Pulling Weeds in the DC Startup Garden

If the DC Startup ecosystem was a garden and all the startups were plant life, the good companies would be flowers, especially Urban Stems and Bloompop that happen to sell flowers. If the DC Startup ecosystem was a garden than the DC Startup Tech "Journalists" would be the farmers who shine sunlight and spread manure in our gardens. "Journalists" from Tecnical.ly DC and DCInno do a great job of spreading the crap. They indiscriminately spread life-giving nutrients to all plants be they flowers or weeds. That's great because every garden needs fertilizer. If the DC Startup ecosystem was a garden it would be a small garden and unfortunately, this garden is over-fertilized with poo and is infested with weeds. The weeds you ask? They are companies like Trustify, Chalant Health, Union, and LifeFuels, with "Venture Craptial" firms like 3Si, with false prophets like Paul Singh, Evan Burfield, Jonathon Perrelli. they are the second tier, phonies who don't even qualify to the 1st class huckster status like, Jason Feimster, Matthew Pugsley, and Janet Ridgely. To the outright abusive criminals like Andy Powers, Danny Boice, and Jen Mellon. If the DC Startup ecosystem was a garden, this garden would need a gardener willing to get his or her...

Jonathon Perrelli LifeFuels Life Fool

What do you do if you're Jonathon Perrelli, the LifeFuels Life Fool, and Mr. Cranky won't stop pointing out how much of your investor's money you wasted promoting your product and yourself. How do you counter my frequent mocking because you've focused so little time creating a product? How do you counter Mr Cranky making fun of all the money and time wasted on meaningless pay-to-play awards like a CES innovation award (see post)? A competent rational person would stop focusing on self-promotion and start focusing on building real value. An intelligent strategic person would stop producing so much mock-worthy material. But a LifeFuels Life Fool would just try to block my access to his buffoonery. He'd block every person who follows Mr. Cranky on Twitter, everyone who has ever left a supportive comment on my blog posts (more about that later). This fool would block me from his social media feeds in the hopes that he could hide from critical scrutiny. JP is a snowflake too timid to face the truth. A man who craves affirmation and runs from the truth. The problem with Mr. Perrelli, LifeFuels Life Fool is he's afraid to face facts. He is afraid to confront reality...

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Startup Community Leaders or Leavers?

I've always been suspect of startup community leaders. In fact, when Tien Wong accused me of being a startup community leader the other day, I was so offended I almost asked him to turn in his can of WhoopAss. Let's look at a history of startup community leaders in DC and keep score: Startup Community Leaders Who Are Leavers: Mario Morino - DCs first startup community leader at the end of the 90s and beginning of the aughts. He left town for his hometown of Cleveland over 15 years ago. LaunchBox Digital - How could these guys fail with such a strong first cohort (see article) Frank Gruber - Ran DC-Focused Tech Cocktail and left town in 2013 to become a Las Vegas community leader in 2013 Jen Consalvo - Also ran DC-Focused Tech Cocktail and left town in 2013 to become a Las Vegas community leader in 2013 Justin Thorpe - Was a force behind DC-Tech Meetup, DC-Tech Facebook Group left town in 2013 to work with Frank and Jen and came back a year later as a civilian Michael Myernick - Co-founded Proudly Made and a DC-Tech Meetup organizer raised $1.2 million for his "startup," Spinnakr and then snuck out of...

Matthew Pugsley Scofflaw and Felon

Right now as I write this Matthew Pugsley is in court. Once again this crook is defending himself for non-payment. Just a quick check of the Fairfax County District Court for Pugsley the CEO of Chalant Health shows that Pugsley has been involved in 12 Court Actions involving 9 different cases since 2009. Count them 12. Four of those involve Matthew Pugsley being evicted (Unlawful Detainer). Case # Plaintiff Defendant Date Case Judgment Case Type GV17012863-00 CARLOCK, DOUG PUGSLEY, MATTHEW 07/21/17 Plaintiff Unlawful Detainer GV14018989-01 WEBSTER, DAVID E PUGSLEY, MATTHEW 01/08/15 Closed Garnishment GV14018989-02 WEBSTER, DAVID E PUGSLEY, MATTHEW 01/08/15 Closed Garnishment GV14018989-00 WEBSTER, DAVID E PUGSLEY, MATTHEW 10/24/14 Plaintiff Unlawful Detainer GV13021708-00 KANG, DIANA S PUGSLEY, MATTHEW Q 11/01/13 Non-suit Warrant In Debt GV12014854-01 MILLER, MARGARET PUGSLEY, MATTHEW Q 09/18/12 Closed Interrogatory/Judge GV12014854-00 MILLER, MARGARET PUGSLEY, MATTHEW Q 07/20/12 Plaintiff Unlawful Detainer GV10031048-00 DELL FINANCIAL SERVICES LLC PUGSLEY, MATTHEW 07/06/11 Non-suit Warrant In Debt GV10015563-00 JORMANDY LLC ASSIGNEE OF CHASE BANK USA NA PUGSLEY, MATTHEW Q 02/02/11 Plaintiff Warrant In Debt GV10031784-00 COUNTRY CLUB OF FAIRFAX PUGSLEY, MATTHEW Q 01/12/11 Not Found/Unserved Warrant In Debt GV10021600-00 DEUTSCHE BANK TRUST COMPANY AMERICAS PUGSLEY, MATTHEW Q 09/23/10 Non-suit Unlawful Detainer GV08030274-00 BB&T FINANCIAL FSB PUGSLEY, MATTHEW Q 02/27/09 Plaintiff Warrant In Debt Regarding Eviction Case Number : GV14018989-00 Judgement against Pugsley Judgment : Plaintiff Costs : $46.00 Attorney Fees : 2,112.00 Principal Amount : $10,560.00 Other Amount : Interest Award : 6% FROM 102414 Possession : Possession Writ Regarding Eviction Case Number: GV17012863-00  Judgment : Plaintiff Costs : $70.00 Attorney Fees : -0- Principal Amount : $23,333.34 Other Amount : Interest Award : 6% INTEREST FROM 072117 Regarding Eviction Case Number : GV08030274-00 Judgment :...

