Tag Archive: Brad Feld

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    by Angie Chang

    How I Negotiated My Startup Compensation (Equity Matters)

    I recently left my job as a technical consulting manager and joined my best friends and my fiancé, Kyle, at Keen.io (I wrote about that here). This is the story of how I negotiated my compensation.

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    by Angie Chang

    On Startup Boards, Laziness And Bias Trounces Gender Diversity

    Brad Feld and I are writing a book, Startup Boards, where we raise the fundamental question – can you proactively build an all-star, high-performing board?

    By Mahendra Ramsinghani (Contributor, Forbes)

    Today, no woman is giving a spirited “I have a dream…” speech to founders and entrepreneurs, seeking a balanced startup board. Such issues are best left for public company boards, non-profits or the likes of girl-scout cookie boards.

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    by Angie Chang

    The Hardware Renaissance (Hat Tip To The Makers)

    Maker culture started out as a DIY movement…

    By Renee DiResta (Associate, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures)

    Paul Graham wrote an interesting post today about the emergence of hardware companies in the Silicon Valley startup scene. It’s great to see an increasing number of investors get excited about physical products. I want to take a moment to talk about the people who’ve been driving that renaissance: the Maker community.

    Building a hardware business is feasible today in

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    by Angie Chang

    The Acceleration Of TechStars (The Numbers)

    Last day to apply for TechStars Boulder is Friday, March 16, 2012.

    By Brad Feld (Managing Director, Foundry Group)

    It dawned on me last night that as of tomorrow, TechStars will have three programs running at same time with about 40 companies actively engaged in programs in Boston, New York, and San Antonio.

    Last week David Cohen, the co-founder and CEO of TechStars announced that he had raised a new $28 million seed fund called Bullet Time Ventures II. The final companies are being selected for The Kinect Accelerator.

    The TechStars Boulder applications for this summer’s program close on Friday, March 16, 2012.

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    by Angie Chang

    Three Magic Numbers: The Numbers Behind Startups

    By Brad Feld (Managing Director, Foundry Group)

    Every company I’m involved in keeps track of numbers. Daily numbers, weekly numbers, monthly numbers. Ultimately, all the numbers translate into three financial statements – the P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement.

    While these numbers are sacrosanct in the accounting and finance professions, they are lagging indicators for most startup companies. Important, but they tell the story of the past, not what is going on right now.

    I’ve formed a view that every young company

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    by Angie Chang

    Join The Startup America Master Challenge

    By Mary Simonds (Blogger, Startup America Partnership)

    Are you a Startup America Master? Do you have enough startup influence to help us recruit 100,000 startups by March 31, 2012? Prove it.

    We ended last week with a bang and kicked off our first Master Challenge Throwdown: Brad Feld v. TechStars!

    As of this morning, Brad Feld is in the lead with 55 startups and TechStars with 53 with David Cohen claiming almost half (22) of the TechStars number, and finally getting

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    by Angie Chang

    Hilarious-Parodies Humor TechStars (Holiday Video)

    By Brad Feld (Managing Director, Foundry Group)

    I hate Christmas music. Hate, hate, hate. Call me Grinch Feld. I don’t care. It just makes me want to poke knitting needles in my ears to stop it. Amy and I were in City Market grocery shopping the other day and at some point I had to go outside and scream. It felt good enough that I was able to go back in the store and finish buying greek yogurt and vegetables.

    Yesterday I got a note from David Cohen with an attachment of a parody of The 12 Days of Christmas. At first I almost just archived it on general principle. And then I listened to it. And it was hilarious. I decided that since it was a parody, it got to go in

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    by Managing Editor

    The Silent Killers: Entrepreneurs That Just Do It

    By Brad Feld (Managing Director, Foundry Group)

     

    On my run yesterday in Central Park, I was thinking about the characteristics of some of my favorite companies. Suddenly a phrase popped into my head about what ties all of these companies together – they are the silent killers.

    When I look at the Foundry Group portfolio, we’ve got a bunch of them in it. They don’t spend a lot of time trying to get written up in TechCrunch. They often are not based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their CEOs don’t run around bloviating about what they are going to do some day.

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    by Angie Chang

    Retrofit: Data-Driven Weight Loss With A FitBit And Withings Scale

    By Brad Feld (Managing Director, Foundry Group)

    If you’re a regular reader, you know about my interest in the quantified self and exercise. You also know my struggle with losing that “last 20 pounds” which I’ve finally decided I am going to do once and for all. As part of this, I’m using a new program called Retrofit which was created by Jeff Hyman, a long time friend and entrepreneur, and some of the leading weight loss experts in the country.

    Retrofit uses a Fitbit and a Withings scale to make tracking your sleep, activity and weighing yourself easy. Your data is shared with your personal weight loss team:

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    by Angie Chang

    Case Study: SayAhh’s Financial Statements for August (Part 3)

    By Brad Feld (Managing Director, Foundry Group)

    Editor’s note: This is a continuation from last week’s overview of balance sheet and statement of cash flows.

    Now that Dick and Jane have added a CTO to SayAhh’s founding team, they’ve turned their full attention to working on their product. Today, we’ll look at the impact of the expenses to date on the P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement.

    Since SayAhh is in the pre-launch development stage, the company doesn’t have any revenue yet. They also haven’t launched a product, so there is no corresponding “cost of goods sold”

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    by Angie Chang

    Case Study: Balance Sheet and Statement of Cash Flows (Part 2)

    By Brad Feld (Managing Director, Foundry Group)

    Editor’s note: This is a continuation from last week’s introduction to cap tables.

    When we were last with our SayAhh cofounders, they had implemented an accounting system and Jane had contributed $50,000 for a 55/45% equity split. This week we introduce two of SayAhh’s key accounting documents: the Balance Sheet (BS) and Statement of Cash Flows (SCF) showing how this investment is accounted for.

    The investments by the founders created two transactions. Since SayAhh is a C corporation that is incorporated