CEO Shoptalk — No LSD Before Investor Meetings

Comes now the strange case of Justin Zhu, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Iterable (email marketing firm).

Justin complains of the fact that he believes he was replaced as CEO because he microdosed with LSD before a key investors’ meeting during which he says he saw “numbers and images swelling and shrinking on the screen” and that his body felt like it was melting.

Who really knows?

So, here is a pro tip for all CEOs: No microdosing of LSD before critical investor meetings. No drug use at all during work hours. 

Zhu was not a first time offender of startup sensibilities. He had a rep for being a grand and lofty speaker in the vein of Adam Neumann of WeWork fame and for blowing off a potential investor by wearing cargo shorts to a critical meeting (the VC firm passed on the deal).

Pro tip: Always dress like the VCs do on their website. This is Dale Carnegie 101.

In the end, he claims that he was fired because he wasn’t “white.” It looks like he is making a distinction that he is Asian, but not white? You knew it would go racial, right?

Bottom line it, Big Red Car

Simple, dear readers, do not microdose LSD at work even if you are convinced that it drives heightened productivity.

Do not microdose LSD before critical investor meetings.

But, hey, what the Hell do I really know anyway? I’m just a Big Red Car. I am now off the clock, so I am going to microdose some LSD. Get a few more horsepower.

Do not be a moron. BTW, the rules are different for weed, right?