Posts Tagged ‘CEO’

Here’s the Trouble with Phil Ginburg’s Rec and Park: The Soul is For Hire, And They’ve Sold the Heart – Two Examples

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Here’s one example:

After 30 years, medieval archery event leaves Golden Gate Park due to fees

And here’s another:

After 25 years, steep permit fees shut down Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic in GGP

Instead of those events, we now have corporate events, because they provide thousands of dollars to Phil Ginsburg, no questions asked.

Like this tent going up in the Panhandle now. What’s this, Jimmy’s New Car Picnic, sponsored by Ford?

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Prolly not, but this tent is from some entity that has effectively outbid all those community events that Phil Ginsburg’s new-school approach has literally chased out of town.

Oh well.

New “Upshift” Company Delivers a Rental Car to You – It’s the “Uber of Carshare” – It’s Bicycle-Assisted Car Rentals

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Upshift is here, or at least it’s here in the Russian Hill and Nob Hill areas.

Here’s how it works:

“1. TAP A BUTTON – Anywhere in San Francisco. Get a car for the day with one tap. It’s that easy.

2. GET A CAR DELIVERED – Get a Small, Medium, Large, or Luxury vehicle delivered in 60 minutes. You drive it for the day & our driver rides off on a bike! Introductory rates from $49/day.

3. LEAVE IT ANYWHERE – Drop it off wherever you like in the city. We’ll come pick it up. That’s it. You’re done.”

So your rent-a-car will arrive double-parked at your front door with a green Bianchi or whatever on top and an inner-city sweathog inside. The Upshifter will simply hand you the keys and then pedal away.

Thusly:

(I’ll note that bicycle theft is an issue in San Francisco, just saying. Who’ll be the first Upshifter to lose his/her ride?)

All right, all the deets:

“Upshift is an exclusive, members only car club. Get the freedom of owning a private car with the luxury and convenience of a car service. Push a button, get a hybrid, SUV, or luxury car delivered. You drive it for a day. We pick it up when you’re done. No need to return to the same location as long as it’s in our zone (includes all of the core areas of San Francisco). We professionally operate a fleet of cars out of a single garage. Cars can only be taken out by the day only to start. Subscription pricing and recurrent bookings (eg, deliver a car every Tuesday at 7 am) for regular usage needs. The main limitation of carshare today is parking, not vehicle cost.”

Founded by Ezra Goldman. Who’s that?

“MCP, @MIT & PhD dropout. Co-founded a bikeshare in 1999. Piaggio shared EV scooters at MIT Media Lab in 2006. 2 years managing a startup in Copenhagen”

Upshift is the Uber of Carshare

Upshift makes getting out of town easy. Just push a button on your phone, get a car for the day delivered to your door, and get out of town. We’ll pick it up again anywhere in the city when you’re done, even at a different location from where we delivered, enabling a “one way” service. Payment is all done through your Upshift account, with no cash or card transactions and no paperwork.

Your next car fits in your pocket. And someday, it will drive itself to your door.

Upshift provides club members great cars on demand at the push of a button. We’ll pick up and drop off anywhere in the city- even in two different locations for one way service. Upshift provides more convenience and flexibility than car leasing with less cost, commitment and hassle.

We have spent over 2 years developing the model and getting backing from the world’s best carshare, autotech, and insurance experts around the world. Carsharing takes 9-13 cars off the road for each car we put on the road, unlocking new park space for more livable cities. We enable a transition to a car-free urban lifestyle, taking 1M cars off the streets, to save 10B pounds of CO2 per year by disrupting the car leasing market.

Upshift Twitter

Upshift FaceBook

Well, welcome to town, Upshift.

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Tells “Monkey Parking” to Drop Mobile App for Auctioning City Parking Spots – $300 Fines?

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

[UPDATE: SFist (lots of comments already), Slate, and the San Francisco Chronicle are on the case.]

Gotta say I sort of saw this one coming.

And it’s not just Monkey Parking that’s in trouble today. Check out the craigslist ad from ParkModo (cached website) (@ParkModo – no Tweets yet, or maybe they were deleted?), posted on June 17th, 2014:

Earn $13.00 P/H Just To Park! (mission district)

Our company is launching an awesome app that rewards people to sell their on-street parking spots before leaving to people who need a spot.

To help us promote the app, we are looking for 20 people with cars and iPhones to park around the mission and use the app to offer their parking spots to people looking for parking.

The hours will be from 5:30-9:00 pm Thurs-Sat starting June 26th.

