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...