Top Business Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com/cat/business The latest Business IAmA's collected from Reddit BusinessI was on Shark Tank last Sunday. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6693/i-was-on-shark-tank-last-sunday-ama www.writeforadifference.com Twitter - @pxnnyroyal_tea Facebook - Facebook.com/writeforadifference

For years, my family have been torn apart by the repercussions of domestic violence. For the past few months, I've been struggling to accept the reality of our situation. It's 11 years on, and I often feel like a failure because I still feel no closure after everything that has happened.When I was at school, teachers that were aware of what was going on would tell me that one day I would end up writing a book or doing something positive with my own experience. As the years have progressed, this has become harder and harder to motivate myself towards. I have had numerous conversations with social work regarding my concerns, written a lot of letters and even started a petition at one point. Each time, I have been pushed back or made to feel like a crazy and traumatised child. I am an adult now, but after being silenced and ignored so many times, it has become harder and harder to fight back and I have questioned my own sanity over the years.

1,031,120 - is the number of domestic violence incidents reported in England and Wales during 2016. Just ONE year. I’m always uncomfortable sharing personal things, but when there’s a chance to make a difference and bring about change by telling a story I think that’s more important than my own fears. Some of you might remember a petition I created years ago, I must have only been about 14/15 at the time. My brother, sister and I were placed into the care of my grandmother after living in a home of domestic violence for several years. I started a petition because social work wanted to send my brother and sister back to live with my mother and her partner as they said they had no evidence the violence was still ongoing. The reason they had no evidence it was still ongoing is because my mum was under his control and would cover up what was really happening and I had hoped they would listen to my concerns and acknowledge the risk in sending my extremely young brother and sister back to live in this home. I was thrilled when my petition gained 1495 signatures and a lot of support from the public and messages from people opening up to me with similar experiences.

Sadly, social work ignored my petition and I was told that I could be in trouble with the police for my petition if I didn’t take it down and shortly afterwards social work went through with their decision to send them back to live with my mother and my violent step-dad. As a young teenager it took a lot of courage to speak out and I think having my concerns ignored by professionals for years and years has made me more fearful of speaking out as an adult and eventually I lost faith in social work’s ability to protect children.

Sadly, earlier on this year it was revealed that the violence has in fact continued on for years. However, my mum finally made the choice to leave my step-dad and charge him for everything he has done. The police have had the polar opposite approach of social work. Now there is a chance he may go to prison for the things he has done.I think it speaks volumes about the system that the police can hear about the horrible things this man has done and think there is a chance he could be locked up because he is a dangerous man whereas the social work department seen a suitable home for children.

Their decision to send them back allowed this violence to continue on in the presence of my younger brother and sister for years. It’s time the social work department stop playing happy families and putting their targets/budget before the well-being of the children they are supposed to protect.The whole system is a disgrace and it has taken a lot of courage to share this story but I hope if enough people speak out then it will bring about change and encourage people who have been in similar circumstances to speak out and get angry until it can’t be ignored. If you see/hear something that makes you worry about somebody’s wellbeing then don’t ignore it - report it to somebody.

Things can’t go on like this.I am hoping by starting this blog and sharing my own concerns and experiences over the years, I may not only raise awareness and help someone else but may find some closure through writing about it.

EDIT: Grabbing a cup of tea and then I'll work through all the questions and make sure I answer everything. I'm not feeling well so will be spending the night in bed with my laptop so keep the questions coming, I'll be here all night to get through them. :)

EDIT 2: I am so overwhelmed by this response, I was not expecting this kind of feedback and all of you have made my evening and made me feel even more confident that I'm doing the right thing by starting this website. Like I mentioned in a lot of my comments, I am very new to all this and still getting used to things but I hope you'll all keep up to date with my posts and remember, if there is anything you would like to share then you can get in touch. Also, if anybody has any tips for building up a regular readership, that would be great.

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Fri, 02 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessI’m entrepreneur Daymond John. I’m a Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, a Pisces, a Hot Sauce connoisseur, and an animal advocate. Today I’m talking about how you can RISE AND GRIND. Ask me anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/6664/im-entrepreneur-daymond-john-im-a-shark-on-abcs Hi, I'm a 30 year old guy who went to the doctor around Thanksgiving because I was having trouble breathing. Turns out I had something called "hypertensive emergency" which is when you have blood pressure so high that it causes organ damage. My blood pressure at the time of admission was 210/145. So I was admitted to the hospital under that diagnosis with renal failure, respiratory failure, and heart failure being the three main issues. Turns out the heart and lung failure were not collapsing on their own but were secondary to the hypertension and the kidney failure.