This is how it works:

1. You download the app from the app store.
2. When you want to work, you will contact our field manager to check in.
3. The field manager will then instruct you as to what area and type of spot you are to park in.
4. You will then find a spot in the area and park.
5. Once you are parked, using the app, you will offer the spot for sale. 
6. While you are waiting for someone to purchase the space, you will distribute postcards and promote the app.
7. Once someone purchases the spot, you will complete the transaction with the buyer and then find another space to park in and start the process all over again!

If you are interested, please click on the link below (Paste into your browser) and provide your information so we can contact you and get you started.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1To5Ck5FrPBMrh35SvJp-WDRg0WDyaLLyuo1_MS8pyV8/viewform?usp=send_form

We look forward to working with you!”

I think ParkModo’s operations will now be on hold, for a little bit at least. But do you want some more from them? See below.

Now, all the deets about all these troubled businesses, from Herrera’s office:

“Herrera tells Monkey Parking to drop mobile app for auctioning city parking spots

Motorists face $300 fines for each violation under existing law, City Attorney says — and three startups could be liable for penalties of up to $2,500 for each transaction

SAN FRANCISCO (June 23, 2014) — San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today issued an immediate cease-and-desist demand to Monkey Parking, a mobile peer-to-peer bidding app that enables motorists to auction off the public parking spaces their vehicles occupy to nearby drivers.   The app, currently available for iOS devices, describes itself on the Apple iTunes App Store as the “the first app which lets you make money every time that you are about to leave your on-street parking spot.”

The letter Herrera’s office issued this morning to Paolo Dobrowolny, CEO of the Rome, Italy-based tech startup, cites a key provision of San Francisco’s Police Code that specifically prohibits individuals and companies from buying, selling or leasing public on-street parking.  Police Code section 63(c) further provides that scofflaws — including drivers who “enter into a lease, rental agreement or contract of any kind” for public parking spots — face administrative penalties of up to $300 for each violation.  Because Monkey Parking’s business model is wholly premised on illegal transactions, the letter contends that the company would be subject to civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation under California’s tough Unfair Competition Law were the city to sue.  Such a lawsuit would be imminent, Herrera’s office vowed, should the startup continue to operate in San Francisco past July 11, 2014.

Technology has given rise to many laudable innovations in how we live and work — and Monkey Parking is not one of them,” Herrera said.  “It’s illegal, it puts drivers on the hook for $300 fines, and it creates a predatory private market for public parking spaces that San Franciscans will not tolerate.  Worst of all, it encourages drivers to use their mobile devices unsafely — to engage in online bidding wars while driving.  People are free to rent out their own private driveways and garage spaces should they choose to do so.  But we will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit.”

Herrera’s cease-and-desist demand to Monkey Parking includes a request to the legal department of Apple Inc., which is copied on the letter, asking that the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant immediately remove the mobile application from its App Store for violating several of the company’s own guidelines.  Apple App Store Review Guidelines provide that “Apps must comply with all legal requirements in any location where they are made available to users” and that “Apps whose use may result in physical harm may be rejected.”

Two other startups that similarly violate local and state law with mobile app-enabled schemes intended to illegally monetize public parking spaces in San Francisco will also face legal action in the form of cease-and-desist demands this week, according to the City Attorney’s Office.  Sweetch charges a $5 flat fee when its users obtain a parking spot from another Sweetch motorist.  Sweetch drivers who pass their spots off to other Sweetch members are refunded $4 of that fee.  ParkModo, which appears poised to launch later this week, according to recent employment postings on Craigslist, will employ drivers at a rate of $13.00 per hour to occupy public parking spaces in the Mission District.  As with Monkey Parking and Sweetch, ParkModo then plans to sell the on-street parking spots to its paying members through its iPhone app.  Sweetch and ParkModo members who make use of the apps to park in San Francisco are also subject to civil penalties of $300 per violation, and both companies are potentially liable for civil penalties of $2,500 per transaction for illegal business practices under the Cali04fornia Unfair Competition Law.

A copy of Herrera’s demand letter to Monkey Parking and additional information about the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is available at: http://www.sfcityattorney.org/.”

And here’s a little more from ParkModo:

“We are currently rolling out the beta in the following cities…

San Francisco – As beautiful as city it is, parking is just as bad! Not only is there way to much demand for the supply, but the parking police will catch you if they can! Be among the first 1000 people to download the app and get $5 in free parking!

