Many systems work, that is until they don’t. This is to say that there is a class of systems, let’s call them Differentiating Systems that work because they stand apart from “normal” practice.  But once a Differentiated System becomes the norm it fails to be Differentiated and therefore loses it's Read More

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500 Startups' Dave McLure is no stranger to controversy. He's rarely lost an opportunity to broadcast his tone deaf value system at the top of his lungs. So it should come as no surprise that the master of the F-bomb would release a demotional "promotional" video, UpRound Funk. This kind Read More

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Good news and bad news folks and I don't know which part of the news is good or bad so I'll let you decide on your own. There is another Hellman on the web. My brother Dave. He's a not quite as cranky as the older brother version of his older Read More

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If Donald Trump was pitching a Startup to VCs the way he's pitching himself to the American people, what would that look like? It's going to be YUGE, I tell you! YUGE! Title - Slide #1 The Problem - Slide #2 Solution - Slide 3 The Product - Slide #4 The Technology - Slide #5 Competition Read More

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Can You tell the difference between a adolescent, pre-pubescent, childish, narcissistic tweet from Donald Trump and 16 year old Betty Anne Magillicutty?  In the comment try and identify with of the following tweets are  the real tweets from the Donald.   I don’t cheat at golf but @SamuelLJackson cheats—with his game Read More

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Update on Former #DCTech, DC Founder Institute grad Tim Cook and his wife. Help them out and gain a chance to win a $5K saling trip for 6!  See details below.    New Years update on my beautiful wife Emily Jan 2, 2016 Days before sending Emily home for the holidays, the Nerve pain Read More

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It's not about the destination... it's about the journey. For the founder, for the team, a startup is like peeling an onion. Peeling away each layer. From the inside out. Yes the goal is about peeling that last layer and getting to daylight and yet when that's your total focus. Each layer Read More

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I'm not condeming or condoning any party or candidate here, just observing what I saw on and heard on Tuesday night. Trump wants to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of maniacs yet he wants voters to vote to put his maniacal finger on the button.   Cruz thinks that we're losing Read More

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