Pitching Aspirin Inc

Raising Capital

The other day, I did a class on raising capital and pitching for money to a group of Ph.D. Students, Researchers, and Professors at the University of Maryland. As I went through the pitch, I kept referring to material that they could find on my blog that could prove useful. Here's a recap of curated articles I've written on raising money. Raising Capital Strategy - Getting ready to raise capital for your startup Are You Venture Capital Fundable - Do you really have an idea that will interest investors? The Best Time To Raise Capital - When is the right time to raise money? Six Hurdles To Getting Investors - The more milestones you've successfully completed the lower the risk of executing your plan. Reducing risk raises the odds of raising around at an attractive valuation. A Construct For Thinking About Startup Risk-Reward- A construct to help you decide if now is the time to raise money Targeting Investors - How do you find the right people who might invest in your startup Strategy for pitching to investors - Preparing your pitch Driving Investors On To The Bus - Understanding how investors look at investments Do Venture Capitalists Have Feelings?- Don't just pitch the numbers, pitch the feeling...

Communiclique Bankruptcy (AKA: CliqueAPI)

Communiclique Bankruptcy? It looks like the investors believe a Communicliaque Bankruptcy is warranted.  On Friday, March 15, 2019, several investors petitioned a Deleware court to involuntarily take the company into Chapter 7, bankruptcy (see what a Virginia Court found about the fraud Andy Powers and his team perpetrated at Communicliqe). The case was filed by Attorney Daniel A. O'Brien, of the firm Venable LLP, representing creditors/investors: Andrew and Jamie Schwartzberg, Keith Hladek, Stonehaven Capital, Erik Sachwitz, Philip Lowit, Adam Stern, Robert Mitchell Pons, and the Paitaridis Children Family Trust. In one month, two of DC's scummiest bags are being attacked and forced into bankruptcy by their investors. Danny Boice of Trustify (see article) and Andy Powers of Communiclique were litigated into bankruptcy when their investors finally had a moment of clarity and realized they had invested in sham fake bullshit Potemkin Village-esque companies   What does a Communiclique Bankruptcy have in common with Trustify's Bankruptcy (check out the crime family post here)? [caption id="attachment_81076" align="alignright" width="243"] Andy Powers (kneeling) and Danny Boice all prison-tatted ready[/caption] Both companies were founded by criminals. Both Danny Boice and Andy Powers are pathological liars and crooks. Both companies existed to take investor money and put it into the pockets to fund a...

Trustify – In Search of The Danny Boice and Jen Mellon Autobiography

JenniBack in March, Danny Boice of Trustify had this huge think tank meeting with a large group of people at the Trustify offices. In attendance, employees, and representatives from a Boston-based PR firm hired to promote Boice's and Jen Mellon's "brand," a production company hired to create a feature-length documentary about Danny and Jen and a publishing company hired to ghostwrite Boice's autobiography. The first chapter of the autobiography was written and circulated the Trustify office. I'm told it was hilarious. Danny had a big falling out with the owner of the publishing company a few months later. I later learned that the company Trustify hired to write the autobiography was The Round Table Companies (RTC), run by CEO, Corey Blake. Aleksandra Corwin was assigned as the ghostwriter. Once again, Danny Boice and Jen Mellon were spending Investor's money to pump up their public profiles. This was cash, in a company hemorrhaging cash, that could have been used to build a better company, and make payroll. I'm willing to bet that Danny stiffed RTC, and the other companies involved with this autobiographical book and documentary. I bet RTC is one of the money companies on the list of unpaid Trustify Creditors. I'd like to ask all former Trustify employees,...

Leadership Integrity: Is Integrity A Mandatory Leadership Trait

Leadership and Integrity Of the numerous motivations behind committed loyal followers, developing loyalty via respect and trust in a leader is the most enduring. If humans believe their leader’s goals are aligned with theirs, if they agree on their why or purpose (see post) and that their leader has the skills, intellect, and character to lead the team to its goals… they will follow.  To be sure, loyalty to a competent, leader of high integrity isn’t the only way to lead. Despots lead through fear. There are cases of untrustworthy, incompetent leaders...

Dynami Sweat-Equity Position Available in Battery Startup

Argentina is a major source of Lithium used in Lithium batteries. As a result, Argentina is rich in battery technologists and innovation. Dynami is a startup that is looking for an US-based executive with industry business expertise to join the team and help build the company. This is an effort for equity, non-salary position to start. The exact role and title are negotiable based on skill, ability, experience and ranges anywhere from toilet cleaner to CEO. I have no professional, personal, nor equity relationship with the company except to have talked to the founder and one of his advisors, a professor at the University of Maryland Dynami Executive Summary Thin and flexible medical devices, internet of things and wearables devices are now designed to accommodate off the shelf rigid batteries.  Dynami ultra-thin lithium battery technology enables batteries tailored to the product design instead of the product designed for the batteries.  Dynami leverages the regional availability of lithium, research, and engineering resources to create proprietary battery technology and production processes for our clients. Problem: In an exponentially growing market of thin and flexible medical devices, internet of things (IoT) and wearables, those devices need custom battery solutions. Prismatic, volumetric, rigid batteries do not physically fit. Solution: Dynami’s...

Attention Trustify Investors

Attention Trustify Investors: I have a treat for you. Want the next best thing to audited books on your investment in Danny Boice and Jen Mellon's dumpster fire FlimFlam, doing business as Trustify. Attention Trustify Investors: Danny Boice needs you to dump more, I mean invest more of your cash in Trustify so he can maintain his lifestyle. Attention Trustify Investors: Do you have an accounting of what the assets in which you invested? Check out this rental: https://laricks.com/property/10653422 See this home? You paid for it. Your investment went in for the down payment and is paying the mortgage and now that Danny and Jen have spent the bulk of your money on houses, cars, NetJets, and a new $150K boat in July. He has to rent this out...

The Importance of Intentional Leadership

Great leaders are empathetic. They intuitively model the behaviors of leadership that attract and retain loyal, highly-motivated followers. When it comes to leadership, few of us naturally have it, most of us must be more disciplined in our approach. Sure we can read leadership books. We can bury ourselves under piles of books by Tom Peters, Sheryl Sandberg, Ken Blanchard, Seth Godin, Daniel Pink, Simon Sinek, Doctor Suess (Really! Oh the Places You'll Go) and many more (just please don't read any Tony Robbins). All these books speak to our human minds. They are replete with logical frameworks, high falutin language, and abstracts concepts. The problem with that is humans, as in the majority of you who are reading this are not logical. Neuroscience research tells us that the part of the human brain that decides to play follow the leader or to step out of line has no capacity for language, abstract thought or logic. It is hard-wired to avoid risk at the expense of gain. This part of the brain that is the ultimate deciderer in the brain is the same part of the brain we share with alligators...