Real Entrepreneurial Bible Verse

A friend of mine, who apparently frequents only the best bathrooms found this entrepreneurial bible verse written on the walls of a bathroom, somewhere in America. It should be the bible of startup entrepreneurs everywhere. It says, stop worrying about getting a pat on the back. Stop spending time on Glitter Traction. Get some shit done! Kudos to the unknown author of this Entrepreneurial Bible Verse: Set some goals. Be quiet about them. Smash the shit out of them. Clap for your own damn self. Author Unknown,  photo by Scott Stephen's in a bathroom somewhere in America. This rant reminded me of another entrepreneurial rant posted by Stephen Candelmo a few years ago. Are you focused on meeting real tangible goals that make a positive difference in your business? As an executive coach, I work with people who run businesses and help them make decisions, set goals and then get them to meet those goals. Want to know what that feels like? Try a no-obligation, complimentary, online coaching session. Schedule your executive business coaching session now by pressing the little red button and we'll get you on the road to entrepreneurial success....

3Si Phony VC

Everyone Who Knows Anything, Knows 3Si Phony VC is a Sham. Well, everyone except the local tech rags. With them, when it comes to that "knowing" thing, there appears to be a problem. These Tech "journalists" either don't know much or don't care about sharing letting what they know to get in the way of a story on deadline. The problem in DC is that too many of the "journalists" at rags like Technically DC and DCInno simply reprint bullshit without doing research. So when they post an article like this one, "WeWork’s veterans-in-residence program expands to DC," by Technically DC or this one, "The 10 Entrepreneurs in WeWork’s First D.C. Veterans in Residence Program," by DCInno the damage the very ecosystem of which they claim to be supporters. I reached out to one, count them, one, of the listed "Team Members" on the 3Si Web Page to ask about his relationship with 3Si. His response, "I Read your 3Si expo. I’m unfortunately linked with them and can’t seem to distance myself. One of the comments you posted came from my client. I Also have a second client that 3Si attempted to screw." I'm no journalist, yet, in doing a modest amount of research I...

3Si Jason Feimster part 3

My 3Si introduction was in early 2017 when a friend, let's call him Joe, called me about a VC he was speaking with. I had been advising this friend for years. He's a great guy and in the last five years, he has been diligently building a great company that serves a social good. I love this guy (yes DC, Mr. Cranky doesn't hate everyone). Joe had recently pitched at a local venture capital pitch event where he met a big-time Venture Capitalist interested to invest in Joe's company. They had follow-up meetings after the event and 3Si confirmed they were hot to invest. I asked who he was speaking with at 3Si and he said, Jason Feimster. That was how Jason Feimster and 3Si first popped up on my radar screen. I told Joe I would do a little research and get back to him. I checked Angel List, checked Crunchbase, checked the 3Si website and all the data pointed to bullshit. The only portfolio company was a small company called Lifemarkers that had no investors with the exception of 3Si. The two principals of 3Si, Hard Weinstock, and Jason Feimster were the founders and management team of both Lifemarkers and...

Chalant Health… Another One Bites The Dust

Updated March 12, 2018: Hmmmm Chalant Health seems a little less healthy each day. I just got off the phone with Janice Riley, the Manager of Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College. Janice Riley is listed as an advisor on Chalant's Health website (as of today but probably not next week) She acknowledges that she met Matthew Pugsley, CEO of Chalant Health, but like so many of the people who were listed as executives on Pugsley's team page (see this post, there were  7 Execs listed on January 7th and there are 3 listed today), she had no idea she was an advisor. [caption id="attachment_77169" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Chalant Health Advisors as of March 7, 2018[/caption] With the exception of Matt's girlfriend and partner in crime in the scam known as Chalant Health, slimy Jan Ridgely (not to be confused with the extremely reputable Janice Riley), I assume all of the other folks listed as advisors are similar to Janice Riley...

Great #DCTech News for Jonathon Perrelli LifeFuels

I have fabulous news for DCTech! Just fabulous and it involves our own Jonathon Perrelli! It is what everyone in DC has been waiting for. A Tech Region defining company! We are just moments away from Jonathon Perrelli creating the DC Tech equivalent to Elon Musk's sending a Tesla to Orbit around the Sun. After nearly 4 years...

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...