08/10/16

Board Meeting Agenda

Board Meeting Agenda? What is that Big Red Car?

Big Red Car here in the sunny ATX with the sun beaming down and making it hot, very hot. Like Gen Wm Tecumseh Sherman (America’s first home grown war criminal) said, “If I owned Hell and Texas, I’d live in Hell and rent out Texas!”

So, today, we continue talking shop about the board meeting.

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05/27/16

Hiroshima, President Obama, Nuclear Hypocrisy

Hiroshima.

Big Red Car here on a nice but cloudy ATX day. Going to rain, y’all. Getting into the Memorial Day flood cycle. Flash flood warning last night. Lakes more than fill and flooding the marina parking lots. Lots of water.

So, the President is in Hiroshima becoming the first sitting US President to visit Hiroshima whereat the United States unleashed the power of a new weapon, a nuclear bomb called “Little Boy” which was delivered by a B-29 bomber on 6 August 1945.

Little Boy bomb

Little Boy nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, on 6 August 1945, killing an estimated 145,000 civilians

On 15 August 1945, the Japanese surrendered entering into a formal surrender on the USS Missouri (one of the refloated ships sunk at Pearl Harbor by the Japs) on 2 September 1945.

The war the Japs started was finally over.

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05/16/16

Process, The Power of Repeatable Process

Big Red Car here is the rainy ATX. The lakes are filled to overflowing after having been down by almost seventy feet several months ago. This is one of two rainy seasons in Central Texas. I sort of like the rain. But, today, we talk about process and making it repeatable.

Lake Travis has a floodgate or two open and is nominally a foot over “full.” Good news!

Lake Travis full

Lake Travis filled to overflowing with H2O, oh!

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04/21/16

Growth – CEOs Only – The Personal Cost

Big Red Car here in a slightly rainy ATX. Rain makes the green grass grow and startup companies are focused on growing, also. They call it scaling, growth. But it just means getting bigger and stronger and more powerful. Growth, it’s not for sissies.

So, the Big Red Car is eavesdropping on a couple of The Boss’s conversations with some of his brilliant CEOs and the discussion wanders into the personal costs of growth.

CEOs will find themselves changing their relationships within the company as they grow. It is inevitable and you cannot change it. It is hard work. It can get messy.

Italy 2010 Computer 020

That co-founder? The one who could not scale with the company?

You have to deal with it. Here’s how.

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04/4/16

Tech IPOs v the Irish Sweepstakes

Big Red Car here on a day that will turn out to be a lovely one, indeed. We are going to be talking IPOs, y’all.

So, recently there has been a bunch of talk about the dearth of tech IPOs in the most recent quarter. Zero, y’all!

The big question is why? Why no IPOs?

Let the Big Red Car carsplain it to y’all.

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04/4/16

Hook ’em, Heels!

Big Red Car here revealing himself as the most ardent Tarheels fan in the state of Texas. Yes!

Tonight the Heels play Villanova for the national championship in Houston. The Boss and the Big Red Car will NOT be there because the game is more easily followed on a big, flat screen television like the one in The Boss’s gameroom.

The Boss will be rooting for the Heels because he always roots for the Heels except he also roots for the Longhorns when they used to have a football team but that’s a story for another day.

Tarheels logo

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03/31/16

Dueling — the Revival of an Iconic American Method of Dispute Resolution

Big Red Car here in the ATX on a glorious day which should crack 80F, ahhh, on Earth as it is in Texas, y’all.

So, the Big Red Car is freestyling today with a serious thought — it’s time to revive dueling as a means of alternative dispute resolution.

There it is. Look at it. Touch it. Smell it. Taste it. Do it.

The Big Red Car is tired of everyone yelling at each other.

Ted Cruz objects to Donald Trump talking smack about his Heidi?

Ted hitches up his pants (little pants cause he’s kind of short) and challenges big, tall Donald Trump to a duel. There it is! Continue reading

03/18/16

Solar Energy Prescription — Aloe Vera

It is cloudy in the ATX and the Big Red Car does not like it.

Some years ago, before oil went to where it is, there was much pocket protector discussion about the efficacy of solar power — freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee energy, whee!

Lots of money got diverted from the real world to big projects. One of the biggest was in California.

It was a massive project in the Mojave Desert by Ivanpah (the company who built it) which was funded by a $1,600,000,000, that’s $1.6 BILLION dollars, loan guaranty from the Obama administration. Look at this baby, wow!

Small point — that’s YOUR money and YOUR government picking winners in the free market. Some find fault with such a thing.

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