BrandOnline365 Review: JubiRev without the Ponzi

brandonline365-logoThere is no information on the BrandOnline365 website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The company does have an “about” section on their website, however it only provides a short marketing spiel. No information about the company itself or its management is provided.

The company’s website domain, over at “brandonline360.com” was registered on the 30th of January 2014, however the domain registration is set to private.

Further research reveals that in the BrandOnline365 compensation plan video embedded into the company website, J. Joshua Beistle introduces himself as the President of the company.

Why Beistle’s name does not appear anywhere on the BrandOnline365 website is unclear.

Long-time readers of BehindMLM will immediately recognize Beistle as the (former?) CEO of JubiRev. JubiRev launched in launched in early 2013 as a Zeek Rewards Ponzi reload scheme.

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The idea behind JubiRev was to meld Zeek’s Ponzi points business model together with a mishmash range of cheaply produced products under the brand “JubiMax”.

The company launched in March but, as most reload scams do, failed to attract the momentum of the company it was modeled on. By June 2013 JubiMax had all but run out of funds to pay investors with, and consequently announced they were abandoning their passive revenue-sharing model.

A new compensation was launched shortly after that, however the attempt to push a retail customer focused business model onto an affiliate-base who were initially attracted to passive investment failed.

The details of how JubiRev collapsed remain sketchy, with J. Joshua Beistle going into hiding shortly after the compensation plan change. I myself don’t recall ever seeing any clarification on the status of the company in the months that followed their comp plan change.

Today the JubiMax website is still live, however if one tries to visit JubiRev the account comes up suspended:

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As I understand it, affiliates who invested in JubiRev were simply left in limbo.

Prior to JubiRev, Beistle launched Dream Style Vacations Club with Randal Williams in 2009. Providing access to third-party travel discounts, Dream Style Vacations was a recruitment driven scheme that paid affiliates based on how many new members they brought into the scheme.

Beistle also markets lead generation services through his company MyPhoneRoom, which he launched in 2009 (non-MLM).

Read on for a full review of the BrandOnline365 MLM business opportunity. [Continue reading...]


First Zeek victim payments will go out September 30th

zeekrewardsDespite Plastic Cash International’s objection and concerns their litigation might delay payments, Judge Mullen has come through and ordered that the first payments to Zeek victims will go out on September 30th.

Plastic Cash International’s claim wasn’t ignored, with Mullen observing [Continue reading...]


Burks, Wright-Olivares and son to pay Receivership $600M

zeekrewardsAs the Zeek Rewards Receivership continues to pursue financial settlements with insiders who should have known better, news broke today that those at the top have already settled.

In his status report for the second quarter of 2014, Receiver Kenneth Bell has revealed that

By the filing date of this report, the Receiver had reached settlement agreements with Paul Burks, Dawn Wright-Olivares, and Daniel Olivares, pending Court approval.

Each of these defendants agreed to a consent judgment of $600 million to be satisfied with substantially all of their assets.

How the $600M figure will be paid back, in particular who is paying what amount, is unclear. Ditto how much of the judgement will be distributed to the scheme’s victims by the Receivership.

What is clear though is that it appears to be a lump sum, and after it’s paid – those primarily responsible for the creation and operation of the Zeek Rewards Ponzi scheme will have absolutely nothing left to show for it.

As someone who was actively covering Zeek Rewards during the height of the Ponzi insanity that gripped so many within the MLM industry, this latest judgement is a far cry from the hype and cheerleading that went on during Zeek’s heyday. [Continue reading...]


uThriv Review: Product description fail

uthriv-logouThriv launched in late May and operate in the nutrition and personal development MLM niches.

The company is based out of the US state of Georgia and headed up by President and co-founder, Joe Tessin.

According to his uThriv corporate bio,

Joe Tessin has spent his adult life building organizations, leading teams, and coaching individuals as well as consulting with executive management teams.

Most recently Joe has worked as VP of Sales for a network marketing company and that role rekindled his passion for the industry and ultimately caused the spark that is known as uTHRiV. Joe built several network marketing teams over the last decade and was a top income earner in two companies.

joe-tessin-president-uthrivNo specific company name are mentioned, however further research reveals that Tessin (right) has been involved in VizConnect.

VizConnect marketed a $50 QR code + video hosting package. Launched in late 2013, the company appears to have gone into decline shortly thereafter. An overly complicated compensation plan no doubt hampered growth efforts.

In September of 2013 Tessin was credited in a VizConnect press-release as an Executive-Director of the company. By January 2014 Tessin had joined VizConnect’s management team.

A press-release issued on January 13th reads

VizConnect has announced the appointment of Joe Tessin to the VizConnect leadership team beginning in 2014.

Tessin is a multi-level marketing veteran having served as CEO and coach for Better Days Group, a company specializing in personal one-on-one coaching, group coaching, personal development workshops and team development for various organizations.

Tessin has been working as a consultant and Executive Director for VizConnect’s sales team members since early 2013.

Tessin outlined his vision for the VizConnect sales force in 2014.

“We are going to improve communication internally amongst our leadership team and externally with our members,” he said.

