I recently was approached by a guy on Facebook named Sagar Ranar who was connected to a business acquaintance, probably through the Startup List FB group that we’re both members of. Sagar made me a proposition that seemed really off; if I donated to a charity ran by Kathy Savitt he would convince her to share my startup with investors.

I don’t have time to write an in-depth report, but fortunately there is a guy who has been tracking this group for awhile, Shamik Daityari. His blog post about this Wlinkster group is here. 

Someone should let Kathy Savitt know her likeness is being used in a scam. I tried sending her an inmail via LinkedIn but usually my inmails get ignored.

BTW- Shamik has a startup of his own called The Blog Bowl with an interesting premise; blogging contests that help build awareness and back-links to a website. I think it’s a rad idea. I’m glad at least some good came of this; I was introduced to another interesting startup founder.


Carey Martell is the President of Martell Broadcasting Systems, Inc. He is also the founder of the Power Up TV multi-channel network (acquired by Thunder Digital Media in January 2015). Carey formerly served as the Vice President of Thunder TV, the internet television division of Thunder Digital Media. In the past he has also been the Director of Alumni Membership for Tech Ranch Austin as well as the event organizer for the Austin YouTube Partner monthly meetups. Prior to his role at MBS, Inc. and his career as a video game developer and journalist, Carey served in the US Army for 5 years, including one tour of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Carey is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Carey also moonlights as the host of The RPG Fanatic Show, an internet television show on YouTube which has accumulated over 3.7 million views.