Washington Business Journal: JBG Smith aims to garnish Trustify assets in new court case

JBG Smith aims to garnish Trustify assets in new court case Real estate investment trust JBG Smith Properties Inc. (NYSE: JBGS) is heading to court to try to collect on a $263,477.21 judgment against one of its tenants, private investigation startup Trustify. The garnishment case and the earlier judgment, first reported by tech executive coach and blogger Glen Hellman, are the latest bad news for Trustify. (See the entire article here)...

Washingtonian: Mr. Cranky Responds

A RECENT PROFILE OF TECH BLOGGER GLEN Hellman-"Meet Mr. Cranky" by Courtney Vinopal, in December-reported on Hellman's sharp coverage of the Arlington company Trustify and its CEO, Danny Boice. Among other things, the story noted that Hellman's criticism often included personal claims with questionable sourcing. Hellman responded with a letter to the editor as well as an open letter to Washingtonian on his site. "While the story appears balanced, it is less than fair," he wrote there. "The article ignores the groundwork and research that goes into my posts. For example with regards to Danny Boice and Trustify, I have interviewed well over 30 people including former employees ...

Washington Business Journal: Venture capital legend and Valhalla founder Art Marks dies

By Andy Medici – Staff Reporter, Washington Business Journal Valhalla Partners co-founder and former New Enterprise Associate general partner Arthur "Art" Marks loved a lot of things — the University of Michigan, fly fishing, tulips and sailing, to name a few. He also loved the process. Marks, who died Tuesday at the age of 74, helped use his commitment to processes and operations to professionalize and scale a still wild venture capital industry when he joined NEA in 1984, said those who remember his work. Frederick said Marks was “unique and opinionated,” an assessment backed by local executive coach Glen Hellman (also known as “Mr. Cranky”), who met Marks in 1988 when Hellman was a sales manager for Progress Software and Marks was on the board. Hellman later became vice president at Call Technologies and pitched Marks for an investment — which he did. “He was a great board member, smart, insightful and gruff. He was the original Mr. Cranky,” Hellman said. “He knew his stuff, he was well connected, he was smart, arrogant, difficult to deal with and yet an incredible asset to D.C.” Read the entire article here at the Washington Business Journal...

Washington Business Journal: Former PR firm sues Trustify for unpaid bills

By Andy Medici – Staff Reporter, Washington Business Journal New York public relations firm Dini von Mueffling Communications LLC is suing Arlington private investigator startup Trustify over what it says are a series of unpaid invoices, according to court documents filed in New York State Supreme Court. The PR firm is asking for $240,305.26 and for attorney's fees and other damages after it said it signed a contract with Trustify CEO Danny Boice on July 30 for $15,000 per month to provide public relations services, social media strategy and what it described as "extensive crisis management" services. It also claims it played a role in a recent Washingtonian article regarding local executive coach and frequent tech blogger and critic Glen Hellman (known as "Mr. Cranky"), who has detailed a litany of issues at Trustify, including layoffs, unpaid wages and has repeatedly referred to the company as "a dumpster fire." DVM's lawsuit, filed Nov. 8 and first reported on Hellman's blog, accuses Boice of sending the New York firm "a fake and intentionally falsified receipt" on Oct. 15 to show that two invoices had been paid that were not. As for Hellman, he reiterated his opinion on the state of the company. “Danny is rearranging the deck...

Washingtonian: Is the Blogger “Mr. Cranky” Out to Save DC’s Tech Industry—Or Destroy It?

For years, Glen Hellman has been sniping at local digital bigwigs. Now, they're starting to shoot back. WRITTEN BY COURTNEY VINOPAL  One morning last April, a FedEx worker showed up at Glen Hellman’s red-brick Colonial house in Oakton. Hellman typically works out of an office upstairs, posting entries on his blog, Driven Forward, which covers DC’s tech-startup scene. After signing for the package, he opened a letter that read urgent—for immediate review. Inside was a cease-and-desist letter from a lawyer representing the co-founder of Trustify, a startup that has been a consistent target of Hellman’s blogging over the years. “It was a complete surprise,” says Hellman, who considers himself an unofficial watchdog of the region’s tech industry. “I remember thinking, ‘This is going to be so fun.’” His wife, Nancy Nolting, was less thrilled. When she went out that night with friends, they’d already heard the news. “One of them looked at me and said, ‘What’s going on? Glen’s getting sued?’ I was floored,” she says. “That kind of stuff makes me nervous, but he seems to be fine with it.” Read The Entire Article Here ...

