Mr Cranky's Legal Defense Fund David vs Goliath

Mr Cranky’s Legal Defense Fund

Help with Mr Cranky's legal defense: If you're a reader of my blog, you know that I'm a satirist, a humorist and a snarky commentator.  If you appreciate these posts, you may be interested to know that my free speech is under attack. Yesterday I received a demand letter to cease and desist commenting on a company and it's founder. The letter demands I produce the supporting evidence that is the basis of the opinions and facts presented in a number of my blog posts and to remove and retract statements that the complaining party finds offensive. Unless I receive evidence that controverts my prior posts I have no plans to retract them and I will not be bullied into silence now or in the future. I welcome the presentation of any credible evidence that contradicts the facts as I know them. To date I have received no such evidence. If I ever do, I will gladly publish them with an apology and a retraction.   Since I have no reason to believe I have erred in my posts, I have engaged legal counsel to represent me. If you appreciate a voice that speaks out, I ask that you make a donation to my gofund.me campaign to cover...

DCTech STartups

Revisiting the 100 DC Tech Startups I Don’t Hate

Aww those  DC Tech Startups. Got to love them or hate them. In today's post we ((we love calling me we) look back at the 100 #DCTech Startups we as in I don't Hate. Way back in April 2014 I made a friendly wager with the Washington Post's Steven Overly that I could name 100 DCTech companies that didn't make me want to vomit. Thusly (he said with grand pomposity of one who refers to himself as we),  the 100 #DCTech Companies I Don’t Hate: The Steven Overly Challenge was born. I lost that wager because at the time I was only able to come up with 42 companies. Probably because most of the good companies aren't stupid enough to be constantly yelling, "Hey! Look at me!" at the local tech press like DCInno or Tech.co or Techally.Dc.(look for the upcoming Mr Cranky post on the Buzz to Biz Ratio). Most of the good companies hide in the isolation of caves and come out when they've made it. Now 3 years after the challenge, I...

Peter Corbett

Peter Corbett… the grudge that keeps on giving

Awwww Peter J Corbett, now there's a name that hasn't crossed my mind in three years. Three years ago peevish Pete had a hissy fit which resulted in both of us earning the Washington Business Journal C0-Loser of the week. Here's what went down. One day, I was minding my own business, reading twitter and it struck me funny that Peter Corbett, CEO of iStrategy Labs was tweeting interesting and unintentional-comedic tweets (since deleted but memorialized in this post: Peter J Corbett - In His Own Words).  For some reason Peter Corbett thought all of tweetdom yearned to know the status of his email box (was it email zero), his wiley stock purchases, and how cool was his new BMW. Now I thought that anyone tweeting in a public forum would not tweet anything they weren't proud of ...

Trustify

Dis-Trustify: Is #DCTech’s Trustify Trustworthy?

  What the heck's happening at DC Tech Darling Trustify? Now Trustify, previously and more aptly named Flim Flam is run by local DC Flim Flam man Danny Boice. According to Danny, he's a Harvard man without quote marks, but Harvard would say different. You'd think a "Harvard" man would have all the right stuff to right the Flim Flam ship? Glassdoor reviews say otherwise. As our President of these here United States would say...

Peter Paul and Mary - Mr Cranky Startups

Mr Cranky Startups – Where Have All The Founders Gone?

Mr Cranky Startups. It's a love hate relationship that reminds me of a song: Where have all the founders gone, Long time passing, Where have all the founders gone, Long time ago, When will they ever learn? At least I think that's how the Peter, Paul and Mary song went. Mr Cranky Startups Rant Lately, I've been wondering about the weakness in DC Tech startups. It seems to me that the rate of startup founders dipping their toes in the DCTech pond has slowed considerably. Yet before I am added to the list of purveyors of Fake News which is just another name for the Local DC Tech press, like DCInno, let me admit that this is kind of a trumpish statement, since I'm short of actual data and base my observation on feelings. Startups growth rates were up rapidly around 2008 and peaked around 2012. Today there is a lack of new startups and more importantly a lack of new quality startups (see The Startup Turd to Gold Ratio). Worse still, there are very few great startups like Hurdlr (who? you say. My point exactly) are operating in secret. In fact most great companies spend more time developing product and customers instead of wasting limited resources courting the local tech...

Mr Cranky Startup Technology Resolution

Mr Cranky’s 2017 Startup Technology Resolution

Mr Cranky and Startup Technology a match made in heaven. Mr Cranky's back and I've made my 2017 Startup Technology Resolution list for the coming year. For the past 2 years I've fortunately avoided the crank inducing bullshitocracy that is the DC Tech Startup ecosystem. I've been able to avoid the Faux Silicon Valley wannabe wantrepreneur festival celebrations of  stupid ideas, poorly executed and horribly explained. Then recently, with a slight case of FOMO a work assignment thrust me headfirst back into the ooze of DCs anemic startup ecosystem. So here's my resolution for 2017. I will not get upset when I see what I saw these past few months. What did I see, you say? Here goes: Yet Another Better Yelp - You know what's wrong with Yelp? It is widely used, casts a wide net, covering too many restaurants and other service providers with hundreds of reviews. What this world needs is a Yelp for dating. You see a Yelp-like app with far fewer entries, painfully and expensively self-sourced with an awesome ambiance filter that empowers couples to choose their date venue based on micro-targeted ambiance features...

New Years Predictions

Mr Cranky’s 2017 Technology Year In Review Predictions

Anyone can tell you what happened in the New Year but only Mr Cranky can tell you what happened In the year to come! Mr Cranky’s 2017 Year in Review: January - Marissa Mayer at Yahoo announces she’s created a new logo…. Because that’s the only thing she’s ever done while running Yahoo that hasn’t devalued the stock.  So why not once again fix the only thing that isn’t broken at Yahoo. February - Apple’s Tim Cook announces the new Apple 8 which has no headphone jack, no screen, no microphone, no speaker and no keyboard and gets 3 hours life from its battery.  Mashable claims the new phone is 10 times more useful than an Apple watch and people line up around the block for weeks to get Apple 8. March - Russian hackers commit suicide after making no progress hacking the new Apple 8 phone. April – President Trump says it was a 400 pound kid lying in his bed who unsuccessfully hacked the Apple 8 and not the Russian Suicide Hackers. May - Tim Cook and Apple release the new Apple 8 Plus. A 10 inch version of the iPhone 8. It does nothing so much bigger than the regular iPhone 8 (pictured below). June...

DC’s Boom To Bust Startup Cycle Update

Here we go again. We’ve crested the top of the latest DC Region Startup roller coaster hill and we’re now speeding towards a bottom.  Just four years ago, in 2012 there was a budding DC Startup Industrial Complex. This included multiple media outlets with hot shot reporters, there were record breaking events like the DC Tech Meetup purportedly the largest meetup of its kind in the world..if not the universe. New venture funds were forming. Every week there was a new pitch event for startups raising money and yet today we enter the third tech bubble since the dot com bust in 2001. The signs are everywhere, journalistic reporters specializing in startups like Bill Flook and Kasra Kangarloo left the Washington Business Journal and have not been replaced. Steven Overly  of the Washington post…gone and not replaced. Tech Cocktail left town. Tanya Anderson & Tech Bisnow publish no more.  In fact there are a few rags but no legitimate publishing voice left in the DC startup tech world. In 2001 this region boasted over 20 very active Beltway-based VCs  actively investing in companies across the region. Today we’re down to just a handful: New Enterprise Associates, Revolution, New Atlantic Ventures and Grotech....