We seek to establish Talketh as one of the top 10 Internet calling services in the world.
Talketh will use our TGE proceeds to accelerate the delivery, distribution, marketing and scaling of the world's first blockchain telecommunication service for the unbanked, underbanked and banked alike.
As veterans in this space, we will strengthen our teams on the ground, create regional distribution channels and rollout a large decentralized telephone service that will deliver the best Internet call quality in the world.
Our focus will be to drive Talketh subscriber growth by positioning ourselves as the ultimate low-cost, high-quality pay-as-you-go communications platform for the unbanked and the data under-served.
We were founded in 2010 in Zug, Switzerland (aka "Crypto Valley") by our CEO and Internet telephony patent inventor Brian Collins. Our software focus was developing and licensing our white-label voice software to cellular operators located in emerging economies.
In 2013, we expanded our research and development facility at the University of Limerick in Ireland and now have operations in Switzerland, Ireland, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Singapore; with a total of 11 full time staff along with three part-time regional sales staff.
In 2017, in a Management Buyout of a Nasdaq listed company asset, our CEO purchased our Internet calling software IP for $2m. We then commenced our blockchain research and development for our emerging economies voice service at our University of Limerick facility.
Our blockchain team is led by Andrew Le Gear, PhD and we have already launched several optimized Ethereum smart contracts. Through these efforts, we have developed a deep understanding of the operation and optimization of Ethereum.
In the voice space, our team has been developing and deploying optimized Internet calling solutions over the last 8 years. We have unparalleled experience in the challenges and solutions that Internet calling needs in emerging economies.
In December 2017, we deployed a 10kWp PV-Solar farm to power our Ethereum solar-mining software. We can mine with up to 72 Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU's, generating ~2.3GH/s, while consuming a mere 8.1kW of renewable energy!
We thought that it'd be pretty cool, and profitable, to have a carbon-neutral pool of mined Ether to finance the execution of our smart contracts!
We deployed our Talketh mobile app on iTunes and the Play Store. The current Talketh telephony infrastructure is hosted in the Microsoft Azure cloud in Northern Europe, North America and Asia, having interconnects in each region for both voice and SMS.
An experienced public and private company CEO, Brian founded Horizon Globex in 2010 and listed the company on Nasdaq between 2012-2017. Prior to this, Brian worked as a software engineer in Zurich, California, Amsterdam and the United Kingdom. Brian graduated in 1990 with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Systems from the University of Limerick, Ireland.
Andy joined Horizon Globex in 2013. Before joining us, Andy worked as a software engineer with Dell Inc. (2012-2013) and Lehman and Nomura Plc. (2007-2012). Andy was co-founder of Juneberi Ltd., a research driven software tech start-up (2004-2007). Andy graduated in 2006 with a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Limerick, Ireland.
Pete joined Horizon Globex in 2011. Before joining us, Pete worked at Microsoft (2008-2011), Atos Origin (2004-2008) and AIT Group Plc. (1998-2002). Pete has held CISSP certification since 2010. Pete graduated from the University of Sheffield, UK in 1995 and holds an MSc (Distinction) Degree from University College London in 2006.
Robert was appointed Chairman of Horizon Globex GmbH on September 8, 2016. Robert is both a successful business manager and entrepreneur and brings extensive experience in Swiss accounting, audit and compliance. Robert is the owner and chairman of Kreivo AG, a Zug based trust company that has been advising Swiss companies from various sectors since 1974. Robert is an experienced member of numerous boards of directors, for a variety of Swiss accounting firms, such as RV Revisions AG, Impe Zug AG and currently also serves as Chairman of the Board of Lüfta Baar, a HVAC company based in Switzerland.
We license software solutions to telecommunications operators in the mobile, fixed line and satellite markets.
We continue to build up our communications IP portfolio through Horizon Globex GmbH, incorporated in Switzerland. Our optimized software, known as SmartPacket™, uses internet bandwidth much more efficiently than our competitors. Using SmartPackets™, we massively improved the efficiency by which voice signals are wirelessly transmitted on the Internet; resulting in a 9x reduction in the capacity required for a high-quality voice call.
Before co-founding Crypto Consulting AG, Désirée gained extensive knowledge as a fund manager for a large long/short European equity fund at Zurich-based GAM. Prior to this she was at Credit Suisse Asset Management on a Swiss Equity Fund and earlier as a relationship manager for wealthy individuals in the Private Banking division. Désirée holds a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of St.Gallen
Reto is a Swiss-licensed financial analyst, asset manager and blockchain specialist. He also serves foundation council at SmartOne. Before co-founding Crypto Consulting AG, he was CIO and Partner at BK & Associates, Fund Manager at GAM and Portfolio Risk Manager at Julius Baer. Reto holds a degree (lic. rer. pol) specializing in economic theory from the University of Fribourg and is also an AZEK/CIIA diploma holder.
Yves is a partner at NGS Rechtsanwälte AG. He worked for two leading law firms in Zurich and then joined UBS AG as Legal Counsel Wealth Management and later as Legal Counsel Corporate Banking and Structured Transactions in Zurich. Subsequently, Yves worked for Union Bancaire Privée as Legal Counsel Private Banking. Yves now focuses on corporate, contractual, tax and financial market law. He advises start-ups with respect to Token Generation Events and other regulatory aspects.