When You Block Me…

Devin Nunes, a congressman is suing Twitter and two twitter characters named @DevinNuneMom (suspended) and @DevinCow for defamation and seeking $250 million in damages. Is that what you call a snowflake (help out Deven's Cow and donate)? I talked to my attorney last night. The lawsuit can be expensive, but I’m determined to fight it. Devin should not be allowed to stop free speech. Can you please help me? Thank you 💗🐮 https://t.co/I9Ko944Ptr — Devin Nunes’ cow (@DevinCow) March 28, 2019 Why doesn't he just block them? I don't block people on Twitter...

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...

Angel Kings Ross Blankenship is a Fraud

Angel Kings my ass. Ross Blankenship is a fraud. Old Ross, claims to have cut his teeth in the DC startup scene. I've been doing startups since 1978. Over that time I've worked with a few of the great entrepreneurs and tech visionaries in this town. No legitimate startup veteran even knows this clown. Let me tell you, Ross Blankenship is not an entrepreneur, nor is he a tech visionary, nor was he ever been a thing in DC of any consequence to anyone but his mom. The cockroaches in DC built better businesses than Blankenship. He's not an Angel Investor or an Angel King. He's a fraud, who use to work out of Washington DC. Unlike DC's special brand of two-bit hustling frauds, like Paul Singh, a man who was laughed out of town...

This Year in DCTech – 2018 edition

It's that time again. Time to review all the tremendous accomplishments of the most dynamic tech ecosystem south of Columbia Md, North of Springfield VA,  East of Gaithersburg MD and west of Annapolis. Yes, DCTech we're number 1 out of any city in the world with our exact lat/long coordinates! Yea us! Go Team DC! So let's get right to it. January - Was Action Packed!!!! Amazon Will Change Everything - Amazon announced they would hold a beauty contest to determine which town they will destroy by overloading local infrastructure, straining the already huge employment talent gap by bringing 50,000 new jobs parked in Amazon HQ2. DC is one of the "lucky" cities to make the short list (see post). Boice Is The Champion - Danny Boice wins the coveted Worst Wolf of Startupland Title. Making Shit Happen (As Long as Nothing Happening is the Definition of Happening) - Lots of good news from Jonathon Perrelli and LifeFuels...

What’s In A Name – Sharing Your Name With A Douche

A recently received the following email: Oct 29, 2018, 9:18 AM to glen From: The Other Andy Powers Email: Interested in: Message Body: Hi Mr. Hellman, I'm a different Andy Powers and I encountered your blog after looking curiously at others with my same name online. I am floored and sickened by the stories about the other "me" and others in their crew. I can't believe all that stuff really happened (meant only figuratively, as the details are quite clear and reinforced by SEC orders and the like). I'll have to keep aware of that AP and his digital presence, in case of misunderstanding about someone looking up my name online. How are you connected to those people? It took me a while to understand that those posts were part of your blog, not your Driven Forward business. Did you know them already or know others impacted by them? If the facts are so against them as all this, I'm also surprised that they can still appear successful to anyone else. It's nice to meet you. I'm glad you are recording the details of the stories and proofs behind them. At the least, I wanted to say hello, after reading all these crazy things this morning. Sincerely, The Other Andy Powers Just imagine being a...

Peter Corbett’s Ego

"At the end of June this year I retired from the company I had founded. Being a 38 year old retiree has its perks for sure, but I’m assuming most people don’t have a perspective on the challenges associated with giving up the profession/status/context/wealth-generation-machine that they’d been managing for decades. In fact, this is a devilishly difficult thing to do for one super complicated reason: we subconsciously construct an Ego that enables us in the journey we set out for — and that Ego doesn’t just go away over night. It fights you— till its death or yours, and usually wins." Peter Corbett on his Massive Ego - The Year My Ego Died (+18 Book Recommendations) Peter Corbett is a unique and talented man. A man who has achieved numerous accolades and some of them were not self-awarded, including being named Mr. January in the 2019 Clowns and Crooks of DCTech Calendar. At 38 years old he successfully exited (with no sarcasm like when I say Evan Burfield or Danny Boice exited from a company) from a genuinely impressive company that he built on the back of impressive creativity, hard work, intelligence and an ego so big that it's gravitational force often interferes with...

Startup Dictionary – An Urban-Dictionary for Startups

Startup speek is bullshit speek that requires translation. So I've created a Startup Dictionary to be like the Urban Dictionary for Startups. I hope this Startup Dictionary helps you distill truth from doublespeak. Agile - The excuse developers use for coding without a plan and running around in circles Artificial Intelligence (AI) - The living embodiment of the Shakespeare line, "first kill all the lawyers." It is AI that will replace the lawyers, accountants, and marketeers.  Look for a new AI app to answer spam email and phone calls. Award Winning - Pre-revenue company Big Data - Big deal Blockchain - Something that someday is going to be extremely valuable and important to people other than those people getting rich  running blockchain conferences Bootstrap - An idea either so good that it funds itself or so bad that no one will fund it Business Developer - Someone who will be making phone calls all day, every day to people who don't pick up the phone Change Agent - A nag or in Yiddish, Yenta Crypto-Currency - See Blockchain DCInno - Snot Rag Disruptive - Makes everything that nobody used or needed obsolete Elevator Pitch - Cramming 10 minutes of abstract meaningless jargon into a 30-second sentence that could be repeated in less than 30,...

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!...