Buckley Law wins Legal Judgement Against Trustify

Another legal judgment against Trustify is added to the pile. The once high-flying, never high-achieving, always unethical DC area startup has crumbled under the weight of hubris and debt. Buckley's award is just another loss in court. This latest judgment is for $245,945 awarded to Trustify's former law firm Buckley LLP.  It sucks for Danny Boice, Jennifer Mellon, and Trustify because no one with the possible exception of El Chapo needs a lawyer more than these crooks and yet most good attornies like to get paid. Legal Judgment Against Trustify $245,945 - Buckley LLP: Trustify's former law firm was awarded a legal judgment against Trustify for 2 years of legal bills. How the hell do you let a shady client rack up $250 thousand in fees and keep servicing them? In someway I want lawyers this stupid that they don't care if you pay them a quarter of million dollars or not and in other ways when I need an attorney, I'd rather hire one with common sense. $263,478 - JBG Smith: Trustify's former landlord awarded a legal judgment against Trustify for back rent $34,708 - Eight Former Employees:  Eight employees sued and won back wages. Here's hoping they can find...

Exec Cranky Rants On AdvisoryCloud Scam (Formerly ExecRanks)

Can we talk about the AdvisoryCloud Scam? Mind if I get Exec Cranky about the AdvisoryCloud Scam? First off what is AdviosryCloud and what is the AdvisoryCloud Scam (There ya go, I think I made enough AdvisoryCloud Scam references to get a good SEO ranking when people google  AdvisoryCloud Scam)? Advisory Cloud is a company that charges people who want to be on boards but don't have the reputation, network, and/or credential to qualify to be on a board, thousands of dollars to be placed on a waiting list to become board members to non-existent companies (That should be their elevator pitch). The list that clients are placed on is longer than the waiting list of people who signed up five years ago for their LifeFuels Connected IoT Kool-Aid bottle from Jonathon Perrelli. People on either list have a better chance of getting rich by investing in Danny Boice and Jennnifer Mellon's Trustify than they do of ever being interviewed for a board seat or holding a LifeFuels bottle. They would have a better chance of being funded by Jason Feimster. They would have better odds of finding a thoughtful blog post on the 3SI blog site that wasn't plagiarized. I find it...

Pitching Aspirin Inc

Raising Capital

The other day, I did a class on raising capital and pitching for money to a group of Ph.D. Students, Researchers, and Professors at the University of Maryland. As I went through the pitch, I kept referring to material that they could find on my blog that could prove useful. Here's a recap of curated articles I've written on raising money. Raising Capital Strategy - Getting ready to raise capital for your startup Are You Venture Capital Fundable - Do you really have an idea that will interest investors? The Best Time To Raise Capital - When is the right time to raise money? Six Hurdles To Getting Investors - The more milestones you've successfully completed the lower the risk of executing your plan. Reducing risk raises the odds of raising around at an attractive valuation. A Construct For Thinking About Startup Risk-Reward- A construct to help you decide if now is the time to raise money Targeting Investors - How do you find the right people who might invest in your startup Strategy for pitching to investors - Preparing your pitch Driving Investors On To The Bus - Understanding how investors look at investments Do Venture Capitalists Have Feelings?- Don't just pitch the numbers, pitch the feeling...

Danny Boice and Jennifer Mellon Real Estate Shenanigans

Attention Police! Attention Authorities! Attention Anchorage Capital, other dopey Trustify Investors, and Trustify Creditors.  Be aware of the latest Danny Boice and Jen Mellon shenanigans. To catch up the readers new to this continuing saga, Danny Boice and Jennifer Mellon started their life of crime, fraud, and embezzlement together by bamboozling investors into dumping $18 million in their company called Trustify. Danny Boice and Jennifer Mellon then used that money as their personal piggy bank. Among other things, they used investor money to purchase this lovely house for $1.625 million in Alexandria, Virginia. Which according to Redfin is now for sale for $1.675 million. The house has been for sale since January 2019 and the price has dropped $100 thousand. Then Jen Mellon and Danny Boice took investor money and purchased a beach house in Sea Isle, NJ. This sweet little vacation home with 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths, and one 1/2 bath located at 14 73rd West, Sea Isle City, NJ – Built in 2017, this house features a private elevator, landscaped backyard, One master suite, and two junior master suites. The two middle bedrooms are separated by a shared full bathroom. And then wonder of wonders, another group of shady transactions show up. Jennifer...

