Marie-Antoinette Tichler is the visionary behind C2 Legacy, a company that works to help digital coin owners to transfer their assets. The military veteran and entrepreneur has worked as an advocate for the safe and responsible use of technology. She turned her passion into a unique venture that is set to revolutionize the cryptocurrency market.
Tichler has founded and worked with various outreach programs to support underprivileged youth and she is also a champion for women’s rights. She authored the “Fifth Wave of the Feminist Movement,” and she writes for other online publications like Money Inc. Tichler has a BS in Healthcare and served in the U.S. Air Force. Her background also includes mobile app development and SMS strategy.
1.What was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in high school was French. My French teacher was an African-American woman with flawless French annunciation. She was so impressive I took French all 5 years of high school. and my first adult vacation was to Paris, France. My best subject was Chemistry. Even more specifically I enjoyed mixing chemicals and learning about chemical compounds in Chemistry Lab.
- What was your first job?
I join the United States Air Force right after high school. The military was hands down the best way for me to learn how to be a dedicated hard worker. I proudly served on active duty in Healthcare Management for almost 10 years.
- Where and how did you first get into the industry you currently work in?
I’ve been in Tech since the early 2000’s. My son influenced me to update my technical skills and learn about Bitcoin, blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. The more I learned about the innovative, transparent and immutable properties of the blockchain protocol, ideas for my company formed.
- How have these jobs prepared you for what you do now?
These jobs have prepared me with top leadership skills, the ability to create camaraderie, made a me a student of professional education, personal and interpersonal skills, and giving homage to my military service, I’m trained to prepare for the worst. And that’s the underlying business model for C2Legacy’s blockchain which verifies death and C2Legacy’s digital assets estate planning platform.
- Can you describe the best day of work you’ve ever had?
My best day of work I’ve ever had involved a gym full of middle school students. TOADD.org, a non-profit organization I founded to educate youth to use technology responsibly, was doing it inaugural presentation. I was about to explain to this potential middle school mob that their cell phone behavior could ruin their lives, talk about nerves. Once the presentation began, the students were surprisingly receptive which sent my energy to the moon. The scariest day ever turned into the best day ever.
- How do you keep yourself motivated?
I try my best to ONLY give purposeful energy to things I enjoy.
- What kind of business ideas excite you most?
The business ideas that women bring to life excite me most. It is uncanny that women are 50% of the planet and not 50% of the business sphere. I want that to change yesterday. I’m a firm believer that once women can truly have equal contribution to business we will be more prosperous than ever.
- Have you ever tried any unorthodox techniques to attract attention to your business?
Absolutely. A friend suggested I competed in a beauty pageant to get more exposure for my non-profit organization, TOADD.org. I’m the current reigning Mrs. Dekalb County International 2017: http://mrsdekalbcountyinternational2017.com/ .
- What personal achievement are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of the work I done with TOADD.org over the last decade. TOADD.org was granted as official awareness week, Text With Respect Week July 21-27, by the Georgia State Congress. Also, DeKalb County Georgia recognizes August 8th as Marie-Antoinette Tichler Day.
- What wisdom would you have liked to share with yourself when you first started out?
The wisdom I would share with myself when I first started out is “No is a gift.” I used allow myself to feel deflated and defeated by being told, NO. I would take the NO personal, and sometimes begin to doubt my dream. What I learned over time is that NO is better than, “I’ll think about it” and much better that “maybe.” NO is a decision with direction.