Fun Friday: A Blast From The Past

Last week I came into the USV office after being away for most of the prior week and Lauren said “I’ve got some photos of you on my desk.” I wasn’t expecting any photos so I was curious. She handed me a manilla envelope and it was from Euclid Partners, the first venture capital firm I worked at. I guess they were cleaning up their files and found some old marketing materials and sent over the photos of me.

This is me in 1988 or 1989.

FW Euclid


I was 27 or 28 and the Gotham Gal and I were just married. I worked in Rockefeller Center (you can see some of the Rock Center buildings in the background). I wore a suit and tie to work every day. And the device behind me is the Information Appliance, built by Jef Raskin, who designed the original Macintosh before Steve Jobs pushed him out of Apple and took over the project. Euclid Partners was one of the VCs behind Jeff’s startup, Information Appliance, and I had one of them on my desk. I would have preferred if Euclid had sent me that computer. It would be a mighty fine addition to my collection of failed devices. But this picture isn’t too bad either.

Since it’s friday, let’s do a fun friday and post throwback photos of all of us in the comments. This should be a blast.

#Photo of the Day

Comments (Archived):

  1. kirklove

    That coif is so money. Baller Status.PS: Love hearing the old stories of those days. The names alone. Need to make a movie for sure.

  2. Gary Chou


  3. William Mougayar

    This is me and my 2 brothers, Sam and Fred…many years ago, my Mom made this as a “Happy New Year” greeting card for friends and family. It shouldn’t be that difficult to guess where I am.

    1. fredwilson

      one of your brothers went with the open collar vs the button to the top move

      1. William Mougayar

        That was Fred on the right, youngest. I’m pretty sure either the photographer or my Mom had something to do with that. And I looked too serious!

        1. JimHirshfield


        2. Mark Essel

          always thinking

      2. Brandon G. Donnelly

        LOL. Bold move.

        1. Robert Holtz

          LOL… yeah. Wild man!

    2. Mac

      I feel like I’ve been spammed.

  4. Tom Labus

    Michael J Fox in Family Ties.You should try a suit again

    1. kirklove

      Totally saw the 80s Alex P Keaton vibe too! Spot on description.

    2. kidmercury

      lol great call!

    3. fredwilson

      i’m pretty much done with suits. weddings and funerals mostly these days

  5. JimHirshfield

    Nice features! Should be Feature Friday. 😉

  6. JimHirshfield

    This is me (in front) and my college pal around the same time…late 80’s having cocktails during a well-deserved break from our studies. This was taken at the old The West End.Edit: This might actually be a picture of a page from my class yearbook.

    1. fredwilson

      what kind of cocktails?

      1. JimHirshfield

        You’re asking me to reach waaaaaaay back. Could have been g&t’s or screwdrivers. Other than beer, I think I only drank rum, gin, or vodka back then. Nowadays, I stick to beer or wine.

        1. fredwilson

          me too

    2. aweissman

      when we were 15 and 16 The West End was one of the places we would go as we knew they would serve us

      1. JimHirshfield

        Ha! Not hard to believe. I arrived freshman year already of legal drinking age (remember when 18 was the drinking age?)…and the established assumption back then was that all college kids were legal age. Anywho…so many great memories there – if you hung out there in the mid-80’s, we were likely in the same room 😉

        1. aweissman

          I remember that disastrous switchover well. My 18th birthday was in September 1988, when it was legal for me to drink. On 1/1/89 they took that away from me!

          1. JimHirshfield

            I thought they grandfathered everyone in? Maybe that was just in CT? Or did NYC phase this in for those already over 18? Funny, I thought the change was in the early 80s…like ’83/’84

          2. aweissman

            i do not remember a NYC grandfathering! Actually you were right it was 83/84, I am older than I remember! I also remember using this as an excuse to start a drug habit 😉

          3. kenberger

            true: they did a grandfathering in NY. I was a 17-18 year old freshman in 84-85 when they upped the age to 19 just after, and this law divided the class. By the time I was a senior, it jumped to 21 (I think), so it kept eluding my class.

      2. Dorian Benkoil

        Right! Thanks for helping me remember what that Cuban restaurant used to be.

      3. paulsethi

        West End back room also allowed us opportunity to have fantastic poker games. We need to bring that to NYC entrepreneur/VC scene…west coast has it with Calacanis, Palipathaya, etc.

    3. Elie Seidman

      I did not go to Columbia but West End was great.

    4. Tyler Hayes

      awesome. awesome to the max.

      1. JimHirshfield


  7. Jorge M. Torres

    Notorious B.I.G., New York, 1994. Not pictured: My beeper and Karl Kani jeans.

    1. fredwilson

      that’s awesome. how did you get that photo with him?

      1. Jorge M. Torres

        I ran into him while out shopping. For some reason, I happened to have a disposable camera (!!) in my bag. I just asked, and he obliged without any fuss or apparent frustration. He was the nicest guy.

        1. fredwilson

          that’s awesome

  8. Emmanuel Bellity

    Hah! Me (left) and my cousin on vacation in NYC, summer 1995 🙂

    1. fredwilson

      goofing around!