“We are going to enhance our products with a focus on building our business, and I will continue to be actively engaged in the field to build our business.”

What happened there I have no idea, but a month later Tessin was up and running with uThriv.

Whether or not Tessin is still with VizConnect is unclear. It is noted though that his uThriv co-founder and Vice-President, Brian Dee, is credited as VizConnect’s “Secretary and Chief Sales Officer”.

Regardless of whether Tessin is still involved with VizConnect, through Brian Dee or otherwise the two companies appear to be maintaining close relations.

Another recent VizConnect press-release (which for some reason does not appear on the VizConnect website itself), dated June 3rd 2014, announced a “partnership” with uThriv:

VizConnect has announced a partnership with UThriv to provide white label mobile marketing platforms for both internal and external outreach.

Through a white label partnership with UThriv, VizConnect will provide access to its innovative suite of mobile video marketing products.

“After working with the VizConnect platform for over a year I am pleased to enter into this strategic partnership between our two companies,” said Joe Tessin, President of UThriv.

The “Better Days Group” company, mentioned in the second press release above, is a non-MLM personal development coaching company owned and operated by Tessin.

Better Days Group exists to help individuals and organizations have better days EVERY day! We believe that we are all here for a reason, and we are only able to feel truly fulfilled when we are living for that purpose.

We want to help you discover your unique design and develop strategies to make that design come to life.

Prior to VizConnect Tessin was involved in the MLM company ProVisionRx, marketing third-party discounts. In June 2012 Tessin was acknowledged by ProVisionRX for reaching the Executive Training Director affiliate rank.

Read on for a full review of the uThriv MLM business opportunity. [Continue reading...]


Global1Entertainment Review: I2G revenue-sharing rebooted

On their own the combination of Infinity 2 Global’s recruitment commissions and revenue-sharing opens up the strong probability that new affiliates money will just be recycled amongst existing I2G affiliates.

Throw in the addition of global gambling revenue and a US presence?

Yeah, this probably isn’t going to end well…

-BehindMLM Infinity2Global Review (September 2013)

global1entertainment-logoThe Achilles heel of all revenue-sharing programs is the necessity to have new affiliates buying into the scheme, so that the company has new funds to pay off existing affiliates with.

No explicit promises are made regarding the revenue-sharing payout (amount of ROI or frequency), but affiliates nonetheless dump thousands of dollars into the scheme on the promise (implied or otherwise) of an eventually >100% ROI.

Typically a customer option is attached to the scheme, but in practice this fails to deliver any significant revenue – with the company instead just shuffling new affiliate money around to pay out affiliates.

A Ponzi scheme by any other name.

And just like a Ponzi scheme, when these revenue-sharing opportunities run out of money they either collapse or, as is the case with I2G, change their name and attempt a relaunch.

Introducing Global1Entertainment. [Continue reading...]


LifePharm Global Review: Fibroblast Growth Factor capsules

lifepharm-global-logoLifePharm Global launched in 2011, with the company naming LifePharm Inc. as its parent.

LifePharm Global Network is a subsidiary of LifePharm, Inc., its parent company.

LifePharm, Inc. began back in 2001, focused on the business of developing, marketing and distributing premium, natural supplements in the retail sector across six countries.

LifePharm, Inc. was one of the first supplement companies in Asia to use popular celebrities to promote, endorse and build brand awareness.

With substantial businesses experience behind us as LifePharm, Inc. – plus an incredibly strong start and continued success with our direct marketing LifePharm Global Network company – we are poised to change the DNA of the industry.

LifePharm Global have a corporate office in the US state of California, but owing to their Asian heritage as part of LifePharm Inc., also maintain offices in Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.

wicky-suyanto-cofounder-ceo-lifepharm-globalHeading up LifePharm Global is CEO is Wicky Suyanto (right).

Born in Indonesia but educated in the United States at Pepperdine University, Wicky Suyanto always had a keen eye for opportunity.

Following many successful retail ventures in Asia and winning several awards for branding and advertising, Wicky and his family moved to the US together to further their children’s education.

About the time his twin sons, Wickson and Winston, graduated from UCLA, Wicky was presented with studies on Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) and knew it was an opportunity to develop a revolutionary product.

With a strong desire to give people an opportunity to create wealth and be in control of their own success, Wicky chose the channel of direct sales for the revolutionary product we know as Laminine.

Wicky, Wickson and, Winston opened LifePharm Global Network in 2011.

Prior to LifePharm Global, Suyanto appears to have been involved in Pendura Life Visions.

In 2010, a year prior to LifePharm Global starting up, Dr James Siripanich, a co-founder of Pendura wrote

Since the network marketing industry took off 50 years ago, companies have promised that the MLM is a business opportunity partnership, so I know what I mentioned so far to you is nothing new.

I had to ask myself, “Other companies have told people to simply believe in a partnership, how can Pendura make this tangible since the very beginning?”

This is when my friend and Pendura co-founder Wicky Suyanto approached me with the revolutionary idea of letting our distributors own company shares.

Pendura still has a website operational over at “penduralifevisions.com”, but the opportunity appears to be defunct.

