Malcolm CasSelle: The Brains Behind WAX and OPSkins

Since he was young, Malcolm CasSelle has cared about arts, culture, education, and of course science and technology. CasSelle, alumni of Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is now President of Worldwide Asset eXchange and CIO of OPSkins. Before Malcolm became president of Worldwide Asset eXchange or WAX, he held many high positions at other companies including CEO of MediaPass, CEO and advisor of Xfire, Director of Capital Union Investments, and quite a few others. Malcolm is also an international entrepreneur, being Chief Technology Officer and President of Tribune Publishing, which is now New Ventures at Tronc Inc. It is clear to see that Malcolm CasSelle has always been drawn to the digital and technological industries, where he excels greatly at his career.

His current successes, Worldwide Asset eXchange and OPSkins, are two very well known virtual marketplaces. In fact, OPSkins is the world’s leading marketplace for online video game assets. Through the creation of OPSkins, video gamers all around the world are able to buy and sell virtual items with real money, and now cryptocurrency. Digital items are available to buying, selling, and trading for tons of different video games including PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,) Team Fortress 2, Ballistic Overkill, Battalion 1944, and so many more. In 2017 WAX was launched by OPSkins as a global marketplace for digital items, and in 2018 they began to offer WAX ExpressTrade a free, instant peer to peer trading service. Both marketplaces have taken off and became instant successes.

Being a decentralized marketplace for virtual items, WAX has solved the problems of fraud and fragmentation with their Blockchain and smart contracts. Not to mention, they are bringing a rise to cryptocurrencies. Through their blockchain power, Worldwide Asset eXchange is allowing WAX Tokens to be traded or exchanged for the cryptocurrency. WAX Tokens allow video gamers to instantly purchase and receive their virtual items, much like you can on OPSkins. With this system, cryptocurrency will become huge! Malcolm CasSelle has worked hard and became very successful in providing the best online trading platforms possible for video gamers all around the world.

Ex-Sherpa Capital CEO Shervin Pishevar Caught The Trump Tweeting Illness In February

Donald Trump is the tweeting champion of the world, according to the people who follow him on Twitter. Trump likes to go around government systems and let people know what he’s thinking. But according to some financial investors, what he’s thinking doesn’t make much sense unless you think like Trump. Some people are saying the same thing about Shervin Pishevar. Shervin Pishevar is the former managing director of Menlo Ventures. Menlo Ventures is a venture capital firm that spotted Uber when it was a floundering startup. Pishevar is the guy who thought Uber was going to be big, so he invested $26 million in Uber. That investment is worth $5 billion today.

Shervin Pishevar’s investment resume is impressive. He’s been on the ground floor of startups like Warby Parker and Airbnb. He started Sherpa Capital in 2013 so he could do his own thing in the investment world, but he resigned at the end of 2017. Pishevar was silent at the beginning of 2018, but in February, Shervin Pishevar came out tweeting. Investors who know how he can spot startup winners sooner than other investors are taking Shervin’s tweet advice. Investors are leaving the stock market because of one tweet in Shervin Pishevar’s 21-hour tweetstorm reminded them the stock market is prime for another crash. A 6000-point crash, according to Pishevar.

Another Pishevar tweet claims the national debt, interest rates, and inflation are forming a perfect financial storm. And Trump’s trade agenda is fueling that storm even though Shervin didn’t name Trump in any of the 50 plus tweets he put out there on Twitter.

Some investors aren’t sure why Shervin Pishevar spent the time tweeting about issues he can’t control. But other investors know Pishevar doesn’t get on Twitter to make a name for himself. His reputation as a venture capitalist puts him in a club of venture capitalists who know how to make money even when financial markets start to go south. That’s why his tweetstorm is so interesting. Pishevar is letting the world know he’s back. He wants to show investors how to be flexible during turbulent economic times, and his tweetstorm shows them what he’s thinking.

https://mashable.com/category/shervin-pishevar/

How Alexandre Gama Helped His Company Rise To The Top

Alexandre Gama is known as both an advertising executive and an entrepreneur. As one of Brazil’s leaders in advertising, Mr. Gama is best known for his company Neogama. He launched this company in 1999 and has watched it rise to become one of Brazil’s leading advertising agencies.

In the company’s first year, it won its first Lion award at the Cannes Festival. In 2003, Neogama won two more Lions in the categories of Press and Film. Just prior to that in 2002, the company had been named as Agency of the Year by one of the country’s leading business magazines.

With one of Brazil’s leading businessmen at the helm of Neogama it is easy to see why this company has attained its success. Alexandre Gama has held many distinguished positions during his time in advertising. His first job was as a copywriter for an agency known as Standard Ogilvy and Mather. After spending eight years with the company he moved on to become a copywriter and Creative Director for DM9. A little while after that he became the CEO and CCO for a company known as Young and Rubicam. In 2016, Alexandre Gama became the first Brazilian businessman to become a member of the Global Creative Board.

See: http://exame.abril.com.br/marketing/as-50-maiores-agencias-de-publicidade-do-brasil-em-2014/

Luiz Carlos Trabuco Transforms Bradesco Into Dominant Bank In Brazil

Over the course of the last 20 years, the Brazilian banking sector has undergone a period of consolidation the likes of which have rarely been seen in a major country. What was once a highly diverse industry, with dozens of regional players all competing on substantially different business models and offering consumers a wide range of choices, has become a two-industry show. Today, the only two banks in the country that matter are Bradesco and arch rival Itau Unibanco.

