I'm literally trying to breathe again. Find that emotional and mental space to feel like a human being, not a machine. I don't remember what it's like to be me anymore. I've become a different person, again. Each of these intense journeys reshape the person you are - and it takes a bit of mental/emotional "integration" time to bring yourself back into being a whole person again.
Doing an ICO, is not for the faint of heart. It's not for the sensitive or the self-conscious. It's not for those that do not have the stamina.
All I can say, is since May 2017, it's been a lot of back-breaking long hours. Weeks on weeks away from family, away from husband, and away from my toddler. It's wake up to sleep, nonstop work. At the worst point, we were taking 1.5-3 hour naps at a time working around the clock for weeks on end.
Oh yea, and the crazy schedule. Greece, UK, Switzerland, Cayman Islands, United States, and all over.
Trying to breathe again means forcing myself to not open the phone first thing in the morning. It means giving myself permission to eat lunch (again). It means giving myself permission to call a friend I haven't spoken to in over 8 months. It means giving myself permission to cook dinner for my family. It's been REALLY difficult getting back to a normal human life. The past 8 months have taken a hard hard hard hit on my family, my husband, and my toddler - also my in-laws and my mother who've stepped in to help the family as I've been working so much.
Thanks for being on this journey with me.
I have 21 days before the end of the year, and before 2017 is gone. I have 21 days to retroactively, make my goal of a blog a week still a reality (though officially LATE). Despite being late, and having only 21 days, I'm going to push to make it happen.
What happened where I disappeared literally for 6 months? This.
Remember, I joined a startup as their COO in May, 2017?
What happened is an ICO (Initial Coin Offering). A STORM Token Crowdsale. I can tell you that to do an ICO, is all consuming. I'm officially beat. Tired. No weekends, no evenings. My husband is beat, the single dad thing while wife works nonstop or is constantly traveling is super challenging.
Questions, feedback, anything on this topic welcome.
Coffee & Catch Up.
That's the title of so many messages I've received over the past 6 months, from all kinds of people. People I know very well, people I'm acquainted with, people that haven't connected with me in over a decade, and lots of random folks.
At first, (since I was feeling more like a helpful advising socialite between January and April 2017), it was really nice. I tried to do at least one a day. I felt like that was a good way to stay in touch and/or meet new people.
But then... it got out of hand really fast. Coffee & Catch Up turns out to be code for, "I want something from you."
And now, when I see various folks write those messages that say, "No, I don't check nor respond to LinkedIn messages." --> I get it. I'm now officially, 62,003 messages UNread in my inbox. How's that possible? Did you know people will auto-subscribe people to all kinds of update emails? I'm now asking my VA to manually unsubscribe me from anything that's not an actual email to me.
I sit down for a quick sync with an investor, and then you get question after question about, "what coins should I buy now?", "I think I want to do an ICO, too", "will you advise my friend's startup that wants to do an ICO?", or hey, "I think I deserve to get paid more, in ETH or STORM Tokens please".
Advice? Be upfront and fast. 1) Hi, I want ____ from you, and 2) I can be valuable to you by ____. Interested? Coffee & Catch Up is just way too generic and passive. I still believe people want to help each other, just don't make the person you're asking for help from think too much. Make it easy to give.
Back from Tel Aviv. Exhausted. All I can say is, Tel Aviv is an awesome place. Got to meet up with the Bancor team. Did some business development. Did some presentations. Did some networking. Here's some photos from the trip.
Hey. No sleep. It's been so long, weeks. Especially lately. Body numb. We just keep moving forward and we're doing all that we can.
So I guess the plan is I will be on the live-stream today. The consensus is that the "chick" is more interesting to look at, so I will be it. I have no more contact lenses, so it'll be me in my goggle thick eye glasses. No makeup. Not feeling so "viewable", but hey, whatever. I don't know when I last showered. Facebook live-stream as we kick off our STORM Crowdsale.
Not much Halloween going on here. I'm home with husband and our Lentil for a couple days and then headed out for a couple weeks again. Forgot to buy candy at the house to hand out. No costume for anyone, not even the Lentil. I feel like a horrible wife. I feel like a horrible mother.
I know the family, everyone, the in-laws, my mother, everyone that's been working really hard to keep the family up and running while I've been working, is just really tired and wondering what is going on with me. Mother-in-law has had several "talks" with me. Father-in-law won't even be in the same room as me. Tension is very high at home. Lentil is not sleeping well anymore. He does not like this mommy working a lot world.
What a wonderful welcomed change of scenery from the past 5 weeks, Boston for MoNage by Jeff Pulver (founder of Vonage and VoiP). Here's a few of the favorite photos from that week:
I, and the team, we're so exhausted. Working around the clock. Literally. Taking turns sleeping. Taking turns eating. Taking turns cooking, taking out trash, or washing towels. Yes, this is the real behind-the-scenes look at the ICO. Crap-ton of work, sweat, blood and tears from the entire team.
Overwhelming demand - way more than we expected. This also begins the journey of Storm and our relationship with airdrops.
LINK to the article here: http://www.the-blockchain.com/2017/10/10/stormx-lowers-community-appreciation-sale-cap-due-overwhelming-demand/
The Presale for an ICO. I now know what that means. In detail. Major milestone for our company (StormX, Inc.). Now to plan for the next long 6-8 weeks offshore...
If you'd like to read the recent news, here's a screenshot and a link: http://paymentsjournal.com/accredited-investors-contribute-16-5m-stormx-private-pre-sale/