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 a 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...

Planning Blueprint

Business Planning

Planning for life. Planning for Business It either happens or we can direct the happening. That's a plan. You know what a plan is right? Planning involves three key elements. A plan is a noun, a verb and a date. That's it. That's all there is to planning: Noun - as in "I" will  Verb - as in "retire" by Date - as in "December 1" I will retire by December 1. That's the what of a plan. Everything else is just tactical details. The how of the plan. Many people go through business and life without planning. When you don't have a plan...

Mr Cranky Startup Technology Resolution

Mr Cranky’s 2017 Startup Technology Resolution

Mr Cranky and Startup Technology a match made in heaven. Mr Cranky's back and I've made my 2017 Startup Technology Resolution list for the coming year. For the past 2 years I've fortunately avoided the crank inducing bullshitocracy that is the DC Tech Startup ecosystem. I've been able to avoid the Faux Silicon Valley wannabe wantrepreneur festival celebrations of  stupid ideas, poorly executed and horribly explained. Then recently, with a slight case of FOMO a work assignment thrust me headfirst back into the ooze of DCs anemic startup ecosystem. So here's my resolution for 2017. I will not get upset when I see what I saw these past few months. What did I see, you say? Here goes: Yet Another Better Yelp - You know what's wrong with Yelp? It is widely used, casts a wide net, covering too many restaurants and other service providers with hundreds of reviews. What this world needs is a Yelp for dating. You see a Yelp-like app with far fewer entries, painfully and expensively self-sourced with an awesome ambiance filter that empowers couples to choose their date venue based on micro-targeted ambiance features...