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...

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...

Communiclique Bankruptcy (AKA: CliqueAPI)

Communiclique Bankruptcy? It looks like the investors believe a Communicliaque Bankruptcy is warranted.  On Friday, March 15, 2019, several investors petitioned a Deleware court to involuntarily take the company into Chapter 7, bankruptcy (see what a Virginia Court found about the fraud Andy Powers and his team perpetrated at Communicliqe). The case was filed by Attorney Daniel A. O'Brien, of the firm Venable LLP, representing creditors/investors: Andrew and Jamie Schwartzberg, Keith Hladek, Stonehaven Capital, Erik Sachwitz, Philip Lowit, Adam Stern, Robert Mitchell Pons, and the Paitaridis Children Family Trust. In one month, two of DC's scummiest bags are being attacked and forced into bankruptcy by their investors. Danny Boice of Trustify (see article) and Andy Powers of Communiclique were litigated into bankruptcy when their investors finally had a moment of clarity and realized they had invested in sham fake bullshit Potemkin Village-esque companies   What does a Communiclique Bankruptcy have in common with Trustify's Bankruptcy (check out the crime family post here)? [caption id="attachment_81076" align="alignright" width="243"] Andy Powers (kneeling) and Danny Boice all prison-tatted ready[/caption] Both companies were founded by criminals. Both Danny Boice and Andy Powers are pathological liars and crooks. Both companies existed to take investor money and put it into the pockets to fund a high-life...

Trustify – The Fat Lady Sings

It ain't over until the fat lady sings. In the case of Trustify, the fat lady sings. She's singing loud and clear. With the Danny Boice, Jen Mellon nuptials (look it up in the dictionary, pretend Harvard boy Boice) in shambles, the company being sued by a long line of creditors so long that many people are asking the courts to start a Disney World Fastpass-like service. As I reported earlier in the week, Boice is contacting anyone with an email address and asking if they want to buy $1 million of his personal worthless shares in a worthless company for $1.50 per share. Basically he's asking, "who wants to buy -$5.00 shares for $1.50. Nobody...

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...

This Year in DCTech – 2018 edition

It's that time again. Time to review all the tremendous accomplishments of the most dynamic tech ecosystem south of Columbia Md, North of Springfield VA,  East of Gaithersburg MD and west of Annapolis. Yes, DCTech we're number 1 out of any city in the world with our exact lat/long coordinates! Yea us! Go Team DC! So let's get right to it. January - Was Action Packed!!!! Amazon Will Change Everything - Amazon announced they would hold a beauty contest to determine which town they will destroy by overloading local infrastructure, straining the already huge employment talent gap by bringing 50,000 new jobs parked in Amazon HQ2. DC is one of the "lucky" cities to make the short list (see post). Boice Is The Champion - Danny Boice wins the coveted Worst Wolf of Startupland Title. Making Shit Happen (As Long as Nothing Happening is the Definition of Happening) - Lots of good news from Jonathon Perrelli and LifeFuels...

What’s In A Name – Sharing Your Name With A Douche

A recently received the following email: Oct 29, 2018, 9:18 AM to glen From: The Other Andy Powers Email: Interested in: Message Body: Hi Mr. Hellman, I'm a different Andy Powers and I encountered your blog after looking curiously at others with my same name online. I am floored and sickened by the stories about the other "me" and others in their crew. I can't believe all that stuff really happened (meant only figuratively, as the details are quite clear and reinforced by SEC orders and the like). I'll have to keep aware of that AP and his digital presence, in case of misunderstanding about someone looking up my name online. How are you connected to those people? It took me a while to understand that those posts were part of your blog, not your Driven Forward business. Did you know them already or know others impacted by them? If the facts are so against them as all this, I'm also surprised that they can still appear successful to anyone else. It's nice to meet you. I'm glad you are recording the details of the stories and proofs behind them. At the least, I wanted to say hello, after reading all these crazy things this morning. Sincerely, The Other Andy Powers Just imagine being a...

Ram Reddy Master Criminal with Andy Powers

Ram Reddy, who is this guy? When I published the post, The Startup DCTech Crime Family, I was surprised by the pushback on naming Ram Reddy the Godfather. Reddy has spent a long time creating the image of a legitimate businessman. Since that post, additional information, a civil lawsuit confirms my suspicions. The suit (see link Clique - Donahue v. Communiclique - Complaint) seeks actual and punitive damages and alleges constructive fraud in the inducement in the purchase and acquisition of stock in CommuniClique (dba CliqueAPI), alleging Ram Reddy and Andy Powers defrauded the plaintiff. For some inexplicable reason, the suit fails to name the company's former CFO, Tim Lee. The suit alleges that since 2006, Communiclique (DBA CliqueAPI) raised $23 million in equity through the offer and sale of stock shares to about 90 investors. The plaintiff alleges that Andy Powers, the CEO of the criminal enterprise CliqueAPI, posited that the company would end 2016 with revenue between $120 to $125 million. Powers claimed key customer wins included Uber, FedEx, Wilmer Hale, and Airbnb. Powers and by implication, Chairman of the Board member Ram Reddy and CFO Tim Lee reported 2015 revenue in excess of $71 million. While in fact, the...

Driven Forward DCTech 2019 Gift Calendar

What's the perfect holiday gift for DCTech Startup Fans? It's the Mr Cranky, 2019 Gift Calendar! Feel free to print this out and make your own or if you prefer, you can contact me and order your officially printed version. Printed, bound and sent to your address for just $19.99. Want to order one, contact me here. Tell me how many you want and I'll be in touch. Remember, if you'd like one, contact me here!...

Joanne Boice’s Case Against Danny Boice, Trustify

People ask me what Danny's beef with his ex-wife has to do with the alleged fraud at Trustify. Here's the thing. Danny has started a lawsuit against his wife but dropped it when he was ordered to comply with his ex-wife's request for discovery. That discovery request asked for financial information on Danny Boice, Trustify and other information. Danny dropped the case, in my opinion in order to keep his financially cooked-books under wraps. His ex-wife, however, countersued and the court ordered that Danny produce the financials. Danny defied the court and still didn't comply. What is Danny Boice hiding? Why has he gone from suing his ex-wife for full custody of his children to putting himself in jeopardy of losing any custody of his children? For those of you interested in what's happening with Danny Boice, Trustify. Months ago, he sued his ex-wife Joanne for full custody of their children. I believe Danny is using the cash from his investors to harass his ex-wife. It wasn't bad enough that he cheated on her with her best friend. Abandoned her. Left her destitute by lying about his financial condition in order to pay a bare minimum of child support. He wanted...