Bobby Ocampo and Blueprint Equity

When I wrote the post, Angel And Venture Capital Are Broken – Part II, I highlighted two innovative variations of traditional Venture Capital, Proof Fund and Private Access Network. Then a few months later, I sat down with Bobby Ocampo of Blueprint Equity. Bobby introduced me to yet a third variation, that of his new fund Blueprint Equity. If you're from DC and you live a hefty bag (basically that means those of you who get your DC Startup news from the Technically.DC and DCinno, the startup equivalents to getting your world news from Fox News), you probably don't know Bobby Ocampo. So let me catch you up on stuff that doesn't come from some inane, Jonathon-Perrelli-euque, self-promotional, press release. Bobby did 3 years at a Venture Capital firm, Grotech, followed by five years at Revolution. You all know Revolution right? Because even Technically DC and DCInno can spell Steve Case and Revolution Ventures. According to SEC Filings, Blueprint Equity raised $54 million dollars of a $75 million dollar fund. What makes Blueprint Different than other funds located in DC besides the fact that Bobby just picked up and moved to San Diego? Got that, Mr. Ocampo left town and opened up shop in San Diego. But...

Heard Around DC Startups

Ah DC Startups, the red-headed, bastard, stepchildren of the startup world. For instance, the other day I read a quote by a guy. In terms of DC Startups, this guy is a successful founder with a good, relative to other DC Startups exits.  I like and respect this guy and his current company.  Yet, the quote was a perfect example of the ridiculous, over-the-top, kind of sound bites it takes to get ink or bits in the startup press in the wastelands of DC Startups. This quote inspired me to pick on all the pronouncements and predictions from DC's "prestigious" prognosticators. Here's the quote that inspired me, "We have the DNA of a billion dollar company" I have the DNA of a Neanderthal (2.7 % of my DNA to be precise) but that doesn't make me a caveman. Nope, I'm a caveman because I have failed to evolve. So to the CEO of the double-helix DNA company, you have the DNA of a decent company but you aren't the next Uber of Uber. On the other hand, you aren't Lifefuels...

Trustify Trustpilot Reviews

Sorry, folks, I've been trying to stay away from the stale topic of Danny Boice, Jen Mellon and Trustify but then someone pointed me towards Trustify Trustpilot reviews (you can find Trustify Trustpilot reviews here). Some signs that things are over...

Danny Boice’s Drug Induced Fever Dream – Journey to Trust

What follows is a bit is a blog post and analysis of said blog post that formerly could be found on the Trustify web site. The post was titled, "Journey To Trust, Part 1 -the man with the knife." After I started posting links to the blog, Danny Boice must have thought it would be better if he removed it.  It's gone. Of course, I am a patron of the arts so I will try and restore this artwork. The article, an incoherent, mix of Dashiell Hammett, Louis Carroll, Jim Morrison, and a 12-year-old, pre-pubescent boy,  spending his 4th year in 2nd grade. This blog post had no place being published in an amateur porn web site, much less a "professional business-oriented blog." But hey, Danny Boice paid a company hundreds of thousands of dollars to write a documentary about him and his wife. His company was going under and he wanted it to appear that it was still a thing so he just kept posting goofy content that didn't belong there. Let's analysis this failed literary trash, Journey To Trust, Part 1 -the man with the knife. Fucker’s quick. He’s beside me and Jen in an instant, but I’ve still got him. My heart...

Is Robert Katz a Deadbeat?

Robert Katz, is he a deadbeat? That's the assertion made in a GoFundMe campaign opened-up in December 2018 by 22 people who say Mr. Katz owes them a total of $79 thousand. Deadbeat? That's the opinion of these 22 people who may be biased because Robert Katz stiffed them.  To get an unbiased opinion I went to the one man who knows Rober Katz like no other...

Plate Vision wins Best of Show

DCTech has a best of show award winner that actually means something. It's not one of those LifeFuels-like, pay-the-fee-receive-an-award award things. Plate Vision is a product developed by two University of Maryland Professors, Dr. Chris Davis, Dr. John Rzasa.  The company was formed in cooperation with the help of the University of Maryland, Office of Technology Commercialization OTC. OTC helped Davis and Rzasa find the resources to create a business plan, find a CEO and garner an investment from TEDCO, the State of Maryland's, early-stage investment arm. The match between entrepreneur and University of Maryland technology was made through a partnership between the University of Maryland's (UMD) Office of Technology Commercialization, headed by Julie Lenzor and Mindshare. Ms. Lenzor is the UMD's, Chief Innovation Officer. Mindshare is a local DCTech university for startup entrepreneurs.  Founded in the 1990s by local service providers, VCs, and entrepreneurs, Since it's founding Mindshare has trained over and counts an alumni organization of over 1,000 entrepreneurs. Plate Vision CEO, Todd Levitt graduated from Mindshare in the late 90s when he was the co-founder of Olympus Development Group, a software development firm from which he successfully exited in 2002. Since then Todd has been the owner of 20 guys...

LifeFuels is a Punchline to a Joke.

LifeFuels is entering its 5th year as a company. Actually, LifeFuels is not a company, it's a punchline to a joke. What do you call a company that has been in business for 5 years and has no product, no sales, no nothing of any value except for press releases? Lifefuels is not a company, LifeFuels is a punchline to a joke. On April Fools Day, 2014, Life Fool Jonathon Perrelli founded LifeFuels...

Offering Free Investment & Investor Due Diligence Service

For the last few years, I've been researching and reporting on, clowns, scammers, schemers, and scumbags. I've been doing due diligence for investors and founders seeking investments. Sometimes it's as simple as a google search, sometimes, it's a tip from a source, and sometimes, I have to reach out to my sources.  My due diligence has uncovered: Clowns - The Incompetent Imbelishers Paul Singh Evan Burfield Jonathon Perrelli Jason Feimster Alexandra Stanton Crooks - The Guys Who Should Be Locked Up Danny Boice Jen Mellon Andy Powers Ram Reddy Matthew Pugsley In the course of my day, I do research to promote my blog which promotes my business. The blog is designed to gain an audience and demonstrate how I apply knowledge, experience, and critical thinking to work with my coaching clients. Readers frequently send me notes of: thanks from those I've helped from getting in trouble - Before the Fact requests for help from those that have been damaged - After the Fact tips from those who want to put bad actors on my radar screen - Tips Here are just a few examples: Before the Fact Glen, thank you for your due diligence on Jason Feimster. I found him on Veterati and...

Trustify – In Search of The Danny Boice and Jen Mellon Autobiography

Back in March, Danny Boice of Trustify had this huge think tank meeting with a large group of people at the Trustify offices. In attendance, employees, and representatives from a Boston-based PR firm hired to promote Boice's and Jen Mellon's "brand," a production company hired to create a feature-length documentary about Danny and Jen and a publishing company hired to ghostwrite Boice's autobiography. The first chapter of the autobiography was written and circulated the Trustify office. I'm told it was hilarious. Danny had a big falling out with the owner of the publishing company a few months later. I later learned that the company Trustify hired to write the autobiography was The Round Table Companies (RTC), run by CEO, Corey Blake. Aleksandra Corwin was assigned as the ghostwriter. Once again, Danny Boice and Jen Mellon were spending Investor's money to pump up their public profiles. This was cash, in a company hemorrhaging cash, that could have been used to build a better company, and make payroll. I'm willing to bet that Danny stiffed RTC, and the other companies involved with this autobiographical book and documentary. I bet RTC is one of the money companies on the list of unpaid Trustify Creditors. I'd like to ask all former Trustify employees,...