# Prime Numbers and the Prime of Life

I turn 54 today

54 is not prime

53 is

I enjoyed 53

I expect to enjoy 54 as well

Numbers are fun if you let them be

But numbers aren’t really that important

What is important is enjoying life

And I plan to do that today and every day

1. William Mougayar

It seems you also enjoyed writing this post. It’s short, silly and sweet ðŸ™‚ It must have taken you 5 or 4 minutes to write?Happy half of 100 + 4.

1. fredwilson

actually it took longer than mostshorter is harder than longer

1. James Ferguson @kWIQly

Yup:)

2. LE

To wit, still trying to figure this one out which I just saw when getting my breakfast this am:

1. JamesHRH

FAKE GRIMLOCK must do this for them.

1. aminTorres

I would be in all caps if he did. ðŸ˜‰

2. Sandy

Happy birthday Fred! ðŸ™‚ Men often say 50-60s are some of the best times of life.LE, I just passed this sign, but I forgot which city it was in. So funny you posted it, because it made me look at what restaurant or shop it was in front of. Nice marketing job by bacon ðŸ™‚

3. JamesHRH

10 page memo on that topic – I need an hour.1 page memo – I need 10 hours.

2. Twain Twain

Ha! Well, firstly, happy birthday and being another year closer to a century and longevity!Secondly, “meet the numbers” was in my Google+ stream two days ago and I commented like so: “They missed out palindromic number and infinite number. This would be 8 and âˆž which are my favorites.”Thirdly, our values and what we value in life (family, friends, doing great work etc.) don’t fit neatly into a number.So we shouldn’t let numbers define or limit us.[And this from a maths grad, haha!]

3. James Ferguson @kWIQly

All the best – Prime time is when you make it so.

4. awaldstein

Have a great one Fred.There’s a bottle at Racines waiting for you to celebrate this when you are ready to collect it!

1. fredwilson

of what? ðŸ™‚

5. JimHirshfield

Happy birthday Fred.

6. WA

Happy Birthday!

7. steve nson

Happy Birthday Fred! I wish you many more years. What’s the standard birthday extravaganza for 54yr old VCs? Are you more generous with the checkbook to startups ðŸ™‚

8. Eric Satz

Happy birthday.

9. Marcelo Bueno

Happy one!

10. abn

Happy Birthday Fred. I hope the coming year brings you more opportunities to learn and enjoy.On this day in history1191 – Crusader King Richard I kills 3,000 muslim prisoners in Akko1585 – English queen Elizabeth I signs Treaty of Nonsuch: aid to Netherland1597 – 1st Dutch East India Company ships returned from Far East1619 – 1st Black slaves brought by Dutch to colony of Jamestown Virginia1641 – Britain & Scotland sign Treaty of Pacification1741 – Alaska discovered by Danish explorer Vitus Bering1781 – George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis1791 – Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovers Alaska1865 – President Johnson proclaims an end to “insurrection” in Tx1866 – Pres Andrew Johnson formally declares Civil War over1882 – Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” opens in Moscow1896 – Dial telephone patented1913 – 1st pilot to parachute from an aircraft (Adolphe PÂ‚goud-France)1915 – Italy declares war on Turkey1948 – 15th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Cards 28, All-Stars 0 (101,220)1953 – Russia publicly acknowledges hydrogen bomb test detonation1955 – 1st airplane to exceed 1800 mph (2897 kph)-HA Hanes, Palmdale Ca1964 – LBJ signs anti-poverty measure totaling nearly \$1 billion1974 – President Gerald Ford, assumes office after Richard Nixon’s resignation1977 – NASA launches Voyager 2 towards Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus & Neptune1992 – Rocker Sting weds Trudie Styler1993 – Howard Stern is fired from WLUP-AM, ChicagoUseless 54 factsâ€¢ The number of milligrams of caffeine in 12 ounces of Mountain Dewâ€¢ +54 The code for international direct dial phone calls to Argentinaâ€¢ New York’s Warwick New York Hotel is on West 54th Streetâ€¢ The number of cards in a deck of playing cards, if two jokers are includedâ€¢ The number of countries in Africaâ€¢ Fewest points in an NBA playoff game: Chicago (96), Utah (54), June 7, 1998â€¢ The NY Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994, 54 years after their previous Cup win. â€¢ A score of 54 in golf is referred to as a perfect round, it has never been achieved.â€¢ The number used when a player is defeated 3 games in a row in racquetball.â€¢ A Rubik’s Cube has 54 colored squares

1. prceurope

“1993 – Howard Stern is fired from WLUP-AM, Chicago:” how on earth did this make the list?

