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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 a 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...

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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...

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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...

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The Semi-Annual “Why Aren’t We Silicon Valley” Mr. Cranky Rant

It’s happening again.  DC Tech natives are restless.  The Jungle Drums are pounding.The mindshare listserv is abuzz.  Why do DC Investors Suck! Why aren’t DC Angels more like Silicon Valley Angels.  Why can’t I get money? Why doesn’t anyone love me?  Why, Why Why? Waa, Waa, Waa! Want to know the answer? Well, here it is…… We’re not like Silicon Valley because we’re just like DC! Want to know why Silicon Valley isn’t like DC? Keep it under your hat but that’s because they’re not DC. Look we don’t have as many VCs as Silicon Valley. We don’t have as many experienced uber-exiteers who can take off their glasses and put on their capes to become Super Angel.  We don’t have the numbers or the focus. Giving-Back Uber-Exiteers– Silicon Valley has hundreds, perhaps thousands of Intel, HP, Sun, Oracle, Google, Apple, Paypal, Facebook, and on and on, senior execs with exits. We have a small handful of like-companies and from those companies, we have a few guys who give-back. The Give-backers in DC include many former AOLers; our most successful and visible exit. The AOL give-backers include Steve Case, Ted Leonsis, Mark Walsh. Doug Humphrey from Digex invests and mentors. You’ve got the Government...