I didn’t win the Underground™ Marketer of the Year award – that went to Joel Marion, whose presentation, rich with insider email conversion techniques, deserved the award for being the most applicable to the largest number of attendees. He was excellent.
I spoke about liquidity events, exit strategies and the value of stock options for retaining employees and an advisory board. And in the hundreds of times I’ve spoken at events, this presentation, “The Trillion Dollar Secret: Silicon Valley Juice,” may have been my most lauded speech, judging by the sheer number of attendees who said it was a “life-changer for their future success.”
I didn’t win.
I didn’t need to win the award – personal fame isn’t a priority for me.
When Joel Marion was done speaking, I approached him and had the brass cohones to ask him, “since you didn’t specify a charity when you asked for your vote, would you consider giving the money to the orphanage I am here to support?”
He said he’d consider it and I sent him detailed information that night. I heard from him today that he is going to support his local church with the UG007 prize money and he’s also going to give us $1,000 of his own personal money to help create the 501C3 tax exempt status that Cheryl’s Home needs here in the US so all those of you who are offering up donations can write your philanthropy off on your taxes.
I’m so pleased! The quadruple win:
- The UG007 audience got great presentations.
- I was able to come home with a $1,000 pledge from a great guy – Joel Marion.
- Cheryl’s Children’s Home will finally have charitable status in the US.
- And Joel gets huge brownie points for being an amazing, outstanding man.
The Quadruple Win
- I want to thank Joel for his generosity. If you know him, please thank him too. (The irony is not lost on me that Joel’s fortune, which comes from helping overweight Americans lose weight, is funding an orphanage in Africa where the kids eat beans and greens every single day with little to no meat or milk.)
- Thank all of you who voted for me, as there were a LOT of you.
- Thanks to Yanik Silver and Derek Gehl for creating the award.
- Thanks to everyone who supported my efforts to raise awareness for this most deserving of charities.
The team at Cheryl’s, led by Samuel Sambuli and Kieran Barnes, do amazing work raising and educating children and orphans and they have a solid business plan to buy land and build a high school that is in need of funding.
I’ll be setting up a Kickstarter page for Cheryl’s the moment the 501C3 is ready. I’m looking for a lawyer now to set it up.