  9. rich caccappolo

    I could post a photo from late 80s, too, but the change is so small…almost imperceptible…:)

    1. fredwilson


    2. JimHirshfield

      Getting younger and handsomer every day, right?

  10. John Revay

    This will be easier in 20 yrs from now, when every one who is in their mid to upper 20’s now – will just go to an online photo archive and flip through many shots and repost.

  11. Guest

    Me with Run DMC circa 1985. Denver Airport. I brought this picture with me when I pitched Jam Master Jay on my business plan for Scratch DJ Academy in 2002. Thankfully he signed on.

    1. Tyler Hayes

      this is amazing

  12. John Revay

    Just clicked through on the Euclid site – copyright 2010…

  13. Guest

    Here I am playing for the Peking University Basketball team in 1986. Great times, a few Lbs. ago.

    1. fredwilson

      setting a pick?

      1. pointsnfigures

        nice connies. Looks like they are setting up a give and go backdoor.

        1. johnmccarthy

          Yeah, I bought those in Hong Kong before I flew to Beijing. Size 13s were in very short supply in China in those days. I remember the players and coaches smoking on the bench during the games.

          1. pointsnfigures

            hahaha, I bet. Once my luggage was lost in Singapore and I had to shop. They don’t fit 6’5″ people there!

      2. johnmccarthy

        Very possibly. Either that or I’m getting ready to throw an elbow. I was never much of an offensive threat, strong D, good rebounder and fairly aggressive. Prior to my arrival, basketball in China wasn’t considered a contact sport…..

        1. fredwilson

          some black eyes were delivered i bet

          1. johnmccarthy

            Nothing too serious, only a few technicals. The coach was an old guy who had been taught basketball by US GIs during WWII. Every year he grabbed 1 or 2 American students to play on the team.

          2. pointsnfigures

            A well timed elbow in the right spot could really help with “position”!

  14. Rob Principe

    Me with Run DMC circa 1985. Denver Airport. I brought this picture with me when I pitched Jam Master Jay on my business plan for Scratch DJ Academy in 2002. Thankfully he signed on!

    1. fredwilson

      there’s a meme emerging in this thread. youngsters with rappers.

      1. BillMcNeely

        Brian would approve

      2. Lee Blaylock

        Not me, but given all the old rockers posted and resulting comments, I thought the AVC community would like this. a friend of mine with Jimi Hendrix just 2 weeks after Woodstock at Dallas Love Field in 1969. He was in town for the Texas International Pop Festival. My friend’s father started Six Flags and he was a concert promoter in his early days. ~120,000 people attended and artists performing at the festival were: Canned Heat, Chicago (then called Chicago Transit Authority), Grand Funk Railroad, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone and Johnny Winter among others. Jimi was the sh!$. So cool. Amazing how he, Cobain, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and so many others died at the age of 27. RIP All

  15. Sheamus

    Gangster, 1976. Haven’t aged a day.

    1. fredwilson

      yeah, right!

  16. Guest

    Here I am playing for the Peking University Basketball team in 1986. Great times, a few Lbs. ago. A great group of guys, we would have been a decent Div. 3 Intramural team in the US…..But made some great friendships.

  17. Carl Rahn Griffith

    1987, Australia.

    1. fredwilson

      nice ride.

      1. Carl Rahn Griffith

        It was only recently retired. Great little Jeep. Lasted somewhat longer than my shorts ;-)Love your pic – so 80s – need to watch Breakfast Club, Working Girl, et al this evening I think!

        1. pointsnfigures

          did you blow out your flip flops?

          1. Carl Rahn Griffith

            Lol. Known as ‘thongs’ in Oz – which always amused me 😉

          2. Robert Holtz

            Its because they give your toes a wedgy. ^^

    2. JimHirshfield


      1. Carl Rahn Griffith

        My wife has always found this picture to be rather amusing.

    3. leapy

      overexposed 😉

      1. Robert Holtz

        Brilliant how that works on many levels. ^^

    4. William Mougayar

      You could have said – I was with Crocodile Dundee and he took the picture 🙂

      1. Carl Rahn Griffith

        Lol. Can’t recall who took the pic – must have trusted them with my beloved Canon AE1P (stolen upon my return to the UK a year later) – I was en route to the amazing Monkey Mia to go swimming with the dolphins. Loved it out there, in the outback.

        1. LE

          I had a Canon AE1 also. Great camera.

    5. sigmaalgebra

      Looks like a very well designed and built car! Just the thing for New York State winters!

    6. Cam MacRae

      Nice! That bloody red soil gets in everything.Is that an FJ or HJ cruiser?

      1. Carl Rahn Griffith

        Gosh, I can’t recall exact model type. Red soil indeed – this was grubbiest I’ve ever been in my life – 4wks no shower lol…

  18. dineshn72

    I suspect you would never get hired into a west coast VC firm if you showed up in that suit 🙂

  19. AMT Editorial Staff

    We only go back about a little over a decade on the computer…BUT this was a breakthrough & marked our move to SoCal from Chicago. No more derivatives trading for this one.

