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[#] Mon Jun 03 2013 19:05:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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If you add a soundtrack it's called Philip Glass.

[#] Mon Jun 03 2013 21:16:24 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Fortunately, you don't have to add much soundtrack.

[#] Wed Jun 12 2013 11:26:47 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I have to say, I've learned more about small-time corporate shenanigans since this year started than I ever expected to learn in my life.

I've always been a proponent of getting everything in writing as soon as possible. I'm starting to see a classic example of why now.

Some other tips... never allow anyone else to pitch your business ideas to an investor... do it yourself. And make sure it's in writing, of course.

Also, it isn't a winning strategy to fire the owner of the technology without telling him, and before you've obtained the rights to the technology first.
Thinking that it will 'squeeze' the inventor will probably backfire on you.

And if you're filing in Delaware for tax reasons, that's great, but make sure you follow the MOI you set up, because it's as legally binding as a contract.

[#] Fri Jun 14 2013 16:45:14 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I've been fired, officially.

He said he would consider rehiring me if my boss signs a particular piece of paper, which makes the firing illegal.

Which I think is awesome. Paper-trail on this moron continues.

In the meantime, I might finally have a little time for a vacation.

[#] Fri Jun 14 2013 17:16:17 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Hmmm... he also said I was fired for not providing certain bits of intellectual property that doesn't belong to him, which I think makes the firing criminal.
Interesting.

[#] Fri Jun 14 2013 19:55:31 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Ugh, fleeb, very sorry to hear that!

Completely their loss, though! 

In fact, shoot me your resume by email, if you like.  My brother in law is with Scripps and maybe he'll know someone who knows and all that...



[#] Fri Jun 14 2013 22:49:02 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Thanks for the offer... I might consider it.

I know people in Scripps, too, oddly. I know the guy responsible for their closed captioning... really good, upright guy.

[#] Sat Jun 15 2013 01:06:17 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Crapolla Fleeb.  Sorry for ya man.  Sounds like you have it figured out the game of the current employer.  If not, from what I have read about you on uncensored, you seem like you are an upstanding guy. You will land somwere that will be better soon.



[#] Sat Jun 15 2013 11:11:38 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Thanks, ax25.

I saw this coming, to be sure. I had doubts at the beginning of the year, as too many odd things were happening, but I figured I'd ride it out and see where it goes.

All-in-all, it's been an interesting, entertaining, and educational experience.
But it isn't quite over yet. I can find a new job without much trouble, I suspect, but I want to help my boss (not the guy who fired me), who stands to lose so much more than his job.

[#] Sat Jun 15 2013 16:05:29 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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uhm... is it that easy in the US?

i'd definitely visit a lawyer.



[#] Sat Jun 15 2013 17:48:23 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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In Maryland, where I live, the law is such that you may quit or be fired for any reason at all.

However... some reasons are simply illegal on the face of it. Firing me for not stealing intellectual property and as a way to bully someone into signing a document he clearly doesn't wish to sign is illegal in this country.

[#] Sun Jun 16 2013 02:07:37 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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I hope this all ends with you in a better (better-paying and better environment) job very soon!



[#] Sun Jun 16 2013 20:11:51 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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They money wasn't that bad, this time. I earned a salary that is at least standard for the sort of work I do.

But things started to get really weird in the last couple of weeks. I suspect the investors, who don't really understand the business model (and were given a bad description of the model from the CEO and their lawyer) are freaking out because things aren't quite working the way they expect.

The ironic thing is that if they waited about another month or so to freak out, they would have started to see the results. But, meh. They were a very bad match for us.

Personally, based on the behavior I see, I suspect they found a buyer who just wants to bury the technology so nobody uses it. Why else would you fire the principle developer, and the only guy who really knows how to install the software required to make our box work properly?

[#] Sun Jun 16 2013 22:28:34 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Looks like trolls, smells like trolls.  Might be trolls.



[#] Mon Jun 17 2013 20:20:56 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Whoa, sorry to hear that, fleeb!



[#] Tue Jun 18 2013 02:26:10 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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A coworker was asking me about a personal (non-work, not like... super-personal) matter over facebook chat, and accidentally went into the client's facebook page (company page) as admin and continued messaging me.

Since the message was SENT to me, my name was on it. 

I never saw it, and absolutely didn't write it.

I'm now no longer an admin for the page, which means I can't do my work for that company. 

I don't want to get co-worker into the shit, b/c she's 1. a friend. 2. awesome. 3. I don't think it's a big mistake, and they're making it out to be one. 4. needs the job more than I do.

otoh, I don't want to be locked out of my job. 

blech (this is a rant, not a request for help. I know my options, and neither is particularly good)



[#] Thu Jun 20 2013 10:07:46 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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the_mgt:

Working on alternatives now. I am expecting a long chat with a lawyer shortly.
Could be interesting in a good way.

triLcat:

Oof. Seems like you need a different Facebook account for personal stuff.

[#] Thu Jun 20 2013 23:41:14 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Sandwich   ---

ick.  Sorry Tril.  That is a bit of a jam I have not experienced (yet), so I have nothing. 



[#] Fri Jun 21 2013 06:25:16 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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So, having talked with a certain kind of lawyer yesterday, I don't think I have any choice but to find work somewhere.

I had hoped to be able to wait until we got our act together and found a proper buyer. But I now believe that will take too long.

It's difficult to get into the details, although it's fascinating. The short of it is that we don't know what the hell we're doing as a company, and we need guidance to fix that so we can move forward. That guidance will necessarily cost money, but will absolutely give us what we need. And it would only take, at most, three weeks to finish the process.

The problem is, after three weeks, you then go through the hell of trying to find someone who wants what we have, to grow or take over (depending on what we want to do, which I think 'take over' is what we really want). And it can take an unknown number of months for the right buyer to go for it. If anyone would touch it at all.

It's my belief that someone would certainly go for it. If I say so myself, the technology is compelling, flexible, and useful to enough people to generate the sales required to keep itself around. It just needs better leadership, which is why we seek a buyer in the first place.

But we'll never find the right buyer without going through this process.

So... I need to find another job, at least until someone takes an interest in this technology. I'd like to continue working on it, honestly, as it's been very fascinating, and I've built up all these interesting skills over the last several years.

[#] Fri Jun 21 2013 11:28:28 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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In the end, my boss realized what had happened, gave us all a stern warning to be more careful in the future, and life went on... it was nerve-wracking, but I think part of it is just that I'm a bit paranoid lately.

 



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