Blog: DC Startup Scene

Often snarky, sometimes funny, thoughts and musings on Leadership, Startups, Washington DC Business and more.

AdvisoryCloud Running on Fumes

I've received multiple calls and comments regarding the scumbags at Advisory Cloud. Today's comment from an anonymous source references another round of layoffs. This one reportedly being 15 people from customer support. That is added to lay off a few months ago of another large group. The Comment: "If anyone out there is still thinking...

We Missed Trustify Loses Lawsuit with Centro Global Solutions

Bad news for Danny Boice and Jennifer Melon. While we were sleeping we missed another judgment against former dumpster fire now smoldering embers company, Trustify. On June 3, Winchester Virginia-based, Contact Management Software Provider, Centro Global Solutions, won a $25,000 judgment against the firm that ceased operations months ago. Add this judgment to Danny Boice and Jen Mellon's woes, a list that includes: Boyce owes his ex-wife over $50 thousand in court fees and back child support Trustify owes - Dini von Mueffling Communications LLC – Suing for $240 thousand Trustify lost a judgment to eight former employees, Matthew Scott, Elisabeth Nugent, Kevin Wiggins,...

The Arraignment of Andy Powers Communicliqe

It's a warm muggy August morning, 10:37 AM in Alexandria VA as I enter the US 4th District Court House, sans phone, or any electronics (which is why I had to do the extremely competent, near-professional, artistic collage and rendering of the back of Powers' head as he faced the judge), show my ID, go through the scanner and up the escalator. In the courthouse second floor lobby, I am surprised to see Eugene Gorokhov of Burnham & Gorokhov, Andy Powers' former attorney assigned as a public defender. Former because Gorokhov represented Andy up until two weeks ago when Powers dismissed...

Andy Powers Arraignment Hearing

As of now it appears that Andy Powers, the CEO of Communiclique will appear in the before Judge Alston for Arraignment at the Alexandria Federal Court House, Room 601. I hope you can make it for the arraignment in the case, United States v. Defendant(s) Andrew B. Powers, Case Number 2018R02532 and Court Docket Number 19-CR-00213. The arraignment is scheduled before Judge Rossie Alston on August 16, 2019, 11:00 AM at Alexandria Courtroom 601, Federal Courthouse, 401 Courthouse Sq, Alexandria VA for the case which involves defendant Andrew B. Powers. The main purpose of this hearing is for the defendant to enter...

I think I might have hurt Ram Reddy’s feelings

My Apology To Ram Reddy, Former Chairman of the Board of Communiclique Hi Ram, I just got the note from your Attorney (see PDF below). It sounds like I hurt your feelings and you think I've been telling untruths about you. I also was informed that it is your contention that you are a victim of the Communiclique fraud and if that is true I'm sorry that you were taken advantage of. I'm also sorry that you didn't know that you were repeating falsehoods (Because I'm feeling contrite and not Cranky you might have noticed that I just didn't call you...

Ram Reddy Wants The World To Know He’s An Innocent Victim

If you are a follower of my blog and interested in the Communiclique story you might be familiar with Dr. Parvathareddy Balarami Reddy, commonly known as Ram Reddy. According to Ram's own words, his LinkedIn profile before it was recently altered and his Business Card (an image of which can be found below). Ram Reddy was Chairman of the Board of Communiclique starting in 2007. But today, he wants people to believe he had nothing to do with the company except to have been an innocent victimized investor, who like so many other investors was duped by Andy Powers...

Introspective Leadership – An AdvisoryCloud Tale

Great leaders are Introspective. They listen. They are open to feedback and they are not afraid to admit when they are wrong. One leadership expert could not have said it better when he said, Strategic introspection, which consists of purposely examining one's own motivations, personality traits, strengths, weaknesses, and emotional triggers, is a crucial element of leadership development, In fact, sense of self should be the first step in leadership development. It is common to hear leaders ask "Why does my staff or team member behave this way?" It is less common to hear leaders ask "How does my behavior manifest...

Andy Powers Domain Name Game

Andy Powers has been busy lately. I have reports he's started a new business and is out raising money on a new scam company. Stay tuned for more information on that as it develops. Meanwhile, I wonder why Communiclique would be registering these new domain names? Oh please please please, Tinkerbell...

DCTech Executive and Mindshare Member Dede Haskins Succumbs to Brain Cancer

Dede Haskins, a fixture in the DC Tech community passed on August 8th at the Capital Caring Adler Center in Aldie, VA. Dede, succumbed to a four year battle with brain cancer. For over a decade Dede Haskins worked tirelessly to help build the technology ecosystem and concentrating her efforts on promoting women in technology. Dede was a member of the Mindshare Class of 2008. Mindshare is a DC Area organization of over 1,000 local tech CEOs.  Dede was the 2004 President of Women in Technology. Haskins served five years as the president of STEM for Her. She was a Director...