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.