Report: #736722

Complaint Review: John Montague, Minneapolis

  • Submitted: Sat, June 04, 2011
  • Updated: Tue, September 06, 2011
  • Reported By: MN Ripoff Artist Warning — Minneapolis Minnesota United States of America
  • John Montague, Minneapolis

    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    United States of America

John Montague, Minneapolis Snarky Liar giving the start-up community in Minnesota a bad name with investors & entrepreneurs Minneapolis, Minnesota

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: The source of this blatantly false report has been identified

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: This report is blatantly false

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John Montague is the worst example of how egregious grifters are taking advantage of 'Minnesota Nice' in our start-up company community. Despite the probably dozens of investors he's ripped off by lying about his expertise and progress on a series of start-ups, all now tanked, he continues to hover around honest people and initiatives trying to inject more energy into our start-up community. I was moved to write this because I saw video somewhere featuring Mayor Ryback talking about the entrepreneurial community and there was John in the video as if he was R.T.'s advisor. I can't believe new initiatives like Project Skyway and others seem to have John involved early on (and at least he seems to disappear when honest people spend time with him). If people would just do Web searches on all the scams, lawsuits and deadpool companies he's been involved with -- Golf Intelligence, Muve, some early-stage fund, and others -- I would think they'd stay miles away from the guy. [continued below]....
..... Yes, I've been burned once by John, both monetarily and in my reputation and relationships with other people important to me. At least it was some time ago, and I've moved on. So, my advice to the Minnesota Nice start-up community is: Don't take my word for it. Just do a lot of Googling about Mr. Montague if he sticks his nose in your business.

I was glad we rid Minnesota of an equally vile grifter in the person of Matt Crowe. Let's hope we can cover the stink of Montague some time soon.
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#1 REBUTTAL Individual responds

The source of this blatantly false report has been identified

AUTHOR: jmontague - (United States of America)

We have determined the identity of the dishonest coward that posted this report. His name will not be divulged (yet) for legal reasons but I reiterate my previous statements that this is blatantly false and competitively motivated.

My wise mother taught us that most criticism is autobiography. And this is a great example of that. Often, I find that the thing or person someone rails against is actually their own insecurities or jealousies. Concentrating on getting better and
rising up rather than trying to bring someone else down is always a better choice.
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#2 REBUTTAL Individual responds

This report is blatantly false

AUTHOR: jmontague - (United States of America)

Hello: This report was brought to my attention by a friend who wanted to alert me of what appears to be nothing more than a clear attempt to damage my good reputation. These blatantly false statements make me wonder how many others are being smeared on this site without any factual proof or support for the claims. It makes me sick to consider that my children could stumble upon this site and be forced to comprehend why someone would say such terrible things about their father. The fact is that I have only served as the CEO and Founder of two start-up companies: Golf Intelligence (2000-2007) and Muve (2008-2009). GI was acquired in 2007 and continues to operate as an industry leader serving customers throughout North America. Muve was Mayo Clinic joint venture that ceased operations in 2010 under the leadership of another CEO, Tom Hudson, due to the company's inability to raise capital. I'd be happy to post contact info for the employees and shareholders of both of these businesses, as I'm sure they'd be more than willing to set the record straight. I am currently working with the team from Mayo on a new project. In addition, I have served as an investor, board member, consultant and/or mentor to several successful start-up and early-stage businesses (2009-2011). To my knowledge, all clients of my venture consulting business, 40 Ventures, are extremely happy with the work and results that I have provided them. I am very thankful to have a large army of friends and supporters that have been earned throughout my life. I have lived and worked in the same community for 40+ years. The Twin Cities is a very small town and my solid reputation in this community speaks for itself. It is good that true networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook exist, so that these individual dishonest, malicious reports are over-ruled by the masses.I must assume that the individual who posted this report is motivated by jealousy, sour grapes, or some sort of competitive objective. I openly invite this individual to post any and all facts to support these awful statements -- and I encourage everyone who visits this site to make sure you are aware of the true source and motivations of these anonymous reports before you give them any credit. The U.S. Constitution gives people the right to speak-out anonymously in certain circumstances but it also protects victims when the statements are criminal or defamatory.  Please contact me directly if you have any information regarding the source of this report.  Regards, John Montague (612) 743-4760
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