RIP Richard Fox – Father, Husband, Friend, VC and Mentor

The world has lost another visionary. Richard Fox has left this earth at the age of 65. I first met Richard Fox in 2001 when he was on the board of Astracon, a Denver-based startup. Richard was the board representative of Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, an investor in the company. The board had hired me to run the company and we grew close during board meetings. From that time on he became a mentor to me and we developed a close friendship. Later, Richard invited me to join the board of Astracon, a company founded by Jamey Harvey and then hired me to replace the then CEO. Richard and I bonded as we both had little patience with fools and frauds. I remember one night sitting in a restaurant with Richard when he told me about the love of his life Susan. When my wife Nancy and I got to meet her we understood his infatuation. We were honored to join them at their wedding in Sedona where we had the opportunity to meet his son and daughter. A fellow Jersey Boy, based in Philadelphia, Richard was a Venture Capitalist who had a solid code of ethics and a heart. He received his undergrad degree from...

More Jason Feimster Plagiarist – Conman and Fake VC

Unfortunately for the World, Jason Feimster, Plagiarist, Conman and Fake VC is back (check out 3sI Phony VC). His web site is back up and this semi-literate, conman is continues to steal other people writing and present it as his own (see this post about his prior plagiarism foibles). If Jason Feimster ever had an original thought it would die of loneliness. That must be why this guy steals other peoples work. There was a while where his low-rent, Wix website went down...

Kyle Sandler Can’t Make It Anywhere

Queue up the song, New York, New York! If you can make it there, you'll make it everywhere. Kyle Sandler couldn't make it there. Kyle Sandler couldn't legally make it anywhere. Kyle Sandler better hope he can make it in prison...

Bobby Ocampo and Blueprint Equity

When I wrote the post, Angel And Venture Capital Are Broken – Part II, I highlighted two innovative variations of traditional Venture Capital, Proof Fund and Private Access Network. Then a few months later, I sat down with Bobby Ocampo of Blueprint Equity. Bobby introduced me to yet a third variation, that of his new fund Blueprint Equity. If you're from DC and you live in a hefty bag (basically that means those of you who get your DC Startup news from the Technically.DC and DCinno, the startup equivalents to getting your world news from Fox News), you probably don't know Bobby Ocampo. So let me catch you up on stuff that doesn't come from some inane, Jonathon-Perrelli-esque, self-promotional, press release. Bobby did 3 years at a Venture Capital firm, Grotech, followed by five years at Revolution. You all know Revolution right? Because even Technically DC and DCInno can spell Steve Case and Revolution Ventures. According to SEC Filings, Blueprint Equity raised $54 million dollars of a $75 million dollar fund. What makes Blueprint Different than other funds located in C besides the fact that Bobby just picked up and moved to San Diego? Got that, Mr. Ocampo left town and opened up shop in San Diego....

Heard Around DC Startups

Ah DC Startups, the red-headed, bastard, stepchildren of the startup world. For instance, the other day I read a quote by a guy. In terms of DC Startups, this guy is a successful founder with a good, relative to other DC Startups exits.  I like and respect this guy and his current company.  Yet, the quote was a perfect example of the ridiculous, over-the-top, kind of sound bites it takes to get ink or bits in the startup press in the wastelands of DC Startups. This quote inspired me to pick on all the pronouncements and predictions from DC's "prestigious" prognosticators. Here's the quote that inspired me, "We have the DNA of a billion dollar company" I have the DNA of a Neanderthal (2.7 % of my DNA to be precise) but that doesn't make me a caveman. Nope, I'm a caveman because I have failed to evolve. So to the CEO of the double-helix DNA company, you have the DNA of a decent company but you aren't the next Uber of Uber. On the other hand, you aren't Lifefuels...

Trustify Trustpilot Reviews

Sorry, folks, I've been trying to stay away from the stale topic of Danny Boice, Jen Mellon and Trustify but then someone pointed me towards Trustify Trustpilot reviews (you can find Trustify Trustpilot reviews here). Some signs that things are over...

Danny Boice’s Drug Induced Fever Dream – Journey to Trust

What follows is a bit is a blog post and analysis of said blog post that formerly could be found on the Trustify web site. The post was titled, "Journey To Trust, Part 1 -the man with the knife." After I started posting links to the blog, Danny Boice must have thought it would be better if he removed it.  It's gone. Of course, I am a patron of the arts so I will try and restore this artwork. The article, an incoherent, mix of Dashiell Hammett, Louis Carroll, Jim Morrison, and a 12-year-old, pre-pubescent boy,  spending his 4th year in 2nd grade. This blog post had no place being published in an amateur porn web site, much less a "professional business-oriented blog." But hey, Danny Boice paid a company hundreds of thousands of dollars to write a documentary about him and his wife. His company was going under and he wanted it to appear that it was still a thing so he just kept posting goofy content that didn't belong there. Let's analysis this failed literary trash, Journey To Trust, Part 1 -the man with the knife. Fucker’s quick. He’s beside me and Jen in an instant, but I’ve still got him. My heart...