Jason Feimster the Clown Prince of Venture Capital

Great News for DCTech! Jason Feimster, the clown prince of Venture Capital is back in business! His website is back up. It's still a cheap ass, low-rent, Wix-based web site. It still features a ton of plagiarized content (See the Clown Prince of Venture Capitals plagiarizing post). Feimster's page is still riddled with lies. But, let me say this in defense of the Clown Prince of Venture Capital's website if it was compared to the underlying, "Busines," if the website was a novel it would be, War and Piece, while the business is 50 Shades of Feces (Jason, here's a link to help you figure out what the word "Feces" means). For some strange reason, cough, cough lack of money, Jason's website went AWOL in June. Maybe after being fully invested, he had a cash flow problem and couldn't pay his $6 monthyly web hosting fee (see post). I'm told, but can't verify that his last fund was fully invested when he invested the last nickel in a pack of juicy fruit gum. So he closed 3Si Holdings Fund I. The crack investigative reporting team at Driven Forward were able to obtain the actual complete Fund I portfolio. Here it is: One...

Andy Powers – Friend of Danny Boice & Fellow Criminal

On March 16, 2018, the Commonwealth of Virginia's State Corporation Commision (SCC) filed against Andrew Brent Powers (AKA Andy Powers) and his company Comunniclique (DBA CliqueAPI) alleging multiple violations of the Virginia Securities Act. On July 13 of that year, the courts found Andy Powers guilty of 108 violations of the Act. Powers was also was found guilty of failing to respond to a subpoena.  That basically means he's on the run and did not appear to defend himself. Originally CliqueAPI and Powers mounted an aggressive defense and then in April, Power's Attornies, The Aegis Law Group, filed (see filing) that they were withdrawing from counsel on this case. Did Powers run out of money to pay for representation or were his attorney's alarmed that he was not acting in good faith? It seems like from that time, Andy was non-responsive to the case. According to court records, Tom Bayly, a senior investigator with the SCC, Division of Securities and Retail Franchising testified that the Division received a complaint in the fall of 2016 from the accountant of one of  CommuniClique's (AKA Clique and Clique API) investors regarding several irregularities. Subsequent investigations found that Powers was reporting to prospective and existing investors in CommuniClique, that...

The Problem with Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest

Is Steve Case's Rise of the Rest making a big difference for the rest? What is Rise of the Rest? According to Steve Cases, Revolution Web Site: Rise of the Rest is a nationwide effort powered by Revolution to invest in and work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. Since 2014, Steve Case and the Revolution team have logged more than 8,000 miles touring entrepreneurial communities by bus in 33 cities. The Rise of the Rest is all about creating a robust startup ecosystem in 33 cities, by going on a bus tour, awarding $100K to pitch contest winners in 33 cities. In addition, just like 99% of every other VC in the world, Rise of the Rest will invest in worthy startups outside Silicon Valley. Basically, it's the startup version of the American Idol tour. It spreads some money around, some temporary excitement, anoints one company, Queen for a Day.. and they bolt out of town. My problem with Rise of the Rest is it reminds me of the reason so many companies fail...

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Sometimes I Have To Admit, #DCTech Isn’t So Bad

[caption id="attachment_60126" align="alignright" width="150"] Fake Grimlock holding a can of WhoopAss[/caption] When it comes to DCTech, ya'll, well, any of ya'll in DCTech who have ever read my screeds know that Mr. Cranky is a Glass Half Full kind of guy and that Half Full Glass is usually Half Full of Urine. Now, most of you are thinking that Mr. Cranky, is from New Jersey by way of Brooklyn before Brooklyn was as our President would say, "Infested," with hipsters, just used the word ya'll and you're wondering WTF so I'm going to tell you WFT, and TF is that the word, ya'll empowers me to say things like "Bless Your Heart," instead of the New Jerseyian equivalent which is, F$3K OFF! Hows that for some stream of consciousness bit spewing vomit (the first person to correctly diagram the proceeding sentences gets a free can of Mr. Cranky Driven Forward Whoopass as pictured here). Today I'm here to Praise DCTech and not to bury her. In the last 2 weeks, I've serendipitously managed to meet several DCTech Real Startup Founders. Here are companies that will make my next release of "100 DCTech Companies I Don't Hate." Nakul Manjal - Status Identity. provides powerful Multi-Factor Adaptive User Authentication by creating a...