Startups and Something Completely Different

It the weekend again and a break for some fun (sorta) subject. Startups. I have seen many, been in them, studied entrepreneurship formally and live them. I just love so much about creating new businesses, the energy and dynamics and interactions of a (good and quality) young, mid-age and old working together team. Seattle and Bellevue are all about startup and innovation.

I have also decided to be a bit less formal and share more personal experiences along with professional posts.  Some experiences may be more or less interesting, odd, off and I have had some out-of-this-worldy ones. It is a blog after all, but not The Lawfare Blog.

Startups are one place where personal and professional intersect for me. Great start and segue!

I just came across some stuff — a mix of ephiphany and flashback to some odd events that followed. And hey, there is also an unexpected bit of nobility in the story.

I met this guy Daniel “Crash” a few times at a Starbucks back in 2014. He was there often working with a crew which he was running, mostly in 20’s and 30’s. It started with casual conversations and then he tried to slowly suck me in his startup. Military background, pilot, and shot in the back, he talked 24 hour clock for meeting and call times. The kind of guy with a story that gets respect and can intimidate at the same time. He was also articulate and seemed to be a nice guy, given my limited interactions. The optics were not bad.

He was the COO and invited me to meet his CEO at a Microsoft telepresence room to tell me more about the business which was in somewhat of a stealth mode at the time. There was no Microsoft involvement, only the room use by someone with access. So, just a startup role definition; sometime in the late 90’s many idea-level company people started with C-suite titles.

I met the CEO only that one time, who Crash introduced as a nobility; his Twitter and other social  media do include the title Lord. Seemed to be a nice guy. There are sure more nobility in the area than I assumed; also some of this Lordy stuff going up in Vancouver but then it is so British.

I wanted to find out more about the idea after the meting but Crash completely disappeared, not even returning emails (after just about total of 4 or 5 non-casual contacts.) Poof, like a Genie, I did not hear from or see him again and I did not care as there were very basic errors in the concept-execution, which surprised me, and which he could not answer. The business seems to have never taken off and closed by early 2015. I forgot about the whole thing.

Now come the odd Twilight Zone stuff. Fast forward to later in 2015, I do not know why it comes form someone else that Crash took  my unrelated graphic literary posting personally. Scary and I  brushed that away by denial — which was true.

Then there was more latter. A shop regular who is BTW very detail oriented, methodical, smart, cautious, business and legally savvy — albeit constantly mad at someone or something, with a tendency to go ape-shit on a short fuse — and whose wife actually feels spirits (he is fine with that) —  started getting Crash in conversations, leading to gas and ovens, with locked jaws and veins popping on his neck and forehead … went full Jekyll and Hyde and just got really scary. Wow!

I am not sure why, but that poor Crash guy, people that I was not aware also knew him, would drag his ass in way out-of-place contexts for no reason!? What did he do to these people? I have to ask him next time I see him, if and after I pull the Genie out of the lamp.

But enough negativity. This below looks the startup way, natural, genuine laughter and fun with the hashtags like behindthescenes and killing it!

Add crushing it and crashing it.

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Amazon.com: The Way Of The Shadow Wolves: The Deep State And The Hijacking Of America: Steven Seagal, Tom Morrissey

A must-not read and a graphics design masterpiece … hmm … and oh … pardon the sarcasm … definitely buy it since there is a foreword by Joe Apraio.

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I did not know SME was trademarked … but then I am not a National Security SME … or is “National Security Subject Matter Expert” trademarked? The NSSME became a SME by reading a lot or high quality stuff and calls this the greatest book in human history.

Other Amazon reviews beg to differ but then they are not NSSMEs.

But wait, there are also 5 star reviews!

Source: The Way Of The Shadow Wolves: The Deep State And The Hijacking Of America

Pantone’s Color Of The Year Is Here, And It’s As Nebulous As 2018 Looks

Terrifying or exciting? Ultra violet could be either.

IT’S AN ULTRA-VIOLET WORLD

“Complex” doesn’t begin to describe it. We’re wrestling with an administration that wants to reverse decades of progress in civil rights, economic justice, environmentalism, and more. We’re confronting the ugly truths about gender inequality and abuse. But just as fast as some forces are yanking us into the past, we’re careening even more rapidly into the future thanks to powerful innovations in biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology.

Purple, of all the colors in the spectrum, embodies this situation best, as Pantone explains. “[Ultra Violet] is a very provocative shade, but it’s also a thoughtful color–it sounds like a bit of an oxymoron,” Eiseman says. “This is the kind of color attached, historically, to originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking. These are the elements we need to create a meaningful future. Inventiveness and imagination is something we seek in our personal lives and business worlds. People are looking for that ‘magic bullet,’ and this shade is the perfect shade to lead right into it . . . It’s intriguing, fascinating, and magical.” …

Source: Pantone’s Color Of The Year Is Here, And It’s As Nebulous As 2018 Looks

And Now For Something Completely Different

Taking a break from all this Russia election interference, information warfare and cross-border law enforcement, I clicked through a Miami Herald article on a Russian official linked to South Florida biker club who has a Trump branded condo tower.

