01/31/15

Founder Compensation

Big Red Car here in the ATX — bit chilly today, gray and forebooding. Dum de dum dum, y’all! Like a scary movie soundtrack.

So The Boss gets talking to four of his brilliant CEO clients, all founders of their companies. Out of the cradle but not quite threatening the NYSE just yet. Still successful enterprises and persons.

The topic is the compensation of founders during those fragile days when the company is running primarily on the nutritional value of Ramen noodles, Mountain Dew and  coffee. Continue reading

01/27/15

Let’s Cut the Crap — Unemployment

Big Red Car here on a glorious ATX day — sun is up and bright and going to be 75F today. No snow in the forecast. Hahaha — get it, New York? [The Big Red Car can be downright cruel at times. Shut up, Big Red Car.]

So, the Big Red Car is perplexed at how ignorant people can be as to how unemployment figures are derived. We focus on some fiction called “U-3” from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

So, today we cut the crap on how unemployment information is manipulated — YES, MANIPULATED. Continue reading

01/24/15

The US Marine Corps, A Clear Startup Vision

Big Red Car here. Glorious day dawning in the ATX — sun rising making the sky blue and pink, filled with splendor. Rain gone for a while. In the mid-30s and headed for the mid-60s.

On Earth as it is in Texas!

So, The Boss gets a copy of the new Marine Commandant’s Planning Guidance for 2015. The Commandant is the head of the Marine Corps and he is a warrior chieftain. Continue reading

01/21/15

The State of the President’s Alternative Union Speech

Big Red Car here. Bit cloudy in the ATX and looking for some rain.

President Obama reported to the Congress and all of us yesterday on the “state of the union.” ¬†You may wonder which union he was talking about but then you’ve always been a hater, no?

Perhaps you saw it on the telly but if not, here is a link to a transcript of the speech. Oh, go ahead. Read it.

State of the Union Transcript Continue reading

01/20/15

Tax, Tax, Tax and Spend — the President and the Tesla Liberals

Big Red Car here. Oh, boy, the State of the Union speech tonight! Hot dog!

Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution of the United States requires the President to annually report to Congress the “state of the union.”

In the original form, it was typically provided by means of a written report. Today, it is always an annual speech given by the President to a joint session of Congress — House of Representatives and the Senate. Continue reading

01/19/15

Martin Luther King’s Education

Big Red Car here on Martin Luther King Day in the ATX. Bright sunny day and going to be 70F before the day is done.

So The Boss likes to know the backgrounds of successful people and one of his interests is to know how they were educated. It is often a critical insight into their success.

The education of Martin Luther King was very interesting. Continue reading

01/18/15

The Physics of Business Process

Big Red Car here. Glorious day yesterday in the ATX. Going to be 70F and sunny today. Ahhh.

In business there is an element of physics — the study of matter and its motion through space and time — which shows up in the processes which any enterprise embraces.

Superior processes and capabilities result in superior outcomes. A process is a tool to automate the means of achieving a desired outcome. It is a tool when done well. Continue reading

01/17/15

American Sniper — PTSD, the Real Story

Big Red Car here. Last night The Boss takes me to see American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper as America’s most prolific sniper, SEAL Chris Kyle.

When the show is over and the lights come on, the theater has the feeling of the aftermath of a funeral. People are silent, awkward and tentative. Mourners filing out of church. The story is that powerful.

The last scene is the motorcade from the stadium in Arlington at which his funeral was held enroute to Austin where he was buried in the Texas State Cemetery where Texas heroes are laid to rest. It is hallowed ground and the men buried their built Texas — both literally and in the spirit that is uniquely Texas.

Chris Kyle is properly enshrined in the company of such men.

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01/13/15

Call to Action

Big Red Car here. Cold day in the ATX, feeling sorry for myself.

We know where the terrorists are being trained. We know the routes they take to get there. We can see their movement.

What are we waiting for? This is what is called a “call to action” wherein we find them, fix them and kill them. Time to interdict the travel pathways. Continue reading

01/8/15

Understanding Spies — Kim Philby and His Friends

Big Red Car here. Been reading a great book, A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal.

If you have any interest in learning how the spy game got started and has become what it is now, this is a required reading foundation book.

The book is all about relationships and friendships so you really don’t need to know anything about espionage to get the story.

It is also beautifully written and the story holds one’s attention like a Grisham novel. It is a true story. Continue reading

01/8/15

Founders, Co-founders — Maintaining Contact

Big Red Car here in the depths of winter in the ATX. Brrr, it is cold. It is 24F with a forecast high of 44F. That is frigid.

Sometimes the hot times of founding a startup can go from hot to frigid when co-founders evolve and life intrudes as it always does.

Today, we chat about that reality. Go get a cup of coffee and settle in. Continue reading