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...

Grit or Why Learning Disabled and Immigrants Dominate Entrepreneurship

Dyslexic citizens make up nearly 1/2 of the prison population and only 1/5th of the general population. Where are the dyslexics who aren't imprisoned? They're starting and running some of the worlds great companies. Companies that include: Ford, Apple, Virgin and Charles Schwab. Henry Ford, Steve Jobs,. Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, Cisco's John Chambers and HP co-founder Bill Hewlett, all afflicted with Dyslexia. In addition to learning disabled there's an inordinate amount of company founders who started and run some of the worlds greatest companies. Including: Tesla, WhatsApp, Google, eBay, Yahoo, PayPal. Why is that? What makes these two groups more apt to succeed as entrepreneurs than ordinary privileged citizens like the rest of us? It's grit! It's grit obtained by surviving the gauntlet. gaunt·let2 ˈɡôn(t)lət,ˈɡän(t)lət/ noun noun: gauntlet; noun: gantlet go through an intimidating or dangerous crowd, place, or experience in order to reach a goal. "they had to run the gauntlet of television cameras" It's grit and the innate ability of the survivors of the gauntlet. You see having to compete in society and not failing, when the odds are stacked against you not only makes you stronger...