Open Letter To The Washingtonian Magazine

The December issue of the Washingtonian features a story titled “Meet Mr. Cranky.” While the story appears balanced, it is less than fair. The article ignores the groundwork and research that goes into my posts. For example with regards to Danny Boice and Trustify, I have interviewed well over 30 people including, former employees, former current employees, relatives of traumatized former employees, vendors, co-workers, partners, startup executives who shared office space with him in two separate accelerators and family members. These interviews cover Mr. Boice's employment with Trustify, Speek, and The College Board. The Washingtonian ignores the fact that I have 40 years of experience and training which includes years as a turn-around CEO employed by private equity investors to clean up messes created by irresponsible CEOs like Mr. Boice. The article ignores that I served as the President of a leading Proxy Advisory Firm, consulting to Institutional Investors on corporate governance matters regarding their publically traded portfolio companies. The article does not mention the fact that I have over a decade of formal training and experience as an executive coach, or that I am certified in personality and behavioral assessments. The article implies that I don't have the qualifications to assemble and analyze facts in...

Former Trustify Employees Available For Hire

Hello, DCTech here's an opportunity to help some needy fellow DC Techsters during this holiday season. According to multiple, recently-ex Trustify Employees. Monday, November 26, 20018, in a loud and aggressive screaming match, Danny Boice fired 8, Trustify Employees. These Trustify Employees were guilty of going to the Labor Relations Board seeking back pay. Danny was so aggressive that the Trustify Employees called the police. Trustify Employees that I've talked to have not seen Jen Mellon in the office for months, with one exception. Two weeks ago, she breezed into the office and printed a few things out. According to multiple witnesses, she and Danny had a loud argument and she left. This is a terrible time to be out of work and looking for a job. These are employees who were originally inspired by the stated mission of the company and while, I am not able to render an opinion on their competence or work ethic, I was impressed with them in the short time we spoke. Danny Boice's company appears to be crumbling and I'm told that the few employees who remain are also competent and only stayed because they can't afford to be out of work. If you're looking for marketing, sales, and tech folks,...

4th Not Quite Annual Not Quite 100 #DCTech Companies I Don’t Hate

Back in April of 2014, Mr. Steven Overly, formerly of the Washington Post, presently of Politico challenged me to name 100 DC Tech companies that I did not hate.  Well, I came up with only 42. Last year, for my third try I came up with 78 companies. This year, it's still 78. I've added a few companies to the list and some went off due to acquisition, or going out of business or me realizing I made a bad pick, or deciding the company isn't really a tech company. Not being listed doesn’t mean I hate your company. It only means that I don’t know of or forgot to mention your company. In the interest of specificity, I’ve included 10 companies that  I do know of and didn’t forget to list. That’s the DC Tech companies I know that I don’t Not Hate. The categories in this post include: The Hidden Gems – The companies that Technal.lyDC, DCInno, Tech.co, and Nibletz have no clue exist and even armed with a GPS, seeing eye dog and sextant, they’d still never find them. The Special Gem – A special company that deserves extra attention The Realy Big Deals – The guys you build an ecosystem around ...

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, I can pack into one sentence let me just proceed with the list. LinkedFrigginIn - Everyday I get four or more people who I don't know requesting to connect with me on LinkedIn. By some weird coincidence, most of these schmucks come up with the exact same invite message, "I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn."  What are the odds? What this message tells me is that these folks don't know, don't care if they impress me and don't care that I ignore them. Hey, if you want to connect, write me a message explaining to me...

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). Danny was a founder of Communiclique and Convicted fraudster Andy Powers is Danny's Yoda. Yet unrelented these clowns are reportingt that they are hiring a new Cheif Revenue Officer from industry giant Kroll (located in New York so they are probably opening the office for their new sale exec). This is a company of liars and proof of this is they read my posts, they threatened to sue if I didn't take them down and yet they do not sue. Danny Boice is a liar and that was not so, I would not be allowed to continue to expose Danny Boice and...

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 fails to name the company's former CFO, Tim Lee. The suit alleges that since 2006, Communiclique (DBA CliqueAPI) raised $23 million in equity through the offer and sale of stock shares to about 90 investors. The plaintiff alleges that Andy Powers, the CEO of the criminal enterprise CliqueAPI, posited that the company would end 2016 with revenue between $120 to $125 million. Powers claimed key customer wins included Uber, FedEx, Wilmer Hale, and Airbnb. Powers and by implication, Chairman of the Board member Ram Reddy and CFO Tim Lee reported 2015 revenue in excess of $71 million. While in fact, the...

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!...