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Mahatma Jawndi
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so toj and what's the other :foo:
Not TOJ. I think TOJ stole from customers.

I don't really know if it's my place to reveal the inner problems of other people's companies. And anyway, it wasn't the fault of the owners or managers, and has nothing to do with whether they can deliver good products and services.
 

imatlas

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Oh geez, wait till he hears about all of the shenanigans happening in tech!
I worked for a tech startup that was funded by one of the "premier" VC firms in Silicon Valley, a name everyone who knows VC would recognize.

Our lead investor was himself a famous VC; he also chaired the board of one of the world's largest tech companies. He personally selected our CEO and provided seed money and office space to start our company.

Our CEO was a Stanford MBA who had been an SVP at another one of the world's largest tech companies.

Said CEO:

- lied to the board about the company's finances (an investment round audit raised the initial red flags)

- built an addition to his home on the company dime

- took his family on a luxury vacation to Bora Bora on the company dime

- kept his wife on the payroll for 6 months after she started working somewhere else

Within a year they'd laid everyone off, sold the remaining IP and pretended that the whole thing never happened. I tried to get a journalist interested in the story but nobody who really knew anything was willing to go on the record.
 

sinnedk

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the obvious answer being I no longer trust how they run their company. If their CFO embezzled money for 8 yrs without anyone noticing then they don’t deserve to be supported. I try to support companies with some sort of ethical backbone which Alden clearly lacks. A shame too because I love my shell cordovan bal cap toes
no dude you can’t blacklist Alden because of one bad apple.

overall it’s a real good company and they didn’t steal from customers he stole from the employees not any better of course.

if Alden did some shady shit (think TOJ) as a company I can understand but this case of anything Alden are a victim of a POS scum bag CFO.
 

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I worked for a tech startup that was funded by one of the "premier" VC firms in Silicon Valley, a name everyone who knows VC would recognize.

Our lead investor was himself a famous VC; he also chaired the board of one of the world's largest tech companies. He personally selected our CEO and provided seed money and office space to start our company.

Our CEO was a Stanford MBA who had been an SVP at another one of the world's largest tech companies.

Said CEO:

- lied to the board about the company's finances (an investment round audit raised the initial red flags)

- built an addition to his home on the company dime

- took his family on a luxury vacation to Bora Bora on the company dime

- kept his wife on the payroll for 6 months after she started working somewhere else

Within a year they'd laid everyone off, sold the remaining IP and pretended that the whole thing never happened. I tried to get a journalist interested in the story but nobody who really knew anything was willing to go on the record.
Sorry to hear that man, I feel like I've been very lucky the the startups I worked for, both in terms of ethical behavior and company culture.



meanwhile, @troika ever find that signet ring ?
I ended up getting a milgrain wedding ring, and about two years ago I got the most perfect signet from the hometown homies at Studebaker Metals from Pittsburgh.

Here's the link: https://studebakermetals.com/collections/rings/products/signet-ring

I did a custom order to get them to polish their matte look just a little bit more, so it sits in that perfect space of slightly distressed, but also not completely matte like I work at a factory...

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K. Nights

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Sorry to hear that man, I feel like I've been very lucky the the startups I worked for, both in terms of ethical behavior and company culture.




I ended up getting a milgrain wedding ring, and about two years ago I got the most perfect signet from the hometown homies at Studebaker Metals from Pittsburgh.

Here's the link: https://studebakermetals.com/collections/rings/products/signet-ring

I did a custom order to get them to polish their matte look just a little bit more, so it sits in that perfect space of slightly distressed, but also not completely matte like I work at a factory...

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Very cool. Was there an upcharge for that? I've looked at their rings many times and that's the one thing that's kept me from buying - polished too shiny and the matte looks like you found it on the ground somewhere
 

troika

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Very cool. Was there an upcharge for that? I've looked at their rings many times and that's the one thing that's kept me from buying - polished too shiny and the matte looks like you found it on the ground somewhere
Nah, they just did whatever and custom sized too. They're kind of acquaintances though, so I don't know if they'd normally charge. Give them a shout, they are super super nice people. I did something similar with a cuff, where I toned down some of their finishing, and it also turned out fabulously.

I agree though, in general, polished stuff is just too extra for me, and the weathered stuff feels like stolen valor. Other times I've seen the finish done well, the shape and styles weren't for me like werkstat munchen.
 

double00

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well, is sterling, so you can sort of wait it out too (i get the crit, for sure, but it's like a 501 in a way sort of self tailors out the door is crispy tho)

super ring, really like it

index?
 

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Don't tell the CM dudes but I think this might be the one loafer



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Or something adjacent...

Afraid I'm getting a bit bored with my armada of black loafers, I'm starting the feel the pull of increasingly snazzy and slightly dated designs. Nothing too tasteful hopefully...
 

upsett1_spaghett1

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Don't tell the CM dudes but I think this might be the one loafer
between teal suede jackets and loagers with mustaches I am really struggling to envision your style
It turns out the term “muzak” has a history.
In high school I had a music history class who blessed us with learning about Mozart, rhapsodies, Michael Jackson, MC5, Jimmie Rodgers, and a host of other awesome music. And then he forced us to listen to "muzak" so we could dread the future when robots killed joy.
Not TOJ. I think TOJ stole from customers.
Still waiting for you to write a movie script we can crowdfund
 

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