Fireside Chat Details for “Father of the Voice Over Internet Protocol” who Immigrated to New York with $100.00 and a Plastic Bag
Alex Mashinsky, known for being the father of the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), will be speaking with David Bleznak, CEO of Totle, at an exclusive Fireside Chat called “Entrepreneurship, Risk-Taking, and Building Decentralized Finance” this April 10 at CIS in Los Angeles.
Understanding Alex Mashinsky is like unraveling a modern-day Renaissance man. He is, one-part, this extraordinary futurist who’s demonstrably forecasted industry trends over the past 30 years, to this incandescent enterprise builder who builds billion-dollar companies ground-up from his ideas. In his career that spans at least eight industries and 30 years, he has successfully exited seven companies for a total of 3 billion dollars.
His industry experience goes from building a lending platform that takes on the current banking system, to pioneering the digital ridesharing economy, and that was way before any ridesharing platform you’ve heard of even finished their Series A, and wayyyyy before anyone longed (or shorted) the bankers.
Want to read the rest of the legend behind Alex Mashinsky? Read more here or see for yourself at CIS on April 10 in Los Angeles.
One Foot in the Future, One Foot in the Present
Alex Machinsky is legendary for everything from his fundraising tact, to his ability to scale companies, to his leadership. His stories and talents are legendary. Mashinsky’s background started long before his current role as CEO and Founder of Celsius.
Born in the Soviet Union before eventually moving to Israel, Mashinsky began starting companies as a teenager and in his early 20s. After serving in the Israeli military, Mashinsky immigrated to the United States with about $100.00 in his pocket and a plastic bag, which he told Anthony Pompliano on an episode of ‘Off the Chain’ podcast.
Soon after moving to New York, he immediately fell in love with what he considered to be a culture of meritocracy as opposed to “earning” accomplishments based on demographics or family background.
“In New York (city), it doesn’t matter if you’re a Russian-Israeli immigrant. You come in and say, ‘I want to do this big idea,’ and people will say, ‘let’s do it together.’ This place was made for me,” Mashinsky said in another interview.
Other stories about Mashinsky paint him to be a fundraising and scaling machine. Take the story about how he raised 120 million dollars in 3 days after coming onboard one of his former company, to expanding that same company from a 200-employee organization to having over 1,200 employees in about two years. That was all on top of commuting from New York to San Diego for the 2-year-duration.
A Great Clock-Winder for Exits
A central theme to the exits in Mashinsky’s career has been that he is like a great tinkerer that has made a series of winding clocks, turned the nob back, and then watched as companies continued to grow after he left them. The decentralized nature of the blockchain is almost a natural platform for a person like Mashinsky to build a company.
Unlike any of Mashinsky’s other companies, Celsius never took on an investment from VCs or large private institutions. Instead, he and his team built a decentralized lending-platform based on contributions from 15,000 users. Although the fundraising approach was different from his earlier ventures, Mashinsky is more focused on the aspect of decentralizing the investment pool.
In previous positions, Mashinsky has walked away from situations in which he watched divisions develop between himself and his investors. Having a decentralized capital stack will be inductive to the clock-winding nature of Mashinsky’s leadership and ability to perform.
Fireside Chat Set for April 10 in Los Angeles
The fireside chat on decentralized finance, also known as DeFi, will feature Mashinsky as he speaks with another dynamic entrepreneur, David Bleznak, who serves as the CEO of Totle. The chat is a part of a partnership between Totle and Republic.
“Totle provides price parity for digital assets in this new era of decentralized finance. This unique opportunity will change lives for the better while generating revenue for shareholders. VC’s in crypto have backed Totle. I have personally committed 1 million in total since founding Totle, and now we are opening up another 1 million to anyone in the world,” Bleznak said.
Totle delivers a single-source for liquidity that powers decentralized payment systems, exchanges, and other financial applications. The company recently announced a partnership with Republic, a leading crypto and equity investment platform that is backed by Binance and AngelList.
Currently, Totle is running a crowdfunding sale on Republic. The campaign has attracted 62 investors and has achieved 237% of its 25K minimum.
We are approaching 2 weeks left until the event. Register today to secure your seat to see David and Alex’s Fireside Chat this April 10 in Los Angeles.