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I'm a self-made businessman, investor and philanthropist.
While investing I always prefer active v passive, contrarian v conventional approach.
I deeply believe that in today‘s rapidly changing, fiercely competitive world, you don‘t simply find opportunities. You must create them. Creating opportunities fuels performance.
I've experienced remarkable journey from zero to hero three times already (and twice in between to zero again) - that helped me mature both as an individual as well as a professional.
I promised you there will be more news coming on my activities, and prospective sources for your knowledge based wealth creation. So let's start from NGO Accelerator.
On January 12, the selection of participants for the first NGO Accelerator for non-governmental organizations in Lithuania started. Social entrepreneurs are invited to a unique 14-month program, during which they will not only be provided with entrepreneurial and financial attraction knowledge, but also created infrastructure to test the acquired knowledge in practice with the help of professionals in different fields.
The uniqueness of the accelerator is a strong network of mentors and a training process based on good practices of start-ups (i.e. innovative young businesses) aimed at long-term impact. Participants will have the opportunity to consult with experts in different fields (business, law, public sector, advertising, etc.) on emerging issues, thus providing the necessary assistance in finding quality solutions throughout the program.
“The ecosystem of start-ups and various assistance to them in Lithuania is already quite well developed. However, in many cases, non-profit organizations addressing specific societal challenges have not yet had a real opportunity to reap the benefits of this ecosystem, ”said Marius Čiuželis, Member of the NGO Accelerator Jury and Selection Committee. "NGO Accelerator" will fill this vacuum and help such organizations to understand business principles faster, organize their activities more efficiently and thus achieve better results," notes M. Čiuželis.
Read more in the initiative (in Lithuanian):
Prospective investors from three countries already expressed their interest participate in my IPO - still few days to go.
What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger. I believe you have heard that many times. Before investing in my IPO read about my journey of ups and downs in life which lead me to exact place where I am standing right now.
1. From zero to hero:
I grew in a countryside and leaving it for university in a capital city I had one and the only aim - to find my spot in investment world and build a life around it. It took me 10+ years after the university, I worked here and there, mainly in financial brokerage, learning a lot, developing and offering my clients new and then non-existing services like US stock trading or investing into hedge funds - via structured notes at first, then multi-strategy, then CTAs, and so on. Three times rejected the offer to join one of the leading banks investment management and advisory team, took the forth and raised to deputy head and CIO of Private banking. Assets under management and advisory then reached 1bn in local currency, life was good, I enjoyed it a lot, made risky bets while investing myself and didn't care about the future.
From hero to zero:
At the very bottom of 2009 crisis I was asked to leave high ranked position as a bank clerk. We had some investment loses (who didn't then?), all investment management decisions were moved to headquarter overseas, leaving local divisions as translation bureaus only. I was unprepared, with few thousand on hand and bank acct and huge debts and for a day or two thought its the end of life.
2. From zero to hero:
On a 3rd day I started my own financial advisory company. Some former clients followed. Almost everybody around me then said I’m the craziest man on Earth who wants to start financial services business when market crashes like never before. However, that was a perfect timing and during the next few years I grew the new company to one of a largest in its niche with €100m+ of Institutional assets under advisory.
From hero to zero:
Our super active, innovative and even revolutionary approach was pain in the ass for regulatory authorities and they used all possible means to stop us. Finally found some (when you grow fast it's impossible not to overlook some minor issues) and revoke our licenses and almost overnight destroyed 8 figure business.
3. From zero to hero again:
It took some time to stand up again, few months to refocus, few years to rebuild my fortune and since then I’ve been managing my own financial assets portfolio only and devoting 98% of my time to philanthropy.
You never know what tomorrow will put on a table, but I can share a rich collection of pieces of advise how to survive when there is no light at the end of a tunnel, how to rebuild what was broken, how to restore what was completely damaged.
Buy my IPO, invest early to gain the most.
So its official:
Vilnius City Council, following the proposal of the Patronage Council under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, awarded the title of Patron of Vilnius City Municipality for the established M. Ciuzelis Charity Foundation and over 300 thousand euro support to its activities in 2014-2020. By the same decision, the M. Ciuzelis Charity Foundation was recognized as a patronized project.
More (In Lithuanian):
Why you should invest in my IPO? For several reasons:
- my investment portfolio performance in 2020 was in triple digits
- I added / traded some new asset classes which contributed quite handsomely to the total performance
- our achievements in philanthropy / social entrepreneurship area were well noted with nomination granted as the most social responsible businessman working for the elderly and the Lithuania's Patronage Council proposed to award me with the title of Patron of Vilnius City Municipality.
What lies ahead?
For profit sector
- a new investment fund (we have been testing the system for some time already)
- a new investment into a new start-up in telco space
Not for profit sector
- new services at our befriending and support helpline for the elderly Sidabrine linija (the Silver Line)
- completely new ITT infrastructure at Sidabrine linija (the Silver Line) which will allow us to cross-board the country and start offering our services in other countries too
- new social services for the elderly (if pandemic allows)
- development of new fundraising tools - with a code name USUP
Follow the news, here will be much more. And invest early to gain the most :)
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