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

02/7/15

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