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World of #DCTech Update

Hi, #DCTech Mr. Sunshine here with a World of #DCTech Update. If you've been reading DCInno then you probably have no idea what's happening in the startup community in this town so it's time for a #DCTech update on what's really happening. Social Tables - The big news is a sweet exit for Social Tables. Congratulations Dan Berger on an exceptional job. The deal should certainly be labeled a win returning 7X to most investors. This investor is very happy. I'm sure the VCs are pleased and yet not ecstatic because the deal falls short of the 10X plus target of most investors. Yet as a #DCTech Update, this is a big win and a cash deal at that! This is a glass fully full as far as I'm concerned. Trackmaven - The Trackmaven "merger" on the other hand...

All Eyes on Jonathon Perrelli and Fortify

So there's this guy in town (DC) who likes to play dress up. While all the other kids were playing Cowboys and Native Americans, this guy dressed up like he was a Venture Capitalist.  I'm talking about Jonathon Perrelli and Fortify. Back in the day, he played big venture capitalist boy. Today, all the other kids are playing astronaut, but little Jon is playing big-time CEO of a hot, water-bottle startup (not hot water but a hot startup and regular water). Nine years ago, there were some people in town who gave little Jonny P, real money which he spread around DCTech like cash was apple seeds and little Jon was Jonny Appleseed. Dressed up like a VC, he indiscriminately spread the cash randomly with no thesis, strategy or plan, throwing some here and there. Ninety percent of JP's investments were or are dogs. But just like a blind squirrel...

Fireside Chat with Dan Berger, Social Tables

Thank you to Tien Wong and Connectpreneur for hosting my fireside chat with Founder and CEO, Dan Berger, Social Tables. If you've never been to one of Tien's Connectpreneur conferences he puts on a great show and you should check it out here: Connectrpreneur If you can't see the video you can link to it here: https://youtu.be/O3i_CIuB7Dg The transcipr of the interview follows: Me: Don, this is probably the first time we've been together since I last sat on your board probably four years ago. Dan: Yeah it's been it's been roses ever since. Me: True, so let me let me let me replay to you and to the audience how we first met. I was at a DC tech meetup, the date was April 5th 2011.  I had put out a tweet that the Dingman Angels were looking for good companies to possibly invest and I received this tweet back, @glehel hey! Let's try to connect at the end of the meetup. — Dan Berger (@danberger) April 5, 2011 Signed, Dan Berger, I was later to find out that then that Dan is pronounced Don and we then met at a Starbucks. Can you tell us a little bit about that? A week later we're at Starbucks you your partner and what did we talk...

Culture Evolves

Culture alignment is the single best predictor of career success. When a human is aligned with the culture of their employer, team or tribe, they care more, they feel at home, they are family, and they perform at high levels. As circumstances in healthy growing companies change, culture evolves. Family businesses, small companies, startups may begin as a loyalty culture to a culture of owed-respect. When a company is growing, has more resources and puts a premium on growth, culture evolves from owed-respect to earned-respect, from a loyalty culture to a performance culture. In living, breathing, healthy companies, culture evolves. I was reminded of this during the ConnectPreneur Conference last week where I had the opportunity to sit down for a fireside chat with Dan Berger, the dynamic founder and CEO of Social Tables, one of DC's most healthy growing companies. I first met Don in 2011 and I was one of the first Angel Investors to stroke him a check. I sat on his board and for a while, he was a member of my peer advisory group. In one of our coaching sessions Dan, and I discussed a methodology to define and get team buy-in to a well-defined, intentional corporate culture. Dan was wrestling with...

Connectpreneur with Mr. Cranky and Social Tables, Dan Berger

Where will you be on the morning of September 2oth? If you have a bone to pick with Mr. Cranky, if you want to throw tomatoes at Glen Hellman, if you're a process server and you haven't been able to pin me down, you can find me at Connectpreneur. I'll be there to sit down with Dan Berger, CEO one of DC's startup gems, Social Tables. On April 5th, 2011, I received this tweet. @glehel hey! Let's try to connect at the end of the meetup. — Dan Berger (@danberger) April 5, 2011 A week later, I found myself sitting down with Dan in a Starbucks in Bethesda. Two months later, I found myself one of the first people stroking a check to invest in Social Tables. On the 20th, I will sit down with Dan Berger for our first in-depth conversation since he kicked me off his board of directors in August of 2014. CONNECTpreneur Fall Forum, Washington D.C., September 2018 AT&T Forum for Technology 601 New Jersey Ave NW, 5th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20001 Along with unprecedented NETWORKING, the agenda entails: FIRESIDE CHAT WITH ROCKSTAR CEO & ENTREPRENEUR DAN BERGER, Founder & CEO, Social Tables Moderator: GLEN HELLMAN, Cranky old Turd   Plus, ten promising early-stage presenting companies will be announced on September 17th. Want a 40% discount? Don't...

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...

Evan Burfield Fail – 1776 Part 3

Welcome to Evan Burfield Fail Part 3, in which I will trace Evan's creation of 1776 to his demotion to CEO of Union (to catch up you can read parts 1 and parts 2 here). In whole these 3 posts track the rise and fall of Burfield or Evan Burfield Fail. In an upcoming post, I will track the Burfield Effect on the DC Ecosystem and make some predictions about his future. If you are keeping score at home: I predicted the failure of 1776 years ago, albeit they breezed past my failure prediction of 2015 I predicted that 1776 would be bought out by Benjamin's desk I predicted that this so-called merger was an actual buy-out of a failing 1776 by Benjamin's Desk DC's Mr. Cranky or DC's Nostradamus? Stay tuned! Evan Burfield Fail - 1776 Coworking In 2012 Startup DC, enabled Burfield to cozy up to the DC Mayor's office. Mayor Gray. As the Startup America initiative was winding down, Evan developed his plan to leverage his relationship with Startup America's, Donna Harris, Mayor Gray and David Zipper, the Business Development Director for DC. In a process that took place in a darkened smoke-filled room of DC's version of Tammany Hall, Evan and Donna proposed the...

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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...

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...