New York – Instead of calling it the city that never sleeps, they should call it the city that never has parking! Get in on ParkModo and earn some serious cash and stop wasting your time. We know every minute in ny is precious.

Chicago – There may be wind here, but there is certainly no parking! Use ParkModo and fly like the wind when you need a space!”

“White House Maker Faire” + “President Obama’s Call To Action” + “Brit Morin + Co” = ???

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Sooooo, if Obama hadn’t issued his “call to action,” then “Brit + Co” wouldn’t have introduced these “four new programs?”

That’s how I’m reading this.

Enjoy:

“Responding to President Obama’s Call To Action, Brit + Co Announces Four New Programs to Reach Makers of All Ages

SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2014 — In support of the first ever White House Maker Faire, San Francisco-based company, Brit + Co, has created four new programs in a new effort to reach makers of all ages.

Founded in late 2011 by CEO Brit Morin, Brit + Co’s mission is to unlock creativity by educating, inspiring and supporting makers. The programs announced today are designed to further bring this mission to life and highlight the importance of creativity, STEM and making to women and girls across the United States.

“The Maker Movement is re-defining the American dream. With new advances in technology enabling the democratization of ideas, skills, and products, citizens young and old are now able to turn their creative passions into real businesses. This new economy is reigniting American manufacturing and employment, while bringing together communities of makers who are producing innovative products for less cost than ever before. It’s an economy that could total nearly $700B.” stated Morin.

Since the beginning, Brit + Co has focused on inspiring and enabling women and girls to learn how to make, using tools and skills both new and old. As part of today’s White House Maker Faire, the company is announcing four new programs to continue igniting this audience:

These new programs include:

 –  Campus Ambassadors. Brit + Co’s new cohort of campus ambassadors will host local maker events once per quarter in their college or town, reaching as many as 20,000+ new makers per year.

–  Makeathons. Brit + Co will host a large-scale yearly ‘Makeathon’ to take place at their annual makers event, Re:Make, attended by thousands of people. Each Makeathon will focus on creating a new tool, app, gadget or program to solve a broad issue. The participants will be able to build relationships with leaders in technology for personal mentorship at the event and beyond.

–  Makers in Residence. Brit + Co will sponsor a select group of women to be “makers in residence” at Brit HQ each year, allowing them free co-working space and access to machines and DIY tools ranging from 3D printers to laser cutters.

–  Free E-Classes for Students. Brit + Co will engage K-12 students in making by developing a series of free e-classes that introduces kids to maker skills like 3D printing, graphic design and electronics. The e-classes will be designed for teachers to use in the classroom, or as an after school program. Each e-class will be paired with a DIY kit that provides students with hands-on materials to learn that particular skill or technology.

In addition, Morin will be in attendance at today’s White House Maker Faire and participating in a National Day of Making using #NationOfMakers on Twitter.

Brit + Co is an online media and e-commerce platform that provides tools to teach, inspire, and enable creativity among women and girls. From traditional crafts to high-tech manufacturing, Brit + Co connects millions of users with makers, designers, chefs, and inventors, together building a community of creativity.

For additional information on these programs, please visit the Brit + Co website at www.brit.co.

For more information on the White House Maker Faire and to watch live, please visit  www.WhiteHouse.gov/MakerFaire.

Press contact:

Amanda Duncan

What Mayor Ed Lee Is Doing Tomorrow: The “HSBC Made for Trade” Tour – Hey, Is Trade Good or Should We “Buy Local?”

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The “HSBC Made for Trade Tour” is blowing through town tomorrow – sked below.

Observations:

- So “trade” is good? I thought we were supposed to “buy local?” I don’t have a beef against international trade myself, but I’m a little surprised to see SFGov participating in this trade love-fest.

- Isn’t the Bay Area Council Economic Institute now discredited owing to the recent America’s Cup fiasco? I think so. And yet here there are popping up as if nothing at all is wrong. Here you go, this BACEI report was a laugh riot: The America’s Cup: Economic Impacts of a Match on San Francisco Bay. Check it, potential “economic benefits” of “$9.9 billion,” whatever that meant. And a “fleet of super yachts” was supposed to motor through the Panama Canal and then shower riches upon us in some sort of Build It And They Will Come aquatic cargo cult. Hey! Perhaps the BACEI could gin up a report for how great the 2024 Olympics would be for us – wouldn’t that be a nice encore?

- And isn’t our Chinese Consulate the Locus of Espionage for Northern California? I think so. Or name me a better one, gentle reader? Anyway, here they come, as if nothing’s a matter.

