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An Update on Cryptogulch – 11-21-17

So Ben Fitts just released a video on Cryptogulch about his investor pulling out which pushes back his growth plans in a big way.

This has resulted in several dozen emails to me asking if I am said investor and if my confidence in Cryptogulch has changed?

That is really two questions so let me answer both one time so I don’t have to again. 

1.  Am I the investor? – No, I am not the investor, I never was and have not “invested” in Cryptogulch in any form of equity or debt.

2.  Have I lost confidence? – Absolutely not.

Here is were we are at, Ben could just take a shit load of orders and try to let cash flow solve the problem.  But if he did this what would happen?  Well, he’d end up with a huge back log of unhappy people.  Frankly my best guess is that his investor backed out due to his slow growth model in the first place.   In other words this investor wanted fast money over smart money.

His investor was doing venture debt, not venture equity, in other words a simple loan with repayment terms.  He in the end simply probably didn’t like his time to ROI under Ben’s sane and rational growth model.

I am going to work with Ben over the Holiday to see if we can come up with a way to raise sufficient capital to get things moving in a creative way.  I have been known to come up with those types of things.

In any event I am not the investor that backed out.  I have been clear from the get go that my relationship with Ben here is as follows.

1.  I am an affiliate and earn a small commission for each customer I refer.  I have elected to take this commission in mining gear.  Meaning the better I do the larger my stake in his success becomes.

2.  I am a customer at Cryptogulch in fact I was the first customer, customer 001.  I generally never ask anyone to spend money on something I won’t spend it on myself.  At this point I have purchased a rig and 6 GPUs from Ben out of pocket.

3.  I am a long time personal friend and business partner on many projects with Ben.

4.  As to Cryptogulch, in addition to being an affiliate I am an unofficial advisor to Ben and how he advances the company.  It is important to note that due to our long time relationship I would be doing this, even if I had no stake in the company.  Ben and I do this for each other in a lot of ways.  He is part of my very small core network.

So again I am going to try to help Ben develop a path forward with CryptoGulch.  I have posted a comment with one proposed solution on his video at YouTube, if you have thoughts about that comment please feel free to email me about it, or comment there.

My view is we will find a way though this period, it is a good problem to have mind you, more customers than you can take and people clamoring to get in as a customer.   The fact that Ben is being thoughtful and not taking stupid risks is exactly why I am working with him here, and why I have done so for 19 years.

 

 

TSP Now Has an iPhone App

This is so long overdue but we have finally entered the 21st century when it comes to apps.  TSP now has its very own iPhone and iPad app and it is pretty bad ass.

Of course it will syndicate all new episodes of TSP to you so you never miss an episode but it does a lot more.  Included are the most recent posts from the TSP Forum, posts to the TSP Facebook page and the official TSP Twitter Feed, all in one place.

You can of course also get the TSP Youtube channel and all our great video content though it as well.  There are some features I would like to get our developer Blake to add, such as the blog posts that are not podcasts currently don’t display and a few other things.

I’d like to have you guys install it, start using it and tell us what you’d like to see added to this app.

Oh, how do you get it?  Okay the App is called Survival Podcast but searching the app store for that brings up a ton of video game crap, at least for now.  So the best way is by going to this link,

The Survival Podcast iPhone App

I and the dev team would love your thoughts and input on this new app.  Also any bug reports, so far we haven’t found any bugs.  You can also search the iTunes App store for the Development Company’s name, “Conspecture” and find it that way.

Special Add On’s for the Coming Fall Workshop

If you are coming to the TSP Nine Mile Farm Workshop from Nov. 8-12 there are some awesome add ons available I wanted to make you aware of.

First – Patrick Roehrman is doing a build a knife with Patrick workshop.  In this workshop you will work with Patrick during times between our regular sessions to build a truly custom knife.  A knife you would normally pay say 500 dollars just to buy.  But in this special workshop you will learn how to build knives like this and end up with one you built along with Patrick for only 400 dollars.

Full Details on This Workshop
Can be Found Here

Second – Nicole Sauce will be doing a class on Word Press site development for all students.  She will also be announcing a special guided workshop allowing you to develop and fully deploy their own sites.  This will cover site development and deployment with options on hosting, graphic design and much more.   This course will be done via webinar and will begin about a week after the workshop at Nine Mile Farm end.  This will be a great opportunity to take all the ideas and things you learn at our workshop and launch it into an actual business.

