Blog: Forward Thinking

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

Introspective Leadership – An AdvisoryCloud Tale

Great leaders are Introspective. They listen. They are open to feedback and they are not afraid to admit when they are wrong. One leadership expert could not have said it better when he said, Strategic introspection, which consists of purposely examining one's own motivations, personality traits, strengths, weaknesses, and emotional triggers, is a crucial element of leadership development, In fact, sense of self should be the first step in leadership development. It is common to hear leaders ask "Why does my staff or team member behave this way?" It is less common to hear leaders ask "How does my behavior manifest...

Andy Powers Domain Name Game

Andy Powers has been busy lately. I have reports he's started a new business and is out raising money on a new scam company. Stay tuned for more information on that as it develops. Meanwhile, I wonder why Communiclique would be registering these new domain names? Oh please please please, Tinkerbell...

DCTech Executive and Mindshare Member Dede Haskins Succumbs to Brain Cancer

Dede Haskins, a fixture in the DC Tech community passed on August 8th at the Capital Caring Adler Center in Aldie, VA. Dede, succumbed to a four year battle with brain cancer. For over a decade Dede Haskins worked tirelessly to help build the technology ecosystem and concentrating her efforts on promoting women in technology. Dede was a member of the Mindshare Class of 2008. Mindshare is a DC Area organization of over 1,000 local tech CEOs.  Dede was the 2004 President of Women in Technology. Haskins served five years as the president of STEM for Her. She was a Director...

Scammer Danny Boice Scammed by AdvisoryCloud

There's nothing more fitting than when a scammer is scammed. Let me set the Stage. Danny Boice is a well-documented perpetrator of fraud and embezzlement. He recently spent time in orange and white striped prison garb and leg shackles to explain to a judge why a guy who owned a $1.5 million home, a Tesla, had a chauffeur, maid, nanny, the groundskeeper was $50K in arrears on child support. Boice has allegedly scammed people of over $30 million dollars while embezzling the cash for personal use. So it's only fitting that this clown is now paying AdvisoryCloud to find paid advisory positions and...

Communiclique CEO Andy Powers Strategy – Evade Obfuscate and Delay

Communiclique (AKA Clique API) CEO, Andy Powers appeared in Alexandra VA US District Court today. The hearing was scheduled at 11 AM. Powers entered the courtroom and took a seat in the middle section of the 3rd row and waited for the case precededing his  to conclude. He was accompanied by an anonymous civilian, perhaps his mysterious benefactor (more on that later). This was my first opportunity to observe Powers up close. He's a goofy little dufus just like Mr. Cranky. The short, physically unimpressive little man, was carefully dressed, in tan slacks, a grey shirt buttoned up high to the...

Clique CEO Andy Powers indicted on 8 criminal counts

Clique  CEO Andy Powers indicted on 8 criminal counts in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division on July 24, 2019. Clique's (AKA Communiclique) Andy Powers faces 4 counts of wire fraud, 1 count of mail fraud, 1 count of inducing interstate travel to defraud, and 2 counts of unlawful monetary transactions. Add these charges to a $10 million judgment against Powers in a Virginia Court just a year ago. Wire fraud, February 17, 2016 - $1,000,0011 Wire fraud, August 8, 2016 - $115,200 Wire fraud, September 6, 2017 - $100,005 Wire fraud, September...

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...