08/31/15

Design of C Level Executive Compensation and Senior Management — Redux

Big Red Car here. Hope all is well in your world.

In the history of The Musings of the Big Red Car, the most popular post ever was one on the design of compensation packages for C level executives and senior management. It get quite a few hits every day.

Here is an instant replay of that post plus the later posts which broke down the employment agreement provisions. Continue reading

08/31/15

Big Red Car Scores Exclusive Interview — Hillary Rodham Clinton

Big Red Car here. Great day in the ATX.

So, Hillary Clinton’s goons see the interview I had with The Donald and called, “We want some of that chili, Big Red Car. You on?”

“Yes, Madame Secretary, I am on!”

I received the 123 page pre-interview “agreement,” signed it, and here we go. Continue reading

08/30/15

Is The Donald Running for President or CEO of the United States?

Big Red Car here in the ATX watching the phenomenon called The Donald.

It is getting a little stale but nobody has been able to bring the fellow down and a lot of folks have tried. He has provided his opponents with lots of ammunition and he has re-supplied them regularly.

Between now and the next debate, the herd is going to thin a bit.

Likely casualties? Rand, Lindsey, Gilmore, Perry, Huck, Pataki (already gone, right?), New Jersey Slim or Fats, Santorum, Jindal. Continue reading

08/29/15

The Killer Use Case

Big Red Car here. OK, OK — great day in the ATX, all that stuff. Sheesh!

The world needs a killer use case to really take notice of a new technology or to allow an existing technology to explode.

This is the challenge for bitcoin, as an example. No killer use case. Yet.

The killer use case for the Internet was, arguably, email. I don’t care what you do or where you go on the Internet — email is going with you. Continue reading

08/28/15

Dealing With NO! in Fundraising

Big Red Car here. Yesterday, I had a chat with an entrepreneur who was getting ready to launch his fundraising campaign.

He’s smart, articulate, hard working, honest, and naive.

He said, “I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the negativity associated with fundraising.”

To which the Big Red Car said, “Do tell.” Continue reading

08/28/15

Let’s Cut the Crap — Labor Force Participation Rate

Big Red Car here on a wonderful Friday in the ATX, y’all. It is going to be a nice warm, sunny day.

Only a few days until Longhorn football. Going to be playing the Fighting Irish under the eyes of Touchdown Jesus in South Bend.

“So, Big Red Car, what is up with the labor force participation rate?” asks a reader. Continue reading

08/26/15

Let’s Cut the Crap — the Economy Sucks

Big Red Car here. Going to be a great day in the ATX, as usual. How many days until Longhorn football?

You do the math, dear reader. The Horns play Notre Dame in South Bend (Touchdown Jesus, y’all!) on 5 September. The game is on NBC and starts at 6:30 EST.

So, the economy? What is going on with the economy?

The economy is not good, y’all, but you wouldn’t know that if you listened to the folks in the White House who are spiking the ball and touting their success in growing the economy.

Let’s cut the crap about the economy and get into some facts. Continue reading

08/24/15

The Day the Big Red Car Gave Up Oreo Cookies

Big Red Car here. I announce, today, with great reluctance, my decision to forego Oreo cookies–even the new thin ones–for the rest of my life.

Sorry, I had to draw the line somewhere and this is where the RED LINE gets drawn.

The US has forced Nabisco to move the production of America’s favorite sandwich cookie to Mexico. But they cannot force me to eat them. Continue reading

08/24/15

Living in the Moment — Entrepreneurs, Founders, CEOs

Big Red Car here watching the meltdown in the Asian markets. Yawn! Oh, excuse me, I almost fell asleep. Sorry.

There are two days that don’t mean anything to us — yesterday and tomorrow.

Not suggesting you disregard them; they are, in fact, very important days but their older sister, TODAY, is way more important and lovely.

Let me tell you why. Continue reading

08/23/15

Do Not Read This Post Unless You Are Ready to Know The Secret of Life

Big Red Car here. Bit of the usual wonderfulness in the ATX, as usual. Yawn.

On Earth as it is in Texas.

So, the Big Red Car is reading some of his favorite blogs and stumbles on this little gem.

If you are an entrepreneur, a founder, a CEO, a young person just starting out — listen to this, watch this. Know you are not alone. But, now, you can know the secret of life. Continue reading

08/22/15

Writing YOUR Story — Who is Going to Do It?

Big Red Car here on a slightly cloudy Saturday in the otherwise perfect ATX. On Earth as it is in Texas!

So the Big Red Car is bored. He mentioned that to a very cute Mercedes convertible, lovely white model — 1984 beauty. The Big Red Car has a thing for vintage steel.

Very original and parked in the shade. On a hot Texas day, you want some shade. [That’s an original paint job, y’all. All original.] Continue reading

08/18/15

Big Red Car Scores Donald Trump Interview

Big Red Car here. Another lovely Texas summer day. I wish you could be here to enjoy it. It is glorious. But, then, it IS Austin by God Texas, y’all!

So I finally got an interview with The Donald. He dropped by Austin and I drove out to the airport — where he was refueling his great big jet with his great big name on it — and we chatted in a hangar.

Here it is. Continue reading

08/14/15

The Price of Dissent in a Socialist Paradise

Big Red Car here. Nice day in the ATX and why not?

So the Big Red Car is reading the international news as disseminated by those Reuters folks and comes on an interesting article.

Seems that the Premier of North Korea, Kim Jong Bozo, has executed his Vice Premier for “showing discontent with the policies of the country’s leader.”

Wow, Big Red Car — for what? Dissent! Continue reading

08/13/15

One More Reason to Love Texas — Texas Women Entrepreneurs

Big Red Car here on another warm August Texas day. On Earth as it is in Texas, y’all.

When you live in Texas — even if you’re originally from Detroit, like me — it’s hard not to be proud (obnoxious) about how great Texas is.

Here’s one more reason: Texas women entrepreneurs. Continue reading

08/10/15

Politics as Startup — The Donald Startup

Big Red Car here. Another — another — great day in the paradise that is the ATX.

On Earth as it is in Texas.

So, the Big Red Car is interested in the phenomenon that is The Donald from the perspective of assessing a political campaign as a startup. The Donald Startup!

In the end, isn’t a one time campaign the ultimate startup? The Donald Startup, y’all!

Continue reading

08/7/15

CEO Coaching — Gratification

Big Red Car here. Well, the Republican debate is over and I can go back to my normal life.

So The Boss is taking for a new fuel pump today!

We were talking about the high points of being a CEO coach.

He said there are some real high points that are very gratifying. Gratification is a good thing, I think. Continue reading