The radical transformation of the Brazilian banking industry from diversified to highly concentrated mostly took place over the decade of the 2000s. This was the result of Bradesco, Banco Itau and Unibanco taking advantage of cheap money and an ever-increasing total market, gobbling up every small bank in their vicinity. By the end of the 2000s, there were only about five major banks left. Then Itau and Unibanco merged, creating the a bank that enjoyed almost total dominance over the country.

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Luiz Carlos Trabuco Takes The Helm, Fights Major Headwinds

In 2009, the famed CEO of Bradesco, Mario Cypriano, finally stepped down. Cypriano had overseen an expansion of his bank that was scarcely rivaled in all of Brazilian business history, having expanded the bank’s capital by a factor of more than 30, amid a stock price that had soared by a factor of more than 100. But Cyrpiano’s replacement, inveterate banker Luiz Carlos Trabuco, would not be nearly as fortunate as his predecessor.

The fallout from the global financial crisis of 2008 was already being felt across Brazil, a country that would end up paying a particularly steep cost for the shenanigans of the North American real estate market. With the macroeconomic picture slipping, the prospects for Trabuco to realize his goal of continuing significant organic growth across the company’s businesses was quickly becoming a Sisyphean task.

Then, shortly after Trabuco took the helm in 2009, Bradesco’s arch-rivals, Banco Itau and Unibanco, merged, forming what was, by far, the largest banking conglomerate in the country. This was a deep shock to Bradesco and its shareholders. The bank suddenly went from a position of clear dominance to a distant second place. This left it exposed to attacks from Itau Unibanco by undercutting it across its various business lines.

Over the next few years, things went from bad to worse for Bradesco. Trabuco was not only unable to achieve any modicum of organic growth, but he ultimately would oversee a significant decline in the bank’s customer base. This was reflected in the company’s stock price, which, by 2014, had plummeted to less than 50 percent of its 2009 highs. There were rumors that Trabuco himself would soon face forced resignation. Bradesco was clearly on a trajectory that would not end well for anyone associated with the bank.

But then, in 2015, Trabuco got wind that HSBC, the second largest banking company in the world, wanted to dump all of its Brazilian assets. Trabuco quickly moved to draft a letter of intent, ensuring HSBC that Bradesco could secure the financing to make a deal happen quickly. In an incredible upset, Trabuco was able to successfully beat Itau Unibanco out of the gate, securing a deal that had the potential to dramatically tilt the Brazilian banking field back towards Bradesco’s favor.

By the fall of 2015, it was announced that the deal had closed. Bradesco acquired HSBC Brazil, in full, for $5.2 billion in cash. It was the largest deal in Brazilian economy.

Today, Bradesco’s stock is trading at all-time highs, and Trabuco is once again leading the unquestioned dominant player in Brazilian banking. How he uses his favorable position will be a story to watch over the coming years.

Learn more about Luiz Carlos Trabuco: http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/mercado/2016/09/1810520-bradesco-quer-manter-trabuco-na-presidencia-por-mais-dois-anos.shtml

Doe Deere Stands Out As A Business Lady True To Her Moral Standards

Starting your own business, while sometimes fraught with difficulty can be a rewarding venture that can change your life. By looking at other successful business owners who carved out their own path, you might find some inspiration. One example is Doe Deere who took her overwhelming passion for makeup and turned it into a popular business that continues to grow to this day. Her cosmetic line includes eye shadows, nail polishes, and lipsticks, which are all colorful, bright, and gorgeous. She founded her company by taking her passion and turning it into a business, and you can too. Learn more: http://yourbeautycraze.com/how-beauty-expert-doe-deere-gets-ready-day/

 

The best way to start is to do some soul searching to discover a passion that you want to turn into a business. Then write down your ideas on paper and create a business plan. The business plan can help you to stay clear and also get financial assistance, which is something you’ll most likely need to startup your company. While working on your own business can be hard work, it can be incredibly rewarding. You’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that your products are helping countless people.

 

At the heart of the makeup company, Lime Crime, is CEO and owner Doe Deere. She is an incredibly unique individual who believes in making people feel better by wearing makeup that is vegan and cruelty free. She has titled herself a Unicorn Queen and millions of fans all around the world appreciate her commitment to sticking to her values while maintaining a successful business. She launched the company in 2008 while trying to cosmetics that would match her own unique, eccentric, and colorful outfits and woke the world up when she introduced Unicorn Lipsticks, which offer customers a huge range of lipstick colors to choose from. In 2012 she launched Velvetines, which is a matte liquid lipstick that doesn’t smudge. Learn more: https://theweirdstore.net/blogs/the-weird-store/how-doe-deere-became-queen-of-the-unicorns

 

Doe Deere has ensured that her company adheres to its vegan and cruelty free standards by not including ingredients, such as, whey, carmine, lanolin, or beeswax in her makeup and by not testing any of the products on animals. Her makeup line is all Leaping Bunny certified, which means they are strictly tested by independent sources to ensure that none of the products are tested on animals. To boot, her company Lime Crime is Peta Certified and listed in PETA’s cruelty free and vegan shopping guide, which is a list of companies who promote the humane treatment of animals. Learn more: https://ideamensch.com/doe-deere/