Tuesday, October 25, 2005 alvin July 30, 2017 - 8:12pm

Wow, my business partners are pissed. I can't think of any better way to say it.

While I thought we were still negotiating, they've come across in emails over the last twenty-four hours like this was their best offer, take it or leave it, and they are furious. Nobody has threatened to quit again, but they've told me we are way off, and that I'm not negotiating in good faith. I told them they said I should make the changes to their spreadsheets I thought were appropriate, and that's what I did. They certainly didn't mention "best offer" when they sent them.

Sunday, October 23, 2005 alvin July 30, 2017 - 8:09pm

The short story for today is that I told the partners it just wasn't working out for me to review their spreadsheets after I received them Thursday, that I just had too many events planned with my friends. I told them I'd do what I could while traveling, and I did look at things more again today.

After reviewing their "buy offer" spreadsheets, I drafted an email with these points:

Thursday, October 20, 2005 alvin July 30, 2017 - 8:07pm

The business partners sent me their buy offer spreadsheets, which are basically unchanged, and asked me to negotiate against them, telling them specifically what I want in each area. Not to be a dick about it, but I feel like I already told them that in my previous spreadsheets. What else is there to say?

I delayed for a while in replying to them, and told them internet access in the current area is hit and miss, plus by just getting this to me now they're also hitting a time where I have planned events with my friends out here, but I'll do what I can.

This is a page from my book, “How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary”

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

I met with George and David at a coffee shop this afternoon to answer their questions related to my ROI spreadsheets. The technical questions they asked were interesting, but the positioning between George and David was probably more interesting. I've noticed George taking more of an active leadership role in these meetings lately, especially today, while David seems to be regressing a little bit, back into his "I just want a job" personality.

This is a page from my book, “How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary”

Thursday, September 29, 2005

The partners and I arranged for another meeting, and met tonight at the office. With the vacations starting to affect our schedule on Saturday, we all thought it was best to meet again.

I asked if they had come up with anything different since our last meeting, and they said no, they thought the ball was in my court, and they wanted to see what I came up with. I said that was true, and that I'd put a lot of time into this, and began to explain what I had.

VisiCalc was written in assembly language alvin January 4, 2017 - 6:34am

If you think programming now is difficult, VisiCalc was written in assembly language for an Apple II. Here are a few words from this web page that describe this code:

My definition of CFO Disease

My definition of "CFO Disease"

Every CFO that can create a spreadsheet thinks they are a programmer.

As you might guess, this had to do with a long conversation with a CFO today about how to do my job, and how programming seems so easy.