Full Detail Options and Pricing for
Nicole’s Add On Course are Here

Third – Nick Ferguson is offering a drawing for a  “Consulting Session With Nick Ferguson”.  Basically anybody interested in winning the slot will need to follow his Distance Consulting instructions page at

www.homegrownliberty.com/consulting

They will need to shoot a video tour video of their property, fill out the questionnaire, and either mail that to Nick prior to the event, or bring it with them.

The students here at Nine Mile Farm will watch the video of one lucky winner, and do a sit down quick consultation with Q&A. All attendees get a 40% discount on a distance consulting session with Nick after the event is finished if booked before the event is over. ($175 check, money order, paypal – $150 if paying cash. he will also accept silver at spot price)

Additionally Nick will also be doing a class on making herbal salves which will include a breakout Class Session hands on class 30-45 minutes.  The cost of this add on is $25, with a limit of 20 attendees.  Those who take part in this add on will leave with 2 Jars of the famous “Ferguson First Aid Salve” Plus some of Nick’s own comfrey crowns and seed packets to plant and grow every herb used in the salve recipe.

The value of the seeds and cuttings alone is about $20 – Jars of salve worth $15   Total class valued at $35 with a cost of only $25.

Anybody interested in the first aid salve class can bring cash. First come first served – Email nick@homegrownliberty.com with “Salve Class” in the subject line to reserve your spot.

If you  have any additional questions on Nick’s consulting or the salve class, please email him with “TSP Workshop 2017” as the subject line at nick@homegrownliberty.com

Fourth – Not really an add on but John Pugliano wants to hear from you.  John  is presenting on building wealth and lifestyle businesses.  He’s soliciting your feedback as to what questions or topics you’d like covered relating to wealth & starting a business.  Contact him at:  podcast@wealthsteading.com

 

Two Seats to the Fall Workshop are Open

UPDATE – The two tickets sold since I posted this and are no longer available.

This weekend I had two cancellations, so it is short notice to make arrangements but an opportunity to come if you want to.

You can get details here http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/fall-shop-9-9-17

As always this year we sold out in 48 hours but as often happens life got in the way for two people, if you want to attend email me with TSP FALL in the subject line at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com

Classes are Thursday the 9th – Saturday the 11th.  Students show up for a social gathering and to set up camp on the 8th and can stay on property until 11am the 12th.

Cost is 500 dollars with a 100 dollar deposit.

  • A schedule of events is here.
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  • If you want to see how we will be eating I have published the menu here.  Most say the food alone is worth at least half the cost of attending.

As this is last minute I am willing to work out payment terms if necessary if it helps you attend.  Say 100 deposit, 200 on arrival and the final 200 anytime before the end of the year.

7 Days to Go – 7K Reached – Get Your Quail Tracker System Now

Recently Brad Davies, Steve Larkin and I have officially launched the Quail Tracker System via KickStarter. This system has been developed over two years. When you see it you may wonder why it took so long as it looks somewhat simple.

The reality is we used it, we tweaked it, we made it better, we used it some more. We found every problem we could, solved that problem then, used it some more, found more problems and eventually got this system to do everything and anything you could ask of it.

Our primary goal with our system was to make raising poultry profitable, fun, easy and doable in any backyard in America. We wanted anyone from the person with a full on permaculture backyard. To the person living dead center of a Tyrannically run HOA headed up by the worst Bluehairs you could imagine. To be able to produce meat and eggs and improve the quality of their land while doing so.

Thanks to All That Helped Us Blow though Our Goal and Hit 7K!

That’s right the Quail Tracker Project is already blew though our initial funding goal of 5,000 dollars and is sitting a bit over 7,000 in full funding with 7 days still to go in our kick starter.

That means you should consider getting a system for yourself perhaps two. If you do by spring you could be doing the following. Raising the best quality meat and eggs for your family and improving your land and making compost all at the same time. And doing it with birds getting to behave like birds. Out in the yard, eating bugs, weeds, seeds, etc. and enjoying their lives, and blue hairs be damned, they are just your pets. Quiet pets by the way that no one can see in a backyard unless they are peering over your fence!

Quail really are the perfect back yard poultry. They are quiet, they qualify as “pets” where that is an issue and frankly our system makes it likely no one will know you have them anyway. They are very easy to breed, incubate and brood and grow to meat harvest size in 6 weeks and start laying eggs at 7 weeks. If you keep them under lights (easily done with cheap solar yard lights) with at least 14 hours of light a day, well fed and watered the average hen will give you 28-30 eggs per month, every month.

