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56 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Brad Feld. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Brad Feld, often where they are interviewed.

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56 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Brad Feld. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Brad Feld, often where they are interviewed.

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Stories and Wisdom from Techstars & Foundry Group Co - Founder Brad Feld Interview Part 1 By Jess Larsen

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Oct 15 2020 · 33mins
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Decoding Entrepreneurship: Brad Feld Explains How to Thrive

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Every entrepreneur spends a lot of time thinking about their business, but for Brad Feld, it's not enough. Founders also need to be mindful about their work and the impact it has—on the market, on their colleagues, and on their own wellbeing. Hear the legendary investor and startup mentor talk about building businesses, coping with change, and remembering to be kind.

Sep 17 2020 · 42mins
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Brad Feld: helping CEOs overcome covid's psychological challenges & build diverse leadership teams

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Brad Feld has been an early stage investor & entrepreneur for 30 years. He co-founded Foundry Group, Mobius Venture Capital, Intensity Ventures & Techstars. Brad’s also a published author & a long-distance runner who’s completed dozens of marathons!We discussed:

  • Brad's new book - "The StartUp Community Way" - and explored why the theory of complex systems is so crucial for startup & scaleup leaders
  • The psychological challenges Brad has faced during his career as an entrepreneur and investor 
  • The importance of regular emotional, physical and intellectual resets
  • The steps Brad has taken to help his portfolio CEOs overcome the psychological/emotional challenges they've faced in 2020
  • Why Brad recently committed to getting at least one non-white board member - and preferably at least one female AND one non-white board member - on every board he serves, even if it means giving up his board seat
  • The other actions Brad's encouraging to improve diversity within his portfolio

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Sep 06 2020 · 34mins
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How To Raise Venture Capital - with Brad Feld, Prolific Investor of Fitbit And Guitar Hero

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This week, Nick is taking a deep dive into the world of venture capital with special guest, Brad Feld, one of the most prolific investors in the world, having marked himself out as an early stage investor since 1987 in such diverse businesses as Fitbit and Guitar Hero!

There are few people in the world as experienced in investing as Brad, and on this special episode of the show, he talks you through the ways in which you can raise the venture capital you need to energise your scale-up plans.


  • Brad’s investment strategy has always focused around two things: the people and the product. The product must be innovative and provide an affinity for investors, and the people behind it have to be put on this planet to work on this product.
  • Creating an entrepreneurial company is about creating a constant series of experiments, many of which fail. When they fail you learn from them. When they succeed, you experiment further.
  • Investors don’t need to strike the jackpot with their entire investment fund. Sometimes all it takes is a few companies that return meaningful economic returns, in order for the investment fund to be covered.
  • The parts are not the important thing in any start-up community. The interaction between the parts are the crucial element. The dynamics between the parts cause new things to happen.


‘I learned the difference between zero times your money and a hundred times your money’

‘If you don’t care about the product, as an investor you can’t stay in there and do the work’

’The way you learn how to fly is to throw yourself at the ground and miss’

‘What happens at every step along the way feeds into what happens next'


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My name is Nick Bradley. I’m an entrepreneur, author, speaker and investor. My background is in growing and scaling VC and Private Equity backed businesses.

Having successfully built, bought and sold a number of companies, and removed myself from day-to-day operations, my focus now is on helping entrepreneurs get to where they want to be, in business and in life. As well as investing in growth businesses and backing turnarounds - with the ultimate aim of creating value from significant capital events.

I’m passionate about personal and professional development - showing up and being the best version of myself ... every day.

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Sep 02 2020 · 1hr 1min
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Ep. 898: Brad Feld Interview with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio

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The Way Forward for Entrepreneurship Around the World.

We are in the midst of a startup revolution. The growth and proliferation of innovation-driven startup activity is profound, unprecedented, and global in scope. Today, it is understood that communities of support and knowledge-sharing go along with other resources. The importance of collaboration and a long-term commitment has gained wider acceptance. These principles are adopted in many startup communities throughout the world.

And yet, much more work is needed. Startup activity is highly concentrated in large cities. Governments and other actors such as large corporations and universities are not collaborating with each other nor with entrepreneurs as well as they could. Too often, these actors try to control activity or impose their view from the top-down, rather than supporting an environment that is led from the bottom-up. We continue to see a disconnect between an entrepreneurial mindset and that of many actors who wish to engage with and support entrepreneurship. There are structural reasons for this, but we can overcome many of these obstacles with appropriate focus and sustained practice.

