One of the most enduring memories of massively multiplayer gaming for many people is that of the online marketplace. Every day thousands, if not millions of coins, gems, credits, and sometimes even real US dollars are pumped through digital bazaars for goods and services that will never leave the screen. It’s online shopping, but maybe not the kind most of us are familiar with these days.
WAX, or the Worldwide Asset eXchange, is a third-party marketplace created by former tronc inc. (formerly Tribune Publishing) Chief Technology Officer Malcolm CasSelle. His vision for WAX looks something like a combination of Amazon and Silk Road, where assets from all over the internet can be bartered and traded in a convenient one-stop shop. Even commodities and items that are not commonly transferable, such as character or weapon skins, in games that often do not feature their own such markets will be up for sale on new the electronic auction block.
CasSelle, a Stanford and MIT educated entrepreneur, has already enjoyed considerable success in the online gaming marketplace. In addition to his responsibilities as the President of WAX, CasSelle also serves as the Chief Information Officer of OPSkins, another popular online marketplace centered around the sale of video game skins. In his time at tronc, CasSelle presided over a time of growth for the company, and aggressively pursued that company’s use and acquisition of digital assets.
Something of an ardent futurist, CasSelle’s business acumen might be described as having one foot in today, and one in tomorrow. He has also expressed great interest in cryptocurrency, unsurprising in light of recent price spikes in many crypto markets, and decreased global confidence in central banking institutions. His vision for WAX is in many ways rooted in the same philosophy as any number of cryptocurrencies, putting impartiality, confidentiality, and consumer freedom above all else. With WAX, CasSelle seeks to empower not only gamers, but also buyers, sellers, entrepreneurs, and anyone else old enough to consent to the Terms and Conditions. Caveat Emptor!
To date, Eric Pulier has had a hand in the creation of well over 15 successful companies. Those ventures have gone ahead to make millions of dollars in profits and revenues. His resume reads like a fictional novel and here are some of the achievements and accolades, the American investor has earned over the years.
Bridge to the 21st Century
Eric Pulier was personally handpicked by Al Gore (the former US VP) and Bill Clinton (former US President) to chair the organization, Bridge to the 21st Century. The inaugural ceremony was a huge success drawing in thousands of spectators at the venue of the launch, the Mall at Washington DC. The attendees of the fair included high profile government representatives like senators and governors among other prominent personalities.
Live-Feed with Astronauts
The objective of the organization was to show how technology impacts our daily lives and how it will continue to shape civilization in the future. Eric’s primary role was to raise funds needed to inspire entrepreneurs to come up with new thinking on how technology would improve areas like entertainment, healthcare, family, government, environment and even space exploration. One of the main talking points was when Eric and his team succeeded in organizing a live-feed event involving astronauts in space and crew on the ground.
Eric Pulier is passionate about empowering disadvantaged people and communities. In a bid to improve the quality of life for kids living with the debilitating medical condition, Multiple Sclerosis, he commissioned the development of an app which helped these children to use computers. Eric is also a top donor to the charity organization, US Doctors for Africa. The front raises money to help battle diseases in Africa.
The philanthropist also works with the Clinton Global Initiative to provide affordable cloud-computing services to marginalized communities across the globe. Other noble causes he regularly supports are the ACE Foundation, XPRIZE, Painted Turtle and the Campaign for Free College Tuition organization.
In 1984, Eric Pulier graduated from the Teaneck High School. Then, he got admitted to doing a BA at the prestigious Harvard University. He completed his degree and attained top honors in 1988. The investor is well-versed in English and American Literature. He’s also a trained programmer. Today, Eric lives with his family in L.A, California. He enjoys writing in his spare time and Eric on Facebook.