Category Archives: Tech Governance

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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Big Tech: 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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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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