Voicemarkr.com was a passion project for me. I invested my time, my money, and to a large extent - my life into creating something that would let people put their voices on the map where they could share memories, recommendations, or friendship.
I'm sad to say that I failed at ever getting anyone else to really see what I was trying to build here. Honestly, the quest to get funding so that I could expand the vision and make it real was exhausting. Everyone wanted me to make up numbers to put on spreadsheets.
I don't have numbers. Numbers are fine, I like numbers, but the truth is - I saw something that I thought could make the world a better place and I attempted to bring it to life. I did an amazing job and did the best I could with what I have.
It's not a failure - VoiceMarkr is real. It exists. You can use it. Free. I'm not asking for money. That's probably the problem. The only reason I want money is to build stuff but I don't want to build stuff that requires people to pay for it. I don't want to lock anyone out because they don't have money. Frankly, the chase to get the money to build is the whole reason I wasn't able to build. I became distracted by trying to convince capitalists that this was a good idea. Their answer was always 'show us the money, show us your traction, show us your cart moving even though we won't give you a horse'. Honestly, fuck that.
I'm going to be giving VoiceMarkr to a decentralized Web3 organization. The Bald Jesus Drinking Club and the Bald Jesus Collective will be the recipients of all the code, the accounts, and the ideas that were created through VoiceMarkr. There will be no disruption in service, no changes in the apps, until such a time as they have figured out how to implement them.
Let this serve as official notice that Iwahai, Inc. will transfer all interest, intellectual property, and patents from the VoiceMarkr project to Bald Jesus Cult, LLC a Hawaii registered Limited Liability Company.
As for Iwahai, Inc. We will be moving into the blockchain space and focusing on developing new and innovative decentralized solutions to real world problems. I can no longer call myself CEO as my cofounder and CTO has resigned. After the pandemic, we no longer have office space nor employees. Our business has been completely liquidated. We have lost everything except for the company structure itself.
I am the founder of Iwahai, Inc. I am going to build from zero and see what we can accomplish.
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