MATT VIDMAR - Portfolio Manager
Matt (Matjaz) Vidmar is inventor and entrepreneur specialising in e-commerce, fintech, telecom, media and blockchain technology. He has over 30 years of industry experience working on technology frontiers. He studied economics and electronics in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 1986, he moved to London to gain practical experience in the global media and tech industry.
In 1991, Matt founded Connexion Exports which was one of the leading companies delivering affordable CG workstations to the broadcast and DTP industry. Connexion was the only independent manufacturer of the 'X-System Alpha-64' graphic workstations in Europe.
In 1997, Matt started ON-AIR Systems (rebranded as OASYS in 2012). The company introduced ON-AIR "Channel-in-a-Box" – the very first ‘Integrated Video Server’ with built in playout automation, interactive CG, vision mixing and shared video storage which enabled video content transfers via computer networks. Technology has been harnessed to simplify multichannel network TV workflows and drastically reduced the playout operational costs; within five years this approach became the effective industry standard across the broadcast industry.
In 1999 Matt expanded his product portfolio by delivering the world first turn-key solution for the delivery of IPTV service to broadband users. The first commercial installation was deployed in Mumbai in 2000. This pioneering OTT video service is regarded as a technology and business concept breakthrough. The operator was awarded “NASSCOM First Prize for the Most Innovative Technology Company” in 2000.
Matt started Vision Group™ in 2005 with offices in London, Dubai and Ljubljana. Vision Group consists of several private technology companies and was first established with the launch of Playout247™. Since then the company has grown to encompass Connexion Broadcast, Vision247™, Vision Fibre Media (sold in 2014) and Vision Technologies™ (now rebranded as Perception CDN™).
In 2012 Matt acquired Fora, an IPTV middleware R&D company with 10 years of experience, to expand development resource in Vision Group and rapidly deliver the next generation OVP solution to the market. In 2013 Perception TVCDN™ was introduced - the world's first end-to-end 'Unified CDN/OTT/IPTV Platform-in-a-Box'. The platform received a number of industry awards.
In 2014, Matt expanded into tech finance and launched Xtreme Equity Fund™. With 28 years of experience in media, broadcast and IT industry, Matt accumulated waste experience in project funding. Matt is agile promoter of interactive hand-in-hand engagement between technology and funding for productive mutual way forward.
STEVEN KNIGHT, FCA, TEP, MIOD - Managing Director
Steven Knight, is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Institute of Directors. Formerly of Coopers & Lybrand and Touche Ross, he was appointed to start up and manage the Gibraltar office of Price Waterhouse in 1989. He established the Castle Group in 1992 and is widely considered as a specialist in international tax planning for both wealthy individuals and companies. Steven also holds a Company Manager license issued by Gibraltar's Financial Services Commission in relation to the provision of Directorships to Experienced Investor Funds.
Steven has over 30 years business experience operating at the highest lever, organizing, managing and controlling capital resources and has been involved with many substantial corporate transactions.
BARRY MARTIN – Gaming Director
As the founder and chairman of the Aureate Gaming Group, Barry brings to the table over 18 years of gaming experience and is globally renowned as the one of the pioneers of the online betting and casino marketplace. Taking Aureate from zero to $159m turnover in 2017 in less than 4 years, Barry’s shows his strategic marketing skills and adaptable management style by way of huge results in every business he has touched.
Former Director of Capita PLC (FTSE 100) and CEO of 666bet and The Gutshot Group of Companies, he provides over 25 years of top level entrepreneurial board level management. Still very operational and hands on, he loves the day to day cut and thrust of the fast moving and ever evolving business of online gaming.
ASHLEY BENTLEY, ACMA, CGMA – Finance Director
A Chartered Management Accountant with an extensive track record, Ashley has 29 years of financial experience covering a broad range of sectors. These include manufacturing, FMCG and high volume / growth businesses from privately owned through to PLC.
Previous to joining Xtreme Equity, Ashley held the position of Finance Director for a sub-group of companies within Aliaxis, a €3.5bn turnover leading global plastic pipes manufacturer; and senior financial roles in M&E (CBRE), Manufacturing (Unigate), Engineering (GEC-Marconi, Ross Group and Colt Group) and Retail (Blockbuster).
Ashley’s areas of expertise include: investment projects and review; strategic and tactical management; process re-engineering; system development and control; streamlining cost initiatives; working capital management; supplier and client negotiations; and new business set up.
JOHN MILLS - TMT Advisor
John Mills has 18 years’ experience in the IPTV market. He founded Perception TV in 2014 to take forward the global licensing of this award-winning OTT and IPTV software which is the first to integrate advanced user features with its innovating CDN solution. Having proven the model in on-premise deployments for telcos around the world, John is now driving the strategy to deploy Perception as a virtualised, cloud solution capable of powering global private CDN solutions for major international clients.
Prior to Perception TV, John was a co-founder and former CEO of Vision247 in 2007. Building on a base in traditional TV broadcast services, John lead the expansion into internet TV broadcast services ultimately delivering over 150 channels online. This included the first hybrid internet / DTT services delivered to the UK's Freeview platform.
Previously, John held the position of Commercial Director at HomeChoice, the UK’s first consumer IPTV platform. This ground breaking triple play service pioneered many of the features that are now common-place in the market such as video on demand, network PVR and interactive TV channels.
