Wences Casares: “Don’t Trust, Verify” or “Own Nothing, Be Happy”?

Wences Casares, an Argentinian entrepreneur, has made significant strides in Silicon Valley’s fintech sector. As the CEO of Xapo Bank, his influence in digital currency and financial technology is notable. Born in 1974 in Patagonia, Argentina, Casares embarked on his entrepreneurial journey after dropping out of the University of San Andrés.

Early Entrepreneurial Ventures

He launched Internet Argentina S.A. in 1994, followed by the online brokerage Patagon, which was acquired by Banco Santander for $750 million. Casares’ ventures extended to the gaming industry with Wanako Games, known for “Assault Heroes,” and later into the financial sector with Banco Lemon in Brazil. He…

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