DCA Live Red Hot Not

Last week I noticed a posting from a friend about DCA Live on Twitter. It got me thinking, which is something I try to do every 10 years or so. What the hell is a DCA Live? Here's what I saw on Twitter: Awesome event! Congrats to the nominees!! Great list of top tech cos in DC!! — Tien Wong (@tienwong) July 10, 2018 Just wondering? What qualifies as a red hot company? If I started a company, April 2015, burned through $3 million and produced no product...

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...

Jen Mellon is Unfaithful

Mr. Cranky opens up his mail today. And today's entry from Mr. Cranky's mailbag is from a first time writer who submits the case that Jen Mellon is unfaithful. I'm sorry fans, but Mr. Cranky doesn't control his incoming mail so once again we talk the Trustify Danny Boice and Jen Mellon story. What is Faith? Jen Mellon, alledged cofounder of Trustify proclaims to be a woman of faith. She claims to be born again. Yet all who know her intimately will share that Jen Mellon is unfaithful to her faith. Jen Mellon cheats and lies to her investors. She uses money intended to build Trustify for personal use. For a lavish life. Jen Mellon is unfaithful as a corporate officer to her investors. Jen Mellon abuses her employees. Jen Mellon is unfaithful to her employees. Jen Mellon is unfaithful to her husbands, boyfriends, fiances, and friends. Jen Mellon is unfaithful to her friends and lovers. Update July 6th, 2018: Jen is a social climber. She's always looked to upgrade. In fact, she use to tell people that she was part of the prestigious Mellon Family. Funny story there. Jen was at a party when she mentioned to someone that she was a "Mellon." Then the lady...

Hear Trustify’s Jen Mellon Lie on June 20th

Yes I know I'm talking about Jen Mellon, the horrible human masquerading as a do-gooder and founder of a great startup and wife of Danny Boice. For my regular readers, this is old hat and you don't have to read it. I know, I'm a bulldog with a bone that won't let go. This post is targeted for those who are not regular readers and who may be taken in by the classy facade of the rotting Potemkin Villiage that is Trustify and it's leaders. There is a group of people, sponsoring a talk by Mellon and these people who are putting their reputations on the line. I can only assume they haven't looked behind the curtain. These sponsors are aiding and abetting criminal activity by seeming to endorse two criminals. Want to hear a bunch of lies? Want to meet a pathological lying sociopath in person? Then come and hear Trustify's Jen Mellon lie about all kinds of things including how she retroactively founded a company (neat trick Jen Mellon). Multiple people forwarded to me the invitation pictured below. Not because they thought the meeting was worthwhile. Even  I, politically incorrect Mr. Cranky won't repeat the Samantha-Bee-Type-verbiage used in the emails making fun of this event featuring Jen...

Revisiting the Startups Turd to Gold Ratio

For startups, the Turd to Gold Ratio is a measure of quality density. It isn't enough to just judge the number of startups in an attempt to gauge the vitality of any startup ecosystem. One must separate the wheat from the chaff. Crunchbase and AngelList are simple non-prioritized, unfiltered, non-vetted lists of startups. There is no pretense of a measure of quality.  Alternatively, Technical.y DC and DC Inno are vacuous frauds pretending to analyze and report on the quality of a startup while loving everything and rarely spotting a gem. They are more heavily weighted to turds than gold...

Indiscriminate Indiscriminator

My mother always told me that If I couldn't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. Then one day, my sister asked my mother to brush her hair and I said, "Jeeze Cindy, even Helen Keller can comb her own hair." To which my dad picked up his belt took two quick steps towards me and I beat feet out of the house as fast as I could. Only to return in under the cover of night when clearer heads prevailed. I guess that wasn't a nice thing to say. Obviously, the lesson didn't sink in. As you noticed Mr. Cranky isn't Mr. Cranky because his praise to pwn (pronounced Pone) ratio is like 2:9 maybe even 1:9. Now let me tell you I don't bitch about everything or everyone I see. There are many times, I see stuff I want to ridicule and then I say to myself, Is what I'm pointing out a warning and a danger to others? Will it be a useful lesson? You know, like a "Beware of Dog Sign." Examples: is this Danny Boice or Jennifer Melon, abusing employees, cheating investors, abusing family members or is this a Jason Feimster and his pretend VC 3Si...

Startup Sh#t Heard In #DCTech Lately

I've been out and about DCTech the past weeks and have heard an assload of bad pitches mixed in with an occasional good pitch. Some of the pitching clowns said some the craziest things and some pretendpreneurs drive me crazy with the silliness of it all...