Blog: Forward Thinking

Often snarky, sometimes funny, thoughts and musings from Glen Hellman about Executive Development, Leadership, Startups, Washington DC Business and more.

Matt De Leon Attempts To Save His Career by Rewriting History

Matt De Leon is either a complete imbecile or a coconspirator in the Ponzi Scheme that was Trustify.  My money is on both. Everything I've been told and observed leads me to believe he's both a moron and a crook. By way of background, who is Matt De Leon? According to Matt's LinkedIn profile (which I have to view under an alias because for some unfathomable reason Matthew De Leon blocks me on social media. Insert sad face here.) he joined a company called Trustify in May 2016. As the story of Trustify unfolded over the years it is apparent the...

Andy Powers Communiclique (CliqueAPI) Criminal and Bankruptcy Court Update

According to Andy Medici of the Washington Business Journal, federal prosecutors are working with Andy Powers, CEO of Communiclique, AKA Clique API on a plea deal. The article which is behind a paywall states: “The parties in this case are exploring a pre-indictment guilty plea,” the joint motion reads. "The parties are working diligently, however, the investigation in this case covers a period of several years and the financial evidence is voluminous." The government is represented in the case by Federal Prosecutor, Jack Handy. Powers' requested a public defender, which is usually only supplied to indigent defendants. Powers is represented by Eugene Gorokhov of...

Jennifer Mellon Generously Donates Stolen Money

Jennifer Mellon, the co-founder, former President and Board Member of Trustify, a company that was an elaborate Ponzi Scheme that bilked investors out of $18 million dollars. Investors in Trustify accuse Danny Boice and Jen Mellon of embezzling and defrauding investors out of millions of dollars. While the company had very little revenue, Jennifer Mellon and Danny Boice paid themselves $200K per year each. It is alleged that Mellon and Boice transferred $750 thousand from Trustify into another account. The couple allegedly used investor money to buy a $1.6 million home in Alexandria, Virginia and a million dollar vacation home in...

LinkedIn Marketing Fail or Push versus Pull

Every day, three or four douchenozzles reach out to me on LinkedIn in order to enable me to exercise my delete finger. These snollygosters treat me like I'm some kind of catawampus. They degrade me by implying I'm so stupid that I don't have a clue about my own needs. That just pisses me off...

Clique’s Andy Powers Securities Fraud Victim Letter

This week, victims of the Clique, Securities Fraud case were sent the following letter regarding the case and their status. If you are a victim of this fraud known as Communiclique (AKA Clique API) and didn't receive this email, you might want to get in touch with the Justice Department. I don't understand what happened to Ram Reddy, Clique API (AKA Communiclique) Chairman of the Board and Tim Lee the company's CFO who both passed on fraudulent data in order to coerce others into shares of Communiclique. I'm not an attorney, but I was under the impression that gross lies about...

The LinkedIn Swamp

I remember when LinkedIn was extremely useful.  I remember it before it became the online equivalent of the red light district in Amsterdam. I remember it before it felt like walking down a Tijuana backstreet past every guy who wanted to introduce you to his sister. Today if is filled with the Neville Oyitis of this world: Hi Glen! I noticed we share mutual connections, and Driven Forward LLC really left an amazing impression on me - I'd love to have you in my network! Neville Neville Oyiti Helping Professionals Leverage Linkedin To Book 20+ Sales Opportunities Every Month Using My RBM Formula. 💰 Greater New York...

Chapter 7 Hearing Schedule for Andy Powers Clique Bankruptcy

For those interested Creditors in the Andy Powers, Clique Bankruptcy Hearing, here are the highlights. If you're new to the story, in last month, a bankruptcy court in Deleware found Communiclique (AKA Clique API) bankrupt and the judge found that Andy Powers had attempted to defraud the court and forwarded a complaint to the US Attorney's office. Since that Time Andy Powers (Andrew Brent Powers) was arrested by the FBI and last week Andy Powers was arraigned in the Eastern District Court of Virginia for fraud and embezzlement. Powers claimed he was indigent and was granted a public defender. The public...

Meet Gordon Mckenzie

Meet Gordon McKenzie, the Bulgarian architect on Twitter!   Gordon has a striking resemblance to Robert Florida, a guy who reviewed Jazzie Deals Who has an uncanny resemblance to Carlos a reviewer of Mast And how about my buddy, James P who loves Zero Odor...