Here you go, here’s the pitch:

HSBC Made for Trade is a national conversation with leaders in business, government, industry and academia about the role of global trade in today’s economy. This national tour looks at the contribution of the international flow of goods, services and capital to the U.S. economy, and the opportunities for American businesses brought about by global trade.”

And here’s tomorrow’s agenda:

Program Agenda

Financing The Future
The Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

11:00 a.m.
Welcome 
Steve Bottomley
Head of Commercial Banking, North America, HSBC

11:05 a.m.
Innovative Policy Approaches To Support Globalization
Deputy Assistant Secretary Ted Dean
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

11:15 a.m.
Trade In The Bay Area: Investment And Global Financial Flows
Introduction by Steve Bottomley
Head of Commercial Banking, North America, HSBC
Moderated by Andrew S. Ross
Business Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
Dr. Sean Randolph
President & CEO, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Additional commentary from:
Deputy Assistant Secretary Ted Dean
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Debra J. Lodge
Head of RMB FX Business Development, North America, HSBC Global Markets
Xia Xiang
Economic and Commercial Counselor, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, San Francisco

12:00 p.m.
Keynote Remarks
Introduction by Steve Bottomley
Head of Commercial Banking, North America, HSBC
The Honorable Edwin M. Lee
Mayor, City of San Francisco

12:20 p.m.
Lunch Served
Marlon Young
Chief Executive Officer, Americas, HSBC Private Bank

12:40 p.m.
Panel Discussion: How Bay Area Businesses Are Fueling The 
Future Of America
Introduction by Marlon Young
Chief Executive Officer, Americas, HSBC Private Bank
Moderated by Jim Wunderman
President and CEO, Bay Area Council
Benedict J. Bowler
Treasurer, Matson, Inc.
Lisa Peschcke-Koedt
Vice President, Global Tax and Customs, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Johan Nystedt
Vice President and Global Treasurer, Levi Strauss & Co.
Dan Shapero
Vice President, Talent Solutions, LinkedIn

1:25 p.m.
California And The Business Of Trade
Introduction by Marlon Young
Chief Executive Officer, Americas, HSBC Private Bank
Kish Rajan
Director, California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

1:35 p.m.
Closing Remarks 

Sure, Re/code and the Huffington Post are Against Gurbaksh Chahal Now, But Why Did They Partner with Him Until Last Month?

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Was the biggest owner of RadiumOne allowed to promote himself on Re/code as recently as April 9th?

Sure looks that way:

And here’s some similar claptrap from the HuffPo

So let’s see here, we knew about the 911 call and the existence of the damning video evidence all the way back in 2013, right?

So what’s changed?

I don’t get it.

Anyway, Re/code and the HuffPo, to their credit, haven’t allowed him to promote himself, AFAIK, since his convictions, so I guess that’s a start.

Oh well.

Attention MSM: RadiumOne’s Gurbaksh Chahal Wasn’t Actually Accused of “Hitting” Juliet Kakish 117 Times – A “Negative Pregnant”

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Here we go:

While acknowledging in the first post that “my temper got the better of me,” Chahal denied hitting his girlfriend 117 times as accused and called the reaction an “overblown drama.”

OK, but G wasn’t accused of hitting her 117 times, it was hitting or kicking or whatever.

So maybe he was trying to be reaaaaally Clintonian here with his denial – it’s hard to tell. Moving on.

Oh, what’s this:

negative pregnant (sometimes called a pregnant denial) refers to a denial which implies its affirmative opposite by seeming to deny only a qualification of the allegation and not the allegation itself. 

in this case, the denial is one of assault or battery or domestic violence or intimate partner violence* or whatever it was that caused Juliet to call 911 in August last year and also allege that G struck her on July 4th last year. (Perhaps attorney Mark Geragos and or Juliet herself could offer up more details, but they’re most likely prevented from doing so at this point.)

It could be that G writes what he writes mostly for his true believers and relatives and all this doesn’t really matter, who knows.

But anyway, RadiumOne’s Gurbaksh Chahal Wasnt Actually Accused of “Hitting” Juliet Kakish 117 Times, that’s my point.

*That’s a new one on me – is G already in his counseling sessions? Sounds like it. Regardless, some things get through to his high school dropout mind, and some don’t.