I spent a week in the hospital, including 4 days in the ICU and now everything is back to normal except my kidneys are failed, I need dialysis three times a week, and I need a new kidney. They also diagnosed me as having malignment hypertension (which sounds like something out of the Lord of the Rings, imo) but it basically is hypertension on crack. Left uncontrolled, my blood pressure wants to skyrocket. It happens to one percent of folks with "normal" hypertension -- which I didn't realize I had because I was doing that late 20s guy thing where I didn't go to the doctor. Don't do that, fyi.

I am currently at dialysis getting my blood cleaned of excess electrolytes which will kill you if they build up too much.

proof: here is a picture of my chest tubes pumping out my toxin riddled blood and the dialysis machine pumping back in my slightly less toxin riddled blood.

https://i.imgur.com/GycNfuY.png

AMA

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerIamA white guy who was a Bollywood actor for 5 years, here 'cos a film I did 10 years ago is finally coming out, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6650/iama-white-guy-who-was-a-bollywood-actor-for-5 I’m Paul Thomas Anderson, writer and director of PHANTOM THREAD, which opens nationwide this Friday. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, and Vicky Krieps. I’ve also written and directed There Will Be Blood and The Master.

THIS IS MY CLOSING STATEMENT! I've got to run and eat lunch....will try and come back and answer a few more later if I can....this was fun. Thank you all very much.

Watch the trailer for Phantom Thread: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNsiQMeSvMk

Proof: https://twitter.com/Phantom_Thread/status/952604850969239552

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessIamA female entrepreneur in the financial technology industry who just raised $5.5 million. I also have a 1-year-old daughter. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6520/iama-female-entrepreneur-in-the-financial We are a team of botanists, chemists and e-commerce veterans who want to make growing marijuana at home easy enough for anyone. We just launched a free guide on how to start your own home grow and a nutrient line that makes it dead-simple to go from starts to harvest. Everything we offer is on our site or on Amazon.

The free guide to home growing cannabis can be found here.

We are a US based company out of Seattle. Our products are made in the US with 100% US sourced ingredients gathered from certified organic plant and aquatic sources so the cannabis you grow and consume is as clean as possible.

As big fans of Reddit and the free flow of information on /r/IAmA we are hoping to give back some value to the community here and get people excited about the possibility of growing their own marijuana. Our team has over 15 years experience in all phases of marijuana cultivation and grow-room system design.

Ask us anything about growing marijuana, plant nutrients, the process of launching this business or anything else you can come up with!

Proof:

On our page

EDIT:

Hey guys, we've had a great time answering your bud growing questions today! If anyone else has questions go ahead and post em throughout the night and we'll come back to answer in the morning. Thanks for hanging out with us today.

EDIT:

We're done answering questions here, thanks again for hanging out with us on /r/IAmA! If anyone has other questions on the topic, feel free to hit us up at our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BloomCity/) or on our website (https://www.bloomcityorganics.com/).

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Tue, 07 Nov 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessIamA Student Loan Expert here to talk about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6456/iama-student-loan-expert-here-to-talk-about-the I do stand-up comedy, I write, I act, and I do a podcast called WTF with Marc Maron. My producer Brendan McDonald and I wrote Waiting for the Punch, a book that uses hundreds of interviews from the podcast to help understand what it means to be alive. Let’s talk. (Brendan is here too and he’ll sign any questions he answers with ‘BM.’)

Proof: https://i.redd.it/jswmb2g669qz.jpg

That was fun. We've got to run to a thing. Thanks everyone for talking and asking and listening. If you preordered Waiting for the Punch, thank you so much. If you didn't, go get yourself a copy. We think you'll really enjoy it.

Boomer Lives!

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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessWe are the team from Power Ledger, creators of the world’s first blockchain based P2P energy trading platform, ask us anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/6432/we-are-the-team-from-power-ledger-creators-of-the I'm Will Carless, a reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where I cover hate and extremism in the U.S. I recently embedded with anti-fascists and discovered that they have a "hit list" of alt-right activists, which they disseminate ahead of protests. Many of them believe that pre-emptive violence is the only way to shut down hate speech.