Our Quail Trackers are light enough that even the average 12 year old child can move it easily to the next location. The material is a very high end cage material that is hard to even buy unless you are commercial builder. The wire is coated with a completely non toxic material that makes it easy on your animals, in other words, no foot lacerations or “bumble foot” to deal with. Well cared for our Trackers will last for decades, they will never rust and can be cleaned by simply hosing them off under a spray nozzle.

It really is the ultimate backyard egg and meat production machine. To learn more and get your Quail Trackers on order today visit our Kickstarter Page and select the options you want today.

P.S. – The Quail Tracker System is the first product being released by our new company called Perpetual Food Systems, LLC with our website located at www.homefoodsystems.com

You can expect more to come from our company as we seek to empower Americans to once again feed themselves from their own back yards.

Outdoor Edge RB-20 Razor Blaze Knife – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Outdoor Edge RB-20 Razor Blaze Knife.  Man this thing is slick!  I picked on up right before my recent hunt and  I’m glad I did.  I was hunting with about 14 other people at a ranch in the Texas Hill Country and was surprised to see about half the people there with one version of other of this knife.

The premise is simple your blade is always razor sharp because when it gets dull, you toss it out and replace it with a new one, new blades cost about $1.60 each.  The blades are made with an inexpensive steel called 420 J2, which has poor edge retention but sharpens very easily and is extremely resistant to coronation and rust.   This steel until these knives came out had two primary uses.

  1.  It is used by many high end knife makers as liners, springs, etc in their folding knives, due to high corrosion resistance.
  2. It is used by many makers of surgical scalpels.  Generally scalpels must be incredibly sharp and are used one time in surgery and deposed of.  Inexpensive steel that stands up to harsh chemicals for sterilizing and gets incredibly sharp easily is perfect for this application.

Given the above I think 420 J2 is perfect for what Outdoor Edge is doing with this knife.  Let me tell you what everyone with one at this hunt had it primarily for, one thing, skinning.  I am big on not letting a knife get dull in the first place, using a good sharpening steel you can keep an edge for a very long time, if you are patient and keep touching it up.

However in the real world hunting makes a man tired, stuff slips and next thing you know it is 9PM, you haven’t had dinner yet, you have a half skinned deer or hog and dull ass knife.  In a word this SUCKS!  If someone said, here is a razor sharp blade for a buck 60 you can have right now, you’d hand him a 5 and tell him to keep the change!

While I didn’t charge the guy this did happen at this last hunt.  I met a really cool guy who had brought his God Son on a hunt with him.  The boy shot a beautiful Aoudad, really beautiful.  The man was really taking his time skinning this animal because it was going to be mounted.  I could tell that it was really important to him to do a good job.  I could also tell his knife was getting dull but noticed a Outdoor Edge Knife sitting on the ledge next to him.

When I asked him about it he said they were great but he forgot to get extra blades.  I asked if he wanted a blade for it and thought he was gonna stop and hug me he was so happy.  He finished up and we talked while he did.  Turns out this guy is the type that hunts all over the world, hunting is pretty much all he does.  He is retired very young, mid thirties.  He invented a stem cell technology that he sold to Cancer Treatment Centers of America and well, he is set for life.

He had just come back from Tajikistan from a sheep hunt that is considered one of the most challenging hunts in the world.  He has hunted in New Zealand, Australia, Russia, etc.  And yea for skinning he carries a 35 dollar knife with a disposable blade!  Why?  It works and it always works.

Just unlike him pick up a pack or two of extra blades!  They are only 9.99 with free shipping on prime.

Let me be clear, you can absolutely use this knife for anything you’d use any similar knife for.  It simply though screams out, use me for skinning, and that is why I have one.  Skinning is hard on an edge and you simply need a razor sharp knife to do it right.  With this you always have one.  Again I know how to sharpen knives and do a good job of it, but at 9:30 PM on a hunt, I want to be kicking back at the fire with a beer and belly full of deer heart off the gill, not sharpening a knife and looking at a half skinned animal.

So check out the Outdoor Edge RB-20 Razor Blaze Knife all the other hunters in camp that had them, loved them, and I think you will too.  I find the knife a great deal with 6 blades included for only $34.95.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – The other knife I considered for this use was a Havalon Piranta but I felt the blade shape just wasn’t enough like a “regular knife”.  The blades cost less for sure in fact about half the price but again they are not optimal in my personal view.

One gentleman in our camp had both the Outdoor Edge and the Havalon Piranta and said he preferred the Outdoor Edge for a few reasons.  One is the over all feel when cutting, related to the blade shape.  The other is that the blade is much easier to change in Outdoor Edge and you are likely to cut yourself changing the blade in the Piranta.

