My perfect storm
Recently I joined iHub Global after shutting down my tech startup. Now I work as the Interim Chief Marketing Technologist for an Online Travel Agency, and I build my iHub business on the side. Let me give you a little background.
I started out as technician with Apple Computers in New Zealand then met my now ex-husband. He was a blue diamond in a Network Marketing company called NuSkin. We traveled the world for 5 years. Living in America, the UK and Thailand and we traveled extensively. During that time he became Team Elite and I became an Emerald. You can have an awesome lifestyle for 50K a month. I want my life back!
We had our son and the dynamics between my husband and I changed. We were great when traveling and building but when it came to settling down and raising kids it wasn't a great match.
I think I was never cut out for an average life anyways. As Steve Jobs would say, I was one of the crazy ones, I thought differently about the world and my place in it.
At the time I told myself the lie that because I wasn't the top level in NuSkin that I wasn't very good at network marketing. What I WAS good at was technology.
So I got divorced, left Apple and proceeded to build a world leading tech consultancy winning several awards along the way. After 17 years I burned out because it was all me.
Growing up I was a latch key kid of a powerful working woman. As a single mother, I think working from home is so critically important and I am happy I had the opportunity to do that for my son.
However, it also meant that if I didn't work. I didn't make anything, there was very little residual/passive income.
I got heavily involved in crypto in 2013. The technology is fascinating. I spoke at the Texas Bitcoin conference in 2014 and even earned my Intro to Cryptocurrencies from the University of Nicosia.
If you search youtube for midasmarni you will see all of the interviews I did with the world crypto network. I bought Bitcoin at $350, but made the stupid mistake of listening to the men in my life who told me it was a scam even though I knew the technology was real and I had so much experience with it.
It was so early and I could not find a way to earn a solid income from it so I made the shortsighted mistake of selling the 4 bitcoins I had and just refocusing on tech consulting and coaching.
I think a lot of women do this, they don't trust their own intuition and it costs them big time! In my case it cost me about $ 200K.
Failed Startup to New Opportunity
In 2020 I decided that I needed more leverage. So I launched my tech startup, EntireTask. Sadly we were not able to get funding and we had to shut it down in August of 2021. I had failed to understand how much energy it takes to build a startup and at 52, I just didn't have it in me. I was now in a critical position. I had put $ 240K into my startup and I had stopped consulting. I needed something that would give me leverage and be low or zero cost to start. The universe always has my back.
Sept 1st 2021, Eric Karlen, the son of my friends Russ and Linda Karlen who I had known from NuSkin chatted a simple question to me. "Are you guys in iHUb yet? Crypto mining deal."
My slightly Aspien brain went into full "special interest mode" and I signed up the next day. I may have finally found a way to take everything I've learned over the years and put it into this. Also because you are building a network, it isn't all just you.
It is so much easier today than back in the day because it is a hybrid of affiliate marketing and network marketing. I call it Network Affiliate Marketing. We also have so many useful tools that allow you to market globally from the comfort of your own home.
The tech side of it is very intriguing to me and the social side of networking is really fun. I didn't realize how much I missed it.
In March 2022 we went truly global
We opened up for placing Helium Hotspots in Canada and Europe.
(Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic (Czechia), Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom)
Understanding that we would want to travel as we expand the Helium Network globally the company contracted with a $ 15 Billion dollar Travel company. Not only that, but they have allowed us to share it. It's like "The Costco of Travel". Watch the video on the right to understand why I am so excited about it.