Ten Startup Insights from VC Brad Feld

Ten Startup Insights from VC Brad Feld

Brad Feld is the managing director at the Foundry Group, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage Internet and software companies in the United States. He is also the co-founder of TechStars, a mentor-driven accelerator, a frequent blogger and author of several books. He currently serves on the board of directors at BigDoor, Cheezburger, SEOmoz, etc. I am an active follower and reader of Feld’s work. Tonight, I came across a list of ten great insights that he shared with 33voices about entrepreneurship, startups, etc., so I wanted to share them. They were:

  1. Be smart about building your personal network – include your leadership team, mentees, mentors, peers, etc.
  2. Disconnect from the macro perspective of the world and instead focus on the impact you are making.
  3. Just do stuff – a lot of stuff.
  4. Life is never a zero sum game – give and you will get. Include others and you will be included.
  5. Nothing is ever built overnight – it takes courage to have a far-sighted view . . . honor it.
  6. Startup communities are fueled by the unwavering commitment of entrepreneurs.
  7. The hidden secret of mentorship is that you will learn as much or more than the person you are mentoring.
  8. There is no president of a startup community – only the network.
  9. When you reflect and reset, you rejuvenate – make it a habit. Reflection: Is what you are building lasting?
  10. Your local university is a hotbed of resources and talent – add value to them by becoming a content contributor.

All contents copyright © 2012, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.


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