Interview: Brad Feld

Brad Feld, an early stage investor and entrepreneur (Co-Founder and Managing Director of Foundry Group) gave us some impressions via Skype on the following questions for Early Stage.

You can answer these questions too on Quora:

  • What makes a startup ecosystem thrive?
  • Is Portland taken seriously by the investment community?
  • What makes a venture-fundable company?
  • What is an early stage company?
  • How is a CEO like an actor?
  • How can we understand entrepreneurs and software engineers to be a new creative class?
  • We will be taking the most interesting answers on Quora and transforming them into dramatic monologues!

    3 Responses

    1. Brad,
      I really agree with your assessment that software developers are part of the creative class. Too many people forget that someone who is passionate about software, and wants to use it to solve a problem is an artist at heart. I have worked in software professionally for 13 years now, and too many people on the outside look at developers like engines or soulless machines that just get the job done. We really are more like Picasso then this imagined automaton.

      My advice for all early stage non-technical founders/co-founders out there is to really focus on this point. You want artists who will challenge you, not someone who can just ‘fill the shoes’. You in turn need to be an artist too, and focus your creative power on making your business a reality. This creative focus is what really drives innovation, and gives you the power to accomplish great things.


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