Category Archives: Tech Governance

SidePocket: Closing Shop

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You must take the tide at its flood.

That is the sad lesson of organizational leadership.  

You may like your colleagues.  You may like where you work.  You may even like what you do.  

But there are times when you must loose the ropes that bind you to shore and start the journey afresh.  

Vinny at the end of SidePocket

Seventh in our re-release of the AudioDrama: SidePocket

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Jessie
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Narrator: Maddie, the 8 Year Old Entrepreneur
  • Ron Bianchi – San
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny 
  • Josh LaForce – Carl the VC
  • Jake Minevich – Julio
  • Skippy – Himself

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SidePocket: Breaking with the Board

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You see the need.

You found a way to get the money.

You make the move.

You’re board doesn’t like it.  

But you’re ok, right?  I mean, you did the right thing?  And your board will come along, don’t you think?  Afterall, you are innovating.  But then comes the break.

Sixth in our re-release of the AudioDrama: SidePocket

Cast:

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

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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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