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....

Real People Around The World – Geraldo

A couple weeks ago I was speaking with Rodney Loges, President of One Degree Capital, a smart, veteran businessman as well as a veteran veteran. Now Rodney's a blog in his self. I've been trying to get him to join one of my Peer Advisory Groups for 10 years with no luck. He'd be a great member who would give, maybe more than he gets. But that's another blog.  A few weeks ago, Rodney told me a story. When ever he travels, he'll interview shopkeepers. Strike up a conversation and find out what drives these people, why do they do what they do. It was a fascinating idea and I told him I'd steal it during my next vacation. That's this blog post. Geraldo the Mexican Scholar and Nytor Server Walking past the main square of Copenhagen's old town, Mrs Cranky (don't ever call her that if you value your life), head squarely buried in her Rick Steves' Scandinavia book, as we walked past an outdoor cafe Restaurant Nytorv Cafe, a waiter directs called out, "Hi, is that Rick Steves book?" "Yes," She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Called-Mrs-Cranky replies. The waiter (Geraldo) continued, "Check out page, 107...

ethical referrals

Ethical Referrals

Ethical Referrals Being a business coach exposes me to hundreds of business owners hungry for referrals. I meet butt loads of people a month. I have a huge network of contacts. I'm a connector. But I'm not an indiscriminate referrerer. I'm careful with the products, services, companies, and people who get my Mr. Cranky seal of approval. There are three types of referrals: 1) Ethical Referrals, 2) Relationship Referrals, 3) Transactional Referrals. So let's evaluate referrals as a sales development strategy. Every business thrives on sales. New leads drive new sales. There's a ton of bad ways to get sales...

Mr Cranky's Legal Defense Fund David vs Goliath

Mr Cranky’s Legal Defense Fund

Help with Mr Cranky's legal defense: (Note: the Gofundme is closed. I raised just under $2K and the total bill was $5K. My attorney responded with a great letter and the offended party never followed through. Here's more details.) If you're a reader of my blog, you know that I'm a satirist, a humorist and a snarky commentator.  If you appreciate these posts, you may be interested to know that my free speech is under attack. Yesterday I received a demand letter to cease and desist commenting on a company and it's founder. The letter demands I produce the supporting evidence that is the basis of the opinions and facts presented in a number of my blog posts and to remove and retract statements that the complaining party finds offensive. Unless I receive evidence that controverts my prior posts I have no plans to retract them and I will not be bullied into silence now or in the future. I welcome the presentation of any credible evidence that contradicts the facts as I know them. To date I have received no such evidence. If I ever do, I will gladly publish them with an apology and a retraction. Since I have no reason to believe I have...