Amazon Schmamazon – DC Don’t Need No Stinkin Amazon HQ2

The DC Tech Scene is all a tizzy over the possibility that Amazon will open its second headquarters, or what all the cool kids are calling Amazon HQ2 somewhere in the DMV. For those of you who are living in a hefty bag, let me catch you up. In September 2017 Amazon announced it's intention to spend $5 billion in construction cost for a second headquarters that would employ 50,000 people somewhere in North America. They invited economic development authorities and local governments to join a beauty contest for the honor to host Amazon HQ2. On January 19th Amazon made their decision. Based on all the tax incentives and other corporate welfare offerings from all the bidding parties, Amazon narrowed their choices to 20 finalists from 17 major metropolitan areas. They are: The DC region has 3 bites at the 20 bite apple. Washington DC, Montgomery County, and Northern Virginia.  And all of a sudden the press went a flutter! Well, not the Journalists, let me rephrase that. The link baiters at DCInno and Technial.ly.dc better known as (Technically not Technically) all have Amazon fever. Well, folks, I'm not all aflutter...

The Rise and Fall of Evan Burfield – Part 1

How The Hell Did We Get Here - The Evan Burfield Story Evan Burfield is arguably one of the smartest people in any room. He's also proof that IQ points don't directly correlate with the ability to build and lead a company to a successful conclusion. 1995 NetDecide In 1995, Burfield was a freshly minted, 19-year-old, high school graduate of one of the countries most prestigious High Schools, Thomas Jefferson in Alexandria Virginia.  Post graduation, he skipped college and founded his first company, NetDecide. According to Burfield, he raised a million dollars in angel funding and eventually $20 million in total funding. To set some context of that period, this was after the big exits of AOL, Netscape, Yahoo and many other lottery winners. Everyone wanted in on the gold mine that was the World Wide Web and startups. There were 4 times as many VCs in DC who were 10 times more active and 50 times less discriminating than today's VCs. In 2000, Evan went out in search of institutional investors at a time when every kid with a business plan and a napkin could get funded.  Amed with a pen and a napkin, Burfield found himself a passel of soon to be out-of-work VC's...

1776 Woes – Benjamin’s Trouble With Benjamins

As 1776 faces more financial pressure, more employee attrition, the DC-based "coworking" space's savior Benjamin's Desk, a Philadelphia-based coworking space, is having trouble raising the Benjamins to close the deal. According to sources in Philadelphia, the deal was slated to close early this week but people at Benjamin's Desk are having trouble raising the capital. Word is that Steve Case wants to stop the bleeding cash and would like to see new leadership at 1776, a company presently run by Evan Burfield, DC's undisputed, inarguable, #1 nonprofit executive of...

Anne Coulter Safe Space

Safe Space Overload – A Generation of Wimps

What is a Safe Space? According to my google search: safe space noun a place or environment in which a person or category of people can feel confident that they will not be exposed to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other emotional or physical harm. "school must be a safe space for LGBT students." I support that principle that at-risk groups and individuals...

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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...