    1. pointsnfigures

      Where did you trade? Were you on the floor, what was your badge?

      1. AMT Editorial Staff

        When I left it was Bank One. I started with First Chicago…became First Chicago NBD then Bank One and then soon after I left JP Morgan. I traded interest rate derivates at the bank in Chicago. Then did the marketing side. Learned a ton. Loved it at the time — for the challenge and pay check. No passion. Have that now.

        1. pointsnfigures

          I traded Eurodollars from 88-03. might have been on the opposite side of your order!

  20. howardlindzon

    Here I am at 16 smoking my first cigarette

    1. Brandon G. Donnelly

      smoking ages, I hear

    2. fredwilson

      you look ill just from the thought of it

    3. William Mougayar

      Ha. that was in Thornhill 🙂 Gee you haven’t changed a bit. Smoking works for anti-aging!

    4. Jorge M. Torres


    5. jonathan hegranes

      you had a lot more hair back then…

  21. pointsnfigures

    Here is one from 1982. College id at the University of Illinois.

    1. fredwilson

      nice smile

      1. pointsnfigures

        still have the smile, don’t have the hair.

    2. William Mougayar


    3. LE

      Why the toupee?

  22. howardlindzon

    Here I am on my first movie set at 30

    1. JimHirshfield


    2. Mac

      I’m looking for my autograph book now…

  23. howardlindzon

    hmmm cant get picture to show

    1. JimHirshfield

      there’s a lag for pix to load. it’s there.

      1. Brandon G. Donnelly

        didn’t show up as a thumbnail after upload. I thought it wasn’t working as well.

  24. Brandon G. Donnelly

    2 years old (1985). I had a whole nautical thing going on. Apparently that necessitated a giant wooden spoon.Only thing I could find right now. Unfortunately, no rappers in this one.

  25. Brandon G. Donnelly

    Is this post-MBA?

  26. Walker

    LIke you, very little change in my appearance either.

    1. fredwilson

      crazy mustache. was it a pain to maintain?

    2. Robert Holtz

      Honestly, you look way better now than before. Not a lot of people can boast that. Guy on the right, someone I’d like to know. Guy on the left, “That’s the man, officer!” ;-P

  27. Andrew Kennedy

    can’t get image to upload

    1. JimHirshfield

      It takes a minute to load images (file size and propagation across all our servers…or something like that). So just go for it.

      1. LE

        See this is why it’s good to know about programming a bit. Because if you did you’d know it’s no big deal to echo back something that says “photo processing … please wait”. And that way you’d cut down on the people doing multiple posts of the same photo and network traffic.

  28. Deborah Newman

    I’m in the middle of the 5 members of Journey: Ainsley Dunbar (drums). Neil Schon (guitar), Steve Perry (vocals), me, Ross Valory (bass) and Greg Rolie (keyboards). This must have been taken in the late 70s, since by the time we were making the early Journey music videos, Ainsley and Greg were no longer in the band,

    1. JimHirshfield

      Sweet! So hip.

      1. pointsnfigures

        That lovin touchin feeling. Interesting Deborah has the shortest hair! Awesome bellbottoms.

        1. leapy

          I believe those are loon pants, if I recall…..

    2. Mac

      Great photo, Deborah. I think their hair is longer than yours.

    3. Gail Davis Silberman

      debbie, this is how I remember you!!!

  29. Andrew Kennedy

    I’m the kid on the left with the “butt cut” and his eyes closed. This photo re-surfaced pretty recently. It was probably +/- 1994. We had just won a tournament and were headed to represent southern NY for the State Title In buffalo. I like this picture because even though I look like a dork; it makes me feel tall.

    1. Anne Libby

      Ah, my skating buddy! Hope you’re healed.

      1. Andrew Kennedy

        i no longer rock a butt cut if that’s what you mean!

        1. Anne Libby

          Didn’t you break a bone skating this winter (like I did)? Or am I mixing you up with another AVC-er?And yes, past hair and clothing choices often seem puzzling. But when I see all these cute kid photos that so many people posted, I just feel like everyone’s mom does — everyone was so adorable!

          1. Andrew Kennedy

            Nah. I’ve been healthy. I broke my arm when I was 10, but that’s my only broken bone so far!

          2. Anne Libby

            Oh, good, glad to hear that.And yikes, now I wonder who that was…

          3. Andrew Kennedy

            Pretty sure shaina

          4. Anne Libby

            No, it was a guy, he hurt himself playing hockey…we were commiserating. (Hockey was not my downfall…)

          5. Andrew Kennedy

            Word. Think Shaina hurt her ankle ice skating.

          6. Anne Libby

            I’ll have to ask her about that!

  30. a

    İt is test

  31. Guest

    Wow Fred – you look like a teenager!And that’s me 3 years or so after you took that photo

    1. Rohan

      I have no idea why this showed up as guest – Jim?

