## Brad Feld

Managing Director

Foundry Group

## Brad Feld, co-founder of the Foundry Group, dicusses his math background and how he uses mathematics on the job.

## Mr. Feld is one of the managing directors of the Boulder, Colorado based Foundry Group. Brad has been one of America's leading early stage investors and entrepreneurs for over twenty years. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Venture, a group that helps launch and operate software companies. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars.

## Mr. Feld has written a variety of books about entrepreneurship such as his most recent books: **Startup Life** and **Startup Communities**.

## The following are Mr. Feld's answers to our questions

# Was there a math teacher, project or lesson that made a big impact on you while in school? What got you interested in math?

## I was always into math, ever since I was in first grade and worked through all the math primers that they had at my school (which got me to sixth grade math pretty quickly). My most important teacher was my algebra teacher, Mrs. Green. I still remember what she looked like. She instilled a focus on real problem solving, rather than just the mechanics of math, and used high school Algebra to get us there.

# What did you enjoy most about math while in school?

## I always enjoyed solving puzzles and math ended up being a source of endless new puzzles for me.

# Describe some of the ways in which you use math to do your job. Which math skills are most important to your job?

## I've always been very good at doing calculations in my head. I learned a lot of tricks for estimating calculations quickly, and use them all the time. Many people in the finance field rely on spreadsheets to do things; I can keep the information in my head and do the math without the need for a spreadsheet.

# What could teachers have done to make math more enjoyable/useful for you while in school?

## Math and computers were completely separate - when I was in school, the personal computer was just starting to appear. I learned to program an HP 58/59 calculator and spent hours with it. I can only imagine where I would have taken things if I had access to a computer with some math curriculum built in.

# If you had the power, how would you change the way math is taught at school?

## No idea.

# Do you have any additional words of wisdom?

## Pick things you are passionate about and do them!