1. Jess Bachman

Probably due to the date on which it happened.

1. Donna Brewington White

Heehee!

1. prceurope

@donnawhite:disqus s/he who laughs last?

2. prceurope

Probably? But not definitely.

2. abn

it’s stern bro. of course he is on this list

1. prceurope

a) you should quote http://www.brainyhistory.co… (even if they are wrong)b) It was Steve Dahl, not Howard Stern.@amith_nirgunarthy:disqus

1. prceurope

That’s the trouble with history – it’s mostly based on facts ðŸ™‚

2. abn

and it is written by the winner ðŸ™‚

3. prceurope

P.S. BrainyHistory copied some other source; they jump from 1997 (the limit of your source) to 2010.

3. Anne Libby

Also, I don’t think it was Howard Stern. @pointsnfigures:disqus, Steve Dahl?

1. Anne Libby

#chicagonative

2. prceurope

Yet all these fact-obsessed New Yorkers (?) seem to think Howard Stern went to work in Chicago. ðŸ™‚

1. pointsnfigures

Yup. And like all things Chicago there is .0005 degree of separation. Steve Dahl’s son married my buddies daughter.

2. JimHirshfield

How did Bering discover Alaska in both 1741 and again in 1791? That’s a neat trick.

1. Ana Milicevic

2. abn

typo

3. pointsnfigures

Global warming back then. They left, it melted, they discovered it again. : )

3. Mark Essel

George Washington moving his troops south eventually lead via a Wikipedia series to reading about the Battle of Long Island. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/

11. Abs Ghosh

Happy Birthday, Fred.

12. Mike Zamansky

Happy Birthday. Enjoy the day and all that follow.

Happy birthday, Fred. I turned 53 yesterday. I am enjoying my 50’s quite a lot. Staying healthy (knock on wood) and growing wiser by the day!

14. Jess Bachman

“Happy birthday to you,Happy birthday to you,Happy birthday dear FredHappy birth day to you”Fortunately there are still some people seeding those lyrics on Pirate Bay.à­§[ Ëµ Í¡áµ” ÍœÊŸ Í¡áµ” Ëµ ]à­¨

15. Gregg Freishtat

Happy Birthday.

16. Michael R. Pratt

Happy birthday Fred. I hope you have something fun planned to celebrate today.

17. Kent Karlsen

Happy Birthday Fred, from Scandinavian entrepreneurs loving your blog sharing expensive knowledge.

18. Nawal Roy

Happy BirthDay Fred! life is every bit worth living when it gives the opportunity to understand life better than we have understood before.Many more days for a gem like you!!

1. Twain Twain

Winner, :*).

2. Donna Brewington White

That’s some cake.

19. Donna Brewington White

I think that part of my fondness for you is because you are named after my grandfather. One year he gave the grandkids each a dime and a piece of Bazooka bubble gum on his birthday. He said he enjoyed his birthday more when he gave things to others.Your spirit of generosity reminds me of him too. Happy Birthday dear Fred!

1. William Mougayar

Bazooka Joe! it brings back memories.

2. JLM

.Go to Sam’s, buy a big bucket of Bazooka, chew. Chew for the next two years.Half of the people on this blog have never chewed Bazooka.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

1. fredwilson

I have

1. laurie kalmanson
2. sachmo

dude, who are you kidding? Everyone’s had bazooka joe. That’s halloween candy man.

1. Sahil Patel

I loved the sugar rush that hit right on the first chomp. About five chews later, it was time to unwrap another piece, read the comic, and pop another piece.

3. Mark Essel

Like chewing on a sweetened dried out sand husk. But for 5 cents it was a deal.

1. JLM

.Haha, the first Bazooka I ever bought (Scoop’s Penny Candy Shop and Bicycle Repair) was two for a penny.Those were the days, my friend.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

20. SDB

Happy Birthday Fred! May you enjoy life for many, many years to come and thank you for sharing you knowledge and insights with all of us.