I was shocked to learn about this South Florida Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club Spetsnaz MC that stress not to be or associated with a 1%er club. Kinda make sense since

“Firstly, all the members of the Club have served or now serving in the SWAT, FSB “Alpha” Group, Russian Internal Troops special forces or Military forces, and, secondly, we have a special mission: to support the families of fallen policemen and veterans, to make sure that their heroic deeds are not forgotten and their families are never in need. To make sure that the children know that their fathers have given their lives for a noble cause.”

God bless them!

And just as I thought I was taking a break, this reminded me of another group of Russian bikers in Vancouver (they called them “The Russians” gang.) No special forces or spook stuff, they were first turned (or played a bunch of more than willing amateurs and bureaucrats,) and eventually went WP after causing (empire building kind of) pillage and mayhem.

A nice segue to perils caused by, or blessings for, off-the-books cross-border law enforcement (or something completely different) by Seattle undercovers in a 1%er club, with local cohorts of course. Ever so relevant — at it again with another un-fucking-believable global shadowy cabal story — not as good as the noble Monty Python heraldry visual above (nein! nobility my ass) but here is a visual comic. May be I can loop it in the next segment of: Nyet! La Voila! Los Bad Hombres! 🕵 🗽 🤡.

Jack Booted Thug

“I don’t check with state
I don’t check with DC
I can set triggers and bait!
Create conflict and hate
In-flated ego spree

Yap yap freemasons yap
Gonna catch them all
Israel no, no blacks, no rap
Though I am so full of crap
My harrowed and ordained call

Foreign policy I make
Congress no, I don’t like
Fede-ra-lism is fake
I run things just as I like
Dee o Jay, can – take a hike

I set up ops, I direct and I play
Rational, fashional, pational
Who is CIA? Who is NSA?
On foreign soil I’ll expose them, yay
Damn! I am so inter national!

******

He started a fire
And offered – his assistance
He made it, look dire
Until he can re-tire
To justify his existence

No one gives him time! Just who?
Inept, scum, must he promote
Just look at, his wreck-ed crew
Knock their lights out – losers boo!
Of the same feather – so be it mote

With EPIC incom-petence
Behind big words he’d hide
Raged by irrelevance
Knowing his In-sig-nificance
Is, killing him inside

*******

Do you like, your hell hot?
De-meaned your stature ebbs
Special, really? Brother or not
Lady lib’s torch up your butt
Should not have come weaving webs

Put you out of biz, with no sweat
Let’s exas-perate your blues:
Took your undeserved budget
LOL’d as I gave it … shit
To East and New York Jews

Jack Booted Thug

Incompetent

“I don’t check with state
I don’t check with DC
I can set triggers and bait!
Create conflict and hate
In-flated ego spree

Yap yap freemasons yap
Gonna catch them all
Israel no, no blacks, no rap
Though I am so full of crap
My harrowed and ordained call

Foreign policy I make
Congress no, I don’t like
Fede-ra-lism is fake
I run things just as I like
Dee o Jay, can – take a hike

I set up ops, I direct and I play
Rational, fashional, pational
Who is CIA? Who is NSA?
On foreign soil I’ll expose them, yay
Damn! I am so inter national!

******

He started a fire
And offered – his assistance
He made it, look dire
Until he can re-tire
To justify his existence

No one gives him time! Just who?
Inept, scum, must he promote
Just look at, his wreck-ed crew
Knock their lights out – losers boo!
Of the same feather – so be it mote

With EPIC incom-petence
Behind big words he’d hide
Raged by irrelevance
Knowing his In-sig-nificance
Is, killing him inside

*******

Do you like, your hell hot?
De-meaned your stature ebbs
Special, really? Brother or not
Lady lib’s torch up your butt
Should not have come weaving webs

Put you out of biz, with no sweat
Let’s exas-perate your blues:
Took your undeserved budget
LOL’d as I gave it … shit
To East and New York Jews

The War on Terrorism

HS Done

 

Tell me how, does it feel
In your face, and in your town
Made of wood and not of steel
burnt your snitches, ie: your bitches
Made you one and burnt you down

Add to his whining and his rage
He made me laugh and made me yawn
No col-la-teral dam-age
LOL’d as the button I pressed
My direct hit … pathetic clown

You can’t run, noting’s out of reach
Then they’re lauched one after one
Hellfires with your names on each
for all to see, you are an eg:
Before you know you are undone