Free ideas and speech have fueled our country's growth from the very start. I am afraid that is all changing. Last month Brendan Eich, a very accomplished executive, who supported a proposition against gay marriage five years earlier was forced to resign as Mozzila (Firefox) CEO. I think this is a bad precedent reminiscent of Nazi Germany. Worse yet, the precedent isn't applied equally. For example, President Obama's public position on gay marriage was identical to Mr. Eich's position at the time; however, he is not being forced to resign. Fast forward to this month and Donald Sterling, the owner of the Clippers, is being banned from the NBA for life for private, but racist speech illegally recorded and released by his African American mistress (irony abounds). Should Sterling's business he's owned since 1981 be taken from him for pillow talk, albeit racist? The NAACP awarded Sterling a lifetime achievement for his contributions (presumably monetary) to the African American community in LA, but in light of the release of the racist tapes, the head of the NAACP in LA was forced to resign for accepting the donations. I applaud the head of the NAACP. While he couldn't change the heart or mind of Sterling he managed to lighten his wallet for the benefit of the African American community. Why should he lose his job? Where do we draw the line? Anyone who accepted any money from Sterling should be fired? What about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Initially, as a former employee of Sterling, he claimed he didn't realize he was a racist, but in more recent comments he suggests that EVERYONE knew Sterling was a devout racist. Should Kareem be banned for accepting money from Sterling even though he knew he was a racist? Perhaps all of the players should return their salaries as a form of protest as well? I think it is a VERY slipper slope to start 'criminalizing' ideas and speech - even if you don't like what someone is saying you shouldn't be able to take away their livelihood, their job or their business.
Considering starting a new group using the 'StartupMuse' brand. The group would be limited to 10 local (i.e. DFW) entrepreneurs. The commitment would be one year and the engagement as follows: • 1 group meeting per month (chosen by group), 2 hrs of meeting + dinner • 1 one-on-one meeting/week, 1 hour (by mutual agreement) • 4 quarterly trips to Silicon Valley, 2-3 day (vc/angel investor networking) • 1 annual retreat (city/venue chosen by group), Friday through Sunday Our focus would be on: • building teams, advisory boards, BoDs • developing products and services • raising capital • marketing and pr I would lead the group (i.e. not a participant). Do you think anyone would be interested? How much should we charge? Any advice or feedback would be appreciated.