Entrepreneur and tech aficionado Malcolm CasSelle made and continues to make pioneering contributions to cutting-edge internet technology. Born March 22, 1970 on a farm near Allentown, Pennsylvania, CasSelle went from building with Legos and TinkerToys as a child to discovering computers in his local high school. By age 17, he was certified on an electron microscope.
CasSelle later attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1987 to 1991 as an undergraduate. While there, he performed experiments on semiconductor production with Bell Laboratories and used lasers to melt silica and titanium for advanced materials testing for the Department of Defense. While at MIT, he participated in various sports including rowing, tae kwon do, and downhill skiing. He is a member of Theta Xi fraternity. He later earned a Masters at Stanford University in 1994 concentrating in Computer Science.
CasSelle was one of the early visionaries who recognized the future of technology existed in computers connected to each other everywhere which eventually became the birth of the internet. In 1993, while at Stanford, he founded his first cyberspace enterprise, Net Noir, an online portal for African American culture and current events. The website featured news, message boards, entertainment under categories like music, sports, education and business. Net Noir was the first greenhouse project accepted by America Online in 1993. The Greenhouse fund was specifically developed by America Online to assist entrepreneurs who were developing products and services for computers.
After graduating from Stanford University he founded and became the first CIO of OPSkins which creates virtual assets for videogame players, as well as President of WAX (Worldwide Asset eXchange), a decentralized marketplace for the digital exchange of videogame assets. CasSelle who speaks Japanese and Mandarin, in 1998 co-founded Pacific Century CyberWorks (PCCW), a global telecom company and his third successful startup. Through PCCW he led the U.S. company Groupon in its first joint venture with Tencent in China.
CasSelle, by now a major figure in digital media, started MediaPass in 2013, a digital subscription service for major media companies such as Ogden Newspapers and CBS. He also started Xfire which is a global social network for core video game players, and he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media at SeaChange International. He joined SeaChange International in 2015 as part of the company’s acquisition of another of his companies, Timeline Labs, where he remained CEO.
CasSelle continues to be a technology innovator. As strategic advisor to WAX (Worldwide Asset Exchange), he works with blockchain and crypto currencies. His company also provides an online marketplace for individuals playing video games.