DigitalX is led by a well-credentialed management team. The team brings together expertise and experience from a range of technology entrepreneurship and financial markets backgrounds, including digital marketing, software and application development, commodities and currencies trading. Collectively, their diverse skill sets form a core competitive advantage of the business and their know-how in the industry optimally positions the Company to take advantage of an ever-growing digital payments and remittance market.
Co-Founder and Chairman
Zhenya Tsvetnenko is a successful Internet entrepreneur with a proven track record of successful ventures. Among his many entrepreneurial achievements was the pioneering of SMS gateway technology, which at one point in 2007 made him Google’s largest global advertising partner.
In 2013, Zhenya co-founded DigitalX (ASX: DCC), the world’s first publicly traded and listed digital currency company. Following a change in the Company’s strategic direction, including a name change to Digital X Limited, the Company is now focused on the money transfer sector, whilst still utilising Blockchain technology to underpin its software.
In 2014 Zhenya founded performance based online advertising business, Mpire Media. Commencing with initial monthly revenue of $50,000 at its July launch, the Company grew rapidly to exceed monthly revenues of $1 million by the end of its first calendar year. Mpire Media subsequently listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under code ASX:TMP and is generating revenues of over $11 million annually.
Zhenya has been recognised for his substantial entrepreneurial success and was the national winner of the prestigious 2010 Ernst and Young, Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was also the winner of the 2011 Western Australian Business News 40 under 40 awards.
Zhenya supports many charities including the Royal Flying Doctors, Lifeline WA, the Breast Cancer Foundation and Muscular Dystrophy WA. Driven by a promise made to a friend, Zhenya is a keen advocate for raising awareness and supporting research into the debilitating disease of muscular dystrophy.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
A Massachusetts native, Alex Karis earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Following graduation, Mr. Karis ventured to New York City where he embarked on a successful sales career in the telecommunication industry. As a result of his hard work and industry success, Karis became an industry leader, providing network consulting services for network architecture. Clients included: Bank Of New York, MLB.com and Martha Stewart Living.
After continually achieving performance at the top 1% of revenue growth, Mr. Karis moved back to the Boston area to start the marketing firm, Karis Marketing Group (“KMG”). KMG began as a telemarketing firm providing clients and political campaigns with marketing support services. In 2010, KMG began providing online marketing support services. Today, KMG provides telemarketing services for the top two largest telecommunication companies in the US. KMG’s online marketing efforts focuses on display and mobile content for all major US telecom carriers. As the founder and president of KMG, Mr. Karis has overseen explosive growth for KMG and its clients.
KMG has become a leader at offline and online performance marketing due to its robust understanding of client management and customer relationship management (“CRM”) software allowing KMG clients to experience sales growth in challenging economic times. KMG continues to create innovative, cost effective, customer acquisitions for its clients. As a result, KMG is consistently a top producer for its clients and an integral part of its clients CRM strategy at every stage.
Chief Operating Officer
Fabricio Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. After graduation, he started one of the first full service web development firms and worked with many Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. As CTO of Online Environs, Inc., (OEI) Fabricio was responsible for leading the technology team to build websites and applications for such companies as EMC, Compaq Computer, The New England Patriots, Intel, Nickelodeon, and Paper Exchange.
Working with The New England Patriots for over five years, Fabricio lead the development of many firsts within the NFL, including the first website, the first e-commerce store, first streaming video and live chats with players. OEI was sold to a Chicago based conglomerate in 2000.
After OEI, Fabricio consulted for a few years, and starting in 2006 worked as an Account Manager for companies involved in the premium mobile space. In just a few short years, he grew his accounts to multi-million dollar enterprises. As of 2012, Fabricio had worked with Karis Marketing Group (KMG) developing home grown premium mobile campaigns.
Chief Trading Officer
Bill Brindise earned a degree in Business and Finance from Boston University in 1998. After graduation, he worked on the NYMEX trading floor in the energy options pit. Over the next five years, Bill traded energy options, coffee options and options on precious metals.
Seeking opportunity in 2003, he started his own brokerage/trading company, “BAK”, which actively traded Crude Oil, Unleaded Gasoline, Heating Oil and Natural Gas. After four successful years, he closed his brokerage firm when the trading floor became obsolete due to the NYMEX going digital. He adapted to the change in the market dynamics and succeeded trading for a hedge fund, prop trading desks and as an individual managing his own money. He managed $20 million for an energy and metals firm and returned more than 60% in annualized profit.