Washingtonian: Mr. Cranky Responds

A RECENT PROFILE OF TECH BLOGGER GLEN Hellman-"Meet Mr. Cranky" by Courtney Vinopal, in December-reported on Hellman's sharp coverage of the Arlington company Trustify and its CEO, Danny Boice. Among other things, the story noted that Hellman's criticism often included personal claims with questionable sourcing. Hellman responded with a letter to the editor as well as an open letter to Washingtonian on his site. "While the story appears balanced, it is less than fair," he wrote there. "The article ignores the groundwork and research that goes into my posts. For example with regards to Danny Boice and Trustify, I have interviewed well over 30 people including former employees ...

Trustify Damage Control Law Suit

What happens when you hear that the Washingtonian is going to do an article and you feel that the facts may damage your business? Well if you're Danny Boice you hire Dinni Von Mueefling Consulting to clean up your image. What happens when you can't do good business so you require a company to do Trustify Damage Control? ...

Open Letter To The Washingtonian Magazine

The December issue of the Washingtonian features a story titled “Meet Mr. Cranky.” While the story appears balanced, it is less than fair. The article ignores the groundwork and research that goes into my posts. For example with regards to Danny Boice and Trustify, I have interviewed well over 30 people including, former employees, former current employees, relatives of traumatized former employees, vendors, co-workers, partners, startup executives who shared office space with him in two separate accelerators and family members. These interviews cover Mr. Boice's employment with Trustify, Speek, and The College Board. The Washingtonian ignores the fact that I have 40 years of experience and training which includes years as a turn-around CEO employed by private equity investors to clean up messes created by irresponsible CEOs like Mr. Boice. The article ignores that I served as the President of a leading Proxy Advisory Firm, consulting to Institutional Investors on corporate governance matters regarding their publically traded portfolio companies. The article does not mention the fact that I have over a decade of formal training and experience as an executive coach, or that I am certified in personality and behavioral assessments. The article implies that I don't have the qualifications to assemble and analyze facts in...