Gurbaksh “G” Chahal in His Own Words – Speaking Out on the Weekend He Got Fired as CEO of RadiumOne Due To Recent Domestic Violence Convictions

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Well, here’s a fresh blog post from infamous Gurbaksh “G” Chahal:

Can You Handle the Truth? By Gurbaksh Chahal | April 27, 2014 |The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth;

DO PEOPLE REALLY GET TAKEN IN BY THIS “THE TRUTH” STUFF? WASN’T THE SOVIET UNION’S BIG NEWS AGENCY CALLED “THE TRUTH?” WHO IS THIS FOR, “G?” YOUR RELATIVES, YOUR “TRUE” BELIEVERS? AND WHY DID YOU PAY DISASTER MASTER SAM SINGER ALL THAT MONEY IF THIS IS WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO DO? DID HE APPROVE THIS? I DON’T KNOW…

Right now there are many people calling for my head. I am the recipient of death threats and hateful language aimed not just at what I was accused of, but attacking me for my ethnicity, my social class, and even my gender. Many would gladly lynch me based because of my origin–and not the facts of my case.

NOBODY WANTS TO KILL YOU, “G,” NOT REALLY. SO YOUR “DEATH THREATS” AREN’T ALL THAT SERIOUS IRL. AND YOU’RE PLAYING THE RACE CARD NOW? YOU’RE NOT DOING IT WELL, DUDE. ALL THESE UNIDENTIFIED HAZARDS FOR POOR DEFENSELESS “G?” OMG, HOW SAD FOR YOU, G! BUT I THINK OUR TOLERANCE FOR MAUDLIN THROAT-CLEARING IS REACHING A LIMIT…

I know that I cannot change the minds of those who choose to hate me without cause—and base their hate only on the misrepresentations they have read, but I hope that others will be open minded and give me the opportunity to tell my story and paint a broader and very different picture.

MAYBE THEY HATE WHAT YOU DID AND THEY DON’T ACTUALLY HATE YOU. MAYBE IF YOU APOLOGIZED FOR WHAT YOU DID, THEN PEOPLE WOULD LIKE YOU MORE, JUST SAYING.

Before I begin, I want to make it abundantly clear that I abhor violence of any kind, most especially against women. I created a foundation to fight hate crimes. I consider intimate partner violence and domestic violence in that same category.

WHAT’S THIS? “INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE?” THAT’S A NEW ONE ON ME. BUT WEREN’T YOU CONVICTED DUE TO CHARGES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE? WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? IDK. ARE YOU SAYING THE WOMAN YOU ATTACKED WASN’T/ISN’T YOUR GF?

I was charged with 45 felony counts of domestic violence.

HEY, WHY’S THAT, G? BECAUSE JULIET KAKISH CALLED 911 ON YOU. WHY WOULD SHE DO THAT, G?

All of those charges were dropped,

BECAUSE YOU HAD A DEAL TO GET CONVICTED OF CHARGES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, RIGHT?

and ultimately the case settled when the DA’s office recognized they had no case

IF THEY HAD NO CASE, THEN WHY DO YOU GET CONVICTED OF CHARGES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE? DUH.

and offered me a misdemeanor plea. I accepted that plea, because after a lot of soul searching I believed I was acting in the best interest of my company, my employees, my customers, my family, my friends and my investors.

DO YOU THINK YOU WERE ACTING IN THE BEST INTEREST OF ALL THESE PEOPLE AND ENTITIES WHEN YOU WERE ATTACKING JULIET?

I fully understand the outrage of those who believe I got off “lightly” as asserted by numerous postings on social media sites.

AND NEWSPAPERS TOO, RIGHT?

But the $500 fine I agreed to pay, the equivalent of a speeding ticket, is simply what those misdemeanors require, and in no way reflects the toll that this ordeal has exacted on me.

ALL RIGHT, WELL YOU ALSO ARE ON PROBATION FOR THREE YEARS, RIGHT? AND YOU AGREED TO HOW MANY CLASSES ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE? OH, AND HOW MUCH MONEY DID YOU SPEND ON PUBLIC RELATIONS? A LOT, I’LL BET. AND SPEAKING OF WHICH, HOW MUCH OF YOUR MONEY WENT TO INFAMOUS ATTORNEY MARK GERAGOS? EVEN MORE, I’LL BET. AND HOW MUCH OF YOU MONEY WENT TO JULIET? EVEN MORE AGAIN, I’LL BET. THAT’S HARDLY A ‘SPEEDING TICKET,” G. AND THE PRICE OF YOUR CRIMES, THE LITERAL PRICE, ISN’T MEANT TO REFLECT ANY “TOLL” ON YOU – THERE’S NO RELATIONSHIP, SO YOU SHOULDN’T EXPECT YOUR GULLIBLE READERS TO EXPECT A CONNECTION, RIGHT?

