Foundry Group

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!

    Early Stage: Announcing the Second Round of Interviewees

    Brad Feld 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, a company that helped launch and operate software companies. He is also the co-founder of TechStars, a mentor-driven accelerator, author of several books and blogs, and a marathon runner. His new book Startup Communities takes a look at what it takes to build an entrepreneurial community in any city.

    Andy Baio is a writer and tech entrepreneur in Portland, OR. He blogs at, writes for Wired and helped build Kickstarter. He launched, a collaborative event calendar which was acquired by Yahoo. He recently organized the XOXO festival in Portland – an arts and technology festival celebrating disruptive creativity.

    Renny Gleeson is a geek who’s worked in the startup and interactive marketing space since 1994 and as a founder and mentor for startups and tech accelerators. Since 2007, Renny is the Global Director of Interactive Strategies of Wieden+Kennedy. He is the co-founder and leader of W+K’s Portland Incubator Experiment (or PIE), a tech business accelerator at the intersection of startups and brands. In four years, PIE has touched hundreds of startups, become an integral part of the Northwest startup ecosystem, and attracted startups from all over the world.

    Dave Yewman is the president of Elevator Speech and the author of On Getting to The Point. He’s a presentation coach who, according to his son: teaches people how not to say “um”. He’s worked with an array of Fortune 500 companies and CEO’s to perfect their pitches.

    Michael Richardson is a cofounder and technical product manager at Urban Airship, which powers push notifications and in app purchase for some of the most successful mobile applications. In addition to working for Urban Airship, he works with the Portland technology and entrepeneurial community as a resource for early stage startup advice, building products, and mobile application strategy. He was also a co-founder of a startup that sells bacon online.