ALEX LIGHTMAN - Blockchain Advisor
Alex Lightman is CEO of TokenCommunities Plc., CEO of Millennium Energy, President of Fidei Technologies, the first columnist for ICO Crowd magazine, Amazon.com best-selling author, keynote speaker at Blockchain conferences, and advisor to 20+ companies on coin/token offerings.
He has been called a “modern renaissance man” and a “super-intelligent polymath” in the Blockchain community. Educated to be a thought leader in technology and policy at MIT and Harvard’s Graduate School of Government, he has won four global awards for technology and a national award as one of America’s ten most innovative educators. Of these awards, the most significant is the first ever Economist magazine Reader’s Award, for “the innovation most likely to radically change the decade 2010 to 2020”, on behalf of 4G wireless.
Advisory clients who have successfully completed ICOs include Science (famous for incubating Dollar Shave Club and selling for $1 billion cash), BLOCKv, Sense, and Propy. Other Blockchain advisory clients include Stars, Blockchain Industries (OTC Markets BCII), Academy for Blockchain Technology, African Potash, Phireon Global Partners, FR8, LightStar, BitSpeed (now partnered with Google), GINET, SensorComm and Millennium Energy.
Lightman lives in Santa Monica, he has completed 16 marathons and is the author of the first book on 4G and co-author of 2016 Amazon best-seller in seven categories, Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane.
MALCOLM MOLLER - Governance Advisor
Malcolm Moller is Managing Partner of Appleby Global and in charge of the Mauritius, Seychelles and Shanghai offices. He is a member of the corporate department and both the Insurance and Structured Finance teams. He specialises in advising financial institutions on financial regulation, regulatory capital issues, financial institution M&A, and insurance-related transactions. He advises on private equity funds, hedge funds, derivatives transactions and securities offerings, as well as a range of corporate and corporate finance transactions. He has extensive experience representing corporations, financial institutions and other entities. His experience spans public and private M&A, credit, restructuring, bankruptcy, capital markets, fund formation and winding-up, a variety of strategic and advisory corporate assignments.
Malcolm was noted as a ´Leading Lawyer´ for Financial & Corporate and Energy & Infrastructure in 2017. 2015 noted his "ability to combine commercial expertise with legal understanding." named Malcolm as a ´Leading Individual´ in the 2014 edition for his Banking & Asset Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency work. He is described by clients as "efficient and proactive" in 2014. Malcolm is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales (non-practising), the Bermuda Bar Association and the Law Society of Australia.
As a regular contributor on Mauritius-related articles, Malcolm’s writings have featured in numerous publications, including and . He also provides commentary to publications, including and . He also regularly speaks at conferences and events. In addition, Malcolm recently contributed the Seychelles chapter to the Chambers and Partners’ “Fintech 2018” guide.
ROBERT WHITTON - Investment Advisor
Robert Whitton, currently Executive Chairman of Affinity Real Estate Private Equity Co., is a firmly established global property entrepreneur with a dazzling track record of success.
Robert has transacted over £3.5 billion of real estate deals in the UK and Globally and is also an innovator - revolutionising Property Investment utilizing unique financial instruments, investment vehicles and syndication.
A giant in Real Estate with peerless business connections, influence and absolute knowledge of the market and it’s likely direction; Robert will help lead the way in selecting our real estate opportunities, sourcing a diverse range of viable commercial and non/residential opportunities most likely to propel our investors into a return positive position.
Kenth Andersson – Business Development Advisor
A digital media professional with expert knowledge and extensive industry contacts in the free-to-air TV, Pay-TV, Telco, CDN, M&E and OTT verticals. 25 years of successful track record from top management positions in KA Media Technology, System73, Net Insight, Cavena, Digital Vision.
Extensive experience from driving transformation, market entry, partner alliances, sales, media project implementation on a strategic and operational levels. Vast knowledge across media ecosystem verticals: Broadcast, Telecommunications and the OTT market. Long term experience and deep understanding of Asia and Pacific region markets.
PETR STRANSKY - Speciality Assets Advisor
Petr was born in Prague, Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia). Petr's background is in computer programming and IT literacy activities, when wrote his first program when he was 14 and in early 90' he wrote several IT popularization books for the public to teach how to use computers in daily life and later thousands of articles in leading computer and internet magazines.
After that he started consultancy activities in strategic marketing for IT & other digital industries and as part of that he was also taking executive roles in several companies.
Petr has in the past 15+ years participated, advised or led creation, restructure and transformation of successful businesses, as well as M&A projects across several industries including: Creation of successful IT research & conference business in Central & Eastern Europe in 1997; Europe-wide expansion of company providing multimedia B2B services, which was later (2010) sold for USD10M+ to US publicly traded company;
Taking private and restructuring of division of publicly traded company in digital media services segment into two separate private companies with prominent position in digital cinema industry and video-content industry;
Creation of international IT services and consulting company through series of M&A, which designs, builds and operates Smart Programs with successful projects in Europe, Mexico as well as Philippines.
Petr’s main expertise is business restructure and global business development with a special focus on digital space. In addition to XEF Petr currently acts as an advisor and interim board executive in several companies.