09/14/17

Juicero — Judgment

Juicero, Big Red Car?

Big Red Car here in the lovely, sunny, cool ATX enjoying a fresh squeezed carrot juice with some ginger and some sugar beets. Do not tell the guys at Jiffy Lube about this. All they serve is that senior citizen synthetic crap.

So, have you heard about the failure of Juicero? No? Allow the Big Red Car to explain it to you. Comes now, Juicero! Juicero! Juicero!

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07/3/17

Creeps — Misogyny in Tech

Big Red Car, a manly but gentlemanly 1966 Impala Supersport convertible, talking creeps and misogyny in tech.

So, if you’ve been paying attention to what’s going on in the tech space — 90% male dominated tech space — you’ve seen a raft of stories about men behaving badly.  Creeps.

These guys are creeps. These guys are not gentlemen. These guys are giving all guys a bad name.

They are venture capitalists and other breeds of invertebrates who control pots of OPM (other people’s money) who think the funding process requires a woman to flirt or to have sex with them.

“How is this possible, Big Red Car?” you ask.

Let me ‘splain it to y’all. Pay attention.

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05/15/17

Writing = Discipline

Writing = discipline, Big Red Car? Tell me more.

Big Red Car here on a lovely Monday morning, waiting for the painters to show up. House getting painted, not the Big Red Car. Alas.

So, The Boss is doing some writing. He’s been a writer for a long time, but now he’s out of the closet. Had a few things published and is working hard.

Learned it takes about five years to find one’s voice and to find a focus which is worthy of one’s talent. You have to become a story teller.

JLM Storyteller hand lettered logo

But, here’s the big thing — writing requires discipline and there is both art and science to it.

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03/14/17

Point of View — Entrepreneurs v Funders

Big Red Car here on a sunny SXSW Tuesday in the ATX. On Earth as it is in Texas. No sign of snow, but it’s early.

So, the world is divided into three basic camps:

 1. Entrepreneurs and founders — consumers of capital

 2. Funders of all kinds — angel investors, venture capitalists, friends & family

 3. Ballerinas & poets — folks who are not in the startup world and are gloriously happier in their ignorance of it

Each understandably has a unique point of view depending which role they undertake. Forget about the ballerinas & poets for this discussion.

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11/7/15

A Story for You

Big Red Car here in a dripping ATX day. It is the kind of day for a long nap and some football.

The Boss is down in Houston for a wedding and I’m left with the house sitter and NO prospect of a ride with the top down.

The house sitter is usually good for a bit of wilding but not today. Too much rain.

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01/3/14

Emotion — An Essential Element in Investing?

Big Red Car here.  Hey, ya’ll, it’s as cold as a witch’s titty in a brass bra here in the ATX.  The 30’s are doing battle with the 40’s and there is some chatter about it getting to 60F today.  Brrrr!

[Haha, STFU, Big Red Car, the folks in NYC and Boston are dealing with a freakin’ blizzard.  So stop your whining.]

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12/10/13

Musings About Pre-money Valuation

Big Red Car here.  Hope you are well.  The sun is out and shining here in the ATX.  Sunny and only in the mid-40s today.  But, ahh, ain’t it grand.

So The Boss is talking to a few of his brilliant CEOs about a favorite topic — the derivation of pre-money value.  Pre-money valuation indeed!

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11/19/13

What do your offices say about your business?

Big Red Car here.  Hey, ya’ll, it’s a great day in the ATX.  It’s 61F headed to 72F and sunny, sunny, sunny.  Ahh, on Earth as it is in Texas.

So The Boss was in NYC and Philadelphia last week visiting with some of his CEOs — brilliant all — and few Venture Capitalist friends.

A week very well spent.

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