Blog: Forward Thinking

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

Andy Powers Communiclique Court Delay

It appears that Andy Powers is still negotiating his plea bargain. It appears that the courts are not pursuing charges against the company's former CFO Tim Lee and Chairman of the Board Ram Reddy.  That's a head-scratcher, how could the Chairman of the Board and CFO not know their company barely had any revenues? How could they not know that the company was hemorrhaging cash?  Communiclique(aka Clique or Clique API) clearly appears to be a $50  - $70 million Ponzi scheme. I don't know if Tim Lee or Ram Reddy are guilty of any crime. Based on paragraph 26 of the criminal complaint (see below),...

Why AdvisoryCloud is Failing

Want to know why AdvisoryCloud is failing? For the same reason ExecRanks  (now AdvisoryCloud) failed. Want to know why AdvisoryCloud is failing? Because they fail their customers. Want to know why AdvisoryCloud is failing? For the same reason they fail their employees. If you don't know what AdvisoryCloud is, let me help you. Have you ever stepped in a stinking pile of poo, festering with flies and then spend hours trying to scrape that crap off of your shoes only to get it all over your hands and clothes? That's AdvisoryCloud's business model. That's AdvisoryCloud! AdvisoryCloud is a company that charges people who aspire...

Join the I Hate Mr. Cranky Club

Hi Folks, there's a new club forming. It's the "I Hate Mr. Cranky Club. A little background. I've always had my detractors and haters. When a person is a pig-headed arrogant meat-waffle like I am it's only natural. Add on that I call out crooks, cheats, and slime and you can multiply the haters club into a battalion of know-nothing shit-stirrers. Remember the illiterate, chickenshit, weasel who created a blog about Mr. Cranky (see post)? That was the start of a concerted effort to uncover dirt and trash my reputation. The only problem these provocateurs have is I'm a little too squeaky...

Andy Powers Communiclique (CliqueAPI) Criminal and Bankruptcy Court Update

According to Andy Medici of the Washington Business Journal, federal prosecutors are working with Andy Powers, CEO of Communiclique, AKA Clique API on a plea deal. The article which is behind a paywall states: “The parties in this case are exploring a pre-indictment guilty plea,” the joint motion reads. "The parties are working diligently, however, the investigation in this case covers a period of several years and the financial evidence is voluminous." The government is represented in the case by Federal Prosecutor, Jack Handy. Powers' requested a public defender, which is usually only supplied to indigent defendants. Powers is represented by Eugene Gorokhov of...

Jennifer Mellon Generously Donates Stolen Money

Jennifer Mellon, the co-founder, former President and Board Member of Trustify, a company that was an elaborate Ponzi Scheme that bilked investors out of $18 million dollars. Investors in Trustify accuse Danny Boice and Jen Mellon of embezzling and defrauding investors out of millions of dollars. While the company had very little revenue, Jennifer Mellon and Danny Boice paid themselves $200K per year each. It is alleged that Mellon and Boice transferred $750 thousand from Trustify into another account. The couple allegedly used investor money to buy a $1.6 million home in Alexandria, Virginia and a million dollar vacation home in...

LinkedIn Marketing Fail or Push versus Pull

Every day, three or four or so LinkedIn spammers reach out to me on LinkedIn in order to enable me to exercise my delete finger. They treat me like I'm some kind of catawampus. They degrade me by implying I'm so stupid that I don't have a clue about my own needs. That just pisses me off...

Clique’s Andy Powers Securities Fraud Victim Letter

This week, victims of the Clique, Securities Fraud case were sent the following letter regarding the case and their status. If you are a victim of this fraud known as Communiclique (AKA Clique API) and didn't receive this email, you might want to get in touch with the Justice Department. I don't understand what happened to Ram Reddy, Clique API (AKA Communiclique) Chairman of the Board and Tim Lee the company's CFO. For instance, according to the lawsuit below Ram passed on fraudulent data in order to motivate others into purchasing shares of Communiclique. I'm not an attorney, but I was...