Marcus Bullock – A Real Startup Founder and Ex-Con

Marcus Bullock is the real deal. The deck is stacked against him from achieving anything of note. Yes, this man, conquered the odds and has built a life of value. I often write about the phony startup founders and future convicts. The conman and clowns of DCTech. Today I'd like to go the other way, with a real man, the real deal who has sinned and paid for his sins and today is working to change the world. Marcus Bullock is an activist for criminal justice reform. He's a man who spends his time giving back to the community by teaching entrepreneurship to the incarcerated. This man started a home contracting business and hires ex-cons. He gives them the chance to live productive lives. Ex-convicts with purpose and careers have lower rates of recidivism. Marcus's company Flikshop fills a critical need to help incarcerated citizens keep in touch with their families. These are the kind of connections that give people hope and the motivation to leave prison and never return. I'm proud to call this man a friend and an inspiration. Watch Marcus's Ted Talk and learn how he as a 15-year-old made a monumental mistake and yet didn't let that define him. See...

In with Amify and Out with Trustify

Remember back a few years ago, when Trustify was a thing? Back then Danny Boice and Jennifer Mellon were spending their investor's money like drunken sailors. With big fanfare and much press, these two crooks announced their big office opening on the 8th floor of 201 12th St. South in Crystal City. Then all of a sudden, the companies phones were turned off and one day, people showed up for work and the locks were changed. Trustify was evicted for non-payment. Boice, Mellon and the company were sued by their Landlord, JBG Smith and smith was awarded $263,477.21 by the courts. If you aren't up to date on the Trustify Debacle, it's a long story. Trustify was a start-up that got lots of local and national hype for being the next Uber. It was the Uber of Private Investigators because just like Uber, a thing that users use multiple times a month, everyone needs a private eye two or three times a week. This company raised $20 million dollars and cheated investors out of all that money. Founders Jen Mellon and Danny Boice did not try to build a legitimate business. They built a company that looked shiny, allows them to...

Attention Communiclique Judge Alston and Prosecutor Hanly

Communiclique CEO Andy Powers is out on bail while charged with 8 Federal Felony Counts (See Post). Meanwhile, while out on bail, it seems that Andy Powers continues to defraud individuals, commit crimes abusing the terms of his bail. In August 2018, a court in Virginia found Andy Powers had defrauded investors and that his company Communiclique was a complete sham (see post). In the summer of 2019, a Bankruptcy court in Declared the company bankrupt and referred Andy Powers to the US Attorney for defrauding the court (see Post). He's still out there defrauding victims! It is time for Judge Rossi Alston, US Attorney, Jack Hanly, and the arresting officer, FBI Agent, Jamie Vera, to haul him back in court, revoke his bail, and protect the public by locking him away until the disposition of his court case scheduled for December 16. Since his arrest, he hired a young man to do technical work for $8,000 and didn't pay him (see the post by this victim here). According to Mihu, the young man mentioned above, Andy, stiffed a pregnant mom. On May 20th, I received a voice mail from an executive at Crescent Solutions. A transcript of the voicemail follows: Hey...

Former Trustify Employees Awarded $260 Thousand Judgement

Eight former Trustify employees, Matthew Scott, Elisabeth Nugent, Kevin Wiggins, Stacy Blackburn, Bey Wesley, Matthew Blanchard, Bernadette Vielhaber and Andrew Little, seeking $35 thousand in back pay. A court awarded these former employees $259,425.49 for several weeks back-pay, lost wages while unemployed, damages and Labor Law violations. The troubles for the bankrupt company and it's two co-founders Danny Boice and Jennifer Mellon keep adding up. Good luck with collections as this group of creditors get in line with other burned creditors. Litigant Type Status Amount Commonwealth of Virginia Tax Lien Judgment $593,054.03 JBG Smith Office Rent Judgment $263,477.21 Centro GS Software Judgment $25,000.00 Eight Former Trustify Employees Back Pay/FinesDamages Judgment $259,425.49 Buckley Sanders LLP Legal Bills Judgment $245,945.00 Dini Von Mueffling Communications Press Relations/Marketing Law Suit $240,305.26 Total $1,627,206.99 If you're keeping score at home, it is now 5 wins for the litigants, zero wins for Boice and Mellon. The latest woes for the Husband and Wife couple keep adding up. In addition these judgment and active lawsuits there is an active criminal investigation ongoing by the FBI into fraud and embezzlement accusations. Danny Boice and Jen Mellon are legally separated and headed to divorce court. Finally, there is still a bankruptcy case pending in Deleware courts. Trouble keeps adding up for the couple in May 2017 threatened to sue me for exposing their fraud and abuse (see post)...

