Brad Feld is what my mom refers to as a “Fucker.”
I am sitting here watching the video (below) that was produced by his partners at Foundry Group and played right before his Lifetime Achievement Award at a Silicon Flatirons event last night.
Growing up, both my mom and dad taught me many life lessons. Things like “dont ever bury the bodies in your own back yard,” and “when you rob a bank, make sure it doesnt have my money in it.”
Most of these lessons have been helpful in my life, but the most important lesson they taught me was “there are always fuckers that you can learn from.”
I am a lucky person because I have a fair number of fuckers in my life that I learn from daily.
Sometimes its from their actions, sometimes its from their silence. On occasion, the fucker I work for will punch me in the face. On other occasions, the fucker I started Current Wisdom with with remind me how to deal with people appropriately.
I meet new fuckers often. For example, today I had an IM conversation with a young fucker that runs a branding agency in Chicago. We are looking to launch a new ad unit at Lijit, and I wanted some real world reaction. That fucker certainly gave it to me.
Here is a question I get asked now and again: “What constitutes a fucker?”
There are three rules to a fucker:
- They listen
- They learn
- They teach
I will leave you with the words my dad left me with when I left for college: “Dont be a fuck, Micah, no one likes a fuck. But there are fuckers out there that are smarter and more accomplished then you. Learn from them.”
Truly, I appreciate all the fuckers in my life.
(BTW: I have never heard Brad say “Fuck you,” to anyone that has ever asked for some of his time. That is just the type of fucker he is.)