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...

3rd Not Quite Annual 100 #DCTech Companies I Don’t Hate

Back in April of 2014, Mr. Steven Overly, formerly of the Washington Post, presently of Politico challenged me to name 100 DC Tech companies that I did not hate.  Well, I came up with only 42. Last year, I tried it again and still couldn't come up with 100. Well this year, I'm closer. I've come up with, 78 companies I don't hate. Not being listed doesn't mean I hate your company. It only means that I don't know of or forgot to mention your company. In the interest of specificity, I've included 9 companies that  I do know of and didn't forget to list. That's the DC Tech companies I know that I don't Not Hate. The categories in this post include: The Hidden Gems - The companies that Technally DC, DCInno, Tech.co, and Nibletz have no clue exist and even armed with a GPS, seeing eye dog and sextant, they'd still never find them. The Special Gem - A special company that deserves extra attention The Realy Big Deals - The guys you build an ecosystem around The Companies I Don't Hate The Companies I Don't Not Hate The company I don't Hate or Not Hate but I know who they...

Mr Cranky Superhero Not

Mr Cranky Superhero? Not likely. I'm not Superman, Batman, the Tick, Antman, or even Under Dog. Although we share a motivation. What's that? For the umpteenth time I was asked, what did Danny Boice or what did Evan Burfield or Peter Noce (or Jay Noce or whatever the heck this miscreant is calling himself today) do to piss you off so much? And for the umpteenth time, my answer is, I have nothing against the person, it's their actions. It's the damage they do to others. It's the fact that they debase authentic startup entrepreneurs. It's the fact that they burn investors, which makes it more difficult for earnest, hard-working, honest entrepreneurs to raise money. It's the fact that they add so much friction to a process that is already difficult. It's not easy turning an unconventional thought into a high-value company without being tarnished with the turd-laden brush of the conmen wantrepreneurs. Take Jonathon Pirelli (JP) and his silly Lifefuels thing. Jonathon isn't evil, he just has an inflated self-image. He just makes promises he has no ability to keep. His ego keeps writing checks that his intellect and discipline have no ability to cash. He's burned other founders, many employees, and way too...

Jonathon Perrelli Bottle

Jonathon Perrelli Epilogue Part 3 (revised)

Prologue to the Jonathon Perrelli Epilogue Two weeks ago, I posted the first of a 3 part series Jonathon Perrelli Fortify VC Part 1 with a follow-up Part 2 last week. Yup, there goes Mr. Cranky picking on a poor pioneer of DC's Startup Ecosystem. Not one of the people who protested about the series did so by refuting any of the facts presented in those posts. JP didn't respond to my request for information, nor did he reply in comments, except possibly under the pseudonym "goonsquad" in the comment section of the first post. All of the folks who protested my first two blog post protested with the same response...

The Fort - Jonathon Perrelli Fortify VC

Jonathon Perrelli Fortify VC Part 2

Jonathon Perrelli and Fortify VC Part 2 (see part 1) It was April 23rd and I had just posted an article about questionable startup investors titled, Pretangel Alert – Beware Fake VCs And Angels. That post was a warning for founders to be on the lookout for faux investors that pretend to be interested in investing with the true intention of garnering paid consulting engagements. In this post I non-derogatorily mentioned a couple of Investment Funds, including Fortify that were in a Zombie state...