THE NO DOUCHEBAGS RULE
PREVENT START-UP SABOTAGE
BY NIK INGERSOLL FEB 19, 2017
NO DOUCHEBAGS, FOR REAL?
A REAL LESSON
HAS DOUCHEBAGGERY GROWN?
WHEN YOU NEED TO GET RID OF “ADVISORS”
A GOOD PIECE OF ADVICE
A BETTER PIECE OF ADVICE
THE BIG REVEAL
What none of us could have known was that he would secretly go behind my back and the backs of my other two business partners in an attempt to create disarray in the ranks. His targets: myself, my business partners, interns and others on the advisory team. Soon his motive became clear, to divide and conquer. To take something that we had worked on for almost two years to get to market so he could suck it into his negative vortex of disgust and take power.
THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFE
My dad passed away in a car accident in June of 2013. He was my best friend and was literally the best human being that I have ever known. I was left with only my brother to bury him alone in Nebraska. There has never been and will never be worse moment of despair in my entire existence. When I went back to bury him that summer, about 6 months into the business, I found out that this advisor said something about me at our board meeting after I had hung up on the conference line.
MY FOLLOW UP EMAIL
Hey (Advisor’s Name)
So happy to have you at our most recent board meeting.
Again, so sorry I couldn’t attend due to the abrupt and unexpected passing of my father.
However, I am even happier to hear that you were talking shit about me in front of all my partners, advisors and interns after I hung up.
If you ever have anything to say about me in the future, be a man and say it to my face. No one respects cowards. Looking forward to connecting with you directly in person.
You are no longer invited to attend or participate in any of our board meetings from now going forward.
Wishing you a healthy life
SO, WHAT HAPPENED?
I NEVER RECEIVED A RESPONSE