I met Ryan a few months ago and it was clear from the get-go that he was a bullshitter. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. It takes a lot of energy and faith to get a new venture off the ground and he clearly had that. My feeling was to just keep watching and see if he got things together.
The words ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ were bandied around when I discussed this with other people. Keep this afloat long enough that advertisers are found and enough listeners get hooked, and it could well succeed. There was a need for something like this. And Ryan was not a bad DJ.
So he wasn’t a successful businessman. How many people here can say that they are? At least he tried to do something new, and some kudos is due for that.
The trouble is that he was in waaay too deep. I think he just didn’t have a handle on the numbers enough to realise what a mess he was making. Keeping track of all that stuff required more ability than he had, but when there’s no-one else there that you can trust to do it you have to muddle through as best you can on your own.
Unfortunately his best wasn’t good enough. It all came tumbling down before the prophecy could fulfil itself, and there’s no-one to blame but Ryan. And he owes me money. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles and I hope that those who have been quick to condemn him for this failure can find a little compassion in their hearts.
I can afford the small loss I’ve taken from Ryan, and I’m pretty sure that TavernCaptain can afford what he put in as risk capital. At least I haven’t heard him crying into hid beer about how he can’t pay his rent this month. I’ve also spoken to several people who worked at the station, and they all seem pretty philosophical about the money. Nobody has really been badly stung financially.
Of course, some people have made major changes in their lives to be part of this project. People have left jobs, moved to Taiwan, etc. They are the big losers in all of this, but let’s not forget that this was a new venture and 90% of new ventures fail. If you take a chance on a new business, any new business, then you should have a fall-back plan.
Anyway, fingers burned all round but no-one really got fried. Did they?
Now, think about what must have been going through this guy’s mind. He’s basically been in a form of panic for months. Imagine the stress. There’s no way to get out of this except to go forward. Succeed or die. If you passionately believe in something, and are pinning your hopes on it, then it’s very easy to lose sight of logic and just act on what you want to believe rather than what is real.
Yes, it’s an illness and I hope Ryan gets the help he needs. Shame on those of you with no pity in your hearts.
As for this kidnapping rubbish, I see an act of desperation by someone who is under too much pressure to think clearly. The guy has creditors hunting him, no passport, and (I believe) problems with his marriage. In those circumstances he probably thought it more important to raise cash than to worry about his wife and family. Not cool, not really defensible, but I wouldn’t nail him up for it.