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Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

Jess Ray,

I spent quite a bit of time fact checking this piece. If you have specifics about something that's wrong, why not just say what it is?

Steve Vockrodt

Posted by Steve Vockrodt on 12/17/2014 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

Wow...this is a straight up wicked witch hunt (every pun intended) and wicked is not the one being hunted. I don't know either way on the dealings of Montgomery or Bosch's past personal or business ventures but this article and the comments sound like a big old pile of opinionated crap. I did just a tiny bit of searching and found many of the items mentioned in the article to be a twist on the truth or flat out wrong. Oh and I'm sure it was all Mike's idea to name Dawn Fiber after YOUR beloved sister, may she rest in peace. Get over yourselves and take a little bit of ownership in your own business failings...hows that for an opinion?!

I'm disappointed in Steve for even writing this article and even more disappointed in the pitch for publishing it without fact checking it (opinion piece or not). I sure hope that nobody ever judges any of you for your past as harshly as your judging Bosch. Lord knows I have made many mistakes in my entrepreneurial career and it has made me a better, more prepared & reliable business person in the long run.

I go by the CURRENT facts at hand and still think RG Fiber is the best bet for Lawrence. Bosch may or may not have made these accused mistakes in the past but Montgomery supposedly hasn't which tells me that he hasn't worked hard enough to make those mistakes yet. Key word there is YET, in case you missed it. I don't want Lawrence to be subject to his naïve ways of thinking Lawrence should secure a loan but hold the phone kids he'll be able to raise the millions needed to actually make this project a reality. WHAT-EVERRR (in my best valley girl voice). He's had 9 years (per this article) to get this thing going and his only claim to fame is servicing a few business and greek houses all while ripping the city of Lawrence off. No Thank You, I'll take the gamble with Bosch who isn't asking us for anything because enough people with the money believe in him to finally get us the gigabit internet we all so desperately want & need. I hope this article just fuels Mike to prove all you haters wrong :).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIBfctISM9M

Posted by Jess Ray on 12/17/2014 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Michael Brooks announces resignation of his Kansas City Council seat (updated, with documents)

But hey.....as long as he doesn't have to repay the $15,000 he stole, or suffer the consequences over choking his assistant, its all good!

[snark font on big time]

Posted by Wink Dinklemeyer on 12/17/2014 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

Anyone who has spent any time in Lawrence knows that Joshua Montgomery is...not to be trusted.

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Posted by No To Wicked on 12/17/2014 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Charles Johnson, 'most hated man on the Internet,' a former Kauffman Foundation intern

This guy was a dumbass for posting wrong pic but as far as the name and personal info, he's doing nothing different the New York Times. Wasn't that long ago that the NYT printed Darren Wilson's (ferguson cop) address in the paper. If the big boy journalists no longer display any ethics its no surprise that the small fries would follow suit.

Posted by noethics on 12/17/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Prospect Avenue evolves into a dining destination

Don't forget M&M Bakery!

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Posted by Gail Bronfman Bunch on 12/17/2014 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Cafe Italia

best grilled anything in Kansas city ..prime steaks, lamb chops, pork chops, fish..all cooked to perfection every time!

Posted by northlander on 12/17/2014 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

Mike Bosch reminds me of the Monorail guy from the Simpsons. A slick talker, and BS specialist who doesn't build anything and leaves wreckage behind. Maybe he will bring fiber to Ogdenville and North Haverbrook after he finishes with Baldwin and Lawrence.

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Posted by Mike Silverman on 12/17/2014 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

In case the readers are wondering where the name "Dawn Fiber" came from, since it wasn't mentioned in the article, my sister Kendra "Dawn" O'Brien passed away on April 5th of 2012. We came up with the name Dawn Fiber in honor of her.

I wish Steve could have touched on that side of the story a bit more, but happy to now have nothing to do with Bosch.

Good article Steve.

http://www.kendraslegacyfoundation.org/

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Posted by Zach Mann on 12/17/2014 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Broadway Butcher Shop helps me assemble my first charcuterie plate

articles like these are why i read the pitch. nice work natalie

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Posted by barcalounger on 12/17/2014 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

Sounds like both Bosch and Montgomery are professional bullshitters. The difference? Bosch isn't asking the city of Lawrence for a dime. Montgomery can't get $300,000, but will have no problem getting $30 million? Really Josh? I mean seriously, the good people of Lawrence deserve so much better than either of these two.