There can be no dollar value placed on the pain and suffering I have caused my family and friends, my employees and customers my investors, and everyone else who has looked up to me in the past. The humiliation and shame I feel is immeasurable. The dollar cost to my business and my reputation is incalculable.

NOT REALLY, BUT ANYWAY…

I could have spent another year fighting the charges against me, which I truly wanted to do for my family’s sake. I would have prevailed in this fight because the allegations by police against me were overblown and grossly exaggerated.

UH OH, YOU MIGHT MAKE YOUR JUDGE START FEELING PANGS OF REGRET.

They made good press, but quite literally, they did not hold up in court.

UH, THIS IS WHAT YOU SAY ONLY AFTER GETTING ACQUITTED OF ALL CHARGES OR WHEN ALL THE CHARGES AGAINST YOU HAVE BEEN DROPPED. THAT DIDN’T OCCUR IN THIS CASE, RIGHT?

I want you to know that this is not an excuse. I know that intimate partner violence is never excusable under any circumstances.

SO I GUESS SHE WAS NEVER YOUR GF, IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE SAYING?

I recognize that my temper got the better of me, and I will regret that for the rest of my life.

ANY OTHER SIMILAR INCIDENTS THAT YOU REGRET, G? (OH, DON’T ANSWER THAT ONE.)

But there is a difference between temper and domestic violence,

I THINK I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO SAY HERE, G, BUT YOU AIN’T TALKING GOOD HERE, JUST SAYING.

and the truth of what actually happened is no where close to what the police claimed nor anywhere near what the online chatter and pundits are now making it out to be.

WELL, SHOW US YOUR VIDEO AND THEN LET US DECIDE, WHY NOT? YOU REMEMBER THAT VIDEO? IT GOT SUPPRESSED BY A JUDGE, LUCKY YOU.

I have two sisters, a niece and a mother. I love them all to death, and would never want any harm to ever come their way.

ALL RIGHT, THIS ISN’T REALLY RELEVANT, BUT WE’LL GIVE YOU THIS ONE.

The situation that resulted in my legal case began when I discovered that my girlfriend was having unprotected sex for money with other people.

OH, GIRLFRIEND, ALL RIGHT, I DIDN’T KNOW. BUT YOU BETTER BE CAREFUL HERE, G, AS MR. MARK GERAGOS MIGHT COME AFTER YOU IF HE THINKS YOU’RE BREAKING YOUR AGREEMENT WITH JULIET. OH, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE BEING CAREFUL – GOOD FOR YOU, G!

(She testified to this in her interviews with the cops.)

AH, YOU’VE BEEN COUNSELED ON THIS ISSUE, I SEE. YES, VERY CLEVER, G. IF SHE SAID THEN YOU CAN SAY IT, RIGHT?

I make no excuse for losing my temper. When I discovered this fact and confronted my girlfriend, we had a normal argument.

NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE SAYING HERE, G. SHE WENT FOR A WEEKEND IN LAS VEGAS AND SHE SAID SHE HAD SEX WITH SOME GUY AND SHE GOT $2500 “FOR EXPENSES.” SHE DIDN’T SAY SHE ENGAGED IN PROSTITUTION I DON’T THINK.

She called 9-11 after I told her I was going to contact her father regarding her activities.

DIDN’T YOU SAY YOU WERE GOING TO KILL HER AS WELL?

And yes, I lost my temper. I understand, accept full responsibility and sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart for that. But I didn’t hit her 117 times, injure her, or cause any trauma as the UCSF medical reports clearly document.

WELL THE REPORTS DON’T INDICATE YOU ACTUALLY HIT HER 117 TIMES. BUT HOW MANY TIMES _DID_ YOU HIT HER, G? (IN ADDITION TO EVERYTHING ELSE, G, YOU’RE NOT THAT BRIGHT, ARE YOU, G?)

This was all overblown drama because it generates huge volumes of page views for the media given what I have accomplished in the valley.

SO YOU DIDN’T HIT HER? SO YOU DIDN’T THREATEN TO KILL HER, IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE SAYING?

Thee tape in question that was thrown was also bullshit.

IT’S ON TAPE? DIDN’T KNOW THAT G. THE VIDEO YOU MADE WAS “BULLSHIT?” DO TELL MORE.