Corporation Wiki shows a link between the two companies by way of Bernard Sjauta, who is credited as serving as President of both Pendura and LifePharm Global:

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Sjauta is credited with being the CEO of LifePharm Global as late as December of 2012. In official LifePharm Global newsletters (dated as late as January 2013), Sjauta is also credited as a co-founder of the company:

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I couldn’t find any updates following that newsletter, indicating that Sjauta possibly left the company in 2013. Why is a mystery as there’s no mention of it anywhere on the LifePharm Global website.

Sjauta’s absence from the LifePharm website and a lack of explanation of what led to Wicky Suyanto taking over as CEO is somewhat conspicuous.

In any event, read on for a full review of the LifePharm Global MLM business opportunity. [Continue reading...]


Argent Global suspend US recruitment, i-Payout withdrawals

argent-global-network-logoArgent Global Network seems to have hit a snag recently, with owner Victor Rival holding a conference call last week to deliver the news.

Speaking to the company’s purported 300,000 affiliate investor base, Rival informed them that purportedly Argent Global had hired a “US attorney” to “aid” with the company’s compliance.

The reason is that if you are compliant in the US, you are more accepted worldwide.

For those unfamiliar with the scheme, Argent Global accept $150 to $2400 investments from affiliates under the guise of “packages”.

The company then promises a weekly ROI, ranging from $10 to $160. How much of a ROI is paid out depends on how much an affiliate has invested.

Rival failed to name the US attorney the company has alleged retained, but told investors that the company ‘will not be accepting new members from the US until Argent Global Network is compliant.[Continue reading...]


One80 Review: EPX Body gets a reboot

one80-logoWhen I first reviewed EPX Body back in March of 2012, the company appeared to have an unofficial connection with Xooma Worldwide through its apparent owner, Dan Putnam.

Some months ago EPX Body appears to have gone through a reboot, with the company dropping the “EPX” portion of its name in favor of “One80″. On the domain “epx180.com” however, an image in the footer advises that One80 is “powered by” EPX Body.

Absent on the One80 website is any information on who is running the company. The website does feature an “About 180″ link, however clicking it only brings up the following vague marketing copy:

One80 was started by a group of very successful businessmen with over 100 years of combined experience; they have created an opportunity to help you understand the exact steps you need to take in order to be successful and provide the tools to succeed and take advantage of all the benefits that are available for starting a business.

dan-putnam-owner-of-epxbody-and-xoomaThe EPX Body website domain is still registered to Dan Putnam (right), so he’s evidently still running things. There’s no mention of Xooma Worldwide on the site though.

I’ve had a few requests from readers claiming that EPX Body has mixed things up with the release of One80 now, and today I finally got around to taking a look at what’s changed.

Read on for a full review of the One80 MLM business opportunity. [Continue reading...]


LyfeStart International Review: “Me too” health and nutrition

lyfestart-logoLyfeStart International launched in mid 2014 and are based out of California in the US.

Heading up LyfeStart is Co-founder and CEO, Christopher Pair Garza.

Garza is refreshingly candid about his MLM history, with his LyfeStart bio acknowledging that he is a

former CEO and President of Herbalife (and) former Vice Chairman of the Direct Selling Association.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Garza’s association with Herbalife began in 1985 and continued on till 2001. During this time (1990-2002) he also served as a “Director” at the DSA.

christopher-pair-garza-ceo-founder-lyfestartIn 2002 Garza (right) became the President and CEO of Cynergy Partners Inc., who are described on a LyfeStart investment brief as being

an investment and consulting firm basedin Beverly Hills with a focus on consumer products, network marketing and international expansion.

The brief expands on Garza’s LyfeStart corporate bio, crediting him as the

Director of Neways during its successful sale to a Private Investment Fund for 400mm +.

Mr. Pair served as the Vice Chairman of the DirectSelling Association, and the Boards of the Consumer Health Products Association and the Nutritional Products Association.

He received his BA as well as his MBA from the University of Redland; and also served as a reserve in the OC California Sheriff’s Office.

I’m not entirely sure why LyfeStart credits him as “Mr. Pair” instead of “Mr. Garza” in the brief.

The brief is actually quite an interesting read, as it goes over the starting up of the company and reason LyfeStart were seeking investors:

The Company seeks an investment of $3,000,000, with funds to be used for marketing and sales, inventory, product development and operating capital (the “Offering”).

Upon completion of the Offering, LyfeStart anticipates that it will commercially launch with sales of its four core products in the first quarter of 2014.

Also of note is that the brief reveals Lyfestart is a “Delaware Corp”, meaning they are actually registered in Delaware, not in California where they are based.

In any event, read on for a full review of the LyfeStart International MLM business opportunity. [Continue reading...]


Brazilian feds launch “Operation Orion” against TelexFree

telexfree-logoLess than 24 hours after indictments were handed down against owners Carlos Wanzeler and James Merrill, Brazilian federal police have launched a new operation against TelexFree.

Codenamed operation Orion, supposedly because the constellation Orion aligns with “the three largest pyramids of the Giza pyramid complex” in Egypt (Wikipedia), the operation has thus far resulted in nine search warrants. [Continue reading...]