Blog: Forward Thinking

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

Mr Cranky on Leadership Traits

Leadership Traits Mr Cranky has some thoughts on leadership Traits. In fact I have more than one thought. I have all kinds of thoughts on all kinds of things. I wonder for instance if a wide receiver is only a wide ceiver until he's caught his second pass. Then and only then can you say he re-peated ceiving or re-ceived. I ponder why I'm the only one fighting to protect our 3rd amendment rights. For years I've tried to find the "I've Been Working on the Railroad," songwriter to ask him if, "Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah. Someone's in the kitchen I...

Dumb Startup Ideas

King of the Startup Apps

King of the Startup Apps Mr Cranky is the new King of the Startup Apps because I've got a bunch of great ideas. that I'm proud to announce will join the new incoming cohort of the Brake Decelerator. Brake for those who are unfamiliar, is a Super-de-duper 1776 DC-like decelerator.  Like 1776 we say we're a Venture Fund and we're not. In fact the only thing holding Brake back from being a 1776 rival is that unlike Evan Burfield, the guys who run Brake actually have had profitable exits and not a record of being booted by investors from the only companies they ever founded....

Buzz to Biz Fool

Mr Cranky’s Buzz to Biz Ratio

What is the Buzz to Biz Ratio say you? It's the ratio that measures the correlation between company buzz and the value of a business. It's the fact that real companies understand that time, money, resources are precious and any resources dedicated to things other than designing, building, selling and supporting the best damn product possible is wasted energy. The Buzz to Biz ratio is the metric that separates a great company like ZoomData...

Mr Cranky's Legal Defense Fund David vs Goliath

Mr Cranky’s Legal Defense Fund

Help with Mr Cranky's legal defense: If you're a reader of my blog, you know that I'm a satirist, a humorist and a snarky commentator.  If you appreciate these posts, you may be interested to know that my free speech is under attack. Yesterday I received a demand letter to cease and desist commenting on a company and it's founder. The letter demands I produce the supporting evidence that is the basis of the opinions and facts presented in a number of my blog posts and to remove and retract statements that the complaining party finds offensive. Unless I receive evidence that controverts my...

No Traction Dragster

Traction… what is Traction and what it ain’t

Traction! Traction! Traction! Nothing beats it. Nothing! Not strategy, not elegantly developed growth hacking plans, not butt tattoos. Nothing! Traction trumps all. So what is it exactly? That's a great question considering the discussions I've been privy too as of late. Traction when referring to a new business can almost best be defined by what it ain't as much as what it is. So let's start with what it isn't. Traction is not: an article by the "discerning," "journalists" at DCInno, or or DC or even the legitimate press. Articles ain't traction...

DCTech STartups

Revisiting the 100 DC Tech Startups I Don’t Hate

Aww those  DC Tech Startups. Got to love them or hate them. In today's post we ((we love calling me we) look back at the 100 #DCTech Startups we as in I don't Hate. Way back in April 2014 I made a friendly wager with the Washington Post's Steven Overly that I could name 100 DCTech companies that didn't make me want to vomit. Thusly (he said with grand pomposity of one who refers to himself as we),  the 100 #DCTech Companies I Don’t Hate: The Steven Overly Challenge was born. I lost that wager because at the time I was only...