      1. JimHirshfield

        Sorry, there’s a lag time with image uploads. So your I deleted your second upload and you must have deleted your first upload. Deleted comments show up as Guest.

        1. Rohan

          Ah. No apologies needed! 🙂

  32. Satish Mummareddy

    My wife and I, on our second date in 2005.

    1. sigmaalgebra

      How much did you have to pay the tree to put out blossoms like that just when you needed them?

      1. Satish Mummareddy

        Cherry Blossoms in DC for free. 🙂

        1. sigmaalgebra

          DC! Great! I started my career there and saw a lot of the reflecting pool, the Jefferson Memorial, and the cherry trees, especially with the blossoms in spring!You were doing really well for just a second date, no doubt not just due to the cherry blossoms, and should bottle your secret sauce and sell it for $1 million an ounce!

  33. Guest

    This is me (on the right) and my brother standing outside our apartment in Brooklyn, circa 1960. I loved those Tootsie Pops.

  34. JLM

    .Grand opening of the restored Sampson Building from 1848 in Austin, Tx. I was just married and must have been 30 years old.One of my tenants was Karl Rove before he ever worked for George W Bush. He was always late on the rent. He was running City Council elections in Dallas. Then he got W as a client.Please note the very stylish French cuffs and collar pin. I had been working in NYC before moving to Texas. I was quite the dude in those days.Today I go to work in a bathing suit.Still married to the same beauty.JLM.

    1. fredwilson

      that she is!

    2. JimHirshfield

      They had color photography in 1848?

      1. JLM

        .Haha, no color photography in 1848. The building was built in 1848. The pic is from 1980.The restoration of old buildings is a mystical undertaking. I always thought this building spoke to me.It was a gold repository during the Civil War, a whorehouse, a government building and we found a pile of gold coins in mint condition hidden behind one of the walls.The building was about a foot out of plumb and we moved it back straight 1/16 inch a day. It had a lot of lime in the mortar.We inserted a steel frame into the existing frame. We discovered a cistern beneath the building and found a slew of artifacts.JLM.

        1. JimHirshfield

          Wow. Love urban archeology. You should write some of that up. What did you do with the coins and artifacts?

          1. JLM

            .The coins were in perfect condition. For a few years I gave them away as trophies to employees and people who had worked on the project. There was a big stack of them.The project was quite touch and go as the building was always threatening to collapse. I built a 40-story building next door to it so I had to fix this building and stabilize it to keep it from falling into the hole next door. All worked out just fine.Here is the Sampson Building next to One American Center on Congress Avenue between 6th and 7th.I have always collected old bottles and I got several for my collection from the cistern.I met some older gents who told me they got their first “shot of leg” in that building. Sorry for the insensitivity, I know that’s wrong. So wrong.All the artifacts went to the Austin historical library.JLM.

          2. JimHirshfield

            Great story. I have a collection of about 50 old bottles in storage. My aunt was an antique dealer…many from her.

        2. Vineeth Kariappa

          missed the “restored” too.

      2. Mark Essel

        JLM’s not that old :D!

    3. JimHirshfield

      “Today I go to work in a bathing suit.”Didn’t happen if there are no pictures to back that up.

      1. JLM

        .Haha, I am sitting here right now in my bathing suit getting ready to lounge around the pool.JLM.

        1. JimHirshfield

          Another tough day at the office, no doubt.

    4. William Mougayar

      i like the stone work and rounded enclave in the back.

    5. sigmaalgebra

      The right half is a really nice picture!

  35. Guest

    Fred, you look like Michael Corleone from Godfather only with a better smile 🙂

    1. fredwilson


    2. leapy

      and less horse meat

    3. sigmaalgebra

      His father taught him “to keep his friends close and his enemies closer”?Is that what you are saying? :-)!

  36. daryn

    Not a great picture, but I always go back to this one for its internet lore.Me (left) in front of the “A” root dns server mid-2001, right after VeriSign bought the domain registry I was working at… Technically, it’s one of the “A” root servers if at all, but the sign is on there for photo ops 🙂

    1. LE

      Don’t be embarrassed that you worked for Network Solutions.

      1. daryn

        Hah! I was at a little company in Seattle that ran .cc and a couple other ccTLDs. This was after the great registry/registrar split, so technically I worked for a subsidiary of “VeriSign Global Registry Services” :)That split was wild by the way, the two companies had people in the same building, but with locked doors between them, different colored badges so you knew who not to talk to, and even the data center was shared but had physical walls between their respective server racks!

        1. LE

          Yeah I remember that they called it a chinese wall or something like that.

  37. kenberger

    My band “Exit Party”, on stage opening for 10,000 Maniacs in Ithaca, NY in 1987. (I’m the bassist, w/ back to camera).

    1. Pablo Osinaga

      nice! I wonder what’s your opinion on our music collabs site – not trying to self promote, just literally trying to get your opinion ( we can take this private )

    2. JimHirshfield

      Nice did you get to hang out with Natalie Merchant in your sleeveless sideless shirt? Still part of your regular wardrobe?