No one tells this story better than Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway. The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem explores what makes startup communities thrive and how to improve collaboration in these rapidly evolving, complex environments.

The Startup Community Way is an explanatory guide for startup communities. Rooted in the theory of complex systems, this book establishes the systemic properties of entrepreneurial ecosystems and explains why their complex nature leads people to make predictable mistakes. As complex systems, value creation occurs in startup communities primarily through the interaction of the “parts” – the people, organizations, resources, and conditions involved – not the parts themselves. This continual process of bottom-up interactions unfolds naturally, producing value in novel and unexpected ways. Through these complex, emergent processes, the whole becomes greater and substantially different than what the parts alone could produce.

Because of this, participants must take a fundamentally different approach than is common in much of our civic and professional lives. Participants must take a whole-system view, rather than simply trying to optimize their individual part. They must prioritize experimentation and learning over planning and execution. Complex systems are uncertain and unpredictable. They cannot be controlled, only guided and influenced. Each startup community is unique. Replication is enticing but impossible. The race to become “The Next Silicon Valley” is futile – even Silicon Valley couldn’t recreate itself.

Bio: Brad Feld has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur for over twenty years. Prior to cofounding Foundry Group—a Boulder, Colorado-based early-stage venture capital fund that invests in information technology companies all over the United States—he cofounded Mobius Venture Capital. Prior to that, he founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio:

  • Software
  • How to be an Entrepreneur
  • The United States 2020
  • Computer Languages
  • Commercial Internet
  • Cryptocurrency
  • COVID Crisis
Aug 30 2020 · 57mins
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378: Brad Feld: 378: Brad Feld - How To Collect Amazing People, Question Your Biases, & Build Community

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#378: Brad Feld


  • Excellence:
    • Honesty - Clear view of what's going on with self and others
      • Transparency/Authenticity is overused
    • Confirmed process of learning - Hypothesis, clarity of though around experimentation
  • Advice to a new manager:
    • Ask a lot of questions
    • REALLY LISTEN - Engage in conversations... Don't just try to get the right answer
    • We have endless biases
      • "People defend their biases instead of questioning their biases." --> Have a curious mind.
  • Curiosity:
    • His parents gave him positive feedback for being inquisitive... An exploration of new ideas. Brad loves to read and takes a digital sabbath every Saturday.
    • Approach new ideas with a Buddhist philosophy --> Let go of assumptions. Approach each topic with a beginner's mind.
  • A founder who is an explorer -- "Don't get stuck as an investor by constantly asking questions. You need to want to deeply understand someone. It goes both ways. Literal answers aren't enough."
  • The role of the founder is “to collect people.” → Mentor side, peer side, employee side, customer side.
    • Engage with people. Create a 'bi-directional' connection. This has shifted over time for Brad. Think #GiveFirst
  • Life partner - Amy... They are equals. It's important to acknowledge that. They almost split up after 10 years because Brad's words were not matching his actions.
    • Prioritize what's important and then follow through. If it's important to you to spend time with your spouse, then do it.
    • Brad and Amy had to learn how to fight...
    • When their 13 year old dog died, it was devastating. Amy and Brad deal with tragedy differently. It's important to understand that it's OK for your spouse to deal with grief differently than you do.
  • Key Parts to building community:
    • The people in charge must be leaders
    • Must have a long term commitment --> 20 years+
    • Inclusive of anyone who wants to engage
    • Have events that engage people
  • Complex systems to how communities evolve --Complicated systems has more steps.
  • Goal setting - They tend to be too rigid. The time component can be a problem.
    • Brad prefers raid iteration. Better to have a hypothesis. If the hypothesis fails, learn it.
    • Eric Ries - Lean Startup
      • Rapid experimentation - Rapid learning is better
    • Vast majority of goals you set are not right in the future
  • Writing - "When I write, I learn." Force yourself to write it down. Put it in public. Have an open mind to feedback.
    • "People get stuck in dogma when they don't write things down. They don't know why they believe in it."
    • You can't do this quickly. People don't feel like they have time to think. That's a problem.
  • The role of selling: Selling is crucial. You are selling all the time. Sales is a noble profession. Acknowledge it. Develop the skills to do it well. Everyone works in sales.
Aug 09 2020 · 50mins
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How to Make Entrepreneurship Thrive w/Brad Feld (Co-Founder of the Foundry Group, Legendary Investor, Co-Founder of TechStars, Author, Creator)