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Posted by LarryGuy on 12/17/2014 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

He was brought in as a business consultant for UNI Computers in Lawrence,KS by the current owner. The UNI owner easily drank his Snake Oil and was always trying to get UNI employees to read books he suggested or tried to be like him. Then Bosch ran some idea passed UNI that was about helping Government Construction aided companies. Getting these companies IT help in their offices. After completing a number of these jobs directed to UNI by Bosch money went to his pocket but not to the UNI owner. The owner of UNI is very weak minded and has issues taking control of situations himself. His retired father steps in to handle things the owner is scared to do. Bosch scammed UNI and the ownership took it on the chin instead of taking him to the table. Bosch is a Pro bullshitter..Glad to see this article.

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Posted by LarryvilleDude on 12/17/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Charles Johnson, 'most hated man on the Internet,' a former Kauffman Foundation intern

Steve, I should have been more specific. I commend him for outing her name and I agree he was an idiot for not doing diligent work and posting a picture of the wrong person (not that any picture should have been posted). If you indeed did a story on the Rolling Stone and said those things then we are in complete agreement, I must have missed the story.

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Posted by kcjoe on 12/17/2014 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Charles Johnson, 'most hated man on the Internet,' a former Kauffman Foundation intern

kcjoe,

Who says Rolling Stone gets a pass? I called their story disastrous (and canceled my subscription, for what it's worth), and plenty of other publications of all stripes have picked their story apart.

The story here isn't about Rolling Stone.

Thanks for reading,

Steve

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Posted by Steve Vockrodt on 12/17/2014 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Charles Johnson, 'most hated man on the Internet,' a former Kauffman Foundation intern

"So I guess what you are saying here is liberal publications and individuals get a pass on bad reporting and behavior?"

Uh, no. Rolling Stone has been getting hammered. Lena Dunham has been getting hammered. Johnson posted the contact information of a woman who was either a victim of rape or a person with some severe psychological issues (or maybe both). That's not exactly an ethical move on his part. Even if you wanted to argue that what Johnson did was ethical then you still have to contend with the fact that he posted the picture of an entirely different woman. The bottom line is he fucked up.

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Posted by Andrew on 12/17/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Charles Johnson, 'most hated man on the Internet,' a former Kauffman Foundation intern

"I commend him for what he did"

Putting up a picture of someone completely unrelated to the story? Potentially jeopardizing THEIR safety?

You're an idiot.

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Posted by chuckcjohnsonpoopedonthefloor on 12/17/2014 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Charles Johnson, 'most hated man on the Internet,' a former Kauffman Foundation intern

So the Rolling Stone can publish a story about a rape that turned out to be false without even checking sources or witnesses and drag an innocent group of boys along with a fraternity's name through the mud not unlike Lena Dunham did in her book about her phony rape case in Iowa and this Charles Johnson is proclaimed to be the most hated man on the internet? So I guess what you are saying here is liberal publications and individuals get a pass on bad reporting and behavior? I commend him for what he did, perhaps the next person who thinks about reporting a false crime and ruining innocent peoples lives will think twice before doing so.

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Posted by kcjoe on 12/17/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Luigi's Italian Restaurant in Liberty: great food, good prices

The rolls are the best I've ever had..Anywhere..I love this place..

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Posted by Jeff Wood on 12/17/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

One correction might be called for. Bosch did not "buy out" Mann! Things could have been a whole lot uglier - and Bosch knows exactly what that means! Great Article otherwise Steve!!

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Posted by Joan Mann on 12/17/2014 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

Mike Bosch is a professional bullshitter and I would trust him about as far as I could throw him(which wouldn't be far). At some point he will bail, take the money with him and go off and try and start a new religion again. As someone who worked with him and lives in Lawrence I hope my city stays as far from him as possible.

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Posted by Blake Allen on 12/17/2014 at 9:47 AM

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