      1. kenberger

        We did hang out with the band a bunch. They were from Jamestown/Buffalo, full-time students at another NY college, squeezing in classes and gigging just like us.Natalie was 1 super strange bird.

        1. JimHirshfield

          So cool.

          1. kenberger

            INXS came to campus too, as did APB– a now obscure Scottish band i was certain would make it as big as U2 but never did.those gigs were life highlights (and lowlights). You can imagine how pissed i am that we can’t find more photos– such a statement re how did we ever live before smartphones??

          2. JimHirshfield

            For real. We lived in the undocumented age, or so it feels.

    3. fredwilson

      what’s up with your drummer in that photo?

      1. JimHirshfield


      2. kenberger

        should specify: this was just the sound check during the daytime and it was unusually warm. We did get dressed for the actual gig a few hours later!huge regrets that none of us can find pix of the show 🙁

  38. JLM

    .Love that picture — so American Dream!I can see why GG married you — you’re a stud.JLM.

    1. LE

      I agree! Up to this point I thought what she saw brains and potential.

      1. pointsnfigures

        Isn’t the actual story Fred thought she was so pretty he cut the rent?

        1. LE

          That was actually in the movie “All Good Things” with Kirsten Dunst and Ryan Gosling.

          1. Andrew Kennedy


  39. Guest

    Here’s one of the CNBC “founder performance share” equity grants I received in 1993.Shortly thereafter, the company issued a letter to all employees stating that they were buying back the shares for a nominal amount.The letter claimed that in light of the fact that the company was still a speculative venture, the nominal amount was more than a fair exchange.Of course, several years later, CNBC was valued in excess of $10B on NBC’s books (I believe?)One can almost “see” the meeting between GE, NBC, and CNBC execs where they began to do the math and said something like, “what were we thinking when we issued these?…how do we get these things back before people realized their going to be valuable?”

  40. JLM

    .You want to mess with this cowboy? Note that I was a natural lefty that the nuns turned into a righty. Those mean bitches.JLM.

    1. William Mougayar

      You weren’t born in Texas, but you were meant to live there.

      1. JLM

        .People who were born in Texas are accidents. Damn good accidents.I got here as fast as I could. I was on purpose.I’ve been saving a spot for you, my friend. I can probably arrange a signing bonus of a good chain saw, no?JLM.

        1. William Mougayar

          Ha…i’m due for another visit. let’s go make some noise with chain saws and pressure washers 🙂

    2. Mac

      Did you have a C&C permit then?I think I had that shirt.

    3. sigmaalgebra

      Now a child with even a cookie that looks roughly like a gun gets thrown out of school. In some places, police just shoot someone holding a gun, or just anything in their hand, and ask questions later. The world has changed, not for the better.

    4. Rick Mason

      Love the Roy Rogers chaps!

    5. Andrew Kennedy

      my father was a lefty (still is), those nuns couldn’t flip him.

    6. Mark Essel


  41. Dan Kantor

    This is in Sunnyvale after Yahoo just bought Delicious in Dec 2005.

    1. Emily Merkle

      …when all was still innocent and fresh (not you, tech)

  42. awaldstein

    My first job at Atari. Trade show guy. 9 months later Jack Tramiel bought the company, fired everyone except 30 people and I found myself in charge of marketing all video games.

  43. bfeld

    I tossed this one of me and my first partner (Dave Jilk) up on Facebook yesterday for Throwback Thursday. It’s a picture of us in our Feld Technologies office at 155 Federal Street in Boston around 1991. We had about 15 people working for us at the time. Revenue of about $1.5m and net income around $250k (+/-). Our motto was “we suck less.”

    1. fredwilson

      nice glasses brad!

    2. Robert Holtz

      Ahh… 1991… 50 shades of brown.

  44. LE

    Like Putin, I need to show my virility (this was the 70’s). I’m the one on the right.

    1. JimHirshfield

      “posted @AVC.COM” – I noticed.

  45. LE

    Here’s one. In this picture there are three girls. One is my sister and the two other girls are her friends. Neither of them would go out with me. Although I did end up marrying another friend not pictured (and we got divorced.) This was the 70’s.(I’m not the guy in the picture btw…he’s one of the Travolta esq’s that her group hung out with)So for next Friday let’s do “Girls/Guys you got rejected by..”.

    1. fredwilson

      damn. you are having more fun in your picture than i am in mine 🙂

      1. LE

        Not me, one of my sister’s friends. Or maybe her boyfriend.

    2. JimHirshfield

      Pretty girls. I can’t imagine why they rejected you. Likely you didn’t have the feathered hairdo and six pack abs like the bro in this pic. But I’m betting you had the denim short shorts workin’ in your favor.

      1. LE

        What’s amazing is that all these girls actually look good now (for their age). They didn’t pork up or anything and let themselves go. [1] One of the girls married pretty well (not well by NY standards of course but well by the area we are located in standards.)Academically (and motivation wise) though it’s where I first noticed in life how they were actually disadvantaged as a result of their looks and popularity. They were always socializing always having fun. School and getting into a good college and career was not where their focus was because they were all distracted by being popular. I was lucky in that respect that I wasn’t popular enough to be distracted.[1] Well I mean they do.

