How many of all the tech-savvy people in the world have heard of Serge Christian Pierre Belamant? Not too many. How many of the average people have heard of him? Even fewer. Serge Belamant successfully managed to stay in the shade of fame even though he is the person holding the patent to blockchain debit cards. Mr Belamant was born in France, lived in South-Africa during his youth, and is now based in the United Kingdom.Serge Belamant is the founder of Net1 Technologies and has invented a blockchain debit card. It is a so-called smart card, that uses distributed ledgers that work both online and offline. It is the only card technology in the business world that allows a card to be used without any communication to a centralized computer.
When used offline, the card transaction is recorded with an offline device that runs on battery. Net1 Technologies, being the company holding the patent, store all the transactions on a computer, acting a central database. Wherever EMV cards are accepted, the blockchain debit card is accepted too.The year 1995 is a significant year in the history of Net1 Technologies. Serge Belamant got an agreement with Visa to develop a new application for the card system, called Chip Offline Pre-authorised Card, abbreviated to COPAC. Because of this, Mr. Belamant was compared to Henry Ford by the famous journalist Stafford Thomas.The blockchain debit card is used worldwide by three million people but is, not surprisingly, growing fast.
As quickly as the company is moving, it will be able to buy back all the public shares within five years from now. It can be surprising to some that a company with such a fast growth is lead by someone with the academic background of Serge Belamant, who left his studies after two years. He was a student of engineering, before changing his course to computer science and mathematics. Mr. Belamant quit these subjects too and moved on to courses in information systems.Net1 Technologies signed important deals in African countries as well as Russia. The biggest achievement was perhaps entering the NASDAQ stock market in 2005. Serge Belamant was the Chairman and CEO of Net1 until 2017.
Deirdre Baggot is a professional strategist for the healthcare industry as well as holding several academic degrees including her PhD. She is particularly notable for her expertise that relates to the topic of payments in the healthcare industry. Since she began her professional career in 1997 as a resource coordinator at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, she has worked in a number of different aspects of the healthcare industry, both as a practitioner and on the administrative side of the business. Deirdre Baggot has made a particularly dramatic impact on the healthcare field in regard to a topic that she calls bundled payments and she has also been a featured guest on numerous occassions on National Public Radio. A major goal of the bundled payment strategy is to take care of a number of the issues that have arisen in regard to how payments are handled in the healthcare field. Learn more on medicaldailytimes.com
The decision on whether or not to move forward with the new Bundled Payments for Care Improvement that has been put forward by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been a major topic on the minds of administrative staff and doctors at hospitals and health systems. Deirdre is at the forefront of this issue and has had quite a lot to say about what healthcare providers need to know in terms of finding success in the area of bundled payments. Deirdre is an avid advocate for bundled payments and she counsels that providers should just give this a go. Providers who have gone this route already have had a great amount of success with it and the overall patient’s outcomes have been great. This is coupled with reduced costs. Deirdre Baggot also counsels that it is critical that bundles are carefully selected. Following these suggestions can help healthcare providers to attain early successes in the implementation of the bundled payment system.
In August 2018 Madison Street Capital announced that they were getting a new managing director to handle its markets team. The prestigious firm placed Lawrence Alioto in this role where he will provide advice to clients in the technology sector on corporate finance transactions and M&A. The company says that with the advance in technology there is a need to have someone with a strong technology background in their team. This is where Lawrence comes in because he has the knowledge and unique expertise needed to deal with the demands of Madison Street capital customers.
Alioto started his career from the ground up where he worked at Chicago Mercantile Exchange and later he worked as a representative at PaineWebber in San Francisco. In the 1990s, he shifted to private equity finance and business development where he worked with two different technology companies in California. Alioto brings in years of experience and expertise in business development, finance, government affairs and corporate development where he has been involved both domestically and internationally. Lawrence says that he is very excited about his new position in Madison Street Capital as it the company presents an opportunity to grow it to a significant technology industry innovator.
The company is equipped with the right experience, knowledge and extensive relationships that help navigate the middle market investment banking industry with ease. The international banking firm devotes its resources to excellence, leadership, integrity, and service in their task of providing financial advisory services, expertise in mergers and acquisitions and value to both public and private hospitals. These services are geared towards helping their clients to succeed in reaching their goals and objectives even in the global markets. The firm says that the core component for achieving global growth is to focus their efforts on the emerging markets. The Madison Street Capital reputation has stretched far earning them the trust of their clients all over the world.
Madison Street Capital received an award for the Debt Financing Deal of the Year. The competition had over 650 participants that were all some of the leading in the industry, but Madison Street was able to emerge at the top standing up way above the rest. This goes to show just how active the company is in its business.
Madison Street Capital makes use of methodologies that portrays great expertise and tremendous experience in entire areas of corporate finance that incorporates market pricing and due diligent, mergers and acquisitions, valuation, specialized financings, design and application of alternative exit tactics. Madison Street Capital have helped their clients in many of the industry verticals to achieve their goal on time. Their success is mainly attributed to their vast experience and comprehension in areas corporate leadership and corporate finance.
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Within the world of high technology, one named stands above all others. Shervin Pishevar has been involved in the tech space since the late 1990s. He has personally founded a number of highly successful tech startups, including Ionside, WebOS and Social Gaming Network. He’s also the CEO and founder of Sherpa Capital, one of the most important venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. Sherpa Capital has been behind the formation of some of the top names in tech today, including Uber, Airbnb and Virgin Hyperloop.
When Shervin Pishevar is not busy running his technological empire, he often finds time to address his more than 100,000 Twitter followers. His Twitter feed is filled with insightful analysis on everything ranging from the role of tech monopolies to the ways in which central banking policies can affect the overall economy.
Recently, Shervin Pishevar has taken up the issue of heavy-handed central banking interventions. He says that a generalized asset bubble has formed. Shervin Pishevar believes that in the coming months and years, there’s going to be a serious correction in the equity markets as well as a matching crash in both real estate and bonds. Shervin Pishevar says that the quantitative easing programs that the central bank has followed over the last 10 years have led to so much easy credit and excess money supply that a generalized acid bubble has been inflated that rivals anything that the country has ever seen in the past.
Specifically, Pishevar predicts there will be a 6,000-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. He believes that this may happen as early as 2019 but that it could also occur as late as 2025. But he says that he is almost certain that such a correction will eventually materialize when the central bank decides to begin raising benchmark interest rates and winding down its balance sheet back towards normal historic levels.
He says that there may not be any traditional safe havens for investors to park their money in when this asset winddown of the central bank begins to occur. Shervin Pishevar recommends that investors hold cryptocurrencies, gold and currencies outside of the U.S. dollar.