If anything, it actually made the SFPD look bad because they violently assaulted me as I opened my door despite my being fully cooperative.

RELEASE IT THEN, G

The girl in question here, was herself so appalled by the false allegations made by the police, that she agreed to be photographed to demonstrate that there were no bruises or injuries.

REALLY? HEY G, DID YOU GIVE HER ANY HUSH MONEY, CAN YOU REMEMBER THAT FAR BACK?

She could have left my apartment at any time during the argument. She felt safe and chose to stay. Those pictures she agreed to take would have been entered into evidence had my case proceeded, and they would have proven that the police claims were egregiously misleading.

SO RELEASE THE VIDEO THEN, G

Celebrities in sports, entertainment and business, and high net worth individuals in general are all potential targets. It was only a matter of time when I would fall prey.

HEH, HEHE, AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! POOR “G!” HEY G, COULD THIS KIND OF THING BE CONSIDERED “DISPARAGEMENT?” MMM…

I have to accept that many will still want to hate me no matter what I say to bring clarity to my legal case which is now over.

WELL, YOU ARE KIND OF JERK, YOU KNOW, ANYWAY.

But the fact of the matter is that they are jumping to conclusions based on falsified allegations.

SO WHY DID YOU TAKE THE PLEA?

My case could not have settled in the way that it did if the allegations were true.

WELL, TELL US ALL THE DETAILS FIRST, G. UNTIL YOU DO THAT, WE’LL NEVER KNOW, HUH?

Trust me, the DA’s were like a pack of rabid dogs coming after me.

THAT’S THE HIGHEST COMPLIMENT YOU COULD PAY TO THEM AT THIS POINT.

If they had a case, they would have stuck with it.

THEY DID STAY WITH IT. U R CONVICTED, G. YOU’RE ON PROBATION, G. AND YOU’RE TAKING MANDATORY CLASSES, RIGHT?

I only hope for two things: first that people who I work so hard to inspire are not discouraged by the false allegations and blogosphere spins,

HEY G, DON’T KNOCK YOURSELF OUT. YOU’LL STILL HAVE SOME TRUE BELIEVERS REGARDLESS.

and, secondly, I hope others who are not in my shoes–and who have jumped on the bandwagon of criticism against me after the conclusion of my legal proceedings—will be open minded and give me the opportunity to tell them the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

WELL RELEASE THE VIDEO THEN, G.

I apologize to my family, my friends, employees, my customers and my investors all who have suffered from this bad publicity related to my personal matter.

THIS ISN’T APOLOGY PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR FROM YOU, G. FRANKLY.

I have learned a lot from this experience, and I will continue to grow. As CEO of RadiumOne, I vow to make it a hugely successful company, a great place to work, and a wonderful partner in the community.

WELL, YOU AIN’T CEO NO MO, RIGHT? DIDN’T YOU KNOW THE BOARD WAS MEETING WHEN YOU WROTE THIS?

I’ve always wanted the best for others.

I’LL DENY THIS. SORRY.

I have been a tireless fighter against hate crimes through my Foundation, and a huge supporter of education through my scholarship funds.

MEH.

What I am proudest of in my success thus far in life is that I have created jobs and opportunities for people, while building commerce and strengthening our community. Actions speak louder than words, and it is these actions, not the false allegations and spins that you might have read through these various blogs shine light on my real character, on the person I truly am and always want to be.

G, YOU’VE BEEN CONVICTED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. LIKE RECENTLY, RIGHT?

What is the American Dream? That you can come from nothing and make something of yourself not once, not twice but three times, only to have all of it come crashing down from misinformation, that is spun wildly out of control into the world of make believe and then goes viral into the blogosphere.

WOW. ARE YOU AGAINST THE INTERNET, G?

We need to hold on to the American Dream, and reject those who would rather make it a nightmare. Our Founding Fathers believed in the dream, why not the bloggers.

ALL RIGHT, THIS IS UNUSUAL TESTIMONY, BUT I’LL ALLOW IT.

WELL THAT’S IT. WHEN RADIUMONE GOES UNDER, WHENEVER THAT HAPPENS, YOUR RECENT CRIME WILL BE IN THE OBITUARY, G.

Sunday Morning Press Release: “RadiumOne Terminates Gurbaksh Chahal as CEO – Chairman Bill Lonergan Appointed as CEO”

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Gurbaksh Chahal just got convicted after charges of domestic violence were filed against him by the SFDA. Here is one of the effects.