Washington Business Journal: Virginia fined Trustify for operating without a license. Now the state might nix its incentives.

The fine and prohibition from offering services in Virginia was first written about by executive coach and tech critic Glen Hellman, who has referred to the company (often) as a “dumpster fire” and written repeatedly about what he has identifies as the company's many flaws. Trustify founder Danny Boice last year sent Hellman a cease-and-desist letter seeking the online posts be removed, but they appear to remain on Hellman's website. See the entire article here on the Washington Business Journal website....

Axios: D.C. hopeful for Amazon HQ2 bid

Three of the 20 finalists for Amazon's second headquarters — D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia — are located in the Washington metropolitan area, leading some to speculate that the nation's capital could be the ideal landing spot for HQ2. HQ2 would be a distraction to the area's struggling start-up scene, Glen Hellman, long-time member of the Washington business community, wrote in a blog post arguing against the Amazon-Washington match. The bigger picture: As owner of the Washington Post and a sizable home in the city, Jeff Bezos has obvious ties to the region. And as Amazon continues to grow into new (and some highly regulated) business areas, it would make sense to be in the federal government's backyard (Read The Entire Article at Axios)....

The Washington Post: D.C. start-up incubator 1776 merges with Philadelphia co-working space

District start-up incubator 1776 has merged with a Philadelphia-based co-working space called Benjamin’s Desk, a company spokeswoman confirmed Monday, capping off a slew of executive departures and false starts for the fledgling tech incubator. News of a potential merger was first reported in mid-September by Glen Hellman, a business consultant and executive coach who runs a tech blog. Evan Burfield, 1776’s chief executive, will cede leadership to Benjamin’s Desk co-executives Anthony Maher and Jennifer Maher, who will become co-executives of 1776. The combined company will be branded 1776 and function with separate headquarters in Philadelphia and the District. The company’s venture fund will continue to operate as a separate legal entity owned by 1776 investors (Read the article here)....

Sealights: STARWEST 2017 – 6 Top Talks

Bar Kofman - September 20, 2017 STARWEST 2017 – 6 Top Talks The Premier Software Testing Conference TechWell’s flagship testing conference is just around the corner. From October 1-6, QA, DevOps, and testing professionals from around the world will gather in Anaheim, CA to share best practices, latest techniques, and ways to make your QA organization more effective. There are 72 speakers on the lineup, which is way too many to see all by yourself, especially since many of them are concurrent sessions. We make it easy to choose which talks to go to with our curated picks. We went through the lineup so you don’t have to and picked out six of the top talks you simply can’t miss. You can find the full schedule here, or read on to learn more about some of the best minds in the industry. #5 Intentionality: Leading an Intentional Culture Friday, October 6, 2017 – 8:30am to 9:30am Speaker: Glen Hellman, CEO, Driven Forward Track: Leadership Summit Sessions While many of the sessions at STARWEST focus on the nuts and bolts of software testing, Glen Hellman takes a step back to look at the psychology of your team and how you can build a culture of high performance. Anyone managing people will benefit from...

Washington Business Journal: Philadelphia co-working company is finalizing a deal to absorb 1776

Philadelphia-based co-working company Benjamin’s Desk is finalizing a deal to absorb D.C.-based incubator 1776, according to sources familiar with the situation — though, 1776 denies any such talks are in place. The deal, first reported by local tech executive coach Glen Hellman, is expected to close in October, according to multiple sources close to the transaction but not authorized to speak on the record. If the deal closes, sources said, some investors from Benjamin’s Desk and 1776 would put more money into the combined company. Benjamin’s Desk would also get to keep — and use — the 1776 brand, according to a source with knowledge of the transaction. See the rest of the article here at Washington Business Journal....