A Blast From The Past Quiz

Brad Feld posted a picture of him and a friend at MIT when he was 19 on his blog last week along with a quiz question. The minute I saw that photo, I thought "I should post the picture of us from Harvard Square in 1996." So here it is:


So here’s the quiz. Name all six people in this photo. Hint: Five are active VCs and one is a retired VC.

The one rule is that nobody in the photo can participate in the quiz.

Extra credit – who is on the cover of Business Week in the magazine stand we are all standing next to?

#VC & Technology

Comments (Archived):

  1. Erik Peterson

    Masayoshi Son is on the cover of the magazine.I have no idea who the VCs are, unfortunately.

    1. fredwilson

      You got the extra credit!

  2. Amy Batchelor

    Brad Feld, Fred Wilson, Gary Rieschel, Charley Lax, Jerry Colonna, and maybe Rich Levendov?

    1. fredwilson

      correct except you mispelled Rich’s last nameit’s levandovotherwise you got it right, but given that you are married to one of the people in the picture, i disqualify you 🙂

  3. Gotham Gal

    charlie lax, brad feld, jerry colonna, rich levandov, you and gary rieschel

    1. fredwilson

      i am suspicious of this comment because I can’t remember the last time the real gothamgal commented on this blogbut either way, you are disqualified for the same reason as above or for impersonating my wife 🙂

  4. Jerry

    I’m just digging your hair style. 😉

    1. fredwilson

      you are disqualified for bringing that up!

      1. Jerry

        Notice that I was hiding my fat body behind Brad and Charley.

  5. simondodson

    fred, very 90210! Murdoch or buffett on the cover ?

  6. Kyle S

    LOL at the identity of the two winners 🙂

  7. DonRyan

    Love the hair Fred. Had that style myself many moons ago.

  8. Bill

    In 1996 I was 9 years old…and had the same hairstyle. At least one of us was cool.

  9. Cory Levy

    Both winners were disqualified. Easy win. ;)Here is my answer: Charlie Lax, Brad Feld, Jerry Colonna, Rich Levandov, Fred Wilson and Gary Rieschel

    1. fredwilson

      You win Cory!

  10. Fraser

    Is that an undercut?!

  11. bfeld

    Look at all of those – ah – young men with decidedly non-grey hair (I don’t think that’s grey on Rich – just glare from Son’s magazine cover.)

    1. Jerry

      I thought it was glare from Charley’s head.

  12. bitter

    Imagine if a car had crashed into that news stand… Imagine all the companies built for long term success without short-sighted money men pushing them toward liquidation events…

  13. howardlindzon

    The right side of those stands are filled with porn…interesting where all you guys were standing

  14. B.

    Am I too late? Starting from the left …Phil Mickelson, Fred Wilson, McSteemy from Gray’s Anatomy, not sure, not sure, Ron Jeremy!

    1. fredwilson

      The Ron Jeremy line is priceless

  15. Crooked Mustache

    I resemble that remark!!!!

  16. Steven Kane

    and to think how much i looked up to all you guys back then.;)

    1. fredwilson

      That’s not exactly my memoryIn fact I think you laughed at us when we asked you to pick up our legalfees

      1. Steven Kane

        :-)i know i’m hopelessly sentimental but i cannot believe 1996 was 12 years ago.

        1. fredwilson

          My youngest, josh, was born that year and he’s taller than the gotham gal now

  17. Anita

    OMG Brad is wearing MC Hammer pants…I’ve toured around the world, from London to the Bay It’s “Hammer, go Hammer, MC Hammer, yo Hammer” And the rest can go and playYou can’t touch this