Blog: Forward Thinking

Thoughts and Musings from Glen Hellman about Executive Performance, Startups, the Washington DC Tech Scene and more.

Grit or Why Learning Disabled and Immigrants Dominate Entrepreneurship

Dyslexic citizens make up nearly 1/2 of the prison population and only 1/5th of the general population. Where are the dyslexics who aren't imprisoned? They're starting and running some of the worlds great companies. Companies that include: Ford, Apple, Virgin and Charles Schwab. Henry Ford, Steve Jobs,. Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, Cisco's John Chambers and HP co-founder Bill Hewlett, all afflicted with Dyslexia. In addition to learning disabled there's an inordinate amount of company founders who started and run some of the worlds greatest companies. Including: Tesla, WhatsApp, Google, eBay, Yahoo, PayPal. Why is that? What makes these two groups more apt to succeed as entrepreneurs than...

DC’s Boom To Bust Startup Cycle Update

Here we go again. We’ve crested the top of the latest DC Region Startup roller coaster hill and we’re now speeding towards a bottom.  Just four years ago, in 2012 there was a budding DC Startup Industrial Complex. This included multiple media outlets with hot shot reporters, there were record breaking events like the DC Tech Meetup purportedly the largest meetup of its kind in the world..if not the universe. New venture funds were forming. Every week there was a new pitch event for startups raising money and yet today we enter the third tech bubble since the dot com...

You’re Right I Suck

The other day, I received another post comments (I get like 10 a month) reminding me what many of my poor tortured teachers in grade school and high school use to drill into me…. I’m a mentally challenged idiot who will never amount to anything. I know… I know.. they were prophets. But they didn’t have to be so mean about it. Back to my latest blog critic. This week a blog commenter brought me back to Ms Hockberg's 3rd grade class. It wasn't that he was cruel.  in fact I think he was trying to be helpful when he gave me...