But I don’t think this move will stop the bleeding if Gurbaksh Chaha still has an ownership interest. OTOH, if people on the board of RadiumOne have dreams of becoming an ambassador or governor, then this will be enough.

“RadiumOne terminates Gurbaksh Chahal as CEO and Chairman

Bill Lonergan appointed as CEO

SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — At a board meeting yesterday evening, RadiumOne’s board of directors voted  to terminate the employment of Gurbaksh Chahal as CEO and Chairman of the company. Bill Lonergan, the company COO, will take over as CEO of the Company immediately.  Bill has an extraordinary professional background and has helped build Blue Lithium and RadiumOne into industry leading brands. We are confident he will continue RadiumOne’s impressive trajectory.

RadiumOne builds software that automates media buying, making big data actionable for digital marketers.

RadiumOne uses programmatic advertising to connect brands to their next customers by incorporating valuable first-party data about behaviors, actions and interests demonstrated by consumers across web and mobile touch points.

Based in San Francisco, RadiumOne has offices across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.

To learn more about RadiumOne, please visit http://www.radiumone.com.

Contact:
Aman Battish
(202) 386-8586
abattish@brunswickgroup.com

SOURCE  RadiumOne

RadiumOne

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POINT / COUNTERPOINT: TechCrunch on “AirPooler is Lyft for Private Airplanes”

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

AirPooler is Lyft for Private Airplanes

“Law prohibits private pilots from profiting from passengers so you only pay for your share of the cost of the flight plus a 20 percent fee to AirPooler”

UH, THE PILOTS _ARE_ PROFITING FROM PASSENGERS, ARGUABLY.

The Federal Aviation Administration also bars private plane pilots from advertising flights, which is why AirPooler is careful to never promote any specific flights.

THIS IS STARTING TO READ LIKE A PRESS RELEASE, TECH-CRUNCH!

It’s hired as its general council the former assistant chief council of regulation of the FAA to make sure it doesn’t break the law.

ALTHOUGH OF COURSE IT’S ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT AIRPOOLER WILL BE FOUND TO BE OUTSIDE OF THE REGULATIONS – OF COURSE HIRING ANY PARTICULAR PERSON DOESN’T CHANGE THIS FACT. ALSO, “assistant chief council” SHOULD BE “COUNSEL,” AS THE DUDE COUNSELS PEOPLE – THAT’S HOW YOU REMEMBER THE DIFFERENCE

So why the hell would you want to get in a stranger’s airplane? Because the alternatives, namely driving and commercial air travel, can be a nightmare.

OF COURSE CRASHING AND BURNING CAN BE A GENERAL AVIATION “NIGHTMARE” AS WELL, RIGHT?

It says to fly from Palo Alto to Tahoe using AirPooler it would take about an hour and cost $50.

ABOUT AN HOUR _AND SOMETHING_, MORE CORRECTLY, RIGHT?

Fifty-five percent of pilots in a small survey in Boston said they’d even add additional flights to take AirPooler passengers.

UH, THIS IS STARTING TO SOUND LIKE AN AIR TAXI TO ME

Lewis admits the core challenge will be gaining consumer mind share and convincing them AirPooler is safe and simple, which it might not be.

WELL, HOW REFRESHING. YES, GENERAL AVIATION ISN’T ALL THAT SAFE, INDEED. PLUS FIVE FOR GRYFFINDOR!

Luckily, prop planes are relatively safe compared to other transportation methods, and the planes can glide back to the ground in case of an engine failure.

WTF? MINUS 20 FOR GRYFFINDOR HOUSE! PROP PLANES ARE ABSOLUTELY NOT SAFE COMPARED WITH OTHER TRANSPORTATION METHODS. IN MOST GA MISHAPS, THE AIRPLANE AINT “GLIDING” WHEN IT TOUCHES GROUND. GENERAL AVIATION IS AT LEAST AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE _LESS_ SAFE THAN DRIVING ON THE FREEWAY*

Still, accidents are most common with pilots with fewer than 100 hours of experience.

WRONG! IRL, ACCIDENTS ARE MORE COMMON WITH PILOTS WITH _MORE_ THAN 100 HOURS OF EXPERIENCE.

As more of our formerly prized possessions like albums and photos get digitized, society is putting a higher and higher value on experiences.

WHAT?

ALL RIGHT, THAT’S MOST OF IT.

*OF LOVE, IN A PINK CADILLAC.