    3. Emily Merkle

      hah that would be a compendium of magnificent proportions. would have to append all of Tumblr.

  46. Rob Underwood

    This is me in Burma (Myanmar) in December 1992. I did not have my passport with me (it was in Thailand) and the US did not have diplomatic relations with the country at the time.

  47. Guest

    Anyone familiar with Anchorage? First trip to Alaska. 30 years ago. First and last climb to the summit of Flattop. Incredible view.

    1. Mac

      Not a guest. That’s me. How do I fix that?

  48. jason wright

    Figure 2

  49. Brand Wizard

    Picture of me 60 years ago, had just started my first business-YOUTH-UNLIMITED is what my biz card said! My mission was simple: sell anything and everything I could get my hands on to any neighbor on our local “white trash” dirt road who’s willing to part with cold hard cash. My dream was to get my family out of the neighborhood we lived in and over to the Country Club part of town! Funded this start-up out of my allowance and collecting Coke bottles at construction sites and turning them in for the nickel refunds (or maybe it was 2 cents?) In any case funded this start-up without help from Angels or VC’s. (Wow those were the days!) Sadly, Youth Unlimited shuttered when Little League season started and I was better at pitching baseballs than pitching — or finding — funding sources. Anyway, I ade more money in those5 months than my old man did in an entire year, which is NOT a good thing for any kid to do, believe me! Not that I made all that much, as my dad, Walter “Red” Ryan, was a baseball umpire in the minor leagues at the time, which back then was the athletic and economic equivalent of being in a country western band and getting on the tour bus for $5 a night. But he loved what he did, and set me off in life with that goal. Thanks, Dad, and Thanks Fred! Great idea! – Owen Ryan

  50. Guest

    Most likely the only ex-beekeeper in the community.Me on the right with the big hair and the smarm.North central BC.

    1. William Mougayar

      Wow. I can’t see the hair. No gloves?

  51. awaldstein

    @JimHirshfield:disqus Disqus is broken. Upload pics then they disappear, then gives me the ability to delete them.Too weird.Was trying to post a pic of me the hippy beekeeper!

    1. JimHirshfield

      Sorry. There’s a lag time apparently. I see both, but now as Guest. I can delete both or one…let me know what you prefer.

      1. awaldstein

        fine to delete. work day calls.

  52. Gotham Gal

    We were married at 25 years old. This photo you were probably 26.

  53. aweissman

    Love pics of kids with musicians. Here is my brother and I with Pat Benatar, I think about 1982 or 83

    1. JimHirshfield

      You’re taller than she is!

    2. LE

      Her ex husband Denis was a customer of mine in the early 80’s.Wow, I didn’t know he ended up in films apparently.

    3. kenberger

      Andy, you’ve hit us with your best shot!!

    4. William Mougayar

      Pat Benatar! You killed me with that one. Well, you’re a real tough cookie with a long history.

    5. Emily Merkle

      so cute!

  54. michaelmayes

    Phish tour in Deer Creek, Indiana w friends summer of 2000. Thats me on my camper that we painted w the Steal Your Face.

    1. Rob Underwood

      If this thread becomes just us posting photos of ourselves at Phish and Dead shows, that could only be a good thing. I may need to head home early and fire up the scanner.

      1. JimHirshfield

        Fire up the…what?

        1. Rob Underwood

          Jim FTW.

  55. LE

    “The thing that leads to the thing”. Purchase of AT&T 3b2/400 Unix computer system for my business at that time (traded in a smaller model which is what the credit is for) which is where I learned to do Unix which lead to being able to do the internet 10 years later. (It replaced a system running ashton tate’s dbase on a Eagle PC clone).This was 1980’s dollars, the loans might have been at 15% iirc. (Was dealer pricing.) Software cost extra as did the 10 or so wyse 30 and 50’s dumb terminals. This came with a set of 10 bound manuals from AT&T. I basically unpacked the system and got it to work in my spare time and learned as I went along with no help from anyone at all. Lucky to get a book at the Princeton U. or Penn bookstore. Used shell scripting and awk to write an estimating and job management program that actually solved a real problem.

  56. LE

    The system referenced in my other post. Note the memory in 1985 that you could run an entire business on.

  57. Robert Holtz

    Wow, Fred… look at you! The pinnacle of youth, so optimistic, brimming with innocence. Amazing picture but I can still recognize your eyes and your distinctive smile.

    1. Robert Holtz

      By the way… back in 1988 until about 1994, I wore a suit and tie to work as well. Did you hear about Peter Thiel saying he never funds a CEO who wears a suit? Apparently the dress code for him is “guy in hoodie.” Do you think that’s scientific? or rational? I still wear a sports jacket and slacks but I tend to wear a black collarless buttonless shirt and no tie. Does that make me un-fundable? ;-P I would think a guy who cleans himself up for an important meeting would be a plus. Maybe I’m getting old.

