Primary Role
Founder, Co-CEO and director @ Bling Nation
Investments
2 Investments in 2 Companies

Person Details

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Wenceslao Casares is a founder, co-Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Bling Nation. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the long-term direction and growth of Bling Nation.

In addition to his role at Bling Nation, Casares is a founding partner of MECK, Ltd., a private investment firm based in Santiago, Chile. As a global entrepreneur specializing in the technology and financial markets, Casares was instrumental in several business developments before founding Bling Nation.

In 1994, he launched and later sold Argentina’s first Internet Service Provider, Internet Argentina S.A. He later founded Patagon, an online brokerage and Latin America’s first comprehensive Internet financial services portal.

Casares served as the Chairman and CEO of Patagon, overseeing the expansion of its online banking services to the United States, Spain and Germany and its sale to Banco Santander (NYSE: STD).

In 2002, Casares and his partners at MECK founded Banco Lemon, a Brazilian retail bank serving the underbanked population, which they have helped grow into the largest microfinance institution in Brazil.

Casares also founded New York City-based video game developer Wanako Games, which was later acquired by Vivendi Universal (Euronext: VIV). Casares is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and an elected member of the World Economic Forum’s “Global Leaders of Tomorrow” Class of 2001.

He was also selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur by Endeavor, an organization that identifies and supports emerging entrepreneurs, and serves as a board member for the organization.

Casares also serves on the board of Viva Trust, an organization that supports sustainable development in Latin America, and also founded Fundación Síntesis, a non-profit foundation based in Chile. Casares studied business administration at the Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed the Owner/President Management program at Harvard University.

Advisory Roles (2)

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Investments (2)

  • Gengo
    Gengo, is a global, people-powered translation platform enabling everyone to read and publish across languages with one click.
    Jan 1, 2011 - Invested in $800k Seed Round with 4 others
  • Popego
    Popego builds AI technology and innovative interfaces to create personal web-based, user-controlled interest profiles.
    May 1, 2009 - Invested in Seed Round with 3 others