This Florida Entertainment Boss is Come Up's second episode's star

Greetings from Lakes Park, S.W.F.L. 

When you think of The Boss and entertainment, you immediately think of Bruce Springsteen. 

Not in Southwest Florida where The Boss is Rachelle Ford, Owner of Ford Entertainment Magazine chronicling the world of entertainment with a hip hop flavor.

In Episode 2 of The Come Up, Scrappy Jackson interviews Rachelle who is legendary for her compact but killer tenacity.

Our video podcast chronicles the up-and-coming entrepreneurial scene in Southwest Florida.

Here are some highlights of The Come Up E2:

Print: With Ford Magazine Entertainment, Rachelle will have you reconsidering print if you solely rely on digital.

Motto: If you can sell one, you can sell a million (or maybe a 100 million!) Rachelle offers lessons on how to shoot for the moon.

Best advice to your 22-year-old self: Skip waiting on that co-sign and Express Yourself.

Rachelle’s secret sauce: Doing one thing so well and getting paid for it rather than working on several projects that spread you thin and don’t grease the wheel.

About Rachelle Ford and Content with Teeth

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Order issue 71 of Rachelle’s magazine HERE or on her app HERE.

The Come Up Episode 2 Transcript

Scrappy Jackson: What up? What up? What up? What up? What up? I’m Scrappy Jackson. This is The Come Up for up-and-coming people in Southwest Florida that are entrepreneurs and highly intriguing. So we call it The Come Up because they’re up and coming, we flip it on its ear. And it’s brought to you by Content with Teeth, an amazing content agency. They’re incredible, they do creative content, and they’re big, they’re really big, they’re huge. So big check out this fathead, that’s how big they are.

 

Rachelle Ford: I love it. I love it. What’s up, Scrappy?

 

Scrappy Jackson: Content with Teeth. Yes, definitely. Rachelle, it is awesome, awesome, awesome to see you. I love you. I got nothing but respect, admiration, appreciation for you. Few people understand and comprehend how amazing you are. I see you blushing.

 

Rachelle Ford: I am. Thank you Scrappy. I have so much respect for you, so much love for you. Oh my gosh, it’s a pleasure. It’s really a pleasure.

 

Scrappy Jackson: It’s really awesome for me too. You’re a Haitian immigrant. At age 14, you came to Southwest Florida. You got the bug for entertainment, you became a teen model. And then in 2009, you did something special, you started Ford Entertainment Magazine, highly impressive, awesome. Tell us about your magazine.

 

Rachelle Ford: Well, my magazine, I’ve always been into journalism and interviewing and I’ve always wanted to be curious about someone’s journey, someone’s story, especially the creative beings because I feel like I’m one of the creative beings, I just don’t have any singing talents. So it’s like those who can’t do teach or report it. So I report the stories. So I started the magazine because I’ve always wanted to be in media, publication and I just went for it and I’ve just been enjoying it ever since.

 

Scrappy Jackson: I met you in 2009 when the first issue came out and I have to say three things hit me immediately, Rachelle. Number one, you’re the boss, you’re definitely the boss. And you’re not that tall, how tall are you?

 

Rachelle Ford: I am 4′ 11.5″.

 

Scrappy Jackson: But you’re still the boss.

 

Rachelle Ford: Still the boss. I’m compact but I’m the boss.

 

Scrappy Jackson: And I think everybody can see by this video that you’re amazingly passionate about what you do on a daily basis no matter what it is. You attack life, I respect that. And number three, your confidence, your amazing confidence. Oh, I have number four actually too. And I don’t know if this is because of Haitian people in general, but you’re gentle and wonderful and warm and soft yet you are the boss.

 

Rachelle Ford: You have to be in this, especially in the music industry. It’s a very male-dominated industry but there’s so many ladies that are trailblazing, that are kicking butt out here, and I just want to be one of them. I feel like as far as confidence if you believe in what you’re doing… I know everybody has checked out the latest Genius documentary and it just inspires so much, and it’s the same spirit. If you believe in what you’re doing and you believe in where you’re going, you just got to keep that sight, keep that vision in mind and just keep going and keep… What we’re trying to do. So let’s take some time to explain or show them more because you don’t want to waste time banging on the same doors because it’s a numbers game. If you knock on 1,000 doors, at least 10 of them is going to open for you. So you don’t want to keep knocking on the same 10 doors, you want to keep going. So relentless is keep going, but not so much in that same little corner all the time, you’ve got to broaden your horizons.

