15 Things You Should Know Before Dating an Entrepreneur

Recently I signed up for Mark Cuban’s Cyberdust. I’m still trying to make sense of it. The nice things is you can talk to Mark, but don’t pitch him.

In any case, recently he sent this gem
heartbreak_by_anupamas15 Things You Should Know Before Dating an Entrepreneur
http://patrickbetdavid.com/dating-an-entrepreneur/

Here is the summary.
#1: Entrepreneurs are Very, Very Weird
#2: You’ll Either Make it or Bust
#3: They Need Solitude at Times
#4: They Don?t Live by a 9 to 5 Schedule
#5: They Usually Never Clock Out
#6: They Don’t Do Well with Ultimatums
#7: They Will Miss Event
#8: They Are Frequent Travelers
#9: They will Talk to Strangers Quite Regularly
#10: They Ask a Lot of Questions
#11: They Usually Attract the Spotlight
#12: Your Friends & Family Will Either Love them Or Hate Them
#13: They Have Strong Opinions
#14: They Despise Lazy People
#15: They Get Bored Very Quickly

politico.com – How to Lose $100 Million (on the web)

How to Lose $100 Million

The undoing of Tina Brown.

Image from Bruce Feiler's blog.  Shoeless in New York Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Image from Bruce Feiler’s blog.
Shoeless in New York
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

By LUKE O’BRIEN

May/June 2014

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/tina-brown-how-to-lose-100-million-105907.html

This is a seven (7) page story. It is about the salacious nature of an industry in flux — which includes Newsweek, Newsweek the online version, and the Daily Beast. I don’t expect anyone to read it, unless your alone this Sunday — having coffee — and have about 2 hours to kill.

NOTE: Tina was the last editor-in-chief of the last print issue (Dec. 2012) of Newsweek, before it was revived via a sale (of the magazine) and went back into print in March of 2014

Pops open to wikipedia.

More details on wikipedia.org

Not enough on Tina? Post-Tina via the [NY Magazine] six (6) pages

Facebook Phone – An HTC “First” drags down Execs

gigaom.com_htc-first-featured

This story is from a blog that I update occasionally.

This is a story about how betting on Facebook ended careers. In case you missed this one, HTC decide to build a “First” Facebook phone. They got AT&T to sell it. They offered special pricing… READ ABOUT IT

HTC “First” drags down HTC Executives and Facebook Cache’
http://diefacebook.blogspot.com/2013/05/htc-first-drags-down-htc-executives-and.html
The CNET story includes:

That departure continues an unsettling trend for HTC. Chief product officer Kouji Kodera, who led HTC’s general product strategy, left last week, according to The Verge. Vice president of global communications Jason Gordon recently exited the company after a seven-year stint. Other outgoing executives include global retail marketing manager Rebecca Rowland, digital marketing director John Starkweather, and product strategy manager Eric Lin.

Peter Shih – Another Tech Founder Amuck

 

uptown_shih(Photo by Ed Park via Uptown Almanac)

Tech Founder Complains About the Shithole City He’s Forced to Make His Millions In
http://uptownalmanac.com/2013/08/tech-founder-complains-about-shithole-city-hes-forced-make-his-millions

Previously, I mentioned the mess surrounding Greg Gopman, (formerly?) CEO at
angelhack.com. Today I’ll add a short note on the other Muckey amuck Peter Shih. His famous rant is 10 Things I Hate About You: San Francisco Edition It appears he is still in charge of trycelery.com, a pre-ordering system.

I can see why Mark Zuckerberg got adult supervision for facebook.

 

Greg Gopman – CEO Amuck

SFProtest_againstTechCompanies

Video of Protest

In San Francisco, there has been a bit of protest with regard to how technology startups are changing the city. The applicable advice to entrepreneurs’ is,“when in Rome do as the Romans do.”

To be fair, Greg is not the only fool; he is a bit of a scapegoat.

When I was in high school, a probing social question was asked. One person replied in a mean-spirited manner. To which the teacher replied,

Yes, of course, I understand. When you see your fellow human in the future and that person is lying in the gutter, you will do your best to kick that person back in the gutter again.

valleywag.com_gregGopmanGopman’s statement that got him to resign (or be fired) was:

(…) there is an area of town for degenerates and an area of town for the working class. There is nothing positive gained from having them so close to us. (sic)

Just to fair to Greg, he is also being egged on:

One comment (…)

“If it were up to me I’d put them all in labor camps.” (sic)

Another (…), writes,

“You are the Jedi Master of the Angelhack. Go for whatever u like man.” (sic)

When I saw links to a video of him at a TED Conference, my first thought was there might be some reason to give him the benefit of the doubt. The video is a monologue of him pitching his company. The audience is bored. Watch it yourself, if you are inclined.

 

GopmanAtTedSacramento

Welcome to Startupland! Greg Gopman at TEDxSacramento Published on Jul 26, 2013 http://youtu.be/YKkF5YLgnjI