Lessons learned and Grandma-friendly Crypto
A lot of people know me as #tinfoilken since I tend to believe in a lot of conspiracy "theories" like Bilderberg, Chemtrails (shout out to Erik Voorhees), perpetual War (shout out to Roger Ver), Gun Bans (shout out to Alex Jones), Internet Censorship (shout out to Jeff Berwick), Simulation Theory (shout out to Elon Musk) and of course all of the Energy and Finance cartels.
Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes its laws.
I started coding professionally in 1991 (DOS, dBase, etc) towards the end of my enlistment in the US Navy. I learned a lot about various hardware and software systems back then, and of course a lot about war (Desert Storm). What a senseless waste. When I got my Honorable Discharge in 1993 I started up my first software company (Line9) and invented the world's first "shopping cart" and eBusiness software (Tek9 Pro). Amazon attacked me a couple years after that claiming that I had to cease and desist the sale of my Tek9 Pro eCommerce software, or pay them royalties because of their "one click checkout" schema. It's a good thing I document everything (thanx to the military I guess) because when you can show "proof of use in business" years before the "copyright cartels" come after you, they quickly move on to their next victim. At peak, I had about 37 people on staff and outsourced too. If you plan on starting a business, make SURE you learn how to hire/fire/manage decentralized teams of top people from around the world in different countries, and keep your overhead as low as possible. Just because you have built an awesome product does not mean that Marketing it will be successful. Even after the dotcom bubble burst, I managed to keep Line9 Corp. running until 2003 or so when we eventually ran out of money. Open source is great, and I still code open source software, but after awhile when enough people copy your software and have better marketing teams, well, you lose.
I tried to do something about the Energy cartels by starting a little sustainable living business focused on solar energy. I built that company up pretty quick, invented the first portable solar powered generator and focused on getting it to everyone I could. It was expensive and not really as powerful as I would have liked, but hundreds of people loved it nonetheless. What I learned after a few years was that there are really only a couple of companies out there where you can even buy the components at a competitive wholesale price. I paid a company called Sunwize over $330K to get me the parts I needed and even when you do that it still does not ensure that you will get what you need in time from Germany and other solar product producing countries. Have you ever tried to ship a pallet of batteries over an ocean? I even paid my neighbor Jerry over $20K to use his alibaba skills to get me the parts, all to no avail. Running that business was not easy, and it eventually bankrupted me personally, but I learned a lot. Diversify your product line and always have backup vendors for the components that you'll need, from the beginning. Go wide. This was an awesome business though, I loved helping so many people get off of the grid and start providing for themselves.
Next, I decided to take on the Gun Bans issue. If the government was going to start grabbing people's rights to self-defense, then I (as an activist) had to stand up to this and do something. When your loving government starts forcing you to buy permits for everything and can trample all over (and steal) a person's rights and property, you know that you are living in a police state. So, I went to school and learned all about guns, Simunitions, laws, self-defense and tactical. I became a Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor and hired numerous police officers to help me teach classes and get as many people their licenses as possible. With hundreds of 5-star reviews mounting on google, we quickly became one of the most popular gun schools in the nation, second only to the huge shooting range out in Arizona. Whoa momma, speaking of the range, if you don't have your own facility, then you need to buy or rent one, right? Well, the brand new multi-million dollar county indoor gun range was still virtually unused, so I figured hey man, I'm a taxpayer so I should have every right to use the range. Wrong. I was emailed every excuse in the book by the top cop why "his" range was unavailable, booked solid, not a good fit, and so on. I call BS. I emailed the top cop's attorney, acquired the real stats on the range via sunshine law (freedom of information) and it proved that every excuse that I was given was a lie. Earlier, I was given a tour of the range and was shown every inch of it, including the tactics area, gun maintenance room and even the offices.. all but one room. The armory. Hmm, why was I being kept from that room? Hmm, and what's with the little airstrip out back? Use your imagination. The new Marine Corps top cop that was running for office filled me in on the rest. So, I contacted the media. I organized a protest with my biker friends out front of the range called "Takin' it Back!". (they had to lock the gates that day to keep us out haha). I also found out that the top cop was best buddies with a couple of our competitors. Ok so long story short. He may be in the wrong, and violating multiple laws, but remember one thing.. He is the government. Standing up for your "rights" sometimes will get you into all kinds of hurt. The gov cannot "lose" as they will do whatever is necessary to hold on to their positions. They will smear you, harass and extort your customers, find ways of hurting your supporters, twist the law to say whatever suits them best, and even abuse your family to make you go away. So, the next time you think about protesting something, do it in a way that can just render the bad people obsolete. I am known for rattling cages because I can't stand to see all the hurt and injustice in the world and if we don't stand up to them somehow, then who will? So, to do that, I went back to Building..
Grandma-friendly Crypto, baby :)
Well, it's almost lunchtime already so I better get back to work, but I hope you enjoyed the read. The point here being, if you fail at something, it doesn't make you a failure, it makes you smarter. You will get better with every try. With every new thing that you try, you learn. Keep trying new things, keep building, keep planting seeds.
Much love and build towards world peace, daily.
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