 

Scrappy Jackson: But it must be crazy frustrating when you have something so special that you know is undeniable and will touch the world, highly creative and you get no, no, no, no, no.

 

Rachelle Ford: Of all the nos you get, you have to pay attention to the yeses. Because like I said, you’re going to get nos. If every single person you talk to says no, then take a step back and look at yourself and say, “Okay, wait. Do I need to tweak some stuff? What’s going on?” You got to pay attention to the yeses because the yeses are what’s going to keep you going. When I see a random person looking at the magazine or like someone was talking to their friends and that person was looking at the magazine on the phone not knowing I was there and he was like, “Yo, this is great, I love this, this is on point.” And they were saying really great things and I was in the corner like, “Oh my gosh.” Blushing [inaudible]. When people gravitate towards your product, if you can sell one, you can sell 10. And if you can sell 10, you can sell 100 million.

 

Scrappy Jackson: True that. True that, that’s a great point. That’s a great point.

 

Rachelle Ford: You’ve got to perfect your craft. So when you hear a no, don’t take that no from, oh, they’re hating, they’re trying to keep me in the bucket, they’re trying to do this. Be like, “Okay, let me keep going. What can I do better or what can I change? What can I tweak?” Sometimes you don’t have to change anything about it, it’s just not the right person. There’s a billion people on the planet, why do you keep chasing that same one person?

 

Scrappy Jackson: Good point, good point, good point. When you were in Haiti growing up, did you have any entrepreneurial spirit way back when?

 

Rachelle Ford: Growing up in Haiti, literally my childhood was just my childhood. I had such an amazing childhood, I had no responsibilities except to be a kid, go to school, and play with my cousins. So life didn’t really start for me until I left Haiti. Which was so impactful for me because moving out of what I know from my little cushion bubble and then moving to the real world, into a brand new culture, brand new language, brand new people, and then trying to figure things out. So I think my entrepreneurial spirit really kicked in starting with a survival spirit really because coming into a country that’s completely foreign and you have to navigate your way through it.

Rachelle Ford: And I’m the type of person I’m not going to wait for anyone to feed me, I’m not going to wait for anyone to hand me a check. I want to go get it, I want to know, I want to be in charge of every second of my day. So that’s how that started. If I’m going to be learning the culture, what do… And then I also went through a really horrible period of my life in a toxic relationship, a very violent relationship with children, and all of that. I used to tell myself if I was to get out of that, what would I do? And I said, “I would be in charge of my time, I would be in charge of my dreams, and I would just go for them relentlessly.” And I just did that. So my entrepreneurial spirit really started in America, so thank God America.

 

Scrappy Jackson: Busta Rhymes once said, “There’s no such thing as plan B.” You mentioned you’re a survivor and you’re going to do it, whether it’s domestically or professionally. Speak on that because you jumped all in with your projects.

 

Rachelle Ford: It’s like I want to do it all, it’s a blessing and a curse. When you tell yourself, I can do anything, everything is within my reach, I just got to focus on it hard enough, it almost becomes dangerous because it applies to everything. So then we find ourselves trying to do everything because opportunities sometimes come in waves and you don’t want to miss out. So I always get into this feeling of, oh my gosh, I don’t want to miss out. And then also how my weird Gemini brain is wired is like, I want to do it now, I want the world right now, I want everything right now. So I’ll be trying to do it all, I’ll be trying to do it all, I ain’t even going to lie.

Scrappy Jackson: Tell us about your magazine. When I first heard of it, I thought of it as straight-up hip-hop. But it’s so much more than that, it’s entertainment magazine.

 

Rachelle Ford: It’s entertainment, it’s Ford Entertainment Magazine. It really did start as hip-hop because I’m in love with hip-hop, but it focuses on artists, models, business entrepreneurs, everybody, actors. Entertainment industry is not just music. So it started off with music but music has so many legs you can’t do anything in life without music. So the magazine is not just music, it’s life literally.

 

Scrappy Jackson: You facilitated a lot of artists over the years, a lot of local up and comers. Tell us about your grind.

