Walter Cruttenden is a financial markets innovator, an active founder investor in growth companies that serve a social need, and is incredibly passionate about human history and astronomy. Currently, Walter serves as Chairman of Acorns, a micro investing company, which he co-founded with his son, Jeff Cruttenden, Jason Martell and Mark Dru. Acorns is an app that enables people to save and invest in incredibly small increments, with high frequency, requiring little or no conscious effort. Walter also serves as CEO of Blast, a gamification company operating at the nexus of the Fintech and Game industries. Blast's app features a new game dynamic that improves the financial outcome for both gamers and game companies alike.
In his early career, Cruttenden founded and served as CEO of two well known investment banking and brokerage firms; Cruttenden Roth (now Roth Capital, active underwriters of emerging growth companies), and E*Offering, formerly the iBank arm of E*Trade Securities (since merged). As CEO, Walter led both companies through rapid growth and significant liquidity events. Walter also co-founded SRS Laboratories (since acquired by DTS), after buying the acoustic technology from Hughes, and developing it into an independent company. Cruttenden also founded one of the largest growth stock conferences in the US, now the Roth Conference.
When he is not engaged in Fintech, Walter acts as the Director of the Binary Research Institute in Newport Beach, California, which researches the cause and consequences of solar system motion. As part of his cosmological work Walter authored the book Lost Star of Myth and Time, the award winning documentary film, The Great Year (narrated by James Earl Jones) and the children's book, The Great Year Adventures: with Tommy the Time-Traveling Turtle.
Ancient cultures around the world spoke of a vast cycle of time with alternating dark and golden ages; Plato called it the Great Year. Most of us were taught in school that the dark ages were real but the golden age was just a universal myth. However, new scientific evidence suggest this cycle of high and low ages may have some basis in fact and Caltech is hot on the trail! To better understand the physics behind the concept, we need look no farther than the diurnal and annual motions of the earth. In the first celestial motion, the earth spins on its axis which causes the cycles of night and day, and swinging mankind’s consciousness from “waking” to subconscious states according to the axing and waning light. The earth’s yearly revolution around the Sun has an comparatively larger and profound effect; its swinging electromagnetism creates the seasons, while trillions of plants and animals change form, spawn, hibernate or migrate in masses.
The astronomical community has discovered that something massive is tugging on our solar system and the stage is set for discovering the motion that moves us through high ages of enlightenment and into lower ages of darkness—a similar darkness that psychology investigates with amnesia patients suffering anxiety from not knowing of their past—a past that we too, have forgotten. Has the whole of mankind unknowlingly suffered a similar dissonance? And If so, perhaps it explains many of our modern problems. Cruttenden explains the cosmic cycle in detail and suggests how a better understanding of the wisdom of ancient cultures is the absolute recipe to a higher civilization.
2018 Walter Cruttenden