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Entrepreneurs Have Lost a Good Friend

I just received the stunning and very sad news that John Dilts, Founder and President of the Maverick Angels, has passed away. I knew he had been sick for a while, but I don’t think even he knew he was this sick. The cause of his tragic death has not yet been announced. I had known John for about four years, since he first brought a Maverick Angels’ Arena Meeting to Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s Leadership & Learning Center. There, amidst the rocket engine hardware of some 50 years of America’s space program, I got my first taste of what Angel Investing and, really, entrepreneurship was all about. My relationship with John continued, albeit on a very low-key basis, until a few months ago, when I accepted an early severance package from PWR.

John was one of the first people I contacted and he was eager to find a way I could fit into what the Maverick Angels were doing. Whether or not we were destined to become colleagues or partners, I will now never know. However, John was both an inspiration and a guiding light and I will miss his presence. My condolences go out to his family, his colleagues, and his numerous friends. Here is a link to a memorial page his organization has stood up in his memory. Rest in Peace, John.

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About Rick Ladd

Born in 1947, I was an officially retired pensioner, but in January of 2015 I returned to work as a contractor at Aerojet Rocketdyne. I remain intensely interested in, and fascinated by, Systems Thinking, Knowledge Management, Decision Intelligence, and Business in general. I am also conversant in such concepts as innovation and ideation, collaborative tools and strategies, crowd sourcing, and the use of social media to accomplish goals ranging from improving business processes to promoting small retail businesses. While "retired" I did a little bit of freelancing as an editor/proofreader, as well as some technical writing. There's lots more where that came from. Need some help? Perhaps another set of eyes? Contact me. The first one's free! ;0) View all posts by Rick Ladd

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