No Traction Dragster

Traction… what is Traction and what it ain’t

Traction! Traction! Traction! Nothing beats it. Nothing! Not strategy, not elegantly developed growth hacking plans, not butt tattoos. Nothing! Traction trumps all. So what is it exactly? That's a great question considering the discussions I've been privy too as of late. Traction when referring to a new business can almost best be defined by what it ain't as much as what it is. So let's start with what it isn't. Traction is not: an article by the "discerning," "journalists" at DCInno, or Tech.co or Technal.ly DC or even the legitimate press. Articles ain't traction...

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 ...

redskins toxic culture

Redskins Culture… a dog’s breakfast

When it comes to the front office the term Redskins Culture is right up there with the world's great oxymorons like: Jumbo Shrimp Seriously Funny Found Missing Washington Mass Transit Authority Trustify President Trump Peter Drucker famously said, "Culture eats strategy for breakfast." If this is true than the worst NFL teams...

Bad Spam, Bad Marketing

Talk about bad marketing! Usually, Mr Cranky just ignores his spam mail. Occasionally, I lie to draw a lesson from them so I've decided to improve the following spam mail and send it to the spammer so that old Mak Saini...

DCs Mr Cranky

Why Do They Call Me DC’s Mr Cranky?

DC's Mr Cranky? Tonight, for the umpteenth time I was introduced as DC's Mr Cranky. Tonight, folks continuously asked, "Why Mr Cranky?" I obviously wasn't amongst my base. They didn't know me. So I thought today, I'd explain to the world...

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...