Consumer Electronics Show 2018 – Joshua Konowe Guest Correspondent

A few years, in 2014, one of my favorite commentators or commenters of cronies or whatever, who calls himself Skippy went to CES and agreed to share his impressions (see here). Today, Joshua reports from his latest experience at the show. It's definitely the place to try something new. Lots of spaghetti throwing, like the attached first screenshot I'm calling marketing message No. 347, or as a good friend put it, "random meta observations". This was from one of the big 3 car companies.  The second photo was Samsung's 2-story VR booth. The booth had VR skiing competitions and several immersive swivel chairs that maneuvered 360 degrees in all directions, especially upside down. So much confusion generally between AR and VR and the need to showcase why one is better than the other. Even what seems to be clearly defined already is not to the rest of the world. Lots of plugged in vehicles of all kinds. The first one is a foldable electric moped from Luxembourg and the next picture is a Chinese company trying to be Tesla-like. 50% of all the software and hardware products at the show are paring or trying to pair with Amazon's Alexa and Google Home. Apple may have lost this battle somehow. TBD. Very...

Chalant Health Leadership Turnover

Updated: January 12, 2018. In less than a month, Chalant Health Leadership Turnover has been more like a revolving door attacked by a tornado than that of a thriving business. In my Chalant Post on December 20th, the team page looked like this. On January 4th the Team dropped from 8 people, including CEO, Founder, and FlimFlammer Mathew Q. Pugsley to 4 people counting Mr. Pugsley. Chalant Health Leadership Turnover is a problem...

3rd Not Quite Annual 100 #DCTech Companies I Don’t Hate

Back in April of 2014, Mr. Steven Overly, formerly of the Washington Post, presently of Politico challenged me to name 100 DC Tech companies that I did not hate.  Well, I came up with only 42. Last year, I tried it again and still couldn't come up with 100. Well this year, I'm closer. I've come up with, 78 companies I don't hate. Not being listed doesn't mean I hate your company. It only means that I don't know of or forgot to mention your company. In the interest of specificity, I've included 9 companies that  I do know of and didn't forget to list. That's the DC Tech companies I know that I don't Not Hate. The categories in this post include: The Hidden Gems - The companies that Technally DC, DCInno, Tech.co, and Nibletz have no clue exist and even armed with a GPS, seeing eye dog and sextant, they'd still never find them. The Special Gem - A special company that deserves extra attention The Realy Big Deals - The guys you build an ecosystem around The Companies I Don't Hate The Companies I Don't Not Hate The company I don't Hate or Not Hate but I know who they...

Evan Burfield – Startup America – K Street Capital Part 2

When you meet Evan Burfield, he looks you up and down and runs a quick algorithm. If the results indicate you can serve his short-term goals, you're a friend. If you have no apparent near-term value, even if you had helped him in the past, he deems you not worthy of his attention. That appears to be the formula. See a person, judge them from high to low in terms of the value they can perform in terms of his next goal. He's a brilliant analyst of short-term value and knows how to push the accelerator to get people to serve his goals. In this post, as in part 1 (seen here) and in upcoming Part 3 we follow this pattern and track the list of bodies that were pushed aside when value was extracted. Startup America - 2011 After Evan's second experience being fired by investors in the only companies he'd ever led and founded, he was once again, made available to industry. Yes sure, he'd been "promoted" to "Chairman of the Board," of Synteractive, a company that had no board supervision, but let's just say he was underemployed. In 2011, we find Evan, on the street, looking for some way to remain relevant....

Michael Riemer on Startups

The other day I read a Facebook post that seemed spot-on. It was a post by Michael Riemer on Startups, titled "10 Quirky Musings After 30 Years of Start-Ups." I asked Michael for permission to reprint and I'll let you guess whether it was granted or not. So without further ado, I present Michael Riemer on Startups! If you don't know where you are going, you will never get there - start with a roadmap and an exit strategy, adjust and refine as you go. The light at the end of the tunnel may be an oncoming train - be prepared to fail and keep going. You can't teach curiosity or passion - hire good "athletes" with drive and add domain expertise as needed. If you don't like roller-coasters, get off the ride - the hourly, daily, weekly and monthly ups and downs are not a fit for everyone and it always takes twice as long (or more) than you think. Customers are "never" right - they only know what they know but not what is possible so always work with them to focus on "the why." There are lots of things you can manage, but you can't control time - it...

Startup Funding: Who To Blame for the Lack of #DCTech Cash?

Who should we blame for the lack of startup funding in DC? Angel Investors - Let's blame the Angel Investors! Why aren't people like Mr Cranky investing in startups anymore? After all, wasn't Glen Hellman the #1 Angel Investor in the United States according to Tech Cocktail (tech.co) readers? Actually, no he wasn't and he, who is I, never was the #1 angel anywhere. He who is I, is (or am) also no longer an Angel Investor and the rest of this article describes why. Venture Capitalists - Let's blame the lack of startup funding on all the VC's who just don't "get it." Which isn't true if "it" is not understanding the value of a groovy app like Sick Weather. There is no it to get with apps like Trustify and Sick Weather.  The it that VCs do get however is the actually it that is the problem.  The it that is keeping them from actively investing in this region is that too few its have proven themselves to be worth it in DC as of late. That's why there used to be over 40 active VC's in this town and now there's only 4 or 5 or 6. The Government...