STEPHEN MEADE is an American entrepreneur, executive and business founder who is passionate about creating companies that make a difference in the world. He has the ability to catapult an idea from pure concept to the creation of a thriving business. In the past 20 years, he has created, incubated and architected nine (9) successful technology-based companies. He is a seasoned business advisor and leader who frequently speaks on the art of networking at executive leadership conferences and startup communities (i.e. executives, entrepreneurs, start-up founders, co-founders, students) around the world. In 2005, he founded Big Bamboo, LLC to serve as the incubator for ideas that are worth building a team around and bringing to market. Currently, all ideas come solely from the Founder and the company does not take on or incubate outside business or services. He is currently the CEO of MonetaPro.IO, which is a FinTech Blockchain company for Global Companies to participate in Corporate Trade. MonetaPro.IO competed in and won the Silicon Valley d10e Global ICO contest, which to date was the largest ICO competition in the World featuring 32 companies. MonetaPro has placed in the following competitions: Fintech Zurich (1st Place), Los Angeles Crypto (1st Place), Malta (2nd Place), South Korea (3rd place), and more! Meade is also the CEO of MagMo, Inc., a B2B Platform focused on technology around Media, Entertainment, and Influencers. MagMo (which stands for Magic Moments) is a photo sharing tool primarily for major brands to create stories and share it with their existing audience. MagMo can provide monetization for social media audiences of the brand through a patent pending process known as the “back cover.” His roster of successful businesses includes MyBlueEarth, Cenoplex, RONAstar, ComCom, CuCme, etc.
Founding Member & Managing Director
Jenny Q. Ta is a 3x founder veteran of Wall Street, self-made millionaire, and seasoned entrepreneur with three highly successful early ventures to her credit. As founder and CEO of Titan Securities, a full-service broker-dealer and investment banking firm, Ms. Ta built a company that was profitable to be acquired in 2005. Prior to that venture, Jenny had filled the role of founder, CEO, and driving force behind Vantage Investments, another full-service broker-dealer and investment banking firm that she started while still in her early twenties and quickly grew to a-third-of-a-billion dollars in assets. Ms. Ta’s next two entrepreneurial endeavors included masterminding two modern tech companies: VCNetwork.co, a virtual “E-Harmony meets Shark Tank” matching entrepreneurs with VCs, and CoinLinked.com, an American online social commerce platform powered by a decentralized blockchain solution to connect the traditional marketplaces of today with the digital currencies of tomorrow. These two more-recent ventures were solidly grounded in Jenny’s rich business background, which includes extensive firsthand experience in senior executive management, sales, marketing, and finance, with forays into the FinTech industry and exploration of the opportunities that cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and other distributed ledger technologies afford. Jenny Ta’s third successful exit occurred in August 2021, when both entities were acquired by HODL Assets, Inc. Jenny is also a published author, whose book, Wall Street Cinderella, details her escape from Vietnam during the war and traces her path to success from welfare to Wall Street. The book serves as a helpful road map for women who are determined to pursue a successful career in business.
Curtis Spears is the President & CEO of Andes Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Spears is responsible for overall firm strategy and day-to-day operations. Mr. Spears brings over 25 years of experience in the asset management arena. Prior to joining Andes, Mr. Spears held several senior leadership roles, including Senior Managing Director with Gray & Company, President of Gardner Rich, and Managing Director of Public Fund Sales with Fifth Third Asset Management. He also served as Vice President at The Northern Trust Company where he was responsible for client service and marketing investment products and services to the institutional marketplace. Before taking on client responsibilities, Mr. Spears managed domestic and international equity index portfolios for Northern Trust. Throughout his career, Mr. Spears’ level of excellence has enabled him to build strong relationships with top-tier financial firms and institutional investors. A native of Chicago, he also sees it as his duty to give back to the community. He currently serves on the Governing Board for UCAN and has served on auxiliary boards for the Steppenwolf Theater, the Field Museum and the Primo Center for Women and Children where he has raised funds crucial to operations, and helped to increase awareness. Mr. Spears received his B.S. in computer science from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from DePaul University. He holds the Series 24, 7, 63, 65 and 79 securities licenses.