February 26, 1974
|Residence||Palo Alto, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||CEO and Founder of Xapo|
Wences Casares is a technology entrepreneur with global business experience specializing in technology and financial ventures. He is an advocate of the Bitcoin revolution and he has said he believes that Bitcoin will be bigger than the internet.
He is the founder and CEO of Xapo, a Bitcoin wallet startup based in Palo Alto, California. Xapo is said to be the largest custodian of bitcoin in the world. Xapo has raised $40 million from leading Silicon Valley venture capital firms.
Casares sits on the board of PayPal, the world’s largest fintech company and, as part of his non-profit activities, he serves on the board of Endeavor, a non-profit organization that promotes high-impact entrepreneurship in emerging markets and that was instrumental in his early success and he also serves on the board of Kiva, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty worldwide.
Originally from Patagonia, Argentina, Casares launched that country's first Internet Service Provider, Internet Argentina S.A. in 1994, a company he would go on to sell in order to found the Argentine online brokerage Patagon in 1997. Patagon established itself as Latin America's first comprehensive Internet financial services portal and expanded its online banking services to the United States, Spain, and Germany. Patagon was acquired by the Spanish bank, Banco Santander for $750 million in 2000.
Casares founded Wanako Games, a videogame developer headquartered in New York City with development based out of Santiago, Chile. Wanako Games developed the award winning game Assault Heroes honored as "Game of the Year" for Microsoft Xbox Live in 2006, and was acquired by Activision.
He is an elected member of the World Economic Forum's “Young Global Leaders” Class of 2011 and regularly attends the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland and he is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization. He studied business administration for three years at the University of San Andrés, in Buenos Aires, and completed the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard University. He also spent one year as a Rotary Exchange Student in 1991-1992 in Washington, Pennsylvania in the USA.
- Swisher, Kara (13 March 2014). "Lemon Digital Wallet Founder Wences Casares Gets $20 Million in Funding for Bitcoin Startup Xapo". Re/Code. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
- "Son of Sheep Ranchers, Lemon Wallet Co-Founder Wences Casares is a Serial Entrepreneur", by Melissa Aparicio "Fox News Latino"
- "Rising Stars and Provocateurs: Wences Casares the Reluctant Serial Entrepreneur", by Lorena O'Neil Ozy Media
- "Will Wences Casares's Lemon.com Replace Your Wallet?", by Bruce Rogers "Forbes"
- "The Difference between $1 Billion-Plus in Exits and 'Success'", by Sarah Lacy Techcrunch
- "THE SILICON VALLEY 100", Business Insider
- "En la Mente de Casares, por Alberto Fuguet", Revista Que Pasa
- "La vida después de Patagon, Revista Capital-Chile", Revista Capital
- "The $750 Million “Mistake”", Inc. Magazine
- "Wenceslao Casares: Merit and Entrepreneurship Rewarded", Americas Quarterly
- "What is Bitcoin?", ChicagoIdeasWeek
- "EconTalk Episode with Wences Casares Hosted by Russ Roberts", Library of Economics and Liberty
- "Digital Gold, book by Nathaniel Popper", Amazon.com
- Wences Casares: There’s Nothing Revolutionary About Private, Permissioned Blockchains