What Happened With iGalen – The 2018 iGalen Crash And Why We Moved To Valentus
What happened with iGalen? At the time of publishing this post, iGalen is still officially in business. But to us as a team, we could call it the 2018 iGalen Crash.
That's right. For us, the iGalen crash happened in the latter stages of 2018. But the whole thing started going south long before that.
In fact, I suspect it won't be too long before I'm updating this post, with even more grim news concerning the fate of iGalen. It's just not looking good for them over there. The way I see it, what happened with iGalen will only get worse.
Keep reading and I will explain Exactly What Happened With iGalen
I guess I'll start at the beginning. After all, I want to stay true to form in providing you with quality content and detailed information. So that is exactly what I will do.
The following story will take you from beginning to end. When you're done you'll know all the details of what happened with iGalen and why we made the move that we did.
I first heard about iGalen in the latter stages of 2016 .... around Christmas time I believe. This was in the form of conversation and nothing else at the time. I received a call from a long time friend and networking mentor Dori ONeill.
Dori had been retired from MLM for a couple years or so and I for sure wanted to hear what he had to say about something compelling enough to bring him out of that retirement.
If You Have A Good Story You Have My Attention
I like stories that bring out the passion in people, and Dori had a story for me. It was an amazing story, and something that I thought about through the night.
This story that got my full attention really didn't have a lot to do with iGalen at the time. It had everything to do with a scientist named Joe Ahrens, and a product that he had been working on and perfecting over the last decade or longer.
A product that we felt was a major discovery that would change lives. We weren't the only ones that felt that way. Dr. Joe Ahrens became the recipient of not just one but two Nobel prize nominations for his work that led to the creation of Emulin.
Emulin Emulates Insulin
Emulin, which he first referenced as the sugar smasher, was proven to mimic, or emulate, Insulin. That's why the name became Emulin.
So it was Emulin that brought us to the table. What kept me awake was knowing that Dr. Joe had agreed to take his amazing product to market via a network marketing company, and that company was a start-up called iGalen.
iGalen was at the time basically a two-man show. CEO Rajen Manika and his consultant Kosta Gara. And as far as we can tell, it's still a two man show. Kosta calling the shots, and Rajen doing what he's told.
This is pure speculation on my part. I really have no definitive proof of what's happening behind the corporate scenes. Only what it appears to be.
Either way, for the life of us we just can't understand why Rajen won't go out and get some help running his company. Lord knows he needs it.
Startup Challenges Are Expected
We knew there would be some start-up challenges ... of course. After all this was not our first rodeo and we are well aware of the bumpy roads that all start-ups have to endure.
Even so, we had to give it a shot since somehow iGalen happened to land what some could call the greatest wellness invention of modern times.
There's plenty more information provided on this site about Emulin if you want to see why I'm saying this. It's an amazing product that is literally changes lives, and in some cases saving lives.
we went with iGalen, because of Emulin
So all in all, after several conversations with the CEO of iGalen, we made the decision to go all in with him and his company.
After all, they had this amazing product. And since their heads seemed to be in the right place, and what seemed to be ethics and morals intact, we decided it was something we had to see through.
We counted on the fact that their on the job training, backed by the consulting of the Gara Group, would ultimately result in a passing grade. And for the most part, as we went through the soft launch in January of 2017 and on to the official USA launch at the end of October 2017, it appeared we had made a good decision.
Obviously we had no idea at the time just how wrong we were.
And thinking back on it, given the promise that it had, what happened with iGalen is nothing short of heartbreaking.
The USA launch convention was Well Done.
In fact, it was even amazing. We were happy. This was something great. We got to see a highly promoted and highly anticipated debut and presentation of their newest product, Klamax.
Dr. Stefano Scoglio, another Nobel nominated scientist recognized for his stem cell research is the creator of Klamax. Twenty five years of studying and reporting his findings landed him this Nobel nomination. So once again they had landed a bombshell product.
There were two variations of Klamax, an ingestible product, and a topical product. Both had the full anticipation of everyone involved with iGalen. We were eager to see and learn more!
The Klamax product demo was promoted hard for the event. And the topical version really had everyone's attention. Some went to Las Vegas just for that. And the presentations did not disappoint. Especially the topical version. We got to see live demonstrations of the product being applied to random people pulled out of the audience.
We couldn't wait to get the product in our hands!
Now don't get me wrong. Emulin was still the flagship product, and Dr. Joe would always be the main draw. But everyone already knew about Emulin. Events are always about what's new that's coming ... am I right?
and then things started to change
For a little while after the event we were still riding the high of everything we had witnessed. But then things started to change. Subtlety at first, and then it snowballed. Soon everything they said and did was messed up. They just couldn't seem to get anything right.
