different this year.

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Cecelia Feld Exhibiting at Splash on 7/7/10 at the St. Julien

Feld Thoughts

I won’t be there as Amy and I are hiding in Homer, Alaska for the month, but my mom is coming down from Keystone and I know she’d love to see my friends if you are around. If you are a fan of my mom’s art ( Cecelia Feld ), she’s part of an exhibit at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder called Splash. The opening is this Wednesday July 7th from 6pm to 8pm.

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Fracture: Beautiful Digital Art Prints

Feld Thoughts

The awesome Alaska Brown Bear above is the photo I used (from an Alaska trip in 2004) and it’s now hanging on the wall in my office next to my couch. If you walk in my office, you’ll notice a lot of art on the walls. Amy and I are huge art collectors and are always on a quest for new and beautiful things.

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Happy 21st Anniversary @abatchelor

Feld Thoughts

We were on vacation in Alaska, hanging out in Fairbanks at the time. We thought briefly about moving to Homer, Alaska but decided instead to buy a house up here and spend a month each summer up here. Lots of people get married on the summer solstice.

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I Only Have 7 Trips Left. On Managing Work / Life Balance, Love & Family

Both Sides of the Table

As a side note if you’ve never been to Alaska it is truly one of the most beautiful, spectacular and awe-inspiring places I’ve visited. So we’re off to Alaska. Why does everybody always ask that when you tell them you’re going to Alaska?!?

Q318 Staycation: Resting, Reading, and Little Running

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I were originally going to Alaska to look at polar bears but canceled everything after I got sick and did a staycation in Boulder instead. I took last week off the grid for my Q318 vacation. I got at least 10 hours of sleep each day, did a bunch of self-care things (PT, massage, meditate), ran a few times (to the extent that 14-minute miles can be considered running), and read a half dozen books. I’m feeling a lot better.

Book: The Martian

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And while Mars is a lot more desolate than Homer, Alaska, I disconnected from the human race several times right in the middle of a work week because of the amazingness of this book. The Martian by Andy Weir is the best book I’ve read in a while. I consumed it in the last 24 hours.

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A Month of Mac

Feld Thoughts

While I was swimming that since I was going to be in Alaska for July, I’d just bring my MacBook, my iPhone, and my iPad. Ross (my IT guy) bet me $100 that I’d beg him to ship my Windows desktop to me within a few days of getting to Alaska. My post yesterday titled Rethinking The Laptop resulted in three very specific pieces of feedback followed by me taking one specific action. The feedback was: Dump Outlook. Get a solid state drive. Get a Mac.

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Jessica Schallock – Artist

Feld Thoughts

Her family are our neighbors in Homer, Alaska and we’ve known Jessica since she was 12. Amy and I collect contemporary art. We often make friends with the artists who we collect. Occasionally people who are our friends become artists. Jessica Schallock fits into this category. We’ve been friends with Jessica for a decade. We’ve watched, with much joy, as she’s grown into an amazingly talented young women. One of those talents is art.

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Reinvent Vacations For a Global Mobile Era

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Amy and I ordinarily spend the month of July at our house in Homer, Alaska. We decided to do it this summer and we turned our month in Alaska into two months in Europe. Rosabeth Moss Kanter has an excellent post up on the HBR Blog titled Should Leaders Go on Vacation? Recently, I’ve seen plenty of commentary in the popular press (especially Fox News articles) about the inappropriateness of leaders taking vacation.

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Episode 109: Surging Towards Growth with Greg Scully

Mike Michalowicz

He believes using the Surge strategy will help him since he is in a hyper niched business in Alaska and is struggling to grow. Greg and his wife Kim have been operating Magpie Clothing Exchange as a storefront in Palmer Alaska, and online worldwide since 2014. Greg is lifelong entrepreneur with a small 25 year break between projects, and lead vocalist of Alaska’s most middle aged punk band. Also Available On. Show Summary.

Slow Down To Speed Up

Feld Thoughts

July in Alaska helps (although this summer has a fun, European twist). It’s Sunday morning. Take a deep breath. It’s summer time. Go for a walk. Or a run. Play with your family. Take a nap this afternoon. Read a book. Go to a movie. Chill. Last week, I had two close friends tell me some version of “I’m too busy.&# One insightfully said “I have no time these days. I’m doing too much.&#

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2013’s Top 10 Small Towns For Mobile Entrepreneurs

Mike Michalowicz

Wasilla, Alaska. Most famous for being headquarters for the Iditarod Sled-dog race, Wasilla is also the home of Alaska’s most visible celebrity, former 2008 Vice-Presidential hopeful and governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

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Happy Anniversary Amy

Feld Thoughts

On the summer solstice in 1993 we went to the top of Ester Dome in Fairbanks, Alaska and exchanged vows. Amy and I have been married for 18 years. Earlier that day we went to Pay ‘n Save and bought our wedding rings (I think we got six for $1.99). I wrote the word “vows&# on a piece of paper twice, tore it in half, and gave one of the vows to Amy to give to me when we got to the top.

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Happy 21st Anniversary @abatchelor

Feld Thoughts

We were on vacation in Alaska, hanging out in Fairbanks at the time. We thought briefly about moving to Homer, Alaska but decided instead to buy a house up here and spend a month each summer up here. Lots of people get married on the summer solstice. To all of them – including those getting married today – congrats and welcome to the club!

