About Justin Tenuto

Justin is a self-professed legal dweeb who finds Anton Scalia genuinely hilarious. After receiving his B.A. in English literature from UC Santa Barbara, he spent four years as a destitute touring musician before he began writing. He’s worked at a few start ups and law firms and spends his off time playing the banjo, watching Tombstone, and playing the banjo while watching Tombstone.
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5 Tenants You Should Avoid Forever

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If you’ve rented an apartment or a house before, you may have had your complaints about your landlord. Maybe they didn’t fix the leaky faucet in your bathroom. Maybe they cashed your rent checks three weeks late. Maybe they let themselves into your apartment uninvited. Chances are  they’re a lot better than these folks. But of…
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The 5 Worst CEO Flameouts (You Might Not Have Heard Of)

History is lousy with miserable CEOs. Whether it was Ken Lay’s house-of-cards tenure at Enron or John Rigas buying his own private golf course on the backs of his employees, it’s not too difficult to find examples of greed-soaked executives who fell from grace and, in many cases, fell directly into jail. We’re not interested…
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5 Famous Pieces of Business Advice You Shouldn’t Follow

In the internet’s vast and crowded sea of useless rubbish, the only thing that outnumbers business advice is pictures of cats doing stuff. Whether it’s “What I Wish I Would’ve Known Before I Started My Business” or “25 Entrepreneurs with Mustaches” or “Lean In, Pivot Up, Twirl Around Wildly,” everyone is an expert and everyone…
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5 Real Estate Disclosures That Never Happened (but Probably Should Have)

If you’ve ever bought or sold a home, chances are you know a little bit about the disclosure process. Basically, it works like this: the seller provides the buyer with material information about the home, details that might affect the buyer’s gusto to purchase it in the first place. For example, a seller might disclose…
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5 Very Weird but Very True Legal Wills

When most of us sit down to make a Will, we worry about the same things. We worry about our spouse and our children, and about how best to take care of them. We think about how to make sure our family business continues growing, who will look after our pets, and who gets the…
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5 Social Media Fiascos from Businesses Who Should Know Better

There are plenty of ways your small business can use social media: you can run contests on Facebook, respond to complaints on Twitter, or just help your customers stay informed with tons and tons of vaguely humorous LOLcats. What you shouldn’t do is exploit tragedies. Or fire the guy with the working Twitter password. Or…
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#Smallbiz Wrap: To WFH or not to WFH. That is the Question

This past week, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer decided her employees could no longer work from home. Citing the need to be close and improve culture and another nebulous corpo-speak, she’s basically told the small percentage of Yahoo! employees who do their job in pajamas that the jig is up and that they’re coming into the…
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#Smallbiz Wrap: Thanks Congress!

Every since humans decided to give government a try, we’ve decided to complain about it. Tom Sawyer’s dad whined about it, half the news media is paid to kvetch about it, and, odds are, once the first cavemen decided that Crog might make a good king, they spent the next five years calling him ineffectual…
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#Smallbiz Wrap: Odds Are, Your Data’s Getting Stolen

Greetings again, after a Valentine’s Day holiday that somehow feels more divisive each and every year. For yours truly, February 14th is the best opportunity to take stock of all the great people in my life, but, more importantly, it means that I get to watch the NBA slam dunk contest really soon. I’m a…
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#Smallbiz Wrap: Dr. Gwyneth Dre-Paltrow, MBA

I know you’ve been thinking: Why hasn’t anyone on the internet combined the sage business acumen of Gwyneth Paltrow and Dr. Dre into a chimera of implacable capitalist know-how? Well, wait no longer, sir or madam. Your desires have been sated. This week’s small business roundup will be the only place you can go to…
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