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 of the local chapter of The Founder Institute. Dede was a kind, thoughtful woman who was generous with her time. I will miss her counsel and she will be missed by the DC Tech community. She is survived by twin daughters, Morgan, and Shannon.  Ladies, please know that many of us loved your mother and mourn your loss. Jeff Payne who worked with Dede Haskins at Cigital, a company he founded posted, Words cannot describe the sadness I feel. Dede worked with me at Cigital for many years and we've been friends ever since. She had the unique ability to be a no nonsense...

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 AdvsoryCloud will work as hard for Danny's benefit as Danny worked for the benefit of his employees, vendors, customers, and investors when he was at Trustify. In other words, they're going to keep his money and laugh at him! Who is AdvisoryCloud? AdvisoryCloud is the F-rated Better Business Bueruea, 1-star Tust Pilot ranked, scam company that charges people who are too niave to be advisors as evidenced by the fact that they are not smart enough to check internet reviews before paying AdvisoryCloud to not get them an advisory position for which they are obviously not qualified. Here's how Danny Boice describes himself...

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 top button on his neck, a blue blazer, and glasses. He nearly successfully covered up 98% of his thug-life tattoos that scream...

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 1, 2017 - $440,000  Mail fraud, April 4, 2017 Inducing interstate travel to defraud, November 29, 2016 Unlawful Monetary Transaction, September 21, 2015 - $75,308 to purchase a 2015 GMC Yukon Unlawful Monetary Transaction, September 25, 2015 - $157,050 to purchase a 2015 BMW i8 The indictment also mentions the bonehead move by Powers when he admitted in a posted he defrauded investors (he called it a little mistake) on his website. If this imbecile had consulted an attorney, he would have been advised to not address the case in a public forum. These words came back to bite him. "On or about October...

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), someone with the initials PR, likely Ram Ready whose legal name is, Parvathareddy Balarami Reddy claimed he just passed on information. He didn't verify the accuracy? 26. P.R. was interviewed by the FBI and advised that all of the information he passed along to investors came directly from POWERS. It appears PR asserted he passed on information that came directly from Powers and it infers that PR didn't know the information he passed on to investors included bold-faced lies. An attorney, John P. Rowley III of  SCHERTLER & ONORATO, LLP, who claims to represent Ram Reddy in which R. Rowley asserts in a letter to...

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 to be paid advisors, but don't have the common sense to do any research before buying a product that has virtually failed every single customer they ever had, to put these people, who already displayed a lack of judgment to get paid positions as advisors, dispensing the kind of advice that disqualifies them as advisors as evidenced by the fact that they are AdvisoryCloud customers (You might want to read that sentence a few times and then ask yourself, how the Washtintonian Magazine had the nerve to accuse me of writing rambling prose). Follow this link to learn more about AdvisoryCloud The...

Join the I Hate Mr. Cranky Club

Hi Folks, there's a new club forming. It's the "I Hate Mr. Cranky Club. A little background. I've always had my detractors and haters. When a person is a pig-headed arrogant meat-waffle like I am it's only natural. Add on that I call out crooks, cheats, and slime and you can multiply the haters club into a battalion of know-nothing shit-stirrers. Remember the illiterate, chickenshit, weasel who created a blog about Mr. Cranky (see post)? That was the start of a concerted effort to uncover dirt and trash my reputation. The only problem these provocateurs have is I'm a little too squeaky clean to be provoked. I wouldn't start calling out crooks if I had anything to hide. I'm stupid, just not that stupid. When I started my cranky crook coverage I knew I had to have and maintain a spotless ethics and criminal record. I knew that I would have to keep my nose clean while I was exposing, scam artists, bullshitocrats, and criminals? Especially when some of those crooks like Danny Boice and Matt De Leon are supposed to be private detectives? Don't you think that if there was some evil in my background, they would have exposed it by...

Matt De Leon Attempts To Save His Career by Rewriting History

Matt De Leon is either a complete imbecile or a coconspirator in the Ponzi Scheme that was Trustify.  My money is on both. Everything I've been told and observed leads me to believe he's both a moron and a crook. By way of background, who is Matt De Leon? According to Matt's LinkedIn profile (which I have to view under an alias because for some unfathomable reason Matthew De Leon blocks me on social media. Insert sad face here.) he joined a company called Trustify in May 2016. As the story of Trustify unfolded over the years it is apparent the company defrauded investors who thought they were investing in a company, only to find out they invested in a facade of a company which in reality was just a personal bank account for its founders and officers. Investors watched as $18 million dollars evaporated funding a lavish luxurious lifestyle for the companies executives. After scores of interviews with former Trustify employees, vendors, investigators, and investors and scouring a multitude of lawsuits against the company it is apparent that Trustify's revenues were greatly exaggerated and that fraud was committed (see this investor lawsuit). Matt De Leon is trying to claim he was...