 

Rachelle Ford: My grind has been nonstop. I’ve met so many amazing artists, I’ve done so many projects with so many amazing artists, both locally and nationally, because it is also a national magazine. I even did a Nigerian issue one time with YCee, which is my favorite Nigerian artist of all time. So I use the magazine to meet all the cool people, so hey.

 

Scrappy Jackson: Okay, cool. You’re in print and you’re online, how do you stay afloat in print?

Rachelle Ford: I don’t even know how to answer that because it’s a self-funded business. So a lot of people in the entertainment industry, they feel like they’re superstars and they shouldn’t have to pay for anything, everything should be free. So they get offended when you tell them no, it’s a fee-based publication, it’s a business because it goes towards the printing. So it does get hard to manage the printing, but we’re going to keep going because we have a large subscriber base that are incarcerated, that can’t see it online, that can’t go on our app, which is on Apple and Google Play. So we keep the print alive and we’re going to keep the printing alive. And we’re just going to increase and expand.

 

Scrappy Jackson: It’s interesting to say that because you’re very passionate about that. But if you operate as two individual cost centers, online versus print, is it sustainable in print? Are you making money in print?

 

Rachelle Ford: I make more money in print than I do with online.

 

Scrappy Jackson: No, well.

 

Rachelle Ford: Because everybody thinks that print is going away. But you go to any doctor’s offices’, barbershop, nail salons, there’s magazines on the waiting table and people are going to pick them up.

 

Scrappy Jackson: True.

 

Rachelle Ford: So people love to say, print is dying, no print is going to stay forever because we read, everybody reads, and not everybody is digitally inclined. Some people want to relax and go over a nice little story and that’s what we’re doing.

 

Scrappy Jackson: Sure. Your business model, I see advertising in your magazine, but you also have rappers and models, et cetera. Do you charge the rappers and models for exposure?

 

Rachelle Ford: I do. But the way we do it, it’s more than just I charge you and I did an interview with you. We’re taking it so much further to brand that artist, to promote that artist. For example, the artist that I’m working with now, he’s on the cover of the magazine. We did a full story on him and we also dropped a juice, which is a personal custom lemonade, orange pineapple lemonade for him. And we’ve been selling this lemonade for the last month now, we now have it at a local grocery store and the artist makes a commission from that product. So it’s more like a business venture together.

 

Scrappy Jackson: I read about it, it’s called Juice Box, very innovative. And when does The Scrappy juice come out?

 

Rachelle Ford: Scrappy juice got to tell me. This girl’s craving [inaudible].

 

Scrappy Jackson: Let’s make it happen. Let’s make it happen.

 

Rachelle Ford: Scrappy juice coming out, you just got to tell me your flavor, I’ll pay [inaudible].

 

Scrappy Jackson: I’m bad about it. And you don’t have to pay me, I just want to hear Scrappy juice, that sounds really cool.

Rachelle Ford: Let’s do it. Let’s do it, Scrappy. I got the logo in mind and everything. I just had the whole thing fucking in my head.

 

Scrappy Jackson: You’re really, really creative, you’re really inspiring, you’re very ambitious. I think about you and the conferences and the awards and the Iron Circle with empowered women and the homeless people you take care of, and the magazine and the digital magazine. You do so much. How many people are on your staff to do all these things?

 

Rachelle Ford: [inaudible] there are four personalities. No, but there’s a lot of great, great, great people in my circle, a lot of great people on my team. Just quick plug, I’m actually sitting right here at Smoke’ N Ink, which is going to be the newest, hottest tattoo shop in Fort Myers, I’m telling y’all right now. And it’s me being a part of a team. So there’s not a lot of people on the team. I’m pretty much the captain and the steer and the janitor. But at the same time, I have some really great resources and great people and smart individuals around me that I can always reach out to and say, “Hey, I need to do this, I need to do that, how can you help me?” So it’s always great to have that support system.

 

Scrappy Jackson: So you’re the 4′ 11″ dynamo, you’re doing everything and then some. But I’m just curious from a business perspective, with doing at least six or seven things on such a remarkable level, do you ever think to yourself, if I just did one thing incredibly well, I would get paid?

 

Rachelle Ford: Yes, I actually do that. So what I’ve been doing actually is consolidating all of my projects into what makes sense and what I enjoy doing. So I’ve been asking myself literally all last year and this year, okay, let’s cut it down to what’s really work and what’s really me being creative and getting paid for it. I much more enjoy being creative and getting paid for it. And my baby, my passion, that answer always doubles back to the magazine.

