Category Archives: Tech Governance

SidePocket: Early Success

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Your face on the cover of a magazine.

What does it matter?  (Who knows what a magazine even is, anymore?)

Success has come to Vinny but how long will it stay?

Fifth in our re-release of the AudioDrama: SidePocket

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Jessie
  • Margaux Amie – Violet 
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Narrator: Maddie, the 8 Year Old Entrepreneur
  • Ron Bianchi – Jim/Kim/Tim/HIM 
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny 
  • Cariad O’Brien – Molly
  • Skippy – Himself

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SidePocket: Profit Driven

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They make you work.

They take your money.

They expect you to like it. 

But sometimes.  Sometimes.  There is another option.  

A chaotic trip through San Jose suggests a new strategy. 

Fourth in our re-release of the audio drama: SidePocket

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Jessie
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Narrator: Maddie, the 8 Year Old Entrepreneur
  • Debbon Ayer – Karen the Banker
  • Ron Bianchi – Rick 
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny 
  • Josh LaForce – Carl the VC
  • Cariad O’Brien – Molly
  • Skippy – Himself

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SidePocket: Who is Represented?

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Blame the bosses. 

A tried and effective strategy.

And some times, it is actually true.

But grudges can blind our eyes, leaving us with a moment of self satisfaction and not much more. 

Jessie misplays her hand

Third in our re-release of the audio drama: SidePocket

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Jessie
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Narrator: Maddie, the 8 Year Old Entrepreneur
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny 
  • Josh LaForce – Carl the VC
  • Cariad OBrien – Molly
  • Skippy – Himself

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SidePocket: Losing Friends

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Things sometimes go well.

Or so we hope.

Our new tech entrepreneur is in a new city with a new company, a new investment and a new start.

Maybe.  

Or maybe not.  

Vinny and SidePocket start operations in Silicon Valley.  The second episode in the audio drama.

 

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Jessie
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Maddie, the 8 Year Old Entrepreneur
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny 
  • Josh LaForce – Carl the VC
  • Cariad OBrien – Molly
  • Skippy – Himself

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SidePocket: Leaving Detroit

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It’s an ordinary story. 

And perhaps a bit of a fantasy.

But perhaps our time  could benefit from an ordinary story.  

A young African-American leaves Detroit in the mid-1980s to see what he might do in Silicon Valley and in the process, learns something about investment, governance and decisions (both good and bad).  Revisiting the audio drama of Vinny and SidePocket

 

Cast:

  • Zoe Anastassiou – Maddie, the 8 Year Old Entrepreneur
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny 
  • Noah Masur – Curt
  • Sahara Ale – Jessie
  • Jake Minevich – Dennis
  • Skippy – Himself

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What Big Tech Doesn’t Know: Act I

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They seem like such nice people.  

It’s just too bad that things didn’t quite go as planned.  

We have a young attorney advisor.

And a director of public relations .

And an mess they didn’t anticipate.  

The How We Manage Stuff audio drama tackles the issue of technology in government.  The leaders of an internet giant, Talking & Shopping, arrive in Washington in an effort to improve their public image and then immediately start taking steps to destroy it.  

They have no idea what they are doing.  None at all. 

And so they have hired consultants, the boutique group How We Manage Stuff, to help them in their perilous task.  Along the way they meet bureaucrats in love with their own voice, Congressional Aides in with political gossip, and interns in love with the mere image of leadership.  

So begins our tale.  The first seven episodes of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie – Rachel D’Fino, aide to Senator Stassen; Senator Christine Stassen; Evelyne of T&S
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Faith of Beva’s Place; Waiter; Female Aide
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton, CEO of T&S
  • Ron Bianchi – The Ancient One; Waiter; Bashir, the Uber Driver
  • Anastasia Deloret – Karine from the EU Office
  • Geoffrey Grier – Fitz Morris of NTIA; Vinny of HWMS
  • Kit Kusenok – Ed Kowalski, CTO of T&S
  • Josh LaForce – Sulley Bowman, Director HWMS Washington Office
  • Noah Masur – Buckley Williams of Federation for Digital Future; Male Aide
  • Jake Minevich – Victor Numerov of T&S; Chad Dockerly of Technica Publica
  • Skippy – Maggy, the Fury
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf – Anna, once an Intern

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The Story of SidePocket, A Series on Governance

hwms.coverart A young entrepreneur. A new technology. All the temptations to make bad decisions. In the series of on the startup SidePocket, we explored the challenges posed by organizational governance, the authority wielded by investors. Our central character, Vinny, walks away from a company that was unable to make a decision and forms a new company, SidePocket, that will be under his leadership. He guides it to success but in the process has to face choices that have no obvious or unequivocally good answers. He builds a profitable firm but in the process, alienates his closest friend, reluctantly accepts guidance he would prefer to ignore and decides to sell the firm against the wishes of his board. A series that makes you feel the problems of organization governance and appreciate the issues at stake. Cast:
  • Vinny, CEO of SidePocket – Geoffrey Grier
  • Molly, of G&P Capital – Caraid O’Brien
  • Carl, Partner of G&P Capital – Josh LaForce
  • Max, friend of Florian – Jake Minevich
  • Jessie, the first CEO – Sahara Ale
  • Karen from CalFed- Debbon Ayer
  • San, Thomas, and Rick – Ron Bianchi
  • Kurt and a different Rick  – Noah Masur
  • Dennis and Julio – Jake Minevich
  • Violet, Director of Marketting  – Margaux Amie
  • Maddie the Entrepreneur  – Zoe Anastassiou
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The Agile Board and the Young (and very fast) CEO

hwms.coverart Who’s responsible? And to Whom? The CEO? The Board? The Investors? In this episode we explore the challenges that a Board has with a young CEO, especially with a creative leader who is trying to build an agile company. Is it in their best interest to try to follow best practices or do they need to focus on getting their leader prepared for responsibility? Featuring:
  • Ron Bianchi as Harvey of Lapin Partners
  • Margaux Amie as Delores Paynes -Perkins
  • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie the 8-Year-Old Entrepreneur
  • Geoffrey Grier as Vinny the CTO
  • Debbon Ayer as Penelope Othmar, Principle of the Lillian Moller School for Disruptive Innovation
  • Mr. Skippy as himself
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