Can we have a quick phone call to discuss a [really great opportunity] / [placement questions] / [antenna choice] etc?
No. Your best bet is to:
- Read through the blog.
- Ask your question in the comments section on the appropriate blog post so we can deliver value to everybody.
- Hire my consulting company, here.
I don’t have a “free analysis” call option, that’s just marketing bullshit.
How much will my DePIN Miner (Helium, WeatherXM, Hivemapper, etc) earn?
A lot in the early days, less later on. Check the individual project pages for this. They all have some form of Explorer page where you can see the total tokens emitted to miners and the total number of miners. Divide the first by the second and you have your average.
Is it worth it for me to get into DePIN at this point?
Depends on what “worth” means to you. If you like the idea of a little bit of tinkering and getting rewarded for exerting effort, and you don’t mind ROI of a year, then it’s probably a good idea. If you absolutely love solving complex problems and don’t mind risking more money, you’ll LOVE DePIN. If you just want free money, DePIN will be a frustrating and disappointing experience for you.
Can you explain Helium for me?
Can you take a look at my setup and tell me if it’s worth it or not to buy a miner?
Probably, but there are no guarantees when it comes to “worth it”.
Can I send you some HNT for being so helpful with this blog?
Yes, scroll down to the bottom of this page and look for the QR code.
What is your background?
Started off in the military and served as both a soldier and athlete. From there I took a small sailboat from San Diego down through the Panama Canal, then back up to Florida, then to Kingston, where I sold it. Drifted around a bit, tried out community college. The formal education system wasn’t (and isn’t) for me. Went to Iraq to do contract security work and chase the elephant. Came back to San Diego and started a clothing company with my wife, ran that for a few years. Got into Nordstrom, Fred Segal, and enough debt to go bankrupt. I learned a lot about what not to do.
After the dust from the BK cleared, we started and ran an ATM business on our own and an online cookie company called Paleo Treats with a friend. We sold the ATM business after a few years; it was profitable but monotonous.
PT did (and does) well, in 2015 earning recognition from FedEx as one of the top 10 small businesses in the country. I sat on their Entrepreneur Advisory Board and helped shape some of their small business policy.
I went back and worked for the Navy as an instructor for a few years, then went off and worked on cargo vessels as part of an anti-piracy team. In between I picked up odd contracting jobs, from assessing the viability of travel for HNW clients in remote locations to working as the interviewer for a million dollar Hollywood ad campaign.
I got into ultra running and after 3 attempts completed the Leadville 100 in 2015. That satisfied the urge to run long distance, and amplified a love of the mountains and views. On a whim, I saw a movie about paragliding and was hooked.
In August 2020 I found Helium through a paragliding Search & Rescue effort in Nevada. I began my journey right as the Hotspot DIY/Alpha code program opened (long since closed) and started to build and place hotspots, including remote mountain placements. I started writing about the lessons learned on this blog in order to help other people step over some of the obstacles I’d had to get around.
Sometime in spring of 2021, as the blog posts were getting picked up on Reddit, Discord, Facebook, and the rest of the web, I began getting so many calls for help with hotspot deployments that I started a consulting company to manage it, and Gristle King was born. By mid 2022 the Helium consulting business was more or less dead, but lots of new projects were starting in the DePIN space, and I wanted to help them avoid mistakes that Helium had made. I started consulting for projects, eventually starting a separate company just for that. That more or less bring us to today.