  58. Dorian Benkoil

    Fred, (other than the suit) you’ve barely changed.

  59. Jim Ritchie

    With the World Cup just ending thought it would be fun to post a shot from 1982 World Cup in Spain. Played soccer in college so followed the sport pretty closely even 32 years ago and still play today. Match was famous semi-final between France and Germany… and funny paper hat on my head they were handing out for sun before it set.

  60. William Mougayar

    Sleepless in Paris, celebrating my 35th birthday with 4 angels, one for each decade.

    1. Mac

      Gene Kelly has nothing on you, William.

      1. William Mougayar

        You’re too kind 🙂

        1. Emily Merkle

          #happy 🙂

  61. Salt Shaker

    Me, Mick and Keith (along w/ 19k of our closest friends) at Madison Square Garden. I’m the long haired teen dead center in the 1st row w/ the Spinal Tap haircut directly in front of Mick. Pre-smartphone, of course. Stumbled upon this pix about a year ago on the British music site NME (the Rolling Stone eqiv in Britain). When I tracked down the AP photog who took the pix seeking a print (there was a photo credit), he said he was practically deaf from covering all those concerts. Fortunately, I was able to buy a print directly from the AP and it’s hanging in the home office. I’ve also thankfully aged a tad better than Mick and Keith. #cleanlivin.

  62. ShanaC

    I don’t have old pictures of me. There is a good reason for this

    1. JimHirshfield

      Enjoy your youth kiddo!

      1. ShanaC

        I cook, I wear sunscreen, and I eat my vegetables. I will look young for a long time…I still look like I am in my teens when I sleep :)Either way, many many many people complain it is hard to get a picture of me I don’t stay still long enough, and I tend to close my eyes right as the shutter closes…

  63. Guest

    Tim Curry early A&M Records data

  64. Guest

    A&M Day with Tim Curry…I think this may before i saw Rocky Horror Picture show

  65. Guest

    A&M days with Tim Curry before I saw Rocky Horror Picture Show

  66. Matt Zagaja

    High school trip to Washington D.C. with students from other towns in CT. I’m in the middle in the suit. I still keep in touch with many of the people in this photo. Amazing how people grow. One works for Google in NYC, one started his own company (which had a Kickstarter).

  67. Semil Shah

    this is one of my favorite posts on this site.

    1. nancy emanuel


  68. Aaron Schildkrout

    Circa 1987. (Incidentally, my first comment ever on this blog after many years of reading it daily.)

    1. William Mougayar

      Aaron is in the house! Welcome ;)Is that what it took.

  69. awaldstein

    Claiming the role as the sole ex beekeeper in the community.That’s me holding the swarm. Mara, British Columbia.

    1. JimHirshfield

      You look so much younger.

      1. awaldstein

        It’s the outfit!My son was just born that summer. Long time ago and a very good phase of my life.

        1. JimHirshfield

          #kids #theyreonlyyoungonce

          1. awaldstein

            Yup–I was running bees, building dulcimers, working on the green chain at nights, organizing craft fairs up and down the Okanagan to support the family and doing a bit of commercial and creating writing.Time to make a trip back to visit.

          2. JimHirshfield

            Get back to nature. 😉

          3. awaldstein

            This was seriously that. I come by my later love for natural wine very honestly.

          4. JimHirshfield

            Yes, you grew into it. Admirable.

          5. awaldstein

            I don’t know about admiral but I’ve always dove into things. From there to radio back in Vancouver and then to Seattle where I got into software publishing and found myself.

          6. JimHirshfield

            #lifeisajourney #enjoytheride

          7. Salt Shaker

            Heading to Okanagan wine region in BC in a week or two. Got any tips for me?

          8. awaldstein

            I don’t know the area well any longer.I think that Jamie Goode blogged on it recently…I have a bunch of wine friends in Vancouver so email me if you want me to find out more.

  70. Michael R. Pratt

    Fred – I always enjoy your posts particularly some of the more “fun” ones. So here’s me standing on the South Island of New Zealand in the last 1980’s. The signpost at Stirling Point, in Bluff, New Zealand, the southern most city in New Zealand. One of the signposts shows the distance to the South Pole and the “next stop” to the South – Antartica – only 4,800 kms away.

  71. Nik Bonaddio

    This is me in 1994, being a complete magnet for the ladies with my Macintosh LC2 in scenic Bradford Woods, PA. I used it mostly to draw ANSI art, call BBSes, and code small programs in C.

    1. JimHirshfield


    2. Anne Libby


    3. Emily Merkle


  72. Emil Sotirov

    “Managing” my first software business from the shore of Lake Tahoe… circa 1997. We were ~5 people with an annual revenue of ~500K.

