Click Baiting

Everyone is starving for page views in an industry where a business model is slowly dying.

“Click bait journalism” will die regardless. Because there is only one direction for it to progress in order to achieve growth.

And where it must (will) progress, is not good. It is not “progressive” if the only direction it can progress is in a negative direction. The line had to be drawn somewhere, with someone, somehow.

No one wants to be the first person to draw that line, if one doesn’t already exist. Because it is just much easier to live day by day, and not think about the future.

delay but I’m back.

It’s a bit complicated, I realized I was pretty fucking tired after 7 years and needed to rest before my attempt to scale. I have slept 12-14 hours a day. When I look around at other entrepreneurs who scaled quickly, made bad decisions, then over diluted themselves loosing their motivation, in hindsight I’ve very pleased I have somehow wound up on this path instead, 7 years in with nearly no dilution and no salary.

There’s also the minor stressful fact of some strange people are living in my phone, going through 2 personal court cases (but Standard shit) within a year, and loosing yet another personal domestic relationship that cannot withstand the pressure of dealing with me or the startup situation.

But let’s get back to this fundraising merry go round. I’m siked. Even though there is not a remote chance in hell you will even be able to comprehend the sheer amount of information I have around the my vision after this long, that I will now have to go and execute for the next 20 years because the company fails without me.

I may give you the wrong information if you rub me the wrong way, and won’t travel anywhere to meet anyone. If I need to explain why, you can leave. But I’ll test your intelligence and see how this goes.

Can someone go tell him, to let’s get on with it already.

I will post a note here because someone recently added my name to an AngelList group of investors.

I am not an investor, or consultant.

Because it would be extremely silly of me to invest money or time into a riskier startup with a much lower return, then my startup.  This would not make sense. 

Thank you.

ICOs and VC

I’d be skeptical of the concept of ICOs replacing venture capital.

An ICO is more like crypto crowdfunding currently running rampant with pump and dumps, and money laundering schemes.

That’s not from a pessimistic perspective, that is from a vision perspective.  

I do see alot of similar changes that will happen, but I think it looks different from what people are anticipating it will actually become. 

dots-connect-backwards

So remember when, about 8 years ago, I was pitching the Synergy Hub as “some kind of social or collaborative network with entrepreneurs”?  But I had a feeling that the right words to describe it, didn’t actually exist yet.  So we’ve never been able to pin down exactly what it’s called.

Then Synergy Hub acquired Plan to Start about 6 or 7 years ago.  Remember I was trying to pitch it, and basically got rejected because I wouldn’t move to Silicon Valley? I got really pissed off, and told everyone it was going to ruin my company (if I did move there)?  Or how about when incubators and “mentors” kept trying to convince me there wasn’t anything there, to invest in?  And I bought everyone out.

So I basically had to go off on my own for some ugly years- working and testing everything.  With the challenge of advancing a vision (that big) past the seed stage, without actually raising capital or scaling yet.

Hold those thoughts….because I have alot more coming.

“ That only after you’re there, can you then connect the dots. You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever

The terms Seed, Series A, Series B, etc aren’t actually legal definitions.

Kind of like how you can technically make the spreadsheets do whatever you want them to do.  Or how law is actually just based on previous law.

If I choose to call my round- “Operation I raise all my capital at once”, because I have adequate reason to believe that’s better for the long-term viability of a company, I can do that.

The BMFV (Big Mother F*cking Vision)- Synergy Hub and Plan to Start circa 2010.

(#3 was 2013)

Captain- “all the support we’ve deployed to entrepreneurs has failed for 30 years”.

Says the industry overrun by government funding, non-profits, academia, and VC service providers since WWII.

(Ha)

–> Start with the issue that there’s no real entrepreneurial monopoly here, then maybe the problems would actually get fixed.

Fuck.

Oh but in order for that to happen either, they would actually have to know what that looks like to fund that.

Fuck again.

Let’s just create more networking events and startup weekends. Fund some apps and demo days.

I just spent the past two days tracking down a Pedo from Kentucky grooming my kid who met online. This is the 10th time I’ve had to talk to her, restrict access, and chase away men. I don’t know what these girls problems are, but it must be too easy for them to get attention now. Or something.

What’s App, Kik, Snapchat, Instagram…these are all Pedo hotbeds for teen girls.

Please for fucks sake- fund someone else (besides young men building these companies) who can solve this problem.