21. Tom Labus

Take a swim today. It’s been a great summer in the NYC area. Enjoy your day

22. sigmaalgebra

Everyone interested in prime numbers needs a copy of the famous A Short Table of Even Primes.

23. curtissumpter

Fred, look out a little ways. What do you see in tech in the next 10 years, 20 years, 30 years. You’ve got a bird’s eye seat. Share the view.

24. awaldstein

My golden rule for aging is to look at myself in the mirror every morning and define myself as in the middle of life.Becomes more of a lie each and every day but as a tactic, works perfectly.

1. LE

It helps that when we were younger, older people looked much older and didn’t at least appear as healthy as they do today.

25. LE

On pegg last night I learned two things. One is that you were turning 54 which surprised me as I had you in my brain at the age when I first starting reading AVC (which was when you were in your 40’s). I’ve noticed that happens. I tend to keep anchored at an age when I first learned of or have met someone. The second thing was that there was an artist named Larry Sultan (I looked him up after hearing about the present) and that you have a pop art picture of Gillegan. Happy Birthday!

1. fredwilson

we have two of those Gilligans. one next to gotham gal’s desk in her office. one next to my desk in my office at USV. they were painted by our friend Josh Harris who is obsessed, not in a good way to be honest, with Gilligan’s Island

26. Ana Milicevic

Happy birthday Fred – I was kicking around a bad ’till the next prime in your life’ joke but figured a language rather than bad math pun was much more worthwhile. So here’s how you say HBD in Serbian: Ð¡Ñ€ÐµÑ›Ð°Ð½ Ñ€Ð¾Ñ’ÐµÐ½Ð´Ð°Ð½ (or sreÄ‡an roÄ‘endan).

27. bsoist

Happy Birthday!

28. Thees Peereboom

Happy Birthday from Amsterdam and keep up the blog.

29. Nick Terzo

Happy Birthday, Fred. Sending wishes for health and blessings in the coming year of life. Thanks for all you share on here.

30. harris497

Happy Birthday Fred.

31. Bruce Warila

Happy Birthday! On my birthday I always recalculate time spent/remaining by dividing my age by 150. It helps to be optimistic.

1. Jess Bachman

You and Larry Page, I’m sure.

1. Bruce Warila

and the Rolling Stones

32. Eric Sheridan

Happy birthday Fred

33. Mario Cantin

Happy birthday and thanks for sharing your thoughts with the world every day. Hopefully not too many blank screens to stare at these days.

34. Verlton Gordon

Happy Born Day! I hope your day is fill of joy and the things that fulfill you!

35. JLM

.One of the most productive and interesting times in life is between 50 and 60. You are ready to learn and your curiosity is no longer contained. It is an informed and pent up curiosity.You will look into the abyss and you will see yourself — figuratively — at the bottom of the hole.It will scare you for a few hours and you will be tempted to ransom your youth with a big dash of lunacy — if you buy a Harley, please let me know as I will want to invest in some life insurance.Do not listen to young blondes who giggle at your jokes. They have been sent by the Devil who has been lying in wait for you [not really but we’re being a little dramatic now, aren’t we?]. Your jokes still suck.The empty nest is one of the best times in life.Enjoy it. You’ve earned it.The road does NOT go on forever, unfortunately, but until that is apparent — the party never ends.Happy Birthday, Fred Wilson.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

1. LE

2. LE

Do not listen to young blondes who giggle at your jokes.Yes correct. That is a marker of getting old as a man. When young attractive women treat you nice. Because they feel somewhat safe. They don’t have to worry that you might ask them out if they are to nice to you.

3. Jeff Jones

So I strolled across old Main Street, walked down a flight of stairs, stepped into the hall and saw all my friends were there, a neon sign was flashin ‘welcome come on in’, it feels so good feelin’ good again

4. Twain Twain

Ok, so now you’re making those of us who have decades to go before we’re 50-60 itch to get there!Except for the young blondes bit, that is.The only young blonde I’d be into would be RR when he was in his 30s.

