JEFFREY PETERSON was the original founder of Quepasa Corporation ("QP"), a Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange traded public company (Nasdaq: QPSA, NYSE Euronext: QPSA) that was the first nationally branded, publicly traded online community for English and Spanish speaking Hispanics in the USA. Under Peterson’s leadership, during approximately ten years commencing at the dawn of the .COM “internet boom” of the late 1990’s, Quepasa became a well known public company in financial media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and CNBC, while achieving a peak stock market capitalization in excess of $500 million.
Mr. Peterson is a lifelong software engineer and data architect who has received national and international media attention for his accomplishments in the technology sector. Key investors in QP included institutional investors Sony Corp., Fidelity, Telemundo, football star John Elway, Gateway Computer Company (now a subsidiary of Acer) and pop superstar Gloria Estefan. QP was continually ranked as the #1 U.S. Hispanic online community, beating competitors Starmedia and Yahoo! en Español in competitive rankings. Peterson was the largest single shareholder at the company and held the positions of Founder, CEO, Chairman, President, and Chief Technology Officer.
in 2012 QP changed its name to MeetMe.com and continued trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market. MeetMe subsequently acquired the Skout, Tagged, and hi5 social networks. The company was acquired by Germany-based ProSiebenSat, the parent of eHarmony, in March of 2020, for $500 million USD.
QP/MeetMe maintains its place in history as the first nationally-branded, well known online community for bilingual Hispanic internet users, and as the first Social Network to trade publicly on a Stock Exchange in the United States.
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JARRAD LAARS started his career in sales and marketing and has held and continues to hold a number of successful directorships, he has manage companies through periods of extreme distress and hyper-growth and has successfully launched and exited a number of startup enterprises. He has a strong focus on new acquisitions, strategic alliances and market penetration.
JUSTIN BRADSTREET is a Business Consultant who advises medium > large companies on the latest ICT, Technology & Innovation to help them survive and ultimately - thrive. Focused on operational improvements, through digitalisation, automation & processes, he believes higher revenues are always a by-product of customer centric optimisation. Justin has travelled globally fixing outsource call centres, UK banks, and in true entrepreneurial fashion - started a handful of businesses in the UK (eCom, Construction, FMCG market). He was sponsored but the South Australian Government for his skills, and now resides in Australia, investing in Australian businesses & helping businesses on the ASX.
ATTICUS LI comes from a background in Business Economics, Behavioral Economics, and Finance. His main focuses are consumer behaviors, investor choice selection, and game theories. Atticus enjoys studying complex Social/Economics/Financial systems and figuring out the underlying mechanics behind it. Currently, Atticus is interested in economic warfare, big data, and the shift from the attention to the trust economy.