Brad Feld: “Friedrich Nietzsche is the Patron Philosopher of Today’s Entrepreneurs”
Something Ventured -- Silicon Valley Podcast
Brad Feld’s latest book (with David Jilk) is “Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche (A Book for Disruptors)”. Those familiar with Brad’s “Feld Thoughts” blog, will find the unexpected title – unsurprising. While reading Nietzsche (um, yes) Brad noted that his favorite personality was a “free spirit: An obsessed individual with a vision of the future and the will to make it so, a rebel who creates the future with childlike enthusiasm.” That, thought Brad, sounded a lot like…an entrepreneur. The book is “a modern Art of War, connecting the dots to our high-tech business environment”. Each short chapter takes a quote from Nietzsche and applies it to an area of entrepreneurship. Brad Feld has been a famous venture capitalist for a long time. He has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. He currently runs Foundry group, which he co-founded. Before that Brad co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars. Brad is a writer and speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship. He’s written a number of books as part of the Startup Revolution series and writes the blogs “Feld Thoughts” and “Venture Deals”. https://somethingventured.us/ https://feld.com/
#117 — Continuing to Evolve as an Investor — Brad Feld
Below the Line with James Beshara
Brad Feld is a Founder and renowned Blogger in the entrepreneur space. If you have been in technology, or an entrepreneur, over the past ten years you have probably read many of his blog posts. From selling his first company for a million dollars to now managing over a billion dollars with Foundry Group, Brad has had a crazy rollercoaster of a career. In todays episode, James and Brad, talk about a childhood experience with his dad that introduced him to the tech world. Brad also explains the journey of selling his first company to now running a huge VC fund. A major part of todays episode is Mental Health and the stigma around it among entrepreneurs. To conclude the episode, Brad speaks about his quarterly disconnects from business and how it benefits the rest of his year and relationships. https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Find out more about Brad Feld: https://www.feld.com https://twitter.com/bfeld https://www.linkedin.com/in/bfeld Brad's New Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0932BPN7N Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at email@example.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline Support Our Sponsor Magic Mind https://magicmind.co (Use Code BTL at checkout for 20% off) About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
Venture Capitalist Brad Feld on How Nietzsche Empowers the Entrepreneur | This Must Be Done Daily
The Daily Stoic
Brad Feld on venture capital startup investing, going off the grid and living a rich and real life.
Human Cogs Podcast
Brad Feld is the author of eight best-selling books on venture capital investing and entrepreneurship, has been an early-stage investor for more than 30 years, and is pretty much a global legend when it comes to startup communities and entrepreneurial ecosystems, and what makes their flywheels spin. Currently Managing Director at Foundry Group a US-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies, Brad also co-founded Techstars, and has been a major force in the global startup ecosystem, backing thousands of founders on their startup journeys to date. But truth be told, the world of venture investment can get a bit of a bad wrap sometimes. Competitive, fast-paced, low on diversity and high on testosterone, it is often regarded as the arena of Alphas. So in this conversation with Brad, Human Cogs Cohost Madeleine Grummet gets under the hood of Brad's real life as a VC, to uncover his personal drivers, trigger points and life learnings, and discover that the human underneath is incredibly thoughtful, deeply reflective, remarkably wise - and a great storyteller. As you’ll learn in this episode, Brad shares how it has taken him a while to find his place, and that as a reformed workaholic, he now regularly goes off the grid to hit the trails around his hometown of Boulder in Colorado to run miles and miles solo. With his 'engineers brain', he's also committed to continuous improvement, and the kind of person who’s more interested in moving towards not away from problems. To that end, he and his wife Amy schedule monthly mandated ‘life dinners' - kind of retros on their relationship - in order to keep it alive and thriving. So whether you’re a founder, funder, searcher or finder, Brad’s unique perspective, wisdom and worldview are well worth sitting in for a while. Why? Because we are all works in progress, and we each have so much to learn from simply hearing each others’ stories. SHOW CREDITS Host: Madeleine Grummet Guest: Brad Feld Links: Blog, Books, Podcast, Foundry Group, Techstars Technical Producer: Daryl Missen at Purple Wax Join us on Instagram at human.cogs Available on Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts or listen via our website. If you like this episode please HIT SUBSCRIBE and leave us a QUICK REVIEW so more people can listen to and learn from these stories. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Startups are like Cooking Without a Recipe (feat. Brad Feld, Techstars + REEF Technology)
