The Story of SidePocket, A Series on Governance

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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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Why did you do it this way?

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A business owner.

A group of good friends. And an underlying controversy that simply won’t go away.

Florian Bohne, the owner of Bohne Coffee Logistics is holding a party in the Swiss Alps while his friends believe that he should be back with his company.

So we have a fight, a disagreement among friends.  Yet it is a disagreement that seems to be about one thing – how Florian is dealing with consultants – while it is really about something deeper, more profound.

Sixth episode in a series on the ins and outs of tech consulting.

Cast:

  • Evelyn, The Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Florian, owner of BKL – Josh LaForce
  • Max, friend of Florian – Jake Minevich
  • Peter, friend of Florian – Ron Bianchi
  • Ida, friend of Florian  – Debbon Ayer
  • Sonja, manager of BKL  – Debbon Ayer
  • Leena “Münchkin”  – Zoe Anastassiou

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Gathering Data

hwms.coverartConsulting.  You’re just giving your opinion.  That’s it.  Nothing more.

Now, in theory, that opinion is worth something on the open market.  It’s worth something for two reasons.  First, you have some special training or knowledge.  Second, you have data.  Data about what is happening.

And there’s the rub.  In the modern day and age, we collect ever bit of data we can and call it good.  Yet.  Yet.  Yet.  Data can mislead.  It can make you believe you know something when you don’t It can confuse when it should inform.  Therefore, we need to know something about gathering data scientifically

Fifth episode in a series on the ins and outs of tech consulting.

Cast:

  • Kit, Chief Consultant  – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, The Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Victor, the Dispatcher – Jake Minevich
  • Jurgen, driver – Ron Bianchi
  • Anna the intern  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Rohit, from IT – Noah Masur
  • Henry Kissinger – Ron Bianchi

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When Kids Buy Bitcoin: Cast Member Zoe Anastassiou

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She’s one of the most flexible members of the cast. She’s played executives, teachers, moms. But Zoe Anastassiou is most commonly identified as an eight year old girl who believes – knows – that is the rising light of the next generation of tech business leaders. In this episode, she talks about that character, Maddie-the-Entrepreneur, and what it means to bring her to life.

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