  73. sigmaalgebra

    For old pictures of me, would need a scanner which don’t have.So about the best I can do is my kitty cat, from 2005, that is, 9 years ago. Yup, he is still doing well. His favorite spot is on my desk between me and my keyboard. In his position, he slowed me down last night, but still for the bug in my software I was working on I got the typing done — will compile and run it today!The picture is from my backyard when I’d let the grass grow too long and the grass was too dry. He was an active hunter. He’s still a very smart and bright little guy.For this picture, I found a ‘replacement’, no longer mercury, battery for the light meter in my old Nikon camera body, put on likely my 105 mm macro lens (I have a nice sack full of their lenses), used a roll of Kodacolor film, and had Sam’s Club develop and scan the images to a CD. So, I got some decent JPGs, although I’m sure the lens and film have higher resolution than the scanning.

    1. Emil Sotirov

      I bought a scanner recently with this purpose – to scan and archive old photos. And that’s what I’m doing the last few days. And Fred comes up with his “blast from the past”… Is blogging the past a thing now? Or, as I think – blogging the things that move us… no matter their date stamps – like your cat or our backyard squirrels – see them here:….

    2. William Mougayar

      You know in a pinch you can take a photo of the photo with a smartphone.

      1. Emil Sotirov

        What I did with my photo below…

      2. sigmaalgebra

        Yes, it finally dawned on me: Someone gave me a mobile phone, but I’ve never used it. And I don’t have a smart phone. But once for $10 or so I bought a little camera, maybe with essentially the same photo technology as many smartphones, with a USB interface, and some standard Microsoft software, maybe PhotoDraw, will read a picture from a digital camera connected via USB.So, right, I could get out some old childhood pictures and take a picture of one of those. Worrying about the lighting, learning how to use that camera again, and fooling around with software download could consume an hour, and I need to get back to my Web site software.The picture would likely be my brother and I on a pony, ages about 2 and 5. The pony belonged to an itinerant free lance children’s photographer who’d come through the neighborhood! Otherwise all my old photos are on 35 mm color slides that would need one of the scanners designed for such slides.My kitty cat makes a much better picture! And all the girls I knew could have taken master class lessons from him on being cute, darling, adorable, attentive, and affectionate!I got him for free at a vet’s! On the way home he kept reaching through the holes in my cat carrier to try to touch me, and he’s been a great guy ever since. It’s a good neighborhood — he’s been able to wander around without serious harm for the whole 9 years.

  74. Anne Libby

    I’m in too late, not where I have my photos, and probably wouldn’t want to post one anyways.That said, I want to hug all of the younger selves of everyone here.The kid photos, too adorable.You know who you are.

  75. Emily Merkle

    1994. 19-20. SoFLA with my Twinkie baby sis, Megan. Vogue.

  76. Alessandro Piol

    Wow. Great picture. We first met 3-4 years after that.

  77. BillMcNeely

    From 2003 in Iraq. pre Mission brief.

  78. Emily Merkle

    why are pics stripped.

  79. Emily Merkle

    @fred = CATCH

  80. Guest

    Not me, but given all the old rockers posted and resulting comments, I thought the AVC community would like this. a friend of mine with Jimi Hendrix just 2 weeks after Woodstock at Dallas Love Field in 1969. He was in town for the Texas International Pop Festival. My friend’s father started Six Flags and he was a concert promoter in his early days. ~120,000 people attended and artists performing at the festival were: Canned Heat, Chicago (then called Chicago Transit Authority), Grand Funk Railroad, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone and Johnny Winter among others. Jimi was the sh!$. So cool. Amazing how he, Cobain, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and so many others died at the age of 27. RIP

  81. Lee Blaylock

    Not me, but given all the old rockers posted and resulting comments, I thought the AVC community would like this. a friend of mine with Jimi Hendrix just 2 weeks after Woodstock at Dallas Love Field in 1969. He was in town for the Texas International Pop Festival. My friend’s father started Six Flags and he was a concert promoter in his early days. ~120,000 people attended and artists performing at the festival were: Canned Heat, Chicago (then called Chicago Transit Authority), Grand Funk Railroad, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone and Johnny Winter among others. Jimi was the sh!$. So cool. Amazing how he, Cobain, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and so many others died at the age of 27. RIP All

  82. Lee Blaylock

    Just posted the pic of Jimi and here I was in my youth. My parents used this for my senior year in high school (1984) yearbook picture. Think of all the poor little polysters that died just to make that shirt!

  83. jaysbryant

    Photo of me in 1978 on the last day of my White House photography internship getting to meet President Carter. Packing Nikon F and Nikkormat and a lot of film (and a lot of hair).

  84. Manuel Molina

    first ISP in Mexico, back in the 90’s

  85. Dorothy

    Catching up on AVC, Fred. This is the Fred I remember! We had some good times checking out investment in Boston, don’t you think?

    1. fredwilson


  86. JimHirshfield

    there’s a lag for pix to load to server and propagate

  87. pointsnfigures

    ya, wish I could delete it.

  88. pointsnfigures


  89. Andrew Kennedy

    you had a tough day re: pics. I hope it didn’t take the fun out of this blog post for you. Pretty awesome post.

  90. JimHirshfield

    Magic dust….gone.

  91. fredwilson

    i will do that

  92. JimHirshfield

    Yeah, it was a fun one. Occupied more of my day than I would have liked. We have some work to do to make image loads a better experience.