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Wanna know what makes a truly great entrepreneurial environment? Matt @mattgottesman sits down with Brad Feld (Co-Founder of the Foundry Group, Legendary Investor, Co-Founder of TechStars, Author, Creator) and they go all in on what makes a truly great entrepreneurial ecosystem, the right and wrong ways to nurture interaction in startup communities that will lead to growth, attachment, detachment and non-attachment, why many cities fail to nurture startup communities, supporting an experimental environment and ecosphere that is led from the bottom up, how business is changing, why you can thrive anywhere in the world and not just a couple select cities, being adaptable, peer mentorship whereby two people grow together in their journey and much more…

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Aug 04 2020 · 1hr 26mins
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175 The Startup Community Way w/ Brad Feld

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Today, we continue our run on top venture capitalists with none other than the legend, Brad Feld. He's the co-founder of Foundry Group and Tech Stars. He's on the Forbes Midas List and a Top Five Investor. He has a new book called The Startup Community Way. 
We have wide-ranging conversations from C19, making sense of this time of hyper change complex adaptive systems, the future of startups Silicon Valley and work, and why Brad is not leaving his house. Pay special attention to Brad's thoughts on how to deal with an unpredicted situation and where it can feel like we have a lot less control.
The Three Crises
Brad shares what’s on his mind at the moment, how he has stepped forward to help the governor of Colorado without leaving the confines of his home, and how he has pondered upon the three crises of the world today.

“I referred to the health crisis, which is COVID, which generated an economic crisis, which we wouldn't have had otherwise, our economy was very strong, which has generated a mental health crisis and which is subsequently generated. racial equity crisis. All of these things are interacting with each other.” - Brad Feld

Complex Adaptive Systems
Brad shares how he realized that all of these crises were complex systems. In fact, in his book, The Startup Community Way, he bases the entire framework of how startup communities develop and evolve on complexity theory and the notion of complex adaptive systems. 

“I've really been soaked in that intellectually, not just in the COVID crisis, not just in the book, not just in all the dynamics around the businesses that I'm involved in, and I'm an investor in, but just sort of thinking about how as humans, we do such a bad job of understanding how to interact with complex systems. We want everything to become deterministic, linear or well defined and the vast majority of stuff we interact with isn't.” - Brad Feld

Simple and Complex Systems 
Simple is making a coffee drink, complicated is designing a Boeing airplane, or conducting a business audit, and complex is raising a child.
“I think a lot of people have been operating against the backdrop of believing that a lot of things are deterministic and predictive, and trying to function in a way where that is not natural. As humans, we want to control stuff. You want to understand what it is you want to do, fix things so that you're not fighting against them and you want to get to an outcome and you want to set a goal and make a goal.” - Brad Feld

To know more about Brad Feld, download and listen to this episode. 
Brad Feld is co-founder of the Foundry Group and has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. 
Brad previously co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and Techstars, and prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. 
Feld was an early investor in Harmonix, Zynga, MakerBot, and Fitbit. 
A writer and speaker on venture capital investing and entrepreneurship, Brad has written a number of books as part of the Startup Revolution series, and writes the blogs Feld Thoughts and Venture Deals. 
He currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and on the boards of Path Forward, the Kauffman Fellows, and Defy Ventures. 
Brad holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from MIT. 
An art collector and long-distance runner, he has completed 25 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 U.S. states. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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Jul 31 2020 · 1hr 10mins
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#448: Brad Feld — The Art of Unplugging, Carving Your Own Path, and Riding the Entrepreneurial Rollercoaster

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Brad Feld — The Art of Unplugging, Carving Your Own Path, and Riding the Entrepreneurial Rollercoaster | Brought to you by Laird SuperfoodTheragun, and Thrive Market.

"Brad, they can’t kill you and they can’t eat you. Suit up." — Len Fassler

Brad Feld (@bfeld) is the author of two new books: The Startup Community Way and the second edition of Startup CommunitiesHe has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he 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.

Brad holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed 25 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states.

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Jul 23 2020 · 2hr 31mins
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Brad Feld on Knowing When to Ditch Plan A

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Connie & Alex pore over the week's big tech stories and then chat with Foundry Group's Brad Feld, a longtime entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author of The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, a new book he has written that will be released on July 28th.
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Jul 18 2020 · 46mins