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The Case Studies (Work Fairy Tales)

The Worst Superhero Name. EVER.

Chapter 1: The Mouth in the Middle Part 1: The Worst Superhero Name. EVER. I knew the day was coming, but nothing could prepare me, or calm me for the storm I was about to unleash. I slide my credit card room key into room of the...

Is It Possible, NEA Venture Partner, ExploraMed Founder, Acclarent CO-Founder & Relieva Stratus Microflow Spacer Patent Holder, Josh Makower Got Arrested?

February 2, 2016 Venture Capital Fraud Case Study Is It Possible, NEA Venture Partner, ExploraMed Founder, Acclarent Co-Founder & Relieva Stratus Microflow Spacer Patent Holder, Josh Makower Got Arrested? [caption id="attachment_15787" align="alignnone" width="954"] This is not conclusive evidence that an actual arrest occurred or will occur.[/caption] The tag: "Josh...

Ghosts of National Sales Meetings Past

Do You Think Anyone Knows? The Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Industries are notorious for having meetings about having meetings.  And prior to that, we had conference calls about conference calls which reference the meetings about having meetings.  And, don’t get me started on the number of...

Ghosts of National Sales Meetings Past….COCKtail Parties

  COCKtail Parties*   National Sales Meetings (NSM) are the equivalent to Hollywood's Oscar Night for those in the startup Medical Device Industry (only far less fashionable and much more ego).  The NSM are usually held at the beginning of the year (just like Hollywood), in a warm...

Ghosts of National Sales Meetings Past…Marking Your Territory

Marking Your Territory For all the things miserable about National Sales Meetings, there are some good perks. I've made lifelong friendships, traveled, dined at some amazing restaurants (or so I’m told, remember I’m more of a lover of carnival food) and stayed at amazing resorts.  Over...

Ghosts of National Sales Meetings Past…Awards Dinner Speeches

 Awards Dinner The culmination of days of torture punctuated by a parade of egos and assholes encased in a pep rally and a bedtime fairy tale from the founder. Anytime I watch Jimmy Fallon and he does the 'Thank You,' notes, segment, I laugh.  As a kid,...

Men Behaving Badly: Startup Edition II Sex toys to Female Journalist

October 27, 2014 Men Behaving Badly: Startup Edition  If this page is starting to sound redundant don’t blame me blame the startup founders who keeping triggering characteristics of The Sociopathic Business Model™ by first discriminating based on sex and then keep plowing through the list with glib...

Corporate CULTure-Oh Yeaahh! Sunday Night Slump

Reposted: September 23,  2014 March 2, 2014 (The top story on the blog for March) Let’s take a look at when corporate culture goes wrong via a menu from one of my previous National Sales Meetings (NSM)*: Main Course Pan Seared Blame Wrapped in Truffle infused Shame Elegantly paired with...