It was obvious to us that they were overwhelmed. But surely they would recruit in some new corporate personnel to help out? Surely we were not on the verge of an iGalen crash already?
They couldn't deliver the regular Klamax. In fact they were taking orders before they even had enough of the product on hand to satisfy those orders. It was a disaster.
That's not the worst part of the Klamax story. Sometime afterwards they came out on a corporate call and you'll not believe what they said. When pressed about how soon the Klamax topical would begin to ship we got this ..."Oh, we've decided we're not going to launch the topical version of Klamax".
They gave some off-the-wall lame excuse about insurance ... or something like that.
No one really cared about the excuse, whether it was legitimate or not. The way they went about it was shocking. No real explanations, no apologies, no nothing. Just a very matter-or-fact, "we decided not to do it"
That was the first very obvious bait-and-switch.
What is happening with iGalen? Whatever it is they better get a handle on it because if they don't, it's nothing compared with what could happen with iGalen.
And we didn't even want to think about that.
it all went downhill from there
In the beginning they talked a lot about the launch of new products on a regular basis moving forward. Those products sounded amazing. Both their own products (supposedly), and the rest of Joe Ahrens product line. They even had some of them shown and listed on their websites as Future Products.
Now here's the crazy part about that. Even now, 2 years later at the time of this publication, those future products are still shown as future products on their website. Including the topical product that they already admitted to dropping
But here's the thing. They don't even talk about them any more. Not a peep. Absolutely nothing from the company in well over a year now about those supposedly future products.
But there they sit. Still on the website.
Another bait and switch?
This is not good at all. It's something that may be looked back on in the future for anyone pondering what happened with iGalen. But is an iGalen crash even possible? We were so sure of things just a little while ago.
The Incompetence Came Beyond Measure
But you know what ... this post could become two miles longer if I was to sit here and tell you about all the rest of the broken promises, bait-and-switches, and smoke and mirrors.
The website improvements that were supposed to happen. The back office improvements that were supposed to happen. The marketing materials we were all promised. And the improved communication from the company to update on all issues that was supposed to happen.
None of it ever happened.
By now, members are leaving in droves. Their products were amazing, but they couldn't deliver. Klamax was spotty at best, and getting delivery of Emulin in Canada was no longer happening. It was a mess.
Just the grossest case of incompetence I personally have ever seen. And yes I'm taking into account the usual and normal start-up issues that we all expected. After 2 years there are just some things that a company should have learned and figured out by now.
Now an iGalen crash seemed more than just possible. It was something creeping into the minds of many at this point.
And still we hung in there ... because of Dr. Joe and Emulin
So let's now shoot straight to the Back Breaker
You see, because of the product, and Dr. Joe Ahrens (who as a product provider is of course a completely innocent bystander when it comes to the operations of the company), we still were prepared to give then the benefit of the doubt. Surely they would figure it out.
Still, the members were getting restless. In fact, the members were leaving. They could only take so much. The Canadians especially. Oh my goodness what a disaster. They couldn't get product and when they did they had to pay duties, and brokerage fees, and all kinds of crazy stuff.
And the bad part about all that was that iGalen actually started in Canada. They launched Canada first and they did a lot of bragging about it.
We Offered To Help
What I'm about to tell you now is the back breaker. Without a doubt the one action that sealed for us the iGalen crash. When a person asks me what happened with iGalen, and I need to offer up a short concise answer, this will be it.
My partner, friend, and sponsor Dori ONeill, who ran his own highly successful and profitable wellness MLM company for 15 plus years, offered his help. Many times over. He offered to help them turn it around and get them straightened out, and he offered to do it for free. Simply because as distributors we wanted a good opportunity with the Emulin product.
So what did iGalen do? They terminated him
Yep that's right. This is where it gets real ugly. Dori was one of the top distributors in the company responsible for building almost their entire USA membership. And they terminated him. Without warning and without a good cause. At least not one that made any sense.
One day he couldn't log into his account. Later that day he got an email from the company that he was terminated. The reason? For talking to the scientist Dr. Joe Ahrens.
But not just him. They also terminated the other top distributor in the company and the only Triple Diamond Jana Jorgenson.
Now get this. They were at an event together. Dori and Jana and Dr. Joe were at an event together, and they are friends. So this didn't make a lot of sense.
Come to find out ... at a later date Rajen and Kosta came on a corporate call and said to their membership base, "don't mind the rumors, two distributors have been conspiring against us for the last year.
Ummm ... there was no conspiracy. We wanted iGalen to work. We dumped our hearts and souls into the company and built a monster team. In fact, we built half the company or more.
When I was informed by Dori what iGalen had done, i knew in an instance that not only was this without a doubt the iGalen crash for us as a team, it may very well be the iGalen crash for the company itself.
