Anthony W. Licausi
With almost two decades in corporate finance and business development, Mr. Licausi has participated in $3 billion of transactions across a variety of industries including technology, investment banking, precious metals, cryptocurrencies, publishing and digital media. His roles inside the investment banking world have spanned working inside both retail investment and proprietary trading groups, working with accredited investors across the globe to source funding for private and public companies as well as compiling financial models, valuations and M&A strategies. As the Managing Director of his own M&A firm, he worked in an advisory role on over a dozen capital markets transactions, including helping early stage companies debut on a national U.S. stock exchange and advising well established corporations on uplisting to larger exchanges such as the NASDAQ and New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Licausi successfully led a campaign for American Depository Reciepts (ADRs) issued by an international biosciences company, seeing a 300% return in less than 12 months for his investors. He accurately predicted that the DJIA would fall below 7,000 during the 2008 financial crisis and advised his clients to purchase silver when it was $17/oz, prior to it’s massive price appreciation over $40/oz in 2011.
With extensive programming knowledge spanning 23 years, Mr. Licausi has always been known to be tremendously ahead of the curve. In 2003 at the age of 16, he created a predecessor site to YouTube named DBZ where users could upload and share funny videos. The venture was “something done for fun to see what other high schools were up to” and was never intended to be commercialized. Six years prior, at the age of 10, he created the idea for what has now been popularized as the “Waze” mobile app, giving users traffic updates in regards to accidents and the presence of speed traps.
Mr. Licausi was named “Top 30 Under 30” in the field of technology and communications for 2014 and is a contributor to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and he actively speaks at colleges and universities on the topics of motivation, time management, goal setting, habits, and overcoming adversity to prepare students for the world outside of the classroom.
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