We had the good fortune of connecting with Nova Phoenix and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nova, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
As a social media platform, Lyfeblood doesn’t just help the individuals but it’s perfect for the community. Across the country, people are looking for ways to get out of the rat race. They’re starting to realize the best way to improve their communities is by believing in each other. Solutions are going to come from the people they live next to. Today, social media has advanced and combined a number of technologies and behaviors. It has touched on communication in terms of reaching large audiences quickly, financing businesses and ideas, strengthened relationships and removed the previous barriers that kept people distant. Even though cities and towns are separated by miles of land and water, they have grown immensely by the millions because of social media.
We’ve seen social media allow users to grow financially independent. How can it help the community in the same way? People have to realize this is the opportunity to help their neighbor by helping the group. One key characteristic for this to work is transparency. Grow the project and allow the community to witness the growth of the project. Communities can build whatever they need when starting a project on lyfeblood. Is it a community vertical hydroponic “farm”? Is it feeding the less fortunate? How about building affordable housing? The community can fundraise similar to how Caribbean folks have used the su-su. Instead of 10 people throwing in the pot, let it be 500 people. 2000 people. All of this can be done to help solve problems various working class communities face across America. Ultimately, it’s up to the people in the community to build a solid model for all in the community to take part in.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Lyfeblood is a social media/fintech platform that provides a space for people to build their passions by following the Dollar Power mantra. Dollar Power is a code that all users live by to donate a minimum of $1 per month to any users of their liking. There is no 30 day limit. It runs as long as you want it. If you have 5000 connected members, imagine each of them giving you a minimum of $1 per month to help you achieve your dreams. A viral video reaching 100K people could be financially liberating. What would you do with the money you grow in your network? Just start a profile and create projects involving your passion. You can start growing your network from there.
Lyfeblood is in the family of crowdsourcing but it more than that. We may talk about money and finance but it’s really about self-actualization. Who are you? How can you improve yourself for your family, community and people? Lyfeblood is a platform that’s human-focused. We want to create a space where you can help others and yourself financially but also have programs available to you that will improve your quality of life. If you’re an inventor, how can the network finance your invention and bring it to scale with millions of people? Are you a microbiologist? How can the community finance your discovery and make it benefit all who need it? Are you a musician? How can the network support your genuine gifts and help you make more than what music streaming offers? It can still be quirky dancing, funny moments and provocative video clips. Just make it work for you. All of these passions, all of this content can be supported, disseminated, distributed, and built by everyone to help improve their quality of life.
A lot of folks feel social media, as we know it, is dead. The novelty has worn off. It lacks originality, spirit and the opportunity to bring the best of what humans create for the betterment of human society. We see this attitude from people saying they’re taking a break or just plain leaving social media. It’s because social media lacks purpose. After awhile the idea of wondering what happened to a grade schoolmate starts to wear off. How many dances can you do? Jokes. Comedy skits. How can those viral videos come back to you to improve your life situation? Social media can me more than just the latest viral video you get a chuckle over. At least, let the money you generate from your content on lyfeblood work for you as a user.
As the Lyfeblood brand grows, we plan to build Lyfe Transfer Centers. It will be a building that will house healthcare and mental health services, job-training programs, meeting space for lyfers (members), open space for special events, research and development labs, etc. It’s about bringing together what people do on the platform and carrying it over into the real world. We will form partnerships with other companies to provide human-focused services along with our programs. It’s about bringing the best of humanity together and pushing society forward.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting the area, I would take them to Soco restaurant & bar in Brooklyn, an MSG game, a walk in Central park, a visit to the Van Gogh experience. If you’re in New York, you know know you got to have a New York pizza! There are so many good places to pick from. No worries. Google it and you’ll find one. I say Not Ray’s Pizza on Fulton Street to start with. At night, we can walk through St. Patrick’s Cathedral 200 year old underground catacombs. It’s spooky but, from what I’ve read, it’s very cool. Want to have drinks? We can go to a local bar on another night in the city and listen to some live music! How about Brooklyn Bowl to play a game of bowling while we jam to a great live band! Wanna laugh? Let’s see a comedy show at Carolines on Broadway! Let’s head out to Jersey to pick fresh fruits and vegetables at Alstede’s Farms for a home cooked meal. We can also do a little shopping at the largest mall ever! American Dream Mall. It has a freakin’ ski slope inside! Talk about big! LOL
This all can take place in the week while my friend is here. There is so much to do in New York, how can you ever get bored. Of course, we’ll see all the typical NY tourist-ty sites but I’ll try to be different just for the experience. I’ll take the week off just so I’ll be sure not to neglect any of my other responsibilities. We’ll see.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We never ever get to where we are today alone. I can say everyone has played apart in who I am today. I want to thank all of my supporters, detractors, haters, friends and family for pushing my decisions to get to this point. Specifically, I would like to thank my wife for the last decade I’ve been on this journey. Without her support, I wouldn’t be where I am today. The last few years have been especially important in the growth of my vision. Where I completely failed as the other half, she has taken up that weight. The overused phrase we’ve all heard at one point in time in our lives is truer than we realize. It goes: “Behind every successful man, there is a strong woman.” My wife is a strong woman that faced the challenge and stepped up. I know I would’ve cracked under the pressure at some point. She is a boss in every sense of the word! She gave me space to think, to move, to adjust, to fail, to regroup. I couldn’t be here without her words of support and encouragement. She did all of this while working full-time, being a mother AND going to school! She is a warrior that gave me the backup where I couldn’t be. I will forever be indebted to her.
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