Adam Trexler, Ph.D. is the founder of Valaurum, Inc. In the first years of the Company, he drove innovations in producing the Aurum® and added numerous security features, changed the architecture of the bill, and developed the printing methods used today. Subsequently, he grew the business, doubling sales in each of the last three years.
Valaurum has become a recognized technology leader in minting in that time, with extensive distribution channels throughout North America, Europe and increasingly, Asia. Valaurum has an extensive and differentiated product line, with sales channels in television, national mint distributors, brick and mortar stores, catalogs, and outbound sales channels. Under Dr. Trexler’s leadership, Aurum® grew from a nearly unproducible invention to a new chapter in the history of physical money, with Valaurum producing government issues by five countries and legal tender issues by three.
Organizationally, Dr. Trexler originally structured Valaurum on a lean capital strategy. He successfully and judiciously raised all capital for the start-up, protecting early inventors from excessive dilution while building the technology and market for the Aurum®. Dr. Trexler also led the acquisition of two other early-stage companies to augment Valaurum’s IP portfolio. He built a world-class team of directors and advisors who drove the Company forward, while maintaining a lean staff. Dr. Trexler also sold hundreds of thousands of Aurum® with no investment in direct advertising, leveraging new partnerships to build the brand. Dr. Trexler has now begun to build a larger team, in line with its exponential revenue growth, and the Company projects it will have twenty employees at the end of 2021.
Dr. Trexler is a thought leader and recognized innovator in physical currency. He has been invited to be a keynote speaker and panel moderator at numerous currency, precious metal, printing, and liberty conferences. Dr. Trexler also continues to lead research and development efforts at Valaurum. He is the primary inventor and first patent author of the KeyBill, the most secure form of physical cryptocurrency. He is also an inventor of numerous precious metal bill security features, with a patent issued in 2020 and several more in development.
Before founding Valaurum, Dr. Trexler had dual backgrounds in academic research and venture capital. From 2008-2012, he was a professor and researcher at the University of Exeter and Queen Mary University of London, with numerous refereed publications relating to the history of culture and science, particularly with regard to credit, the gold standard, money and labor. His academic monograph, on the subject of climate change and culture, Anthropocene Fictions, was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2015. Before his academic career, Trexler worked at Corporate Finance, Inc., structuring early stage companies to raise equity capital.