 

Scrappy Jackson: How about a financial partner, have you ever thought about taking somebody on? Not me, but.

 

Rachelle Ford: [inaudible]. I was like, wait a minute. No, but serious conversation, I have my business plans, my partnership agreements, my investor agreements, I even have where if you wanted to sponsor a copy, how we can partner up and you sponsor a copy and how you can double your money back. So I have all of those plans. It just comes into finding the right people because a lot of people are talkers not really doers, a lot of people just want to see what you got going on, and people don’t really be real, they’re not really be willing to work. So I’m all the way, 1,000% open. If you’ve got a bag and you’re ready to work, let’s go, let’s blow this up, that’s all I know.

 

Scrappy Jackson: I can feel your intensity and your energy and your passion and your brilliance, it’s awesome. One last question for you, what would you tell your 22-year-old self?

 

Rachelle Ford: Leave that man. Because that’s where I was at 22, I was stuck in this prison of a relationship that was very abusive. Dealing with someone who’s addicted to drugs is not an easy feat, it’s a whole interview by itself, just that situation. And being stuck in that situation at a young age, I had my first child at 19 turning 20. So from age 19 to about 25, I was just like a baby breeder.

 

Rachelle Ford: But if I met me at 22, I’d be like, “Look girl, [inaudible] a little sooner.” But at 22, I would tell myself too as well, take better care of yourself, listen to your spirit, listen to your dreams and go for it, stop doubting yourself, stop waiting for that cosign. I feel like a long, long, long part of my journey was me waiting on a cosign, was me waiting on somebody to say, “Yeah, girl, you can do that. Oh yeah, that’s going to be prosperous.” I feel like part of me to this day still looked for that cosign, for somebody to say, “Yeah, this could be a success.” But I’ve stopped believing that I needed that cosign. If you know something-

 

Scrappy Jackson: You gained a lot of strength in that relationship and it taught you so many different things that makes you independent and strong and the boss.

 

Rachelle Ford: That’s true. We’ll give them that credit, Scrappy, we’ll do that.

 

Scrappy Jackson: 71st issue, is that right now? Where can we find it?

 

Rachelle Ford: It’s online, we also have them at Palm Avenue Groceries, which also carries our custom Ten Toes lemonade, which is coupled with issue number 71. They can also order it on the website, fordentmag.com. They can also order it on the app, which is Ford Entertainment Magazine for Apple and Google Play. We do ship to all correctional facilities.

 

Scrappy Jackson: Oh wow.

 

Rachelle Ford: So if you have someone who’s locked up and you want to do something nice and you want to spend a couple of bucks, you just got to tell us just their name. We’re able to look them up and find out exactly where they’re housed and we send them a copy.

 

Scrappy Jackson: Cool. Content with Teeth made this possible. Just look over my shoulder, Content with Teeth, get in touch with them for all your content and digital marketing needs. Content with Teeth creates unboring content like this podcast. It gets attention for your product, your service on the interweb. If you want to be my next guest, all you have to do is holla @heyscrappy on IG. Content with Teeth, thank you very much. Rachelle, I want to give you a hug through the computer, but it’s not possible.

 

Rachelle Ford: Bring it in Scrappy, bring it in Scrappy. I love you Scrappy. Since we’ve met, I think we met… Actually, the same person that we are doing the tattoo shop is where we met. Because we met in Naples at a showcase that was being thrown by Peter 4K and you were a judge and I was a judge as well. And ever since then, you’ve always been a supporter, we’ve always had that love, and I just love it. I love you Scrappy, I appreciate you for everything.

Scrappy Jackson: I love you too. And I’m a fan of Rachelle Ford, I’m a huge fan. God bless you.

Rachelle Ford: I’m a huge fan of Scrappy.

 

Scrappy Jackson: And thanks for everything, Rachelle. I appreciate you.

 

Rachelle Ford: I love you.

 

Watch The Come Up E1 sponsored by Content with Teeth and detailing crypto in Florida

Introducing The Come Up

 

Out of the ashes of dead newspapers that no one reads and local news that only “the olds” consume for their Preparation H fix, there is a new outlet to document emerging Southwest Florida entrepreneurs – The Come Up sponsored by the hot new streamer CWT –.

