Happy Mother’s Day

Every entrepreneur has a mom. Take a look at a few of the Techstars moms and, as a special bonus, some childhood pictures of me and my brother Daniel.

My mom – Cecelia Feld – has had an enormous influence on me in so many different ways. She’s an artist, so from a very young age I was exposed to an endless stream of creative activities. She is serious and disciplined about her art, so when I was in school, I knew she was unavailable between 9am and 5pm because she was working in her studio. While it would have been easy for her to call it quits early to hang out with her kids, her focus on her craft was a notion she planted deep in my mind early and carries through my belief system, impacting how I approach my craft.

Mom is incredibly generous of spirit, especially when I’m being difficult as a son. I’m sure I annoyed the shit out of her as a kid (and continue to as an adult) with my endless questions, exploration, openness, and unwillingness to be passive about things. I never felt anything from her but unconditional love. Sure – she got angry sometimes, was comfortable disciplining me when I crossed a line, but she always did it in a way that I learned from it, never felt threatened (physically or emotionally), and always closed the loop with me after so that the lesson she was trying to convey was learned.

She’s a thinker. She loves to read. She loves to explore new ideas and new places. She loves to try new things, especially when they are part of her craft. I remember her getting excited about digital photography a while ago, learning Photoshop – and I mean REALLY learning Photoshop – which is no picnic. What she can do with it is magnificent.

I learned about loyalty, compassion, and love from my mom. Her relationship with my dad continues to inspire me. After 50 years of being married, they are still deeply in love.

My mom is cool. When I was in high school, she drove a Corvette. She’s always had crazy curly long hair, which is the inspiration for my crazy curly long hair. She knows how to hang with people of any age. She’s funny as hell without trying to be. And she has an endless edgy contemporary style in everything she does.

Mom – you are awesome. Happy mother’s day. Thanks for putting up with me.

  • StevenHB

    Nice post and video, Brad. I’d love to see her comments on it here.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Me too! Maybe this will nudge her out of her “I don’t comment on your blog posts” posture…

      • Cecelia Feld

        Consider me “nudged.” I know your comments about me come from the heart, a heart of gold. I hope I continue to meet your expectations in the years to come, especially if the time comes that I become the difficult one.
        It’s been one of my life’s greatest pleasures to be your mother, which I think you know. I’ve learned at least as much from my kids as I hope I have taught them. Let the journey continue! Must meet Ginger Cohen one day. Maybe we should start an Entrepreneurs Moms club. There, I’ve commented on your blog post!

        • Marie Powers

          Okay Mom Feld, now you have made me cry (happy cry) so thanks! Your Son has been so kind to mine…I am SO grateful! And that Entreprenure’s club idea…I have talked about that so many times. Wouldn’t it be amazing for the parents of these amazing entrepreneurs to compare notes! The things we could learn and pass on to those coming up!

        • http://www.feld.com bfeld

          Well done! I love it when you comment. And I love you.

        • JCN

          Thank you for doing such a great job with Brad. His work, books, blog etc. has helped and inspired so many people. Happy Mother’s Day.

        • http://fullcontact.com/ Bart Lorang

          +1 to the Entrepreneurs Moms club!

        • StevenHB

          And a nice post it was, Cecelia! Thanks for chiming in!

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Me too! Maybe this will nudge her out of her “I don’t comment on your blog posts” posture…

  • StevenHB

    Nice post and video, Brad. I’d love to see her comments on it here.

  • JCN

    Mothers are amazing, especially considering kids do not come with an instruction manual. Great post and video. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      No kidding. My favorite newest mom is Sarah Lorang. Her husband Bart is in the video. Their sun Grayson Michael Laser Quiche Lorang is lovely.

      • http://fullcontact.com/ Bart Lorang

        Thanks Brad – Greyson thought you were pretty lovely too ;-)

      • david fitzgerald

        “Grayson Michael Laser Quiche Lorang” – totally using that

  • http://about.me/toma.bedolla Toma Bedolla

    Good on you Brad; and a great reminder to do the same myself!

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Hugs to moms!

  • Marie Powers

    Your wonderful sentiment to your Mom is absolutely heartwarming! So glad I was able to meet you finally!

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Thx! You were awesome and your son Jeff is awesome.

  • Ginger Cohen

    I’d love to meet your mom. Very impressed with her part in the video! I already follow your dad’s medical posts. Your family is pretty special.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      I can’t believe y’all haven’t met. We need to make that happen.

  • SusanWCampbell

    I learned about loyalty, compassion, and love from my mom. Her relationship with my dad continues to inspire me. After 50 years of being married, they are still deeply in love. http://num.to/582391398569

  • Ovidiu Schiopu

    Beautifully written – I think I will be a better parent
    because of it: “…Sure – she got angry sometimes, was comfortable disciplining
    me when I crossed a line, but she always did it in a way that I learned from
    it, never felt threatened (physically or emotionally), and always closed the
    loop with me after so that the lesson she was trying to convey was learned…”.
    Your mom is obviously a very special person…and you’re a reflection of that. I’m
    going to hug my mom this weekend! Thanks.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Good pickup! Yup – mom’s need / deserve lots of hugs.

  • Jeff Powers

    Very grateful for everything my mom has done for me, including a lot of listening to crazy ideas for hours on end, and being perpetually supportive. Humbled to be included in the video. Thanks moms, and thanks for the great post!

  • http://jaredewy.com jaredatname

    Nothing better than a mom.

  • Meena Srinivasan

    Brad – I was touched by post, especially because I too am a mother of 2 sons, one about to graduate from college and other about to graduate from high school. I feel I have learned a lot from being a mother..The boys have taught me to love unconditionally, to accept and respect everyone, to be grateful , to be flexible and positive through life’s ups and downs and many more lessons yet to be learned, I am sure. I admire your mother for figuring out how retain her own identity and yet stay strongly connected to her children and husband of 50 years over time. Very cool. Thanks for the lovely video.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Thx Meena. Knowing you I expect you are an awesome Mom.

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