02/26/15

Houston, We’ve Got a Problem — Iran is Getting a Bomb!

Big Red Car here. Bright, sunny and crisp today. This is what we call winter in the ATX. We like winter — all three days of it. 70F on Sunday.

So, the administration has begun to “leak” out that the Iran deal is going to end up with Iran getting an invite to the nuclear bomb club. Oh boy!

The problem is this — we promised the Israelis, the world, the American people this would NOT happen. Continue reading

02/23/15

Entrepreneurial Privilege — Celebrate It But Medicate It

Big Red Car here. It is freakin’ cold in the ATX. It is 32F and it feels like 25F. We are hot house Texas tomatoes. We are not this tuff. Please, God, deliver us from this evil.

Hell, ain’t nothing for a climber. Brrrrr!

So The Boss hears a damn good sermon at church on Sunday that gets him thinking about several subjects. One of them is the privilege y’all receive as entrepreneurs. Let’s talk about it. Continue reading

02/20/15

Perception is Everything

┬áBig Red Car here. So, we had the “violent extremism” summit at the White House. There was a lot of photo ops. There was even the announcement of the appointment of a CZAR to combat ISIS and other various shitheads on social media. That is going to scare the crap out of beheaders, right?

What we have a is a fundamental problem. It is called perception. Continue reading

02/20/15

Entrepreneurial Storytelling

Big Red Car here. It’s going to be another nice day in the ATX. Going to be 72F — remember to wear a dab of sunscreen on your daily outing.

Folks in NYC and Boston don’t realize we’ve got our own problems but then we do have sunscreen. The only thing you can really count on in life — sunscreen.

So The Boss is talking to a couple of up and coming entrepreneurs. They get talking about Vision, Mission, Strategy, Tactics, Objectives, Values and Culture. [Boring, Boss, boring! Get a new shtick. Haha, don’t tell The Boss.] Continue reading

02/17/15

Waffle House Wisdom

There is a brand of wisdom that is only found early in the morning at Waffle House. It’s called Waffle House Wisdom. If you don’t recognize that name it is because you may never have eaten at a Waffle House or you are a thin skinned Tesla liberal (the heir apparent to the limousine liberal in the Internet Age) or you are just stupid.

It is impolite to suggest people are stupid but there is enormous evidence to the contrary and a Big Red Car doesn’t like to ignore evidence. You don’t, right? Continue reading

02/17/15

Team Building — Individual Skills

Big Red Car here on a cold Austin day. Brrrrrrr! It is in the low 30’s but it will be in the 70’s on Thursday. Let’s just get to Thursday, you hot house thin blooded Texans!

So The Boss gets talking about the art of building teams.

Teams are not just groups of folks who work together, they are groups of folks who TRUST one another. Continue reading

02/16/15

Strategy v Tactics v Objectives for Startups

Big Red Car here. Bit of rain this morning in the ATX but it’ll be 70F before too long.

So The Boss is meeting with a particular CEO, brilliant chap.

They get talking about planning in general but the discussion leads to the differentiation amongst strategy v tactics v objectives. Continue reading

02/13/15

Iran — No Deal, Taqiyya

Big Red Car here on a serious note — the probability of making a workable deal with Iran to eliminate their relentless march to a nuclear bomb is zero.

The Obama administration is apoplectic about this fool’s errand and has now denuded themselves before the Iranians giving evidence of willingness to make any deal, literally, any deal to prevent themselves from being exposed as the boobs they are. [If you are confused as to the Big Red Car’s intentions — he thinks the Obama administration could not make a deal on their best day. They are way over their heads.] Continue reading

02/12/15

Social Media and the Internet Go To War

Big Red Car here. Another beauty in the ATX. Ahhh, thank you, God!

So, The Boss was chatting with one of his trade school buddies. “Trade school” is what you call VMI, West Point, Air Force Academy, Annapolis, Citadel and other military schools. It is an inside joke amongst trade school grads.

