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 and 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 ...

Trustify

Dis-Trustify: Is #DCTech’s Trustify Trustworthy?

  What the heck's happening at DC Tech Darling Trustify? Now Trustify, previously and more aptly named Flim Flam is run by local DC Flim Flam man Danny Boice. According to Danny, he's a Harvard man without quote marks, but Harvard would say different. You'd think a "Harvard" man would have all the right stuff to right the Flim Flam ship? Glassdoor reviews say otherwise. As our President of these here United States would say...

Dumb Money

Mr Cranky Dumb Money Venture Crapital

Dumb Money is someone willing to invest in a Venture Fund run by a Tech.co technology rag full of "journalists" who never saw a bad idea they didn't think would make a great company. I just got this email from Tech.co founder Frank Gruber: From: Frank Gruber Date: Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 2:20 PM Subject: Re: Timely: Opportunity To Get Involved To: Glen Hellman Cc: Jen Consalvo, Jon Spinney Hi Glen, I hope you're doing well. We haven't heard from you in a bit so I wanted to circle back one last time to see if you're interested in getting involved in TechCo Ventures. The 6 companies targeted for our initial fund are: Blendoor CoSchedule Klickly Peanut Butter ProxBox ShearShare We have finalized terms and are prepared to begin the closing process. Please let us know your final indication of interest and we will send along final documents to execute. Final documents will be sent via DocuSign from Jon Spinney from Malartu (jon@malartufunds.us). So look for that coming to you soon. We look forward to having you involved and are available this weekend to answer any questions regarding the close. Thanks, Frank Frank Gruber CEO, Tech.Co Author of Startup Mixology Host of Innovate & Celebrate Conference Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn Truthfully...

LearnMetrics

LearnMetrics Learns Nothing Fast

Chicago-based startup LearnMetrics and Julian Miller are the definition of the Startup Professional Class (SPC) What do I mean by that? The Startup Professional class are components of the Startup Industrial Complex. Julian and his SPC colleagues, like DC-based Danny Boice and Evan Burfield are not in the business of creating companies of any value...

WBJ co-loser of the week

Celebrating My 3 Year Anniversary as the WBJ Co-Loser of the Week

Three years ago today, Mr Cranky (yes, once again I am referring to myself in the 3rd person), celebrated being named the Washington Business Journal C0-Loser of the week! My only regret Doug Fruehling was having to share the title and not even making it into the loser of the year competition. See Video Below I solemnly pledge to earn this title on my own, with no need to share it with any other individual in the future. Mr Cranky Dreams! Washington Business Journal Article My Offending Post: The Two Worlds of DCTech ...

Bad Spam, Bad Marketing

Talk about bad marketing! Usually, Mr Cranky just ignores his spam mail. Occasionally, I lie to draw a lesson from them so I've decided to improve the following spam mail and send it to the spammer so that old Mak Saini...

DCs Mr Cranky

Why Do They Call Me DC’s Mr Cranky?

DC's Mr Cranky? Tonight, for the umpteenth time I was introduced as DC's Mr Cranky. Tonight, folks continuously asked, "Why Mr Cranky?" I obviously wasn't amongst my base. They didn't know me. So I thought today, I'd explain to the world...

Mr Cranky Startup Technology Resolution

Mr Cranky’s 2017 Startup Technology Resolution

Mr Cranky and Startup Technology a match made in heaven. Mr Cranky's back and I've made my 2017 Startup Technology Resolution list for the coming year. For the past 2 years I've fortunately avoided the crank inducing bullshitocracy that is the DC Tech Startup ecosystem. I've been able to avoid the Faux Silicon Valley wannabe wantrepreneur festival celebrations of  stupid ideas, poorly executed and horribly explained. Then recently, with a slight case of FOMO a work assignment thrust me headfirst back into the ooze of DCs anemic startup ecosystem. So here's my resolution for 2017. I will not get upset when I see what I saw these past few months. What did I see, you say? Here goes: Yet Another Better Yelp - You know what's wrong with Yelp? It is widely used, casts a wide net, covering too many restaurants and other service providers with hundreds of reviews. What this world needs is a Yelp for dating. You see a Yelp-like app with far fewer entries, painfully and expensively self-sourced with an awesome ambiance filter that empowers couples to choose their date venue based on micro-targeted ambiance features...