It is a video podcast hosted by local media personality Scrappy Jackson. The Come Up lives on this blog and new episodes drop every Friday at 3 pm ET on our YouTube channel.

Read below for highlights for The Come Up maiden voyage.

Crypto in Florida

Michel Pacifico is Scrappy’s first guest. He is a successful cryptocurrency entrepreneur based in Cape Coral. He has founded three different businesses over the years, including USScyber, a blockchain company focused on cybersecurity, WSCE, a sports token company that aims to revolutionize the world of sports, and XLiquidus, an upcoming cryptocurrency exchange platform.

Sports and Crypto? Better than Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Why invest 17 minutes on The Come Up? Here are the CliffsNotes, a list of tantalizing nuggets that Scrappy covers with Michel in Episode 1:

Primer on crypto: Learn the three types of cryptocurrencies and that NFT doesn’t stand for “non-fungible testicles” (for some).

About blockchain: People use crypto for trading, but Blockchain is the main system, that’s where you need to look if you are serious about this new realm of non-fiat currency.

About sports token/utility token: Sports Tokens benefit fans around the globe and create a new ecosystem for adventurers, blockchain enthusiasts, crypto investors and even gamblers. Learn about how Bulgaria, tokens and sports find “synergy.”

NFTs Can Help Sports Fans Make Money: NFTs are available in all the sports, have launched soccer recently, listed 95 countries, over 2,760 soccer teams, divisions A and B. The entirety of South America, North America, the entirety of Europe, Asia, Africa, and so on. Michel is signing up clubs, working on the entire Bulgarian thing and other markets.

About Europe’s situation and token benefit: The war cooled things off a little bit in Europe. Learn how Michel’s company is pumping resources into sports clubs and giving fans a “sports stock market.”

Qualities of an entrepreneur: Michel details how a successful entrepreneur is realistic, has a clear vision about the product and is more disciplined than Mark Wahlberg around weights! 

What percentage of Michel Pacifico is passionate vs. opportunist: He leans passionate but pockets opportunist. Find out just how wildly it can swing depending on the product.

What advice would he give himself in his younger years: Michel’s advice involves Bitcoin and the tender age when people bar hop instead of opportunity hop.

About Michel Pacifico and Content with Teeth.

For UnBoring Content like The Come Up, contact Content with Teeth HERE. You can get your crypto jones and all things Michel Pacifico HERE and HERE and HERE.

The Come Up Episode 1 Transcript

Michel Pacifico: Hey buddy, how are you doing? Thanks for having me here, appreciate the time. I’m doing great, man. I’m feeling great, too. It’s such a beautiful day in Florida.

Scrappy Jackson: Absolutely. You were from Brazil, you immigrated here when you were 19, 20 years old, to Cape Coral. You were a pilot, and you got into cryptocurrency in 2010. Tell us about your journey.

Michel Pacifico: Yes. Coming from Brazil, I was in pilot school. I decided to go over my entrepreneur skills. I quit all that, all the schooling. Back in 2010, I was introduced to Bitcoin. What fascinates me was the technology behind it, which is the blockchain, the cryptocurrency, and the new digital money, the new digital coin. What’s that? It was intriguing, it was very interesting. I started digging in, unfortunately, I didn’t invest at the time, because I wasn’t sure what it was.

Scrappy Jackson: Sure.

Michel Pacifico: What’s up? Welcome to The Come Up. I’m Scrap Jackson, and this is a weekly podcast celebrating Southwest Florida’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs. We call it The Come Up, up and coming, we flip it on its ear. There are a lot of intriguing stories right here in Southwest Florida. Talking about ambition, challenges, sacrifice. Our guest today is my man Michael Pacifico. He’s the owner of three startup companies, cryptocurrency businesses: USS Cyber, WSCE Coin, and Xliquid USBR. Content With Teeth is this awesome content creative company, doing all kinds of big things, and they want to make sure that, when you look at this logo behind me, they do things big, really big. Big engagements online, a creative content agency. So make sure you show them some love.

Like everybody else, I wish I did, but I was learning so much about it. The more I was looking into it, the more fascinated and intriguing the blockchain is. The cryptocurrency today, usually people utilize it as a secondary market. Trading to make money. Actually, we have to look into the blockchain, the system. That’s what I think is the most valuable of all.