Read my latest: https://www.revealnews.org/article/antifa-has-a-rapid-response-team-that-targets-alt-right-organizers/

Proof: https://i.redd.it/yj1cela4fboz.jpg

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Tue, 03 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessI am Khal, CEO of Sensory Goods, a manufacturer of sensory products including weighted blankets. It has been our goal to assist individuals with autism, anxiety, and sleep disorders. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6418/i-am-khal-ceo-of-sensory-goods-a-manufacturer-of Sensory Goods has been a company for 6 years. It began when I decided to help people who suffer from autism like my children. Since the company's founding, we have expanded our scope to assisting people in dealing with multiple disorders that affect sleep and comfort.

Our goal is to spread awareness about these disorders. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about these sensory issues and how certain products can help deal with them.

EDIT: We are heading out for the day. We appreciate your time and we very much enjoyed responding to the questions in this AMA. We will be available to try and answer any more questions you may have tomorrow! Feel free to contact us through our Facebook or our website. Have a great night! Sleep well!

EDIT (Again): Now I'm actually signing off for the night! Sleep well!

My Proof: https://twitter.com/SensoryGoods/status/912694122804166662

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Request[AMA Request] Sister Margaret Ann, the chainsaw-wielding nun helping clean up after Hurricane Irma http://www.topiama.com/r/6397/ama-request-sister-margaret-ann-the Hi Reddit, we are the Cody Firearms Museum here to answer questions. We are a museum in NW Wyoming near Yellowstone and we have over 7,000 firearms and 28,000+ related artifacts in our collection. We interpret the history of firearms from the 1400s to the present. Our oldest firearm dates to at least the fifteenth century and our newest was made last year. We are the repository for the Winchester Factory Collection & Corporate Archive, the Eli Whitney Jr. Collection, the Benjamin Butler Collection, and the Edwin Pugsley Collection. We also have the archives of Schuyler, Hartley, & Graham, Marlin, L.C. Smith, and Ithaca.

We are part of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which includes the Whitney Western Art Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum, Draper Natural History Museum, and McCracken Research Library. The Center is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and we currently planning a major renovation of our museum. If you want to search our collection go here for objects, or here for archival material, or just check our post history. Our Curator, Ashley, and Assistant Curator, Danny, are here to answer your questions for the next couple of hours. Ask us about firearms history, museums, or whatever.

Twitter proof.

Or check us out on Facebook or Instagram.

Update: Thanks for the questions everyone! We had fun. We have to run to meetings, but if you have more ask and we'll check back.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessIamA 25 year old entrepreneur with the world's shittiest business AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6378/iama-25-year-old-entrepreneur-with-the-worlds Hey, I'm Nick. I own shittyballoons.com and yes my parents know. They find it hilarious.

Idea came about when I was at my sister's graduation and realized that people should have sarcastic balloons for the after parties.

Ask away!

Proof

https://twitter.com/shittyballoons/status/907681461301641216

Since a lot of people are pming for discounts, use code REDDIT for 20% off

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Tue, 12 Sep 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessWe are from the HEROcoin team starting the first Austrian ICO in two days! AUA http://www.topiama.com/r/6384/we-are-from-the-herocoin-team-starting-the-first Hello Reddit!

My name is Eric Sanders (although I was originally called Ignaz Schwarz) and I was born in Vienna in 1919.

As a Jew I escaped the Nazis and headed to London where I luckily arrived in 1938. I joined the British Army and eventually the SOE (Special Operations Executive). Since the end of the war I have written several plays and a script for the film 'Nasser' along with two autobiographies (one in German and the other in English) and have now turned my eye, at the wonderfully ripe age of 97, towards writing books.

I have just finished writing a two part book called Mazes (blurb here: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71VR4-JXffL.jpg) and I will also be holding a book launch event at the BAFTA venue on Saturday 16th September, feel free to PM me if you are interested in attending!

Proof: https://imgur.com/a/MCa3p (I will upload a picture of me with a sign when I come back to answer questions!).

Proof 2: https://imgur.com/a/xq86j

Ask Me Anything!

We will be answering questions today at 18:30pm GMT (13:30pm Eastern Time, 10:30am PCT)

1st Edit: Silly me, I put Non-fiction in the title but I meant Fiction! (Grandson's fault)

2nd Edit: Just going to have some dinner, we will be back in 30 minutes!

3rd Edit: Well it's getting pretty late now so we'll finish for today however my Grandson will be back here with me on Thursday 14th September to answer some more of your questions. Many thanks for all of your wonderful questions, I have been truly amazed at the sheer amount of questions and the amount of people who would be interested in this topic!

