Blog: Forward Thinking

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

Leadership Integrity: Is Integrity A Mandatory Leadership Trait

Leadership and Integrity Of the numerous motivations behind committed loyal followers, developing loyalty via respect and trust in a leader is the most enduring. If humans believe their leader’s goals are aligned with theirs, if they agree on their why or purpose (see post) and that their leader has the skills, intellect, and character to lead the team to its goals… they will follow.  To be sure, loyalty to a competent, leader of high integrity isn’t the only way to lead. Despots lead through fear. There are cases of untrustworthy, incompetent leaders...

Personal Branding BS

Enough already with the video-blogs from people who might have had something to say but after the 5th video blog it's just noise. It's all about personal branding and yet the problem with personal branding is that it typically winds up looking like a camel.. you know what a camel is, right? It's a horse designed by committee.  Most personal brands are built to attract everyone and therefore repel no one. Take it from a man whose personal brand is a repellant: If you are not focused and highly targeted regarding your personal brand audience...

Dynami Sweat-Equity Position Available in Battery Startup

Argentina is a major source of Lithium used in Lithium batteries. As a result, Argentina is rich in battery technologists and innovation. Dynami is a startup that is looking for an US-based executive with industry business expertise to join the team and help build the company. This is an effort for equity, non-salary position to start. The exact role and title are negotiable based on skill, ability, experience and ranges anywhere from toilet cleaner to CEO. I have no professional, personal, nor equity relationship with the company except to have talked to the founder and one of his advisors, a professor at...

Things That Make DC’s Mr. Cranky Cranky

I'm not quite sure if it's become evident but lately, Mr. Cranky is kind of acting just a smidge Cranky. What the hell is sticking in my craw besides having something stuck in something like a craw of which I have no idea what the hell it is until looking craw up in the dictionary right now and finding out that it is a noun describing either the crop of a bird or insect or the stomach of an animal and yet the term stick in my craw means stick in my throat. So instead of just venting by seeing how many words,...

And Still They Persist – Buffoon Danny Boice and Trustify

Here's a crock of shit from a dip shit. Danny Boice and Jen Mellon of Trustify have been missing payroll, hemorrhaging employees and cash. Their office is always empty. The couple is on the verge of Divorce. Their Cheif of Staff and CFO have been canned. Another Attorney in a long line of Attornies just fired and withdrew from representing them and Danny has been absent from 2 recent court hearings. Another company in which Danny has worked is in trouble with investors (see just one of many investor law suites) and law enforcement (See what the Commonwealth of Virginia Found)....

Ram Reddy Master Criminal with Andy Powers

Ram Reddy, who is this guy? When I published the post, The Startup DCTech Crime Family, I was surprised by the pushback on naming Ram Reddy the Godfather. Reddy has spent a long time creating the image of a legitimate businessman. Since that post, additional information, a civil lawsuit confirms my suspicions. The suit (see link Clique - Donahue v. Communiclique - Complaint) seeks actual and punitive damages and alleges constructive fraud in the inducement in the purchase and acquisition of stock in CommuniClique (dba CliqueAPI), alleging Ram Reddy and Andy Powers defrauded the plaintiff. For some inexplicable reason, the suit...

Driven Forward DCTech 2019 Gift Calendar

What's the perfect holiday gift for DCTech Startup Fans? It's the Mr Cranky, 2019 Gift Calendar! Feel free to print this out and make your own or if you prefer, you can contact me and order your officially printed version. Printed, bound and sent to your address for just $19.99. Want to order one, contact me here. Tell me how many you want and I'll be in touch. Remember, if you'd like one, contact me here!...

Joanne Boice’s Case Against Danny Boice, Trustify

People ask me what Danny's beef with his ex-wife has to do with the alleged fraud at Trustify. Here's the thing. Danny has started a lawsuit against his wife but dropped it when he was ordered to comply with his ex-wife's request for discovery. That discovery request asked for financial information on Danny Boice, Trustify and other information. Danny dropped the case, in my opinion in order to keep his financially cooked-books under wraps. His ex-wife, however, countersued and the court ordered that Danny produce the financials. Danny defied the court and still didn't comply. What is Danny Boice hiding?...