1. JLM

.I worked on a deal with him on some Provo condos and went to his 50th birthday party. His host, the guy I worked for, gave him the son of Mr. Pepe — the most famous quarter horse from the King Ranch — as a birthday present.He is short, thin, has a big head, and had terrible gas when I squired him from the airport to the ranch where the party was being thrown. He apparently grew up in Austin as we visited a house en route that he said was his grandfather’s.He has a waist like a teenage girl and absolutely no small talk. No small talk.I can recommend, however, another RR — Ronald Reagan? He is, however, not blonde and has the bigger disadvantage of being dead.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

1. Twain Twain

They say movie stars are always shorter in real-life.Obviously not Jaws from James Bond, though.Ok, I’ll have to find a nice-looking 7ft tall basketball player to replace RR as “male blonde specimen”.Haha.

36. Jim Borden

Happy Birthday!

37. karen_e

54th comment! Happy Birthday!

38. JamesHRH

John Gardner, who was in Lyndon Johnson’s cabinet as Heatlh, Education & Welfare Secretary, on the meaning of life:” Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you, out of your own talent and understanding, out of the things you believe in, out of the things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something. The ingredients are there. You are the only one who can put them together into that unique pattern that will be your life. Let it be a life that has dignity and meaning for you. If it does, then the particular balance of success or failure is of less account.”I imagine that the numbers you are ticking off lately are set on a strong foundation of success and meaning, which is what makes them so enjoyable.All the best.

1. Shalabh

Thanks for sharing this!

2. JLM

.Most impressive reference for a Canadian.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

1. JamesHRH

even a blind squirrel……

3. Twain Twain

Thanks for sharing that Gardner quote.The coincidence of his surname with his belief that meaning is cultivated (built) throughout the journey of a lifetime — rather than being a destination — doesn’t escape me!Now I’ll have to read ‘To Turn the Tide’ by Gardner.See? Hang out on AVC and people smarter than us share tools with which to build meaning into our lives.

39. kidmercury

happy birthday! hang on for 25 years or so, and you might be able to hang on forever: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

1. Mike Zamansky

Or go old school and shoot for 46 more a la George Burns who upon approaching 100 said “once you make it to 100, you’ve got it made. How many people do you know who die past 100?”

40. Ovidiu Schiopu

Well said Fred. You’re a great model. You’ve accomplished so much and remained level. Chapeau and Happy Birthday!

41. K_Berger

Happy birthday! Wishing you health, happiness and success in the future.

42. Matt Zagaja

A couple years ago I went into the office of the previous Dean of my law school to fix his computer. He was in his 90s and still sharp as a tack. He had just learned Russian a year ago and I was configuring his computer so he could type Russian characters. His advice to me was to spend less time in the pool hall and more time learning because I’d find it more rewarding. Every morning I get up and I do get the gift of wisdom from this blog.Birthdays are a great time to show appreciation for someone if your life. We haven’t had the chance to “meet” in person, but it’s all very much appreciated Fred. I hope that you too will be learning new languages in your 90s. Cheers.

1. fredwilson

thankslanguages are one of my weaknessesmaybe i should turn them into a strengthhmmm

43. Boris Wertz

Happy b-day, Fred!

44. Surabhi Shastri

HAppy Bday Fred — I agree that prime number bdays are awesome – I’m a 28 year old girl from Bombay and honestly I love growing a year older every year. It brings on new experiences ðŸ™‚ I see my life split up into decades and each decade has something different and awesome in terms of work, relationships, friends and family – it’s not always good but as long as the growth is exponential – I’m good ðŸ™‚

45. Jens Achilles

Herzlichen GlÃ¼ckwunsch from Germany, Fred. Very impressiv that a guy of your age (no offence) is still on top of things in tech and Startup land, a world that is to a large extent dominated by the 20 and 30 years old. Tell us your secret!

46. jeff ludlum.

Feliz Cumpleanos, Fredrito! You’ve inspired me to blog with more frequency and a bit more flare too. Thanks for that. And for your simple advice from your birthday post today: “What is important is enjoying life…” AMEN!, and All the Best to you, man. -jefito.

47. Joe Marchese

HB, Fred… enjoy the moment

48. Chimpwithcans

Happy Birthday Fred! Enjoy with cake, or number-crunching…whichever takes your fancy!

