Blog: Forward Thinking

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

AdvisoryCloud Review

When I first wrote an AdviosryCloud review, the company had recently changed its name from ExecRanks to AdvisoryCloud. Why would a company that had spent time and money building a brand, change that name and run away from that brand? Because according to every legitimate advisory cloud review I ever read, the company is a dumpster fire. When I wrote this my first post on these Bozos, there were only reviews available under the ExecRanks name. Now the AdvisoryCloud reviews are in. AdvisoryCloud Review on Trust Pilot Thomas Stewart 2 reviews (a 1 Star review for AdvisoryCloud and a 5 Star review for Protection Inc) Updated...

Communiclique’s Andy Powers Thinks He’s Tinkerbell

Communiclique (AKA Clique, CliqueAPI) is dead. A judge declared it so (see post). Like the story of Peter Pan, Communiclique was always a fantasy story. Now, that the story has ended, Andy Powers keeps putting out press releases in an attempt to convince potential investors that Communiclique exists and Andy is a businessman instead of a common criminal. Remember that part of Peter Pan where Peter implores anyone who will listen to declare their belief in fairies? That was the only way to bring Tinkerbell to come back to life. Andy Powers thinks he's Tinkerbell and if he keeps asking for...

Apps Don’t Rock the World

When I read about startups and technology in the DC region is cursed with a poor excuse for a Tech Press, you know, Technically DC and DCInno. The "journalists" at these rags would have you believe that some of the silliest Apps are changing the world. I've got information for you lazy bit vomiters...

Communiclique Data Details

Before Communiclique was exposed as a giant Ponzi scheme, the company Andy Powers and Ram Reddy were telling anyone who would listen that it was a Billion Dollar Unicorn. Now we know it is practically worthless. A group of investors recently won a judgment to put the company in receivership. The Bankruptcy lawsuit shed light on the murky details of this company (first story on this dumpster fire company and Andy Powers here) Here are just a few facts recently made public thanks to the bankruptcy proceedings. The Cap Table and how much each investor would have realized if the company...

Morally Bankrupt Communiclique Declared Financially Bankrupt

This Morning, in a Deleware Court, Communiclique declared financially bankrupt by a judge. Communiclique (AKA Clique & CliqueAPI) CEO, Founder and Board Member, Andy Powers did not show up in court as the judge had ordered. Based on the fraudulent evidence, the judge referred Andy Powers to the US Attorney's office on criminal charges. Game On! Or Game Off! Or where the hell was Andy Powers? Let the Games Begin! In addition, the judge declared Andy Powers, big shot, big-time business guy, master of the universe, financially bankrupt...

The This of the Thats

There are more than a few overdone phrases in the startup world that drive me nuts. I hate the intersections as in we're at the intersection,  "we're  at the intersection of tech and sustainability," courtesy of the Shelton Group, or "we're at the intersection of absurdity and buffoonery," courtesy of LifeFuels. Or how about, "We're the Tinder of Uber (for people who want to date Uber Drivers). But nothing makes me crazier than the "We are the This of the Thats." But before I get to that, I have this great product idea! I'm talking as good as the 3rd Love Bra...