Serge Belamant was born in France in 1953, moving to South Africa with his family when he was 14. There he attended the Highlands North High School for Boys. After graduating high school he began studying engineering at Witwatersand University, switching his concentration to computer science and applied mathematics during his second year. He then switched again to studying information systems at UNISA. He never completed his degree, but instead jumped into professional life. His first professional position was with Matrix, an engineering firm.
Here Serge Belamant worked on various kinds of computer applications, including IBM computers. The Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research then made him the head of its computer section. At this time he also assisted Control Data with various engineering work for IBM, UNIVAC, BURROUGHS, ICL Could code in FORTRAN, COBOL, PL1, and PASCAL. Control Data was so impressed with his assistance for this one-time gig that they offered him a full-time analyst position which he accepted. In 1980 he was honored as analyst of the year.
Serge Belamant was later trained in linear and non-linear programming by the RSA military. He then created the world’s first scientifically driven financial system. As a result of his groundbreaking work, he was awarded full membership into the RSA computer society. He then began assisting in implementing his patented technology for use in banks. This work was done on behalf of SASWITCH. It was so successful that by the late 90s it was the most successful ATM company in the world. In 1989, Belamant greatly updated this with a newly patented technology now recognized as the first cryptocurrency technology.
It was not used by SASWITCH, so Serge Belamant started his own company known as Net1 in which he churned out this technology for bank ATM use. It has since become so successful that now takes in one or two billion dollars a year.
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Clay Hutson is a Nashville, Tennessee entrepreneur in the music industry. He opened his own live entertainment production firm a decade ago that offers its services to people mainly in the music industry although he does sometimes to corporate entertainment events. He says that he learned all the tools of the trade earlier in his career while working for other businesses and so he felt the time was right to go into business for himself.
He says that while he does corporate entertainment, and once worked for a time on preacher Billy Grahams traveling show, his heart belongs to rock n’ roll. He has been on a huge amount of tours over the year and is very experienced in designing, managing, and producing live events. During the course of his professional career has worked for some big names including Pink, Kid Rock, and Guns N’ Roses.
In a recent interview, Clay Hutson says that he has lately been doing a lot of stage management. He handles the whole operation from getting equipment set up to breaking it all down once the curtain comes down. He says he constantly double checks his work so that everyone remains safe and nothing he or his crew does negatively impact the show in any way.
When choosing who to add to his crew Clay Hutson says he will always take someone talented in their job over someone that is nice and politically correct. He doesn’t really care if someone is rough around the edges as long as they can do their jobs correctly. He says that if someone is really good at their jobs that means they really care about it and find it to be one of their passions in life.
He says he has worked with a lot of really enthusiastic people over the years that weren’t any good at what they do for a living. They’re really polite but also really incompetent. Clay Hutson says he’s better off hiring an older, beaten-down employee than a young inexperienced person who goes about the day with their head in the clouds.
Lawrence Bender has had such a robust career as a film producer that it is difficult to narrow down his best works to one movie. One of the films that Lawrence Bender will be perhaps best known for is his role in producing Pulp Fiction. This cult classic was quite the edgy piece when it was first released. It has withstood the test of time as one of the most often quoted and referenced movies across generations. Lawrence Bender’s role in packaging some dynamic and poignant scenes cannot be understated. While there are plenty of scenes that elicit a guttural laugh, the overall production of the movie is so cutting-edge and innovative that the viewer is never able to completely relax into the script. This makes for an engaging and thought-provoking experience for the duration of the film.
Lawrence Bender has worked closely with Quentin Tarantino throughout his decades of producing top-quality films. His breakout film was Reservoir Dogs, which skyrocketed both Tarantino and Bender to almost instant fame. Bender was born in New York but grew up in New Jersey. He began a career in civil engineering and then switched to dance at The University of Maine. Unfortunately, Bender suffered a career-ending injury, and he had to look to expand into other performing arts opportunities.
Although Bender is primarily known for his work behind the camera, he is also keen on doing some cameo roles in his productions. For example, in Inglourious basterds: Volume 2, he played a restaurant patron in one scene. He has been recognized from multiple organizations for his excellence behind the camera. He was nominated three separate times for Best Picture from the Academy Awards. In addition, Bender was nominated for Best Film in 1995 for Pulp Fiction by the BAFTA Awards. He was the winner of the ACCA Best Most Picture award in 2009 for his work on Inglorious Bastards. Bender has branched out beyond film and is also the producer of major television series and documentary series. He is currently working on a documentary series featuring Nine Inch Nails and their 2007 album.