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Google I/O Panel on VCs Who Code

Feld Thoughts

While I stopped writing production code in the early 1990’s, I still fuck around with something each summer when I’m in Alaska (in past years it has been Perl, Ruby, and PHP.)

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Techstars and The Nature Conservancy

Feld Thoughts

Over the years, we’ve been personally involved in a number of projects, such as protecting the Anchor River in Anchor Point, Alaska (the town Amy grew up in until she was eight.) The Nature Conservancy and Techstars just announced a partnership to create the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator. Amy and I were part of the public announcement this week in Denver. Both organizations are important to us so it’s a joy to be involved in having them work together.

Unbreakable: The Western States 100

Feld Thoughts

Geoff Roes, undefeated at the 100-mile distance, an organic chef from Juneau, Alaska. Last night Amy and I watched the movie Unbreakable: The Western States 100. Our friends Pam and Mark Solon gave it to us. It was awesome, powerful, riveting, and inspirational.

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Reflecting On An Intense Week In Boulder

Feld Thoughts

A week ago I had just gotten home after a month in Homer, Alaska. I was totally chilled out – I worked plenty in July but had very little physical human interaction with anyone other than Amy. I’m sitting here in my Boulder condo today thinking about the entrepreneurial tour de force that was the last six days. I think I interacted with more different people each day than I did cumulatively over the previous 30 days in Homer.

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After Your First Big Success, What’s Next?

Feld Thoughts

about the time I finished working for the company that bought mine) one of the options for consideration was to retire and move to Homer, Alaska. As exits have been flowing nicely again the past few years, many of the entrepreneurs I work with have experienced their first big exit. I refer to this moment as when you find that you have life changing money in your bank account, which I like to call “f**k you money.”

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My 2011 Marathon Schedule

Feld Thoughts

I thought I’d rest and work through it during July when I was in Alaska but that didn’t work out either. I’ve now put together eight great weeks of running in a row. On Sunday, I finally had a long run to town (from Eldorado Springs to Boulder). This has been a long tradition of mine and Amy’s – I run to town early in the morning and she drives in later, we have brunch with friends, and then get massages in the afternoons.

The Mac Won Me Over

Feld Thoughts

I took my Macbook Pro (an older model from about 18 months ago) up to Alaska, left my Lenovo x300 in Boulder, and went native Mac. On June 20th, I declared that I was going to try A Month of Mac. I’m typing this on my brand new spiffy MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 with 8GB RAM, with a 500GB solid state hard drive. I can’t figure out why I’ve been so stubborn about really switching to the Mac. This is a beautiful computer.

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12 New Friday Freebies

Startup Professionals Musings

There are some good gardening ones in the agriculture category) Free Sample Site (another site that keeps updated free sample lists for you) Free Beautiful Alaska Travel Book 40 Free Prints from York Photo (sign up and put them in your account while the deal is still good) Related articles Thirteen Freebies Top Five Freebie Offers Top Five Free Deals. Some of these have a limit so if the link no longer works then the freebie is gone (I will try to keep up with the broken links).

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Attention: Female Founders on the Rise

The Startup Magazine

Native American/Alaska. Outcomes from a national study conducted by the Center for an Urban Future that reported a dramatic 52 percent growth in woman-owned business formation from 2002 to 2012.( link].)

Fun and Games with BigDoor

Feld Thoughts

I expect I’ll be spending plenty more there soon, including a few next week on my way to Alaska. We recently invested in a Seattle company called BigDoor Media. The founder/CEO Keith Smith wrote a wonderful love story about the deal which was picked up by the WSJ VC Dispatch in a post titled A Summer Romance Between Founder And Venture Capitalist ? Yes, I’ve fallen in love (in a very non-sexual way) with Keith, his co-founder Jeff Malek, and BigDoor.

Enchantress of Number and The Concept of Universal Computation

Feld Thoughts

I’ve read some of it in the past and tried one summer in Alaska to get through his epic book A New Kind of Science (with very little success, although I read a bunch of science fiction and all the Barry Eisler John Rain books that summer.). When I think of geniuses who inspire me, Stephen Wolfram is near the top of the list. I’ve never met him but have followed him from a distance since I was introduced to Mathematica in grad school in the late 1980s.

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Do People Treat Me Differently Since I Talk Openly About Depression?

Feld Thoughts

We’ve had an excellent three weeks up at our house in Homer, Alaska, far away from the people we know. As Amy and I get ready to return to Boulder today and physically re-enter the human race, I woke up this morning thinking about how I’m feeling emotionally. Our only friends up here are our neighbors (whom we adore) so other than one visitor ( Matt Shobe – who we also adore) it’s been a very solitary and physically introverted time.

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Baby Boomer Retirement: Or Should I Start My Own Business?

YoungUpstarts

If you are an official resident of one of these 7 states, you don’t need to file a state tax return for that state: Alaska. Many of us spend a great deal of time worrying about money, and rightfully so. Have you noticed Americans are living longer than ever before?

Introducing FG Press

Feld Thoughts

I remember sitting at my kitchen table in Homer, Alaska in July 2010 at 2am almost crying with frustration. Every year or so my partners and I at Foundry Group create a new company, or start a new project, that we believe had the potential to change the way something works in our world, while simultaneously helping the entrepreneurs we work with, and the entrepreneurs we aspire to work with. For example, in 2006, we co-founded Techstars.

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