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/
Aspen is a very interesting pocket in the world. Very interesting. Beautiful scenery with mountains, greenery, hills, trees, and wonderful air. So the Nexus Conference (a combination libertarian and blockchain conference) was especially interesting.
And then, stuff like this happened while there. I'm literally, on this crypto-panel with Roger Ver (Bitcoin Jesus), Max Keiser (and Stacy Hebert), Charles Hoskinson (Ethereum founder), Shapeshift Jon and Rob of ZenCash. Crypto-milestone. I was interviewed for a series of documentaries on blockchain, including one that is for Netflix.
Here's the link to the YouTube of the above panel if you'd like to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB5lKhN4uoY
Photo above is me and David Wachsman (Owner of Wachsman PR, who represents StormX). Turns out, our StormX presentation won for best presentation at the ICO Summit in Zurich! How crazy is that. Carried around that GINORMOUS bottle of fancy champagne through the streets of Zurich. Had some nice guys help carry it for awhile too. Drank it finally between two large tables with a total of about 20 people at the end of the night over dinner. It was a lovely surprise and a major morale boost for me. Zurich is a beautiful city.
Also, got to meet some more really awesome blockchain/crypto people.
Vancouver today. Drove up to speak at the Vancouver Advanced Digital Innovation Summit. Local, PNW, support our community and on the topic of Blockchain. Seemed like a great idea. Photo above is when I spoke. I tried taking a less authoritative and much more approachable/friendly tone with the presentation in Vancouver. Not sure I loved the experience of delivering it. People did seem very receptive to it.
Drive back same day, fly out tomorrow to Zurich. Planning to try on a more dry tone with the presentation in Zurich to see how that goes. I don't get to put my Lentil to bed tonight, so I'm really hoping timing works out and I can at least get him ready for school in the morning and then I fly out for the week. My heart hurts at the thought of leaving my Lentil for so many days.
Lentil's first day of baby school is today. I've been feeling so anxious. Remember, ICO? I have been fretting about potentially being gone for the first 2 weeks of September, and missing his first days of baby school. Thankfully, Simon and I have decided to split up Europe and Asia trips. He's doing most of Asia. I'm doing the bulk of Europe.
Thank you dear Lord for allowing me to be home for his first days of baby school. He's an amazing boy - and my heart just swoons looking at this photo of him. Our Lentil bean is growing up so fast. <3 <3 <3
Top of mind. Crap, it's my husband's birthday and we're in the middle of a crazy ICO. Trying to setup our corporate entities and all that fun legal operations stuff. Not fun at all - all this not-so-awesome-fun detailed stuff is what separates the doers from the dreamers. Lots of chasing down people left and right, paper signatures, documents that have to be couriered to so-and-so place, notaries, and more.
And it's my husband's birthday week. Thankfully, the StormX team jumped into help make it special by getting him a cake and also signing a card for him too. He literally singlehandedly changed the course of many lives and companies, because he believed in the vision whole heartedly.
It's my husband's birthday next week... and in the midst of doing an ICO. For his birthday gift, we are making the trip down the Oregon coast to see the once in a lifetime solar eclipse happen. Long drive down. Some cheap hotel because they're all sold out. Long drive back up. We're doing it.
I'm trying to calm myself into thinking it'll all be ok. It'll be ok. It'll be ok. Husband will be happy. We'll have good memories. Yes, it'll be ok.
Team photo. From left to right, bottom first row: Reo (Engineer), Sue (Design), Esther (Engineer); second row: Calvin (Engineer, Founding CTO), myself (COO), Brian (Engineer, Data); third top row: Simon (CEO), Derek (Marketing Operations), Rui (VP Product/Engineering), and Sean (VP Engineering/Architect). Jonathan, our summer marketing intern, didn’t make it that day for the photo.
I am writing to reflect on a piece that I wrote when beginning my work with CakeCodes, Inc. on my personal blog [link to my post on ArryinSeattle] back in June 2017. In that piece, I gave my readers an update on what was going on with some changes in my life at that time. Now that it has been about a month and a half later, I’m sharing with you five reflections on why this was the right thing for me.
READ THE FULL POST HERE.