I landed a graphic design contract in a small, start-up tech company. During the first month it became alarmingly apparent that the CEO was balls-to-the-wall crazy, and was only getting funding by confidently spewing utter bullshit at clueless clients and investors. It was all vague and buzzword-y enough that some people probably thought it sounded sensible, based on their out-of-touch knowledge of tech. Here’s three examples of his crazy:
1. He yelled at the sales lady for copy-pasting a long bit of text online instead of typing it manually. He said “copy-pasters just want to take the easy way out of everything.”
2. He told us to go “like” his management skills on LinkedIn to make him look more popular. Before we had a chance to reply, he added “But don’t expect me to like any of your skills in return! Hmph!” (I said OK, then just never did it.)
3. He made me design a poster of his own quote, attributed to himself, to hang on the office wall.
I’m not even going to go into how I had to use PowerPoint for design work so that he could claim my designs as his own.