Scrappy Jackson: Okay. Now, there’s cryptocurrency, there’s NFTs, there are assets, digital assets, there’s Bitcoins, there are tokens, there’s a lot of vernacular out there. Can you break it down for us that don’t really know about cryptocurrency?

Michel Pacifico: Sure. There’s actually three different types of crypto right now. There’s regular cryptocurrency, which is Ethereum, and Bitcoin, which is a form of security, but not called security yet by the SEC, and so on. There’s the NFT, which is the new generation of token, non-fungible token. There are also security tokens. We are launching a new form of tokens based on future performance tokens, sports based on performance.

Michel Pacifico: The cryptocurrency Bitcoin, today it’s usually for trading faster payment processes, and so on. Back then, it was the fastest thing ever. You would’ve transferred money within 30 minutes. Ethereum came along a few years later, with between a 10 to the 20 minutes gap, usually 15 to eight minutes, 12 minutes or so, to do a transfer. Now, there are payment processors out there which are super, super fast. Give an example, our payment processor, we can do a 100,000 transactions in a minute. The blockchain has been growing and growing, the evolution of the technology has been out there.

Scrappy Jackson: You’re a technological nerd, so I’m going to break it down for our audience just a little bit. From my perspective, blockchains to technology, you’ve got Bitcoin to the left, for currency trading, and on the right, you’ve got tokens, NFT, nonfungible tokens that you use for sporting events, VIP opportunities, experiences. That’s the realm you’re in. You’re not so much a Bitcoin guy as you are a token guy for sports, correct?

Michel Pacifico: Exactly. Our first launch, our first product is WFC, World of Sports Coin Exchange. We wanted to specialize in that market for sports, at first. Our coin is based on performance of games, of teams. Give an example. Soccer, which is our first coin at the moment, live, every time you pick a team, a country, perhaps it’s Spain, you pick Real Madrid. Every time they do well on the field, the token goes up in price.

Scrappy Jackson: It’s betting. You’re betting, you’re hedging.

Michel Pacifico: It’s different than betting, though. Betting is a one-time event. This one, you lose a fraction of it, if the team doesn’t do well. It’s an algorithm. It’s an intelligence algorithm that we created, artificial intelligence that we created, which is attached to the performance of the team, game by game. That will give a price according to their matches during the season. I’m sorry, not a price, a value, according to the matches through the season.

Scrappy Jackson: Why don’t just call my local bookie, Jimmy the Bookie in New York City, and say, “Yo, dude, hook me up with a Boston Red Sox?” Why would I go with your thing rather than something that’s more tangible?

Michel Pacifico: Put it this way: it’s heaven. Think about it. If the Boston Red Sox don’t do well, you still own your token. It’s still there. By the end of the season, who knows? It could win the World Series, and it could explode in evaluation, instead of if they don’t do well, and you lost your investment, as a bet. We’re not a betting company. There’s nothing to do with betting. It’s a mixture between stock market with commodities. Because it’s based on future performance, which is not a commodity entity. It’s something new. It’s a new form of token out there. It’s a new product out there. It’s hard to describe but think of it this way. The Miami Dolphins, touchdown, boom! The token goes up in price. The other team, the token is going down on price.

Scrappy Jackson: It’s a sports stock market.

Michel Pacifico: Yes, very similar to that. Very similar to that. We want to be careful with the words here, but yeah.

Scrappy Jackson: Okay. When I think of sports tokens, I think of more of a VIP perspective. Access to the players, voting, balloting maybe on what the song is at halftime, merchandise.

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Michel Pacifico: Yes.

Scrappy Jackson: Are you in that realm as well?

Michel Pacifico: We have a part of that too, as well. That’s called a 100% utility token, but we’re utilizing those offers as well. We just closed with a team in Bulgaria. Lokomotiv, and we are doing pretty much everything for them. Their token right now, it’s not doing so good, because they lost a couple of matches, as you can see on the platform.

Scrappy Jackson: You as a business person, as an entrepreneur, you’re watching the game saying, “Come on Bulgaria, please!”

Michel Pacifico: Exactly. We’re literally opening a new channel for people all over the world to watch games, that was not so much of an expression out there. Teams in Bulgaria, I would never watch a game in Bulgaria, but now I’m watching a game in Bulgaria, just to see how the token has performed.