They get on the subject of asymmetrical warfare — fancy word for terrorism and the whole Middle East mess. Lump in Al Qaeda, ISIL, Boko Horam and the flavor of the day shitheads.

Social media and the role of the Internet bubbles to the surface. Continue reading

02/10/15

Everyone Writes — Read This Book

Big Red Car here. It is convertible weather in the ATX. The azaleas will be here in a month. It is feeling like spring.

So The Boss is a reader like nobody you’ve ever seen. The guy has a business book, a history, a trashy beach book, a self improvement book, a novel cooking at all times. He has a few on deck waiting for his future consideration.

He has read a book that needs reading by YOU! Continue reading

02/9/15

Raising Taxes, A Presidential Thing

Big Red Car here in the ATX which is enjoying some convertible weather. I am headed out to the Hill Country this afternoon and why not?

Folks up north, please don’t hate me — the azaleas will be blooming in about five weeks here in Texas. Always coincides with Spring Break.

So The Boss has been digging into the issue of taxes. Taxes are an important consideration for those in the startup business as they hope to ultimately monetize their work and investment. In the course of doing this they will likely be subject to capital gains. Not a bad thing. Continue reading

02/8/15

Net Neutrality Madness

Big Red Car here. Well, The Boss survived his birthday but it was a close call.

So the Big Red Car is totally confused as to the prospect of “net neutrality” and like most things involved with the issuance of government regulations, the Big Red Car does not trust the government to tell the truth.

Net neutrality madness is upon us. Continue reading

02/7/15

C C C C C Customers! Can’t Live Without Them

Big Red Car here. Secret? The Boss’s birthday is today and he’s going to have blueberry pancakes at the Counter Cafe to celebrate.

So The Boss is talking to one of his brilliant young CEOs — absolutely brilliant.

Brilliant CEO says: “We are completely customer centric here.”

The Boss: “I bet you are because you are a brilliant young CEO and you know that a company cannot succeed without customers.” Continue reading

02/6/15

The Scold in Chief and Ineffective Leadership

Big Red Car here. Weather getting better in the ATX. Things in the world, however, are not getting better.

Pure evil conveys a great luxury on those who are forces for good. Its purity is so virulent and undiluted that a thinking man does not have to engage in subtle thought to fashion a plan or to justify action. It broadcasts a call to action that is unequivocal. It screams out for a grave and to be laid in that grave.

Nazis, ISIS — so evil that the reaction is instinctive, pure and obvious.

They must be eliminated. There is no other course of action to contemplate. ISIS must be eliminated. Continue reading

02/4/15

The Lowly Letter of Intent

Big Red Car here in the ATX — 43F, light rain, ceiling at 300′ and no wind. Will be 64F before the day is over. Saturday will be high 70’s. No mention of snow.

So The Boss is talking to one of his brilliant CEOs and they were trying to figure out how the CEO would make an important change in the capital structure and ownership of his company. It had been bugging the CEO for months. Months. Finally, he brought it to The Boss and they chatted about it.

The Boss said: “Letter of intent.” Continue reading

02/3/15

The White House’s War on Wisdom

BigRed Car here. It is 41F here in the ATX and the thermometer will not escape the 40’s today. Some solace is to be had with the knowledge it will again be in the 70’s by the weekend. It is a long time until the weekend. That is the reality of both the present and the future.

We are at war — not the global war on terror, mind you, which has been summarily dismissed by the wordsmiths in the White House who determine such things. We are, it seems, at war on wisdom. A White House war on wisdom. Continue reading

02/2/15

Situational Awareness

Big Red Car here. It is 34F here today and it is only going to get to 50F by afternoon. What’s going on, Mother Nature?

Luckily it will be 70F on Saturday and Sunday.

So The Boss got a lot of feedback on his post on the notion of renting or buying experience.

Experience — Rent It Or Buy It?

One of the most interesting bit of feedback wandered into the idea of “situational awareness” which the emailer suggested was an essential part of the benefit of experience. Continue reading