The Startup Gurus or In Defense of Jason Calacanis

Last week, in an attempt to make a point, and in a lame attempt at humor, while making said point, I took cheap, but funny, at least funny to me, but probably not quite as funny to Jason, shots at Jason Calacanis. Let me apologize for one thing, as Startup Gurus go, Jason Calacanis is one of the best. The reason I took issue with Jason in that blog was questioning the value of a $500, four-hour meeting promoted to teach people how to become professional angel investors (see post here). Jason good-naturedly engaged in the dialogue and showed his metal. He displayed a sense of humor, a sense of self, he acted consistent with his public display of ego. He didn't cower and pretend he was above criticism. He defended himself and didn't block the messenger. The difference between a Jason Calacanis and phony Startup Gurus like Jonathon Perrelli is that Jp's self-image doesn't match his public display of ego. He knows he's a fraud. He knows his actions are indefensible so instead of engaging and responding to criticism he closes his ears. Jason's value includes his network of contacts, success in investing, and thoughtful content which makes Jason the real deal while the...

Bullshit – Jason Calacanis Angel University

It's difficult to make money in Angel Investing. Most Angels lose money. For people who want to spend money to learn how to lose money, there is Jason Calacanis Angel University. Because if you're willing to flush cash down a toilet, why not flush some of that cash down the Jason Calacanis Angel University toilet. Wait just one cotton-picking minute Glenbo, you Cranky old fart...

Anchorage Capital Committed Fiduciary Malfeasance

A private equity company called Anchorage Capital is suing Trustify. They think they were cheated. To my eye, it appears that Anchorage CEO, Lance Ulrich, and his flunky, Adam Besvinick cheated Anchorage's limited partners. Anchorage Capital Committed Fiduciary Malfeasance when they invested in a steaming turd called Trustify. If you are a limited partner invested in Anchorage Capital, this tale might just give you pause. In May 2017, Anchorage Capital invested slightly over $4.7 million in the A-round of a little DC-based company called Trustify. Trustify raised just under $7 million in their prior two seed rounds, $1.9 million on October 30, 2015, and $5 million in a second seed round on October 30, 2015. The terms of the A-round bogle the mind. Sources say that a rookie VC, Adam Besnivick, shepherded the deal for Anchorage. Rookie-hood can be the only excuse for the unforced errors of that investment. Let us take stock of all the mistakes made by Anchorage and all the red flags they ignored. Lead Investor Malfeasance - At $4.7 million of a $7 million round. You would think that anyone making such a relative sizeable investment in the first institutional round of a company would have performed more...

Executive Coaching – Caring Criticism

Executive coaching is all about asking questions. Executive coaching is about being critical without criticizing. Judging without being judgemental.  Good executive coaches don't tell clients what to do, they get clients to figure out what to do. People have a higher probability of succeeding on plans they've developed themselves than on plans developed for them. When a client asks me, "What would you do?" My answer is, "I could tell you what I'd do and it would work...

When You Block Me…

Devin Nunes, a congressman is suing Twitter and two twitter characters named @DevinNuneMom (suspended) and @DevinCow for defamation and seeking $250 million in damages. Is that what you call a snowflake (help out Deven's Cow and donate)? I talked to my attorney last night. The lawsuit can be expensive, but I’m determined to fight it. Devin should not be allowed to stop free speech. Can you please help me? Thank you 💗🐮 https://t.co/I9Ko944Ptr — Devin Nunes’ cow (@DevinCow) March 28, 2019 Why doesn't he just block them? I don't block people on Twitter...

Jennifer Mellon FERC

Jennifer Mellon FERC. Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner, Neil Chatterjee, hired Jen Mellon, a woman absent any positive business accomplishments of note, with no educational qualifications, and no real-world experience. It boggles the mind to think that Mellon, who in her two last roles, ran two organizations into bankruptcy is somehow qualified to be the commissioner's confidential assistant. I don't blame you, Neil Baby, I'd keep it confidential too, if I had hired my wife's friend and that friend was eminently unqualified for the job, I'd want that to be confidential too. Check out her resume. Jennifer Mellon FERC, has absolutely no background nor education in energy.  Jennifer's only successful experience to date was separating investors and charitable donors from their cash.  Over the years Jen Mellon has been living large spending other peoples money. She's stolen money from charitable donors, investors, and now she' has the opportunity to steal from taxpayers. Jennifer Mellon FERC, last two jobs ended in disaster. Mellon graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. degree in international relations and Chinese in 2004. After graduating, Jen Mellon joined the Joint Council on International Children's Services, an organization that was founded in the 1970s and succeeded to continuously operate until Jennifer Mellon took the helm as executive...