Blog: Forward Thinking

Often snarky, sometimes funny, thoughts and musings from Glen Hellman about Executive Development, Leadership, Startups, Washington DC Business and more.

Blockchain Blockheads

It happened with Crowd Funding, it happened with Beanie Babies, it happened with Tulips and it's happening now with cryptocurrency and blockchain. Whenever there is a new "Big Thing." Whenever it's going to be the "Next Big Thing." There's a group of know-next-to-nothings, willing to monetize a know-nothing's greed in order to profit from shit they do not understand. Now I'm not saying Blockchain isn't going to be big. I think it's going to be HUGE! I'm talking HUGE with a silent H. Yet, when there is a gold rush, there is a rush for charlatans to insert themselves between the...

Render To Ceasar And Perrelli of LifeFuels

It's easy to bash someone who has spent four years and five million dollars resulting in nothing like Jonathan Perrelli of LifeFuels has done. Up until yesterday after four years of work and after spending Five Million dollars, Perrelli of Lifefuels has developed the following significant important results: Reportedly raised $5 Million Dollars A 2016 Office Envy Award from the Crack Journalists at DC Inno (link here) - Because taking investor cash and spending it on a really cool office has always been proven to deliver superior investor returns...

Facebook Cry Babies

Ohhhhhh no! Facebook has too much psychographic information on me! How did they do that? I mean how did they get everything I gave them? Are you trying to tell me they're monetizing my data? I thought Facebook was a tax-supported, NGO, like the public library. I had no idea they had a business to run. I never thought that when I liked a post bashing my useless Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock, on Facebook that Facebook would know I did that and track that I hate people who hide from their constituents, are owned by the NRA, and support corporate interests over...

The TrustFuels Tesla Give-away!

For the last few years, I've been railing against the crooks, criminals, and clowns of DCTech and you know what? I think I got it wrong. I should learn from the insane clown posse that is DCTech and create my own Blue Ocean version of a Wolves of Startupland Startup. [caption id="attachment_77580" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] DC Tech Meetup[/caption] That's why I looked at two of DCTech's most "successful" startups. That is if success is to be judged by PR and income for the founders and not building a valuable company. With this in mind, I decided to create my own version of a DCTech success. First,...

Trustify Banned From Doing Business in Virginia

Whoopsy Doo! Virginia knows a scam when they see one. Go to the Trustify site and ask them to do an investigation in Virginia and you know what you get?   Be careful if you're looking to invest in this dumpster fire! Danny Boice and Jen Mellon are hucksters and the regulators are starting to catch up with them. Many other states are taking this kind of action. See the Washington Business Review article on the subject here. See the why you want to stay away from this Burning Turd Dumpster Fire by linking here.  ...

3Si’s Team – The Best and The Brightest?

In a recent interview, Master Venture Capitalist and our Generation's Warren Buffett, Jason Feimster (please don't sue me Warren) described the 3Si team and I quote: “We’ve got about twenty. The majority of which are engineers, PhDs from top-tier universities and the like given, you know, that we do show preference to technology. We have a very competent and I’m very proud of our legal team. You know that does the legal due diligence and then last but not least, we focus on the financials. You know our CFO senior investment officer, etc." Let's do a little due diligence on the 3Si Team....

Jason Feimster How Venture Capital Works

Jason Feimster, Jason Feimster, Jason Feimster. While I so want to pick up a new topic. You keep leaving me nuggets of lunacy that I can't ignore. Now Jason, unlike you, I've never been a VC. But also unlike you, I've worked for VCs, pitched and successfully raised money from VCs and have exits that made money for VCs. So let me coach you on some VC-dom basics. There's a problem if you've never pitched a real Venture Capitalists (VC), and if you're not a real VC.  It's very difficult to pretend you're one. There is so much stuff you...

Real Entrepreneurial Bible Verse

A friend of mine, who apparently frequents only the best bathrooms found this entrepreneurial bible verse written on the walls of a bathroom, somewhere in America. It should be the bible of startup entrepreneurs everywhere. It says, stop worrying about getting a pat on the back. Stop spending time on Glitter Traction. Get some shit done! Kudos to the unknown author of this Entrepreneurial Bible Verse: Set some goals. Be quiet about them. Smash the shit out of them. Clap for your own damn self. Author Unknown,  photo by Scott Stephen's in a bathroom somewhere in America. This rant reminded me of another entrepreneurial rant posted by Stephen...