Scrappy Jackson: Absolutely. You have an investment in the team, emotionally and financially.

Michel Pacifico: Exactly. It’s for the fans, and also for adventurers out there. Blockchain enthusiasts, crypto enthusiasts who like crypto, and so on. For everybody, even gamblers, they’re welcome to come in.

Scrappy Jackson: Is it really competitive, getting Bulgaria to sign on with you guys? I’m thinking to myself, the volatility of it, the level of competition, how it’s exploded. How do I get hooked up with a team as a startup entrepreneur in Cape Coral, hooking up with Bulgaria?

Michel Pacifico: First, we were going for major leagues. Bulgaria plays in a major league, they also play Champions League as well, and Euro Cup. The way we structure the algorithm is, we have to go by what the FIFA ranking is, according to the leagues. We have Bulgaria, they’re not so strong in Europe, but they are a bit strong. It was the first team that actually loved the project. They jumped right in it. Not just the Lokomotiv team, which is the team that we closed. We have a lot of other teams in the pipeline and want to close with us, because we’re a new form of revenue for the clubs. We are giving tokens to the clubs as they’re signing up with us. Plus, we’re giving them transactions fees too, every time somebody buys a token from them.

Scrappy Jackson: Sure.

Michel Pacifico: We give them some percentage of a transaction as well. We’re a new form of revenue for the club, especially clubs in soccer right now. As you can hear in the news, you know it’s been hard all over the world with major soccer teams and they don’t have money. There’s so much that fans can help with. Now, this is a great take for the fans. They can help the club that they love, and they can earn something from it. Not just the gambling, which you help, and if you lose, you’re out. No, at least if you lose, maybe by the end of the season you can do well, and the token can go up in price.

Scrappy Jackson: You still have equity, which is really cool. I’m thinking to myself, I’m a big New York Knicks fan. It’d be cool to have an NFT on that. What I could do is stack them up, and get my meet and greet with Randle. That’d be cool.

Michel Pacifico: Exactly.

Scrappy Jackson: That’s fun.

Michel Pacifico: Yes, man, it is fun. We do all the sports. Right now, we’re launching soccer. We have in the platform right now listed 95 countries, over 2,760 soccer teams, divisions A and B. The entirety of South America, most of North America, the entirety of Europe, Asia, Africa, and so on. We’re signing up clubs as we go with it. Right now, we are pretty much working on the entire Bulgarian league, Portuguese league. We’re working on the Spanish league. We’re trying to bring everybody with us because fans love it. Everybody that sees the project and hears about it, they love it. You can make money with the team that you own. Why not?

Scrappy Jackson: Contractually, do you have them locked down? They’re pretty much in your back pocket now?

Michel Pacifico: Yeah, we have contracts with them. Everything is contracted.

Scrappy Jackson: That’s great.

Michel Pacifico: We’re only with one team at the moment, but we have pipelines with other teams right now. The war cooled things off a little bit with us because people don’t know what’s going to happen in Europe. It cools off a little bit, some of the contracts. We are talking to Russia, we had to back away from Russia. We’re engaged in Ukraine, too. Unfortunately, we had to back away from that, because of what’s going on today. The rest of the world, we’re working on it.

Scrappy Jackson: If your teams are your strategic partners, tell us about your customer, and how you market to them.

Michel Pacifico: Yeah, what we do is this: every time when we close a club, all we ask is for them to market. That’s all we ask from the club.

Scrappy Jackson: Interesting.

Michel Pacifico: We’re giving 25 million tokens for the clubs, plus a percentage on the transactions, buy and sell, for life. All we ask is for them to do our marketing. Their cost, and their risk, are very minimum. Zero, because they own a marketing team. They own their own marketing. That’s what we ask. In the meantime, we’ve been doing our own marketing about our technology. We focus on our technology. We created a really awesome hybrid technology that today, the world needs. Our gas feed is very, very low. Our transactions are really fast and secure, too. We’ve been marketing our technology.

Scrappy Jackson: That’s fascinating. You have the clubs actually working for you. They’re the ones that market to the fans, and you worry about the tech, and hooking up the teams, more or less.

