Sep 22, 2012

No Return for the Tax Return

There has been mounting pressure for Mitt Romney, the republican nominee for US President, to release his income tax returns prior to the November election this year.  While I understand the argument for releasing them, I also fully understand why he insists on not doing so.  Let's face it, he's damned if he does, and damned if he doesn't (not to mention, it's personal).  The reality is that countless pundits and experts have weighed in and estimated his taxes paid, his effective tax rate, that even that he has off-shore bank accounts ... most of which is accurate and indeed has been verbally verified by Romney's campaign.  My question is then ... so what then?  If he doesn't deny the details of his returns, what difference will his tax returns make?  

It all stinks of hypocrisy.

Sep 10, 2012

Hoyapreneurs Unite!

A few months ago, The Hoyapreneur, the e-newsletter for Georgetown University's Entrepreneurship Initiative, asked me for feedback about my experience as an entrepreneur.  While I was flattered to be asked, I was also confounded about how to sum up my experiences for a short Alumni Focus piece.  Regardless, the article appeared in the September 2012 Issue, and I have included the article in its entirety below.  Special thanks to Hoyapreneur Editor, Elizabeth Schieffelin, and to Jeff Reid, the director of the GT Entrepreneurship Initiative.  You can find them on twitter @hoyapreneur.