The thing he liked better about the Piranta is it is easier to clean.  I can seen in the design why this is so.  However when I got home, I just removed the blade from my knife, tossed the frame into the silverware thing on the dishwasher and it came out clean as new!  I personally prefer the Outdoor Edge but wanted to bring the Piranta to your attention because the long term cost is lower.  However how many big game animals do you skin in a year?

The Quail Tracker System is Here – Order Yours Now

As promised Brad Davies, Steve Larkin and I have officially launched the Quail Tracker System via KickStarter. This system has been developed over two years. When you see it you may wonder why it took so long as it looks somewhat simple.

The reality is we used it, we tweaked it, we made it better, we used it some more. We found every problem we could, solved that problem then, used it some more, found more problems and eventually got this system to do everything and anything you could ask of it.

Our primary goal with our system was to make raising poultry profitable, fun, easy and doable in any backyard in America. We wanted anyone from the person with a full on permaculture backyard. To the person living dead center of a Tyrannically run HOA headed up by the worst Bluehairs you could imagine. To be able to produce meat and eggs and improve the quality of their land while doing so.

And We Are Already about 2/3rds of the Way to Our Goal!

That’s right with only a posting to facebook and a mention on yesterdays show the Quail Tracker Project is already about 2/3rds funded and we are within striking distance of our goal!  And we still have 19 days to hit it.  So you know we are going to!

That means you should consider getting a system for yourself perhaps two.  If you do by spring you could be doing the following.  Raising the best quality meat and eggs for your family and improving your land and making compost all at the same time.  And doing it with birds getting to behave like birds.  Out in the yard, eating bugs, weeds, seeds, etc. and enjoying their lives, and blue hairs be damned, they are just your pets.  Quiet pets by the way that no one can see in a backyard unless they are peering over your fence!

Quail really are the perfect back yard poultry. They are quiet, they qualify as “pets” where that is an issue and frankly our system makes it likely no one will know you have them anyway. They are very easy to breed, incubate and brood and grow to meat harvest size in 6 weeks and start laying eggs at 7 weeks. If you keep them under lights (easily done with cheap solar yard lights) with at least 14 hours of light a day, well fed and watered the average hen will give you 28-30 eggs per month, every month.

Our Quail Trackers are light enough that even the average 12 year old child can move it easily to the next location. The material is a very high end cage material that is hard to even buy unless you are commercial builder.  The wire is coated with a completely non toxic material that makes it easy on your animals, in other words, no foot lacerations or “bumble foot” to deal with. Well cared for our Trackers will last for decades, they will never rust and can be cleaned by simply hosing them off under a spray nozzle.

It really is the ultimate backyard egg and meat production machine.  To learn more and get your Quail Trackers on order today visit our Kickstarter Page and select the options you want today.

P.S. – The Quail Tracker System is the first product being released by our new company called Perpetual Food Systems, LLC with our website located at www.homefoodsystems.com

You can expect more to come from our company as we seek to empower Americans to once again feed themselves from their own back yards.

Fall Workshop Group Rate Hotel Information

If you are coming to the fall workshop and want a hotel we have a group rate for you at the Holiday Inn Express at 3541 NW Loop 820, this is about a 10-15 minute drive tops from our place.

The rate is 90 dollars a night on rooms that normally rent for 129 a night, there are 4 king rooms and 4 double queen rooms available. The number to reserve your room is 817-744-7755.

Just call and reserve your room, tell them you want the group rate and you are with The Survival Podcast. We have these rooms held at this rate until the 1st of November.

If there is any confusion when you call our contact there is Jennifer Camp.

The Hotel Website is here, http://bit.ly/2l8vsw9

The Quail Tracker System is Coming Soon

Next week Brad Davies, Steve Larkin and I will launch the Quail Tracker System via KickStarter on Monday the 16th.  This system has been developed over two years.  When you see it you may wonder why it took so long as it looks somewhat simple.

The reality is we used it, we tweaked it, we made it better, we used it some more.  We found every problem we could, solved that problem then, used it some more, found more problems and eventually got this system to do everything and anything you could ask of it.

Our primary goal with our system was to make raising poultry profitable, fun, easy and doable in any backyard in America.  We wanted anyone from the person with a full on permaculture backyard.  To the person living dead center of a Tyrannically run HOA headed up by the worst Bluehairs you could imagine.  To be able to produce meat and eggs and improve the quality of their land while doing so.