49. Bill from Orlando

My sentiments, exactly. Happy Birthday!

50. vruz

In golf, that would be a perfect round!Happy birthday.

51. Cam MacRae

Happy Birthday!

52. andrewparker

If it helps you embrace 54, it’s nice to know that it’s a semi-perfect number. https://en.wikipedia.org/wi…Semi-perfect sounds like a good thing to be.HBD!

1. fredwilson

fuckyeah 54!i wish i had known that when i wrote this post Andrew. i could have done so much with going from prime to semi-perfect

53. Richard

Healthy Birthday. Classic Leo?

1. Twain Twain

He’s a Chinese Ox. They’re pragmatic, hard-working and stubbornly see and work things through to the end.

54. ErikSchwartz

Burn rate is important.Lots of folks are learning that these days.

55. laurie kalmanson
56. laurie kalmanson

search results, lol

57. Tracey Jackson

And many, many more.

58. Jeff Jones

Pura vida!

59. Gerald Buckley

If you could live to see a certain event (great grandchildren graduating space academy or 253rd birthday or something) what would it be? (Not limited to a Fred response either). Me? Absolute world peace. That’d be worth sticking around to see. Or a couple laps around the cosmos sounds good too. HB Fred. Hope each following year brings you a great big grin.

1. fredwilson

that’s a tough one. i need to ponder it over a cortado which i am going to get right now

60. TaiKen

Happy Birthday Fred!

61. tgodin

Happy birthday, Fred! I turn 49 on Saturday. Only one more year to go until I’m in my prime!

62. bfeld

Happy birthday. You’ve turned 18 three times now! And, you are 36 in hex.

1. fredwilson

geek love!

63. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

Pirantha Naal Vaazhthukkal Fred! (and that is birthday greeting in my mother tongue -Tamil).Have a great day.

64. CJ

Congrats Fred! Many Happy Returns!

65. Kirsten Lambertsen

Here’s to Leos from the punk generation. Happy Birthday!Other rockstars born today:Isaac Hayes (another godfather)Robert Plant (and another godfather!)Fred DurstDoug FiegerRock on, man. Don’t forget to drink one glass of water for each glass of booze ðŸ˜‰

66. Steve Amara

Happy Birthday Fred!

67. Marissa_NYx

There’s potentially a cool beat going on in that postCan you feel the beat ….I turn 54 today – oh yeah , yeah 54 is not prime , oh no , but man 53 well , yeah , that is Boboo , boom, boom . Oh yeah , chk , chk, chk(Repeat )Numbers are fun if you let them beBut yah know what !They ain’t really the real deal Oh yeah ..Oh yeah …What is you say …mmm let me tell you what .Enjoy life . Man , I do that now and yeah I do that every day Oh yeah , chk , chk, chk.Chk , chk, chk.Here’s to the crazy ones. And those who can use a little bit of crazy .Happy birthday.

68. Gregory Magarshak

Yes! I hope you had an amazing day, Fred.I realize many people get depressed celebrating birthdays thinking they’re one year closer to death or something. Many years ago I figured out what to celebrate during a birthday — surviving until that age! That way every year I have more to celebrate.When I’m 90 I’ll be saying *booyah, you guys try doing this right here!* ðŸ™‚

69. leigh

A Margaret Atwood quote : “The truth about fiction is that it’s not about what you know, but how you feel” Numbers after all are just fiction. Happy birthday ðŸ™‚

1. fredwilson

yup

70. Cindy

Happy Birthday Fred and many more years of fruitfulness, good health and joy in your life ðŸ˜‰

71. Pranay Srinivasan

Many happy returns, Fred. Have a great year ahead!

72. ShanaC

A belated happy birthday.

73. davidhclark

Enjoy life! Grateful for you and what I’ve learned here. Happy belated birthday.

74. Mark Essel

Happy 54, have a wonderful year!

75. Twain Twain

So brilliant I’m going to borrow it: “As we age we become more divisible and less divisive — Charlie Crystle.”

76. Vasudev Ram

numbers are fun,here is one.you think so too?here is two.do all of ye?here is three.#justoffthetopofmyheadandforfun

77. fredwilson

“more divisible and less divisive”well said my friend