Kyle Sandler Can’t Make It Anywhere

Queue up the song, New York, New York! If you can make it there, you'll make it everywhere. Kyle Sandler couldn't make it there. Kyle Sandler couldn't legally make it anywhere. Kyle Sandler better hope he can make it in prison...

Driven Forward DCTech 2019 Gift Calendar

What's the perfect holiday gift for DCTech Startup Fans? It's the Mr Cranky, 2019 Gift Calendar! Feel free to print this out and make your own or if you prefer, you can contact me and order your officially printed version. Printed, bound and sent to your address for just $19.99. Want to order one, contact me here. Tell me how many you want and I'll be in touch. Remember, if you'd like one, contact me here!...

The Washington Post Non-Washington Business Coverage

The Washington Post has been asleep at the wheel in terms of covering the Startup world of DC. Granted, the startup world of DC has been comatose for some time. But while there are criminals and thieves plying their craft in DC, The Washington Post, is mum. But on October 12, 2018, the Washington Post's, Antonia Noori Farzan, woke up and penned an article about a minor crook in the Washington Suburbs of Fall River, Massachusetts. A DC suburb if 353 miles and a 5 1/2 hour drive is a commute. Yes, the paper which barely covers what is happening in business in DC didn't miss an opportunity to cover the curious inconsequential case of the 23-year-old Mayor-Elect of Falls River. The article: Elected mayor at 23 in struggling Fall River, Mass., Jasiel F. Correia II had the makings of a rising star — until Thursday (see link) As the post reports, "early Thursday morning, federal agents arrested Correia on charges that he stole almost a quarter of a million dollars from seven people who had invested in his start-up." Yet when local DC-based startup Comunniclique founder Andy Powers was found guilty of bilking local investors out of over $10 million dollars (which by my...

Cockroaches and Hand Grenades

When I was a young man, my first job out of Sales and Sales Management, was National Sales Operations Manager, which basically meant I was the VP of Sales, executive assistant (National Sales Operations Manager is to the Executive Assistant to the VP of Sales as the Chief of Staff is the Executive Assistant to the CEO. Its title inflation). Now, this VP was a former senior manager at Xerox, a notorious hyper-political organization and this guy, let's call him Jeff because Jeff was and probably still is his name was a puppet master extraordinaire. He would take a circuitous path to any goal...

What A Crock Of Startup Bullshit

I can't take it anymore. I can no longer continue ignoring Paul Singh's startup bullshit disguised as wisdom. Folks in the know keep forwarding to me ridiculous articles, stupid investments, and silly tweets of Paul's. One of his latest gems, a blog post titled, "You (probably) don't need a MVP, You need a list"  forwared to me with the subject line, Do You Believe This Shit? Yes, I sure as shit do because I consider the source. It's Paul Singh, the "prestigious," prestidigitating street performer from the traveling medicine show of startup bullshit. The man who packed up all his earthly possessions into an Airstream trailer, left DC and his Family behind in a cloud of dust. Just in time to beat the crowd of investors and entrepreneurs armed with pitchforks who showed up at his castle (see actual photo below)! [caption id="attachment_78750" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Actual Photo Of DCTech Investors on the way to Paul's House Before They Found Out He Skipped Town[/caption] Since then, he's been traveling to other startup boonies posing as the one-eyed man of startup bullshit in the land of the startup blind. He's the guru of getting it done in startup backwaters like Utica, Kitchenoo, Port Huron, Tallahassee,...

The Problem with Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest

Is Steve Case's Rise of the Rest making a big difference for the rest? What is Rise of the Rest? According to Steve Cases, Revolution Web Site: Rise of the Rest is a nationwide effort powered by Revolution to invest in and work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. Since 2014, Steve Case and the Revolution team have logged more than 8,000 miles touring entrepreneurial communities by bus in 33 cities. The Rise of the Rest is all about creating a robust startup ecosystem in 33 cities, by going on a bus tour, awarding $100K to pitch contest winners in 33 cities. In addition, just like 99% of every other VC in the world, Rise of the Rest will invest in worthy startups outside Silicon Valley. Basically, it's the startup version of the American Idol tour. It spreads some money around, some temporary excitement, anoints one company, Queen for a Day.. and they bolt out of town. My problem with Rise of the Rest is it reminds me of the reason so many companies fail...

3Si Phony VC

Everyone Who Knows Anything, Knows 3Si Phony VC is a Sham. Well, everyone except the local tech rags. With them, when it comes to that "knowing" thing, there appears to be a problem. These Tech "journalists" either don't know much or don't care about sharing letting what they know to get in the way of a story on deadline. The problem in DC is that too many of the "journalists" at rags like Technically DC and DCInno simply reprint bullshit without doing research. So when they post an article like this one, "WeWork’s veterans-in-residence program expands to DC," by Technically DC or this one, "The 10 Entrepreneurs in WeWork’s First D.C. Veterans in Residence Program," by DCInno the damage the very ecosystem of which they claim to be supporters. I reached out to one, count them, one, of the listed "Team Members" on the 3Si Web Page to ask about his relationship with 3Si. His response, "I Read your 3Si expo. I’m unfortunately linked with them and can’t seem to distance myself. One of the comments you posted came from my client. I Also have a second client that 3Si attempted to screw." I'm no journalist, yet, in doing a modest amount of research I...

Danny Boice Worst Wolf of Startupland

Danny Boice Worst Wolf of Startupland. It's official. Danny Boice of Trustify is the 2017 Winner of  The Mr. Cranky First Annual Wolf of Startupland. Make no mistake, winner, in this case, means loser. The Academy Awards have their Oscar. The Worst Wolf of Startupland Awards has our Dookie! And the Dookie goes to Danny Boice Worst Wolf of Startupland who competed against 5 other accomplished liars, cheaters and scammers, including his wife and he easily bested them all. The Danny Boice Worst Wolf of Startuplandnominees Danny Boice - Trustify - Slimeball lying scumbag who abandoned his wife for her friend, cheated on his wife, kids, and 2 previous employers. Today he is currently cheating investors and the IRS by using investor cash to fund his lavious lifestyle of the rich and famous. Yes, Danny Boice Worst Wolf of Startupland winner! Pictured above is the cover of Danny's 2018 Christmas Cards. Best Danny Boice Article Here  Matthew Q. Pugsley - The only convicted Felon on the list, Mathew consistently stiffs vendors, attorneys, landlords and doesn't pay his alimony or child support for his 4 kids. He reportedly owes $300 thousand to a vendor who helped him develop a product and lost a $100 Thousand judgment to an investor...

Wolves of Startupland

Who Was The Worst Wolf of Startupland in 2017

Picking the Worst of the Worst Wolf of Startupland is a difficult choice but let's lay those choices out for you all and see what you think. Last year I started a series called Wolves of Startupland. The goal was to alert potential investors and employees of the possible risks of investing time, money and reputation in personality led startups. To qualify as a Wolf of Startupland one must at the very least: Have a very casual relationship with truth To repeatedly use other people's money irresponsibly To ignore the norms of corporate disclosure, transparency To have damaged investors, employees and the startup ecosystem through repeated acts of fraud or gross negligence A Wolf of Startupland is not someone who starts a company one time and through gross incompetence and/or a lack of commitment fails miserably.  By way of example, Chris MacDonald of HugeFan is a fool and not a Wolf of Startupland, the clowns at Spinnakr are incompetent wantrepeneurs and not Wolves. A true Wolf of Startupland must be a repeat offender, damage multiple people and they are likely to continue to inflict damage on the startup ecosystem. Lastly, I know many people of faith. True believers tend to be more trustworthy. People rightly assume that...