Another Day, Another Day In Court For Andy Powers Communiclique CEO

For the past 2 months, for the past 3 court dates, Andy Powers, the co-founder, and former CEO of a criminal enterprise and $50 Million Ponzi Scheme known as Communiclique (AKA Clique API) promised the court he would have a new attorney in just a few weeks. He's been promising to show up with his dream legal team any day now. Well, boy did he not disappoint today.  At 10:55 AM, five minutes before his scheduled 11 AM Case Review. In walks Powers with a virtual "Dream Team" legal team. He's followed by super attorney Johnnie Cochrane, Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Santa Clause, and the Easter Bunny. Of course, I'm kidding, there is no easter bunny and there is and probably never was a mythical LA Attorney who was going to defend Andy Powers. That was just a delaying tactic. For those of you who are not up to speed. Powers started a fake company, raised millions of dollars. Then used investor cash to fund a lavish lifestyle and totally cheated investors. If you're interested you can catch up here: Commonwealth of Virginia Court Finds Andy Powers Defrauded Investors Deleware Court Declares Communicliiquey Bankrupt Bankruptcy Judge Forwards Bankruptcy Fraud Charges to US...

Arlington County and Culpeper Garden $12K Pitch Contest

Arlington County Economic Development and Culpeper Gardens, a seniors living housing company, are holding a Pitch Contest called the Innovation in Healthy Aging Challenge with applications to pitch due by October 11, 2019. The contest is targeted to companies that have products that improve the health, mobility, and quality of life for senior citizens like me. The sponsors describe the contest as a unique competition to provide funding and pilot program opportunities for innovative companies and technologies focused on improving the lives of low-income seniors. The announcement states that three companies will be selected to pilot their products and receive $12 thousand in funding. The contest is open to companies of all stages from startup seed to established companies from anywhere in the world. You can apply to compete in the Healthy Aging Challenge with this link. The Schedule for the contest. Application Submission Deadline - October 11, 2019 Contestant Selection Notification - November 4, 2019 Pitch Contest and Award - November 18, 2019 While I'm usually against pitch contests that are just vanity gong-show Jersey Shore-ish trash. This contest is an exception. It is for a good cause and $12,000 for 3 winners is not chump change!      ...

Washington Post Readers Dump on LifeFuels

The Tom Heath Washington Post Article The Washington Post's Thomas Heath is a good guy. He writes puff, feel-good pieces for the Post's Business Section. He's written about a bunch of clients, a bunch of good people. He's had a miss or two, for instance when he offered positive coverage to now-bankrupt Ponzi Scheme., Trustify. A company and two founders, Danny Boice and Jennifer Mellon facing multiple fraud and embezzlement charges (BTW, The Washington Post had to close the comment section because the comments against Boice were scathing). Tom is usually a cheerleader and yet in a recent post about one of DC's most embarrassing startups, LifeFuels, he's not so Rah Rah. In a Friday the 13th article about Jonathon Perrelli and LifeFuels titled, "This water bottle knows how much you’ve had to drink — and it tells your phone," he's a little skeptical. Thomas gives Perrelli, a noted embellisher of the truth the benefit of the doubt in a few instances...

Communiclique’s Andy Powers Once Again Doesn’t Disappoint

(September 13, 2019) If you took the 50 to 1 Vegas odds against Andy Powers showing up in court today with his new attorney, you would have been sorely disappointed. Vegas made the right call. If you are new to this case you can catch up on what you missed here. Okay? Everyone up to speed now? You get the idea, right? Andy Powers has been trying to delay this thing and string it out...