In this week’s Social Scene, Brad Feld of Foundry Group goes the distance (and more) for Fitbit, Mark Suster of GRP Partners is the butt of a bathroom joke at South by Southwest, while an angel, PE pro, marketing VP and venture advisor get ready to celebrate being one year older.
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OUT & ABOUT
–> Your BMI Is What? Oh, the lengths venture capitalists will go to plug their portfolio companies. Brad Feld of Foundry Group, Jon Callaghan of True Ventures and Jeff Clavier of SoftTechVC are all investors in Fitbit, which makes a little device that clips onto your clothing and tracks your fitness. All three make their exercise public on the Fitbit website, and Feld and Clavier even tweet the number of steps they take, as measured by Fitbit. Feld – who sits on the company’s board with Callaghan – is by far the most open of the three.
If you go to Feld’s Fitbit profile, you will see:
- He swam for 30 minutes (.65 miles) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (March 15).
- He took 23,263 steps on Wednesday.
- He consumed 1,771 calories and burned 3,895 calories on Wednesday.
- He slept for 9 hours and 57 minutes on Thursday, going to bed at 12:35 a.m. and falling asleep after 7 minutes. (That gave him a “sleep efficiency” score of 94 percent.)
- He ate 1 ½ muffins (252 calories) for breakfast and macaroni and cheese and a Greek salad (660 calories total) for lunch on Thursday.
- And he currently weighs 209.2 pounds and has a body mass index (BMI) of 27.6.
Unlike Feld, Callaghan and Clavier keep most of their sleep, eating and BMI info private. Maybe Feld feels comfortable sharing so much information because his performance is WAY above average. His “steps,” “active score,” “distance” and “very active minutes” are all nearly double the average in four categories: all Fitbit users, gender, age and BMI. Or maybe Feld just wants to make sure he looks good for the company’s board meetings.
LOOK WHO’S TWEETING
–> Calvin Chin (@calvinwuchin), entrepreneur and founder of Qifang, a P2P lending site for Chinese student loans: “@msuster is the kind of VC who walks to the far urinal & let’s the entrepreneur take the close one #SXSW”
–> Mark Suster (@msuster), a general partner at GRP Partners: “lol (bordering on TMI ;-). RT @calvinwuchin @msuster is the kind of VC who walks to far urinal & let’s entrepreneur take the close one #SXSW”
–> Vinod Khosla (@vkhosla), founder of Khosla Ventures: “Japan needs a “community of experts” moderated wikkinomics style effort to collect the best ideas. http://bit.ly/e8Bkze”
–> Bilal Zuberi (@bznotes), a principal at General Catalyst Partners: “Dear friends running brackets for sports events: this immigrant can barely keep track of Boston teams. Sorry for not participating.”
–> John Lilly (@johnolilly), former Mozilla CEO and a venture partner at Greylock Partners: “Waitress just told @morgamic [Mike Morgan, a developer at Mozilla] that he ‘has a really good smell.’ #awkward”
–> Mark Solon (@mark_solon), co-founder and managing partner of Highway 12 Ventures: “JUST GOT AN EMAIL FROM SOMEONE WHO JUST HAD THEIR EYES DIALATED. IT WAS IN 72 POINT FONT. PRICELESS…”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO …
–> Scott Lenet, founder and managing director, DFJ Frontier. (Yesterday, March 17.)
–> Mike Walsh, angel investor and CEO of Leverage Software. (Tomorrow, March 18.)
–> Paul Mulvaney, principal of private equity investing at SE Capital LLC. (Sunday, March 20.)
–> Katie Portillo Belding, VP of marketing for Norwest Venture Partners. (Monday, March 21.)
–> Vered Sharon, founder of advisory firm Calyx Ventures. (Next Friday, March 25.) —by Lawrence Aragon