Michel Pacifico: Yeah, we work together. They don’t work for me. We are working together-

Scrappy Jackson: Okay.

Michel Pacifico: For the success of the token, because remember, they have half of it. 50% of the token belongs to the club, in total of 50 million coins per team. They own half of it. We’re giving them half. We’re working together for the success of it. The more you market, you know how it is, supplying demand has an influence into the algorithm, too. Our algorithm is based on performance: goals, league difficulty, draws, wins and losses, and points into the leagues. We also have a calculation in the algorithm for supply and demand, which is pretty strong, too. We need people to support their own clubs.

Scrappy Jackson: Very cool. Switching up, you’re from Southwest Florida. You’re a start-up entrepreneur.

Michel Pacifico: Yeah.

Scrappy Jackson: What qualities do you think entrepreneurs need to have in order to succeed?

Michel Pacifico: You need to have a vision for your product, and you need to be realistic if this is good or not. I think the most quality…discipline is everything. You go into the gym, and you want to work out, and you want to look good, and you have to have discipline. Wake up early in the morning, do your exercise, eat well. It’s the same as starting a business. You need to start with discipline from the beginning, because how strong is your discipline is going to determine how you are going to grow.

Scrappy Jackson: Okay. Are you adverse to risk? Are you risk taker? “No big deal, I’m not worried about the sacrifice.”

Michel Pacifico: Nah, man, I’m all the away. There’s no 80/20. I’m all the way in, man. I’m chips all in. I don’t do it half away. If you’re going to do something, and you believe it, you got to do it all.

Scrappy Jackson: Okay. I want you to give two pieces of advice. First, advice to young entrepreneurs, maybe getting out of FGCU, they want to embark on this journey. What do you tell them?

Michel Pacifico: If you want to become an entrepreneur, the first thing you need to do is to start a business, and you want it to grow into your idea. First, you need to go legal. What I mean by legal is, go to an attorney, ask them about your idea, ask them what type of contracts you need. You want to protect yourself. I’m giving you business advice. You need legal on your side first, to make sure, because that’s going to determine how high you’re going to grow. Then, you don’t have any problems in the future with partners, or with employees, or any type of legal.

Michel Pacifico: The other advice that I give you is personal advice. You need to believe in yourself first, before you do anything. You need to know if you’re capable of doing, if you’re capable of growing. How to create this belief is to think, eat, sleep, and dream about your project. Every day, think about it. Don’t think about the gains. Don’t ever think about money. Think about the problems that come with it. If you can resolve every single problem of it, you’re going to succeed, no matter what.

Scrappy Jackson: What percentage of you are passionate versus opportunist?

Michel Pacifico: That’s a good one, man. That is a good one. I think it’s 60/40, and depending on the product, it’s 80/20. 80 passion, and 20 opportunities.

Scrappy Jackson: I can feel your passion, as far as this project and business is concerned. Last question, as far as advice is concerned, what advice would you give to yourself back in 2010, when you were just starting in cryptocurrency. What advice would you give yourself?

Michel Pacifico: Buy Bitcoin! Sell your house and buy Bitcoin. Sell your car, stop partying, buy Bitcoin!

Scrappy Jackson: My man, Michael Pacifico. Entrepreneur, three different businesses, doing it big with tokens and sports worldwide, globally. Highly impressive my brother, highly impressive. I’m Scrap. I have a large head right now, right beside me, and it’s dwarfing my head because it’s big. That’s how Content with Teeth do business. They get big results. They deliver unboring content, like this podcast.

Scrappy Jackson: Michael Pacifico, man, I appreciate you. Can you give out all your IG handles, and your social handles?

Michel Pacifico: Yes, one more time. Scrappy, thank you so much. If anybody wants to reach out to us, for the blockchain, the name of the company is called USScyber.com

. We also are on all the social media. For the sports token, it’s WSCE.world., worldofsportscoinexchange.world

. For the exchange that we’re launching globally, we have that in Portugal. We already have that in Brazil. We’re working on Asia right now. The name is XLiquidus.com, XLiquidus.com.

Michel Pacifico: Thank you very much Scrappy, I really appreciate what you’re doing.

Scrappy Jackson: I want a dozen tokens on Bulgaria, please!

Michel Pacifico: Yes sir.

Scrappy Jackson: We’ll see you next week with another Southwest Florida entrepreneur.

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