Same Same but Tech
This week on Same Same but Tech, we’re going back to our roots to cover an - if not THE most - important buzzword in tech: Startups. We’re all familiar with Harvard dorm room or Silicon Valley garage idols - but now, in 2021, a new wave of startups is booming even bigger. Money is pouring in as startups that were accelerated due to the pandemic - from audio social networks to video conferences to ghost kitchens!Anyone who’s tried knows how hard it is to start any sort of new project, not to mention the funding, confidence, and team needed to bring it all together and put it out in the world. And while it launched back in 2013, a little known parking assistant company called ParkJockey shows off the perfect case study to see how the magic of startups comes together. After successfully launching an app that would help users find parking spaces nearby to concert venues and sporting events, a single Phil Collins show sent the entire operation spiralling, jeopardizing the entire business model. What’s the best thing to do when you hit a major setback? Pivot! In this episode, we track the story behind the startup who created a product for finding parking spots, eventually growing it to become an urban revolution in the making: the rise of the ghost kitchen and “proximity as a service.” We’ll get the inside scoop of all the ups and downs from Philippe Saint-Just, Co-Founder of REEF Technology, formerly ParkJockey.We’ll also hear expert insight from longtime startup investor and veteran entrepreneur Brad Feld, Co-founder of Techstars and Managing Director of the Foundry Group.You might just walk away with the emboldened drive to go start your own venture. To the moon!Hosted by Máuhan M Zonoozy, Head of Innovation at Spotify, Partner-alum at BCG Digital Ventures, and NYC-based angel investor and entrepreneur.Visit our website: https://www.samesamepodcast.com
Brad Feld on What Nietzsche Can Teach Entrepreneurs
Village Global's Venture Stories
Brad Feld (@bfeld), VC at Foundry Group and co-author of The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche with Dave Jilk, joins Ben Casnocha to discuss:- Common misconceptions about Nietzsche and why being misunderstood makes him an especially interesting philosopher.- What Nietzsche can teach entrepreneurs deciding whether to pivot or persevere. Brad says that founders should view their entrepreneurial journey not in terms of a single company, but as the next 30-50 years of their life.- Why Brad hates the term “passion” and says it’s overused in entrepreneurial circles.- Why to focus more on whether someone’s words and actions line up rather than the strength of their beliefs.- The lessons that Brad has for making decisions among groups today given Nietzsche’s aphorism that “insanity in individuals is rare, but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.”Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at www.villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.Want to get updates from us? Subscribe to get a peek inside the Village. We’ll send you reading recommendations, exclusive event invites, and commentary on the latest happenings in Silicon Valley. www.villageglobal.vc/signup
The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche: Dave Jilk, Brad Feld
There are as many ways to be an entrepreneur as there are entrepreneurs in the world. Therefore, how to be an entrepreneur is largely open to interpretation. Dave Jilk and Brad Feld embraced ... The post The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche: Dave Jilk, Brad Feld appeared first on Author Hour.
Brad Feld of Foundry Group on Decentralization in a Post-COVID World (EP.146)
Panic with Friends - Howard Lindzon
I had the joy of having my great friend Brad Feld join me for his FOURTH appearance on Panic With Friends. Brad is Boulder-based early-stage investor, entrepreneur, writer, and speaker. More specifically, he is managing director of Foundry Group, founder of Techstars, and writer for the Startup Revolution series and his blog Feld Thoughts. Brad has also been a mentor and supporter of mine, investing in my previous company Wallstrip as well as Stocktwits. With over 30 years of experience in the field, Brad has dealt with and invested through his fair share of panics. So I couldn’t think of anyone better to talk to about the future coming out of the COVID pandemic. In this episode, Brad and I talk about his family and what their past year has looked like, building stronger communities, our post-COVID future, startup culture, decentralization and more. Guest - Brad Feld, Managing Director at Foundry Group - Tech Stars, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author howardlindzon.com, foundrygroup.com, feld.com Twitter: @howardlindzon, @bfeld, @knutjensen linkedin.com/in/bfeld#fintech #invest #investment #venturecapital #stockmarket #finance
Brad Feld Talks About Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Building Networks
Brad has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. He is also a best selling author, an advocate and an active venture capitalist. We talk about learning, growing, the importance of diversity and becoming part of entrepreneurial ecosystems. We center the conversation on his latest book, The Startup Community Way, which he co-authored with Ian Hathaway. https://foundrygroup.com/team/brad-feld/ https://www.amazon.com/Brad-Feld/e/B0043MYSL8