Their Appeal was met with total silence
Of course Dori and Jana appealed, and they asked for better explanations. They got crickets back. Not a sound. Not so much as the grace of a reply to their emails or calls.
These are two people that built iGalen's entire North American market. They basically were responsible for getting the company off the ground in North America. I had a lot to do with building the company as well, being Dori's front line position and strong leg.
And at the stroke of a pen they were stripped of approximately a 20K a month income between the two of them. I don't know about you, but to me that should require at least a warning and a real explanation.
So by this time I'm shaking my head in disbelief. Oh my, what has iGalen done. What has happened with iGalen and the management team to make such a dire mistake as this. They just shot themselves.
We believe the bottom line here is this. They are trying to do it with no help. For whatever reason. A lack of funds maybe? Could that be it? And I'm sorry but what comes to my mind here is the blind leading the blind. Why can't they see it?
A two person operation it seems, and when offered the help, they got mad and terminated us.
And as it turns out they were not done. I was also terminated about 4 weeks later. I'll talk a little more about that in just a moment. First let's cover what led up to my termination.
our move to valentus
So Dori and Jana went about doing the only thing they could do. They had to act fast to save their team and everything they worked for the last two years.
Dori said "I'm going to start contacting my company owner friends in the industry and I'll find us a good company with good products and a good binary compensation plan that we can easily transition everyone over to."
And that's exactly what he did. The company they chose, and that welcomed us all with open arms, is Valentus. After some masterminds and conversations with the owner Dave Jordan, it was a fit and the stars were aligned. It happened fast and we got lucky in finding what we did.
After what happened with iGalen it only stands to reason that a team lateral transfer would take place. So we went to work.
Over the next coming days weeks and months my posts will show you exactly why we feel we got so lucky.
I'm following my friends ... of course
Now... of course I'm following my friends and my mentor for years and my sponsor over to the new company.
However, I followed the rules doing it. I only spoke with and recruited my personally sponsored teammates. It was okay because I can build a different team with different people. I have a good database and a lot of networking friends that decided not to join iGalen. Those were the people I went after.
Plus I personally enrolled 125 people into iGalen so I had no problems building another team. It's just what I do, and I can do it without going after their people.
But so many were already leaving, and when they got wind of what was going on they sought us out. I actually turned people away and said I would not talk to them about it, because they were not my personals. And many of the top leaders that are left in iGalen know that's what I did. They know it for a fact.
I did not in any way shape or form breech that contract by cross recruiting.
once again ... terminated! via email with no credible cause
But it didn't matter. Approximately 4 weeks after my sponsor's termination I also was locked out of my account, and terminated for what they said was cross recruiting.
Now it becomes even more personal. Now I can say what happened with iGalen is this. They started terminating their top distributors.
They did it in an email with an arrow pointing to a couple of highlighted sections in the P & P. Those sections were on cross recruiting and something about improper business conduct. Or something to that effect. No explanations, no names of people i supposedly cross recruited, and no specifics whatsoever.
Naturally I wrote back and requested those names and explanations. I said give me one name of a person that I cross recruited. And I got nothing but crickets too. They couldn't do it, because there were no names. I never went outside of my personal network. I only spoke with my people, not their people.
They also terminated my Australian team leader in the exact same manner. She didn't do any of those things either. And now I hear there are others who are the victims of their chopping block.
I guess they got mad when they saw my name on the top of the Valentus leaderboard.
So Here We Are
And that brings us to where we are now. What happened with iGalen for us as a team? Simple. We were pushed out the door.
I can't say what is going to happen with iGalen moving forward. I've no idea. They might make it, and they might not. But whatever happens with them, it will happen without us and the 1000+ members that have come with us so far. And that is a pretty hefty chunk of the few active distributors they have left.
But so be it. We are on to bigger and better things now. What began as a real shocker, has turned into a real blessing.
We have moved the team to Valentus .. and everyone is happy again. Pushed out the door but look where we landed! We have something truly amazing.
And that is why I refer to it as the 2018 iGalen crash.
As for Dr. Joe and Emulin. I have no idea. I love that product and I will buy some from my friends. But I suspect iGalen won't be around too much longer ... so who knows what's going to happen with that.
And that is my story
My name is Brett Gurney and this has been my story of what happened with iGalen based on facts that occurred. I have given some opinions as well, and have noted those as being my opinions.
There are many situations that I can only speculate about. But I will happily update this article as things continue to unwind and come out, because I'm quite sure there will be more to this story. Only time will tell on that I suppose.
Thanks for reading
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Brett Gurney is dedicated to building his internet marketing business. He discovered long ago it was something that was for him. He enjoys the relationships, he enjoys creating content online, and he enjoys working for himself from home. He says "time and financial freedom are something to get passionate about and something to work hard for".