Wolves of Startupland

Wolves Of StartupLand – #DCTech-style

The Wolves Of StartupLand What's wrong with Mr Cranky? Why is he always crying Wolf? Is he like Peter in Peter and the Wolf? Are there really Wolves in StartupLand? Is he just crying Wolf? Absolutely YES and on Thursday's for the next few months I'm going to make my episodic case to that end in a series of blog posts that detail what puts the Crank in Mr Cranky. Why is he so mean to that poor startup founder.  Why is he such a bully. Although I prefer to think of me as more of a Proceed With Caution Sign than a bully but that's just me. You make up your own mind. Over the next few months, I'm going to be dedicating my Thursday Blog Posts to multi-part stories telling the tales of The Wolves of StartupLand.  I'm talking about the people who game the system, fudge the truth, may have squirreled away with the money of others...

Danny Boice Trustify Legal Issues

The Danny Boice Trustify Demand Letter Affair

Danny Boice Trustify Demand Letter So there I was. Minding my own business. When out of the blue. A knock on the door. The FedEx guy hands me one of the greatest gifts I've received since my grandma bought me socks and underwear for my birthday. Here was a poorly constructed, Demand Letter from someone who claims to be an "attorney," representing Danny Boice Trustify. I've requested permission to reprint the letter in full and sadly I have received no such permission so under the doctrine of fair use I will highlight some of the more ironic passages of this long rambling 5 page letter. The letter came from Anthony M. Conti, esquire of Conti Fenn & Lawrence PLLC of Baltimore. Mr Conti's letter dated April 12th was ominously labeled: URGENT - FOR IMMEDIATE REVIEW. The subject: Re: Demand to Cease and Desist Defamation of Daniel Boice and Trustify And very respectfully addressed to: Dear Mr. Helman: The opening: "I am writing on behalf of my client, Daniel Boice, to demand that you immediately cease and desist from continuing to publish false and intentionally disparaging statements about Mr. Boice and his company Trustify." Oh my...

Buzz to Biz Fool

Mr Cranky’s Buzz to Biz Ratio

What is the Buzz to Biz Ratio say you? It's the ratio that measures the correlation between company buzz and the value of a business. It's the fact that real companies understand that time, money, resources are precious and any resources dedicated to things other than designing, building, selling and supporting the best damn product possible is wasted energy. The Buzz to Biz ratio is the metric that separates a great company like ZoomData...

No Traction Dragster

Traction… what is Traction and what it ain’t

Traction! Traction! Traction! Nothing beats it. Nothing! Not strategy, not elegantly developed growth hacking plans, not butt tattoos. Nothing! Traction trumps all. So what is it exactly? That's a great question considering the discussions I've been privy too as of late. Traction when referring to a new business can almost best be defined by what it ain't as much as what it is. So let's start with what it isn't. Traction is not: an article by the "discerning," "journalists" at DCInno, or Tech.co or Technal.ly DC or even the legitimate press. Articles ain't traction...

Peter Corbett

Peter Corbett… the grudge that keeps on giving

Awwww Peter J Corbett, now there's a name that hasn't crossed my mind in three years. Three years ago peevish Pete had a hissy fit which resulted in both of us earning the Washington Business Journal C0-Loser of the week. Here's what went down. One day, I was minding my own business, reading twitter and it struck me funny that Peter Corbett, CEO of iStrategy Labs was tweeting interesting and unintentional-comedic tweets (since deleted but memorialized in this post: Peter J Corbett - In His Own Words).  For some reason Peter Corbett thought all of tweetdom yearned to know the status of his email box (was it email zero), his wiley stock purchases, and how cool was his new BMW. Now I thought that anyone tweeting in a public forum would not tweet anything they weren't proud of ...