Digital Offering Advisory Board
Our Advisory Board is comprised of renowned industry experts that provide us with advice on trends, opportunities and on business strategy and expansion.
Walter Cruttenden is a financial markets innovator, serial entrepreneur, active investor in private and public emerging growth companies – and passionate about history and astronomy. In his early career, Cruttenden founded and served as CEO of two well-known investment banking and brokerage firms; Cruttenden Roth (now Roth Capital, one of the largest underwriters of equity capital for emerging growth companies), and E*Offering, formerly the investment banking arm of E*Trade Securities. As CEO, Walter led the first to a $50+ million in revenues, and $10+ million in annual profits, and the second to $100 million+ in revenue run rate, which sold for $300+ million in 18 months from inception. Walter also co-founded SRS Laboratories (NASDAQ: SRSL), after buying the nascent acoustic technology from Hughes, and developing it into an independent company focused on sound solutions. When he is not engaged in banking and technology, Walter serves as the Director of the Binary Research Institute in Newport Beach, California, where he researches the cause and consequences of solar system motion. As part of his cosmological work Walter has authored many articles and other media including Ancient Cosmology: A Map of the Future (Noetic Sciences), the alternative history book Lost Star of Myth and Time, the award winning documentary film, The Great Year (narrated by James Earl Jones) and children’s book, The Great Year Adventures: with Tommy the Time-Traveling Turtle. In his efforts to explore the subject of solar system motion and its concomitant cyclical effects Walter hosts the regular pod cast series, The Cosmic Influence, and organizes the annual Conference on Precession and Ancient Knowledge (CPAK), which features authors and scientists from around the world discussing the implications of celestial cycles on biology, archaeology, anthropology and related sciences.
Leveraging a strong educational background in finance, Matt founded Hayden Communications in 1996, which merged in 2011 with MZ Group, the World’s Largest independent Investor Relations Firm. The organization is comprised of over 300 dedicated professionals who provide exceptional capital markets advice and exposure, along with unparalleled customer service for over 550 public companies, while upholding the highest level of integrity. Mr. Hayden has extensive experience in every facet of investor and shareholder relations and has personally worked on the accounts of over 200 public and private companies. This group successfully raised over $12 Billion in equity to fund their growth plans. Mr. Hayden has scheduled, managed, and participated in thousands of investor meetings for client roadshows and maintains relationships with a myriad of issuers, brokers, family offices, funds and analysts covering multiple industry sectors. Matt is an active investor who employs a multi-strategy discipline and participates in numerous public and private offerings each year. Matt is married to his wife Julie; they have a daughter Gianna and reside in Orange County, California.
Mr. Holder has been serving as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of ECC Capital Corp a Real Estate Investment Trust since October 2001. Before Founding ECC Capital, Mr. Holder was Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Park Place Capital Corporation, an asset management and servicing company. Mr. Holder served in a variety of executive positions within the consumer finance, and mortgage industry. He has over 35 years of diversified lending experience including the successful completion of several full-scale de novo startups, and two Initial Public Offerings.
Mr. Ng emanates from an old-established family based in Penang, Malaysia. He operates as a Media Sector financier. He was instrumental in securing joint venture partnerships between Pacific Media (LSE: PCM) and United Artists Theatres (renamed Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC)) and Television Broadcasts (TVB) of Hong Kong. He was Co-CEO of United International Asia Holdings, a partnership between United International Holdings Inc. (UIH) (since renamed Liberty Global, NASDAQ: LBTYA) and his family, a US cable company, to enter the Asian market. He co-founded and became Vice Chairman of TVB Superchannel Europe in 1992, which has grown to become Europe’s leading Chinese language broadcaster. He also was the CEO of Pacific Media PLC (LSE: PCM) a home shopping company and initiated the purchase of TV Media from H&Q Asia Pacific and built the company to over US$450 mm in market capitalization. He subsequently sold control of the company to the Koo family from Taiwan. He also owned a 50% stake in HongKong SuperNet, the first Hong Kong based ISP which was then sold to Pacific Internet (NASDAQ:PCNTF). Mr. Ng has many years of experience with internet start-ups and e-commerce companies in Asia. He was Chairman and founder of Asiacontent, (NASDAQ:IASIA), one of the first Asian internet companies to list in the US that was the joint venture partner of NBCi, MTVi, C-NET, CBS Sportsline and DoubleClick in Asia. Mr.Ng was also one of the initial investors and founder of E*TRADE Asia, a partnership with E*TRADE Financial Corp (NYSE: ET). He is also a founding shareholder of MTV Japan, with H&Q Asia Pacific and MTV Networks (a division of Viacom Inc.). He was Chairman of China Broadband Limited (since renamed to You On Demand (NASDAQ: YOD)) from 2007 – 2010. He is currently Chairman of China Cablecom Limited (CABL). He served as a Senior Advisor to Warner Music Group Inc. (NYSE: WMG). He is currently on the Board of the Eton College Campaign Committee.
John Payne is an experienced technology industry CEO with a track record in Software as a Service, consumer and small business Internet services, enterprise software, network and application security, wireless and the mailing industry. He currently serves as the Chairman and President of SimpleAir, Inc., a technology licensing company active in the smartphone and other mobile markets and is an active investor and advisor to early stage companies. Mr. Payne is the former Chairman and CEO of Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP), a profitable pioneering “software-as-a-service” provider that leads the market for postage delivered over the Internet from the US Postal Service. While at Stamps, he led the development of the company’s operating business and the company’s $65 million IPO and a $365 million secondary offering co-managed by Goldman Sachs and Salomon Smith Barney. In addition to his experience at Stamps, Mr. Payne served as CEO of other public and private technology companies, including Preventsys, a provider of network security and regulatory compliance (Acq’d: NYSE: MFEE), enterprise content management software provider Day Software (SWX: DAYN Acq’d: Adobe), two companies in the financial services regulatory compliance space, FMI (Acq’d: Nasdaq: PROI) and LoanStar (Acq’d: Bankers Systems, Inc./Wolters Kluwer AEX: WLSNc.AS) plus other early stage, venture capital backed software and technology companies. Mr. Payne is an experienced fundraiser who has raised over $550 million in public and private equity, including $175 million+ in early stage venture capital raised from well-known venture firms and strategic investors. Mr. Payne also led as CEO the prosecution of four portfolios of issued and pending patents at the US Patent and Trademark Office and is the lead or co-inventor of multiple patents in those portfolios in Internet security, wireless messaging, mobile applications and social search.