Quail really are the perfect back yard poultry.  They are quiet, they qualify as “pets” where that is an issue and frankly our system makes it likely no one will know you have them anyway.  They are very easy to breed, incubate and brood and grow to meat harvest size in 6 weeks and start laying eggs at 7 weeks.  If you keep them under lights (easily done with cheap solar yard lights) with at least 14 hours of light a day, well fed and watered the average hen will give you 28-30 eggs per month, every month.

Our system lets your quail live like a real bird wants to live, with access to grass, bugs and outside air and a new place to explore every day. It is light enough that even the average 12 year old child can move it easily to the next location.  The material is a very high end cage material that is hard to even buy unless you are commercial builder.

The wire is coated with a completely non toxic material that makes it easy on your animals, in other words, no foot lacerations or “bumble foot” to deal with.  Well cared for our Trackers will last for decades, they will never rust and can be cleaned by simply hosing them off under a spray nozzle.

It really is the ultimate backyard egg and meat production machine.  Our kickstarter again will launch on Monday but  you can get a sneak peak of this system now at HomeFoodSystems.com

To get an announcement when our kickstarter goes live just fill out the form below.  If for any reason the form doesn’t display in your browser you can directly access the form here.

An Update on Crypto Gulch

I have mentioned this a few times on the air but my good friend and partner in several ventures Ben Fitts will soon be opening a new business to provide mining services for crypto currency, this service will be called Crypto Gulch.

This new service has had a lot of interest since I first announced it less than a month ago here.  If you want the details as to how this service will work, please click and read the announcement at that link, as I don’t want to fully rehash it all here.  I did want to give you an update though.

Here is where we are, Ben is currently securing a facility to house all the equipment in, that has been selected and he is already getting set up.  Most of the account management back end is done so you can see what your mining, manage your accounts, etc.

I am working with Ben right now on the pricing models, we are going over some options, it is important that a venture like this get the pricing right out of the gate as to be profitable enough to be worth the effort.  We are now leaning to (not yet decided, no final decision has been made) that customers will buy not just the GPUs but the box that houses them and the rack equipment that cools them.

If Ben decides to do this advantages are many….

  1.  It is all yours, everything, not just the cards, so if you ever take delivery you can plug and play mine.
  2. The cost of adding GPUs (per rig) will go down, so growing is easier cost wise.
  3. As the GPU cost drops, when you want to upgrade and sell your old cards that gets cheaper.
  4. If you are going above board tax wise you can depreciate more equipment costs.
  5. This puts Ben and his team 100% into management mode, all equipment is customer owned, (true collocation)

I and a few other have been Ben’s guinea pigs for about a month now as well.  I purchased 4 GPUs and Ben has been managing them for me mining Zcash and I have been pleased with the results.

I think I am going to organize a call soon for people to hear more about this in a private setting, be able to ask questions, etc.  I want info about that call or just to be notified when Crypto Gulch is open please fill out the form below.  Ben’s initial plan is to sell only 50% of the capacity in his facility to get everything running tip top before growing past that.  I firmly endorse this idea.

 

If for any reason the form does not display in your browser just use this link for another version of the form https://forms.aweber.com/form/77/43146977.htm

So What Is My Role – Motivation – Stake in This Enterprise?

Guys and gals you know I am always above board with you, I may make a mistake or two but I own up to them and I always disclose everything.  To be blunt my role is this is basically I am an affiliate, I earn a whopping 5% on business I refer to Ben and my plan is a 100% reinvestment of that into the Gulch.  Meaning all my commissions go to buy me more mining rigs.

I am also an unofficial adviser to Ben, with zero authority.  Ben and I go WAY back, I mean WAY BACK.  The first time we met face to face was 2002 in Boston when I was regional sales VP for Fluke Networks.  By that time we had already worked together online in various ventures for years.   I had paid Ben to write code for me and do development for me, etc.

The truth is Ben is one of my few career long partners in business who I have worked on and off with for more than two decades, the advice I am providing here to him, is the same advice I would give him for free if I wasn’t personally involved at all.

Why?  He has always done the same for me, that is why.  He built the MSB and recently upgraded it.  He advised me on many technical issues over the years, Ben is part of my personal and very tight network.  I’ve spent my own money here, in fact I just bought two more GPUs from him today in addition to the original four.  I hope that speaks volumes for my decision to back this venture and be part of it as an adviser to Ben and his team.

Tune in to TSP today for a segment that expands on why I am so excited about this.