09/11/14

Evolving Co-founder Relationships

Big Red Car here. Ahh, the last days of a nice cool summer. Bit of rain possible today and nice and cool in the meantime.

The Boss was talking to several of his brilliant CEOs and they got on the subject of how the relationship among co-founders evolves during the first few years of a startup. A very interesting and timely topic — co-founder relationships. Continue reading

04/3/14

Dangerous Inflection Points, the Turn to Final

Big Red Car here.  Bit cloudy and cool here this morning in the ATX, still Spring is in the air.  It is currently 72F and it will be 87F before the day is through.

So The Boss gets talking with a couple of venture capitalists and the conversation drifts toward “inflection points” or pivots and how to deal with them. Continue reading

12/31/13

Convertible Debt

Big Red Car here.  Well, it’s cold and raw here in the ATX.  Not convertible weather which gets me thinking about a different type of convertible — convertible debt.

The Boss received several questions as to when and how convertible debt would be used by a startup.  This explanation will give you the basics.

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09/13/13

Vision Clarity

Big Red Car here.  Been a bit lazy lately what with The Boss out of town and the house sitter running me ragged.  I love the house sitter because he works me like a rented mule and keeps company with some very attractive young ladies.  He has an outstanding vision of how things ought to be with a lot of pool time and a lot of cruising with his babes.

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07/10/13

The Character Traits and Skills of the Successful CEO — Organization

Big Red Car here.  Another great day in the ATX and why not?  So we’ve been chatting about what makes a successful CEO, those critical character traits and skills that seem to be possessed by those rare beasties.  Things that others can emulate and copy on their way to success.  [Hey, "monkey see" "monkey do" is a legitimate personal growth strategy, haha, Big Red Car.]

One of those elements of success at the CEO level is the ability to organize things in an orderly manner and to harness the clarity of that organization to provide insights as to how to proceed — how to take the next step.  In many ways, organization is the prelude to preparation.  Preparation is prelude to action.

Organize, prepare, act — hmmm, sounds similar to crawl, walk, run.  They are related, Old Sport.  Oh, yes, they are.

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05/29/13

The C Level Employment Agreement — Managing the At Will Employee Relationship

Big Red Car here.  Nice windy and cool day in the ATX.  Kind of hard to figure what kind of day this is really going to be?  We shall see.  Cloudy with thunderstorms is what the Intellicast man says.  Who really knows, it’s Texas.

So the Big Red Car gets an email — haha, the Big Red Car gets an email — from an Old Sport who asks:

“Hey, Big Red Car, this C Level Employment Agreement stuff is great for a CEO but what about us guys in the cubes?  We ain’t chopped liver, we’re software engineers, SEO experts and the like.  How do we get some diluted CEO love?”

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05/24/13

Talking Yourself Down Off the Ledge

Big Red Car here.  Going to be a bit cloudy and gloomy in the ATX today.  Hmmm, it is getting close to Memorial Day, the day of historic Austin, Texas flooding.

You are way too young, Grasshopper, to remember the 1981 Memorial Day floods when Shoal Creek was filled to overflowing with wrecked cars.  Oh, that was a day.

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