4th Edit: We are back again today at 18:30pm GMT (13:30pm Eastern Time, 10:30am PCT) to answer some more questions

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Tue, 12 Sep 2017 0:00:00 EDT
GamingI'm Steve, creator of Beat Hazard & Martial Arts Brutality & Solo Indie Dev AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6347/im-steve-creator-of-beat-hazard-martial-arts I'm Steve, creator of Beat Hazard and my new game Martial Arts Brutality. I'm a solo indie developer based in the UK. I published my first game at the age of 14 for the Atari 800. I've worked for a number of big games studios. I went full time indie 7 years ago and haven't looked back since. My new game Martial Arts Brutality if a F2P turn based tactical card fighter, down load & details here: http://www.coldbeamgames.com/martial-arts-brutality.html

I've wanted to make a martial arts games for years. I've tried to do something a little different with this one.

Anyway, enough talk .... AMA

Proof: https://twitter.com/ColdBeamGames/status/902442506268356608

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Tue, 29 Aug 2017 0:00:00 EDT
MusicHi, I'm Laura Brehm. Ask me anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/6275/hi-im-laura-brehm-ask-me-anything Thanks for your questions ! This AMA is now closed, but if you have a question that you wanted to ask and I wasn't able to answer, go to this link and choose the "Ask a Question" button: https://laurabrehm.fanbridge.com/ and I will get back to you! <3

Proof that it's me: http://imgur.com/a/nfzy9

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Fri, 04 Aug 2017 0:00:00 EDT
OtherI'm an employee at an AMC movie theater. Ask me about the weird and interesting experience that comes along with the job. http://www.topiama.com/r/6257/im-an-employee-at-an-amc-movie-theater-ask-me Worked at AMC for about 6 months. It's honestly a great job but does get extremely weird sometimes. I have also developed a pretty decent understanding of the business side of movie theaters.

Proof:http://imgur.com/BKNrqoG (Pretty crappy proof but it's all I really have)

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Sat, 29 Jul 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessWe’re the team conducting the first pizza-by-drone deliveries in New Zealand. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6226/were-the-team-conducting-the-first-pizzabydrone UPDATE: Thanks for chatting with us! We’re taking a break to go flying and eat some pizza, and will keep an eye on this AMA if you have more questions!

Hello Reddit! We’re Matthew Sweeny (u/Fly_Flirtey), CEO of Flirtey, and Michael Gillespie (u/Michael_Gillespie), Chief Digital Officer at Domino’s Pizza Enterprises. Together, we’re delivering Domino’s pizzas with Flirtey drones in New Zealand.

Delivery drones will save lives and change lifestyles around the world. We announced our pizza-by-drone partnership last year with initial deliveries to customer homes. Now we’re gearing up to begin another expansion of our drone deliveries to more New Zealand neighborhoods later this year and early next year – perhaps to your doorstep next!
AMA!

For background: - Bloomberg: The Little Drone Startup Beating Amazon and Google in the Home Delivery Race - NZ Herald: Flirtey Teams with Domino's for First-Ever Pizza Drone Delivery Service - - AJ : Is this the future of disaster relief? Flirtey drones could deliver emergency supplies to people in hard-to-reach places.

Proof: https://twitter.com/Fly_Flirtey/status/887435701674950656

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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessI am Rune Sovndahl, co-founder and CEO of an international service company, and а passionate shark and cave diver - Ask Me Anything. http://www.topiama.com/r/6203/i-am-rune-sovndahl-cofounder-and-ceo-of-an I am Rune Sovndahl, co-founder and CEO of Fantastic Services https://www.fantasticservices.com/ — a franchise-based company operating within the on-demand services sector, on 3 continents. To take my mind off the corporate life, I like to (among other extreme activities) dive underwater caves or swim in shark ridden areas. AMA about my hobbies, company, starting from scratch, the industry in UK, Brexit, anything. http://imgur.com/AqaxAg3

Read more about my adventures here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewcave/2017/01/31/from-swimming-with-sharks-to-cave-diving-the-ceos-who-take-risks-outside-work/#4daa9aa6684d and here: http://www.director.co.uk/driven-by-jeep-how-adventure-made-rune-sovndahl-a-better-leader-19860-2/

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Mon, 10 Jul 2017 0:00:00 EDT