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Guillermo's Journey from Internet Icon to Chat Show Host

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The son of a Puerto Rican seamstress mother and a Spanish dignitary father, Guillermo de la Marquez left his native Spain at the tender age of seventeen in 1990 for an internship in broadcast communications at Station A, a revolutionary new pay-cable network in Los Angeles. There he acquired an early appreciation for alternative programming and a devotion to media technologies while under the stewardship of his mentor, Indie Romaloff, a maverick filmmaker of international acclaim and Founder of Station A. In his spare time Guillermo also found work as a freelance camera operator and continued to hone his skills as a technician.

Two years later after becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States, Guillermo would leave Station A to attend Harvard. It was during this time that Station A's CEO Romaloff mysteriously disappeared while on a fact finding expedition to Antarctica for a documentary that was in development at Sony Pictures. Suddenly, Guillermo found himself in the spotlight as the Station A Board of Directors petitioned him for the new role of President and Director of Programming and Media Acquisitions. Against the will of his father, Guillermo left Harvard and accepted his new found leap-up-the-rung status at the fledgling cable start-up.

In late 1994, and on his twenty-first birthday Guillermo de la Marquez joined a financing committee lead by Wall Street leverage king and corporate raider Clayton "Richy Rich" Moneypenny, Esq. that helped spearhead Station A's acquisition of Tegrat Media, an emerging Internet video company on the rise whose mission was to produce streaming content for an Internet-as-TV-model.  Prior to the merger?/buyout?/hostile takeover? Tegrat Media had been backed by billions of dollars in venture capital that pushed its stock value into the stratosphere and beyond; it proved to be an attractive prospect to Moneypenny and his feeding frenzy of investment bankers, lawyers and panoply of Who's Who in the World of Finance. During those days Moneypenny had managed to accumulate a war chest that some claimed exceeded the gross national products of Argentina and Chile. Upon Station A's absorption of Tegrat Media into its fold, the company rebranded and went public launching the largest IPO in history at the time under the new banner of Future Revenues Media Inc. Guillermo, along with Moneypenny and his band of merry thieves became exponentially wealthy (on paper) overnight. Future Revenues Media Inc. positioned itself as the Internet and media company of the future and was heralded by Fortune magazine as one of the top ten fastest growing businesses in America.

In the midst of the dotcom boom Future Revenues Media Inc. struggled to maintain its viability in the New Economy as it was unable to develop a successful strategy for monetizing the Internet video properties end of the acquisition. In essence, Broadband technology, while on record as having emerged in the 1960s on the campuses of certain collegiate institutions, remained considerably commercially immature and inaccessible due to among other things, vast government restrictions. Unfortunately, this left many consumers stuck with painfully slow-as-molasses downloads and buffer-ridden streaming and consequently, dissenting and divisive voices began to emerge in the marketplace on the future of Future Revenues Media Inc.  

With a neglected and floundering cable side of the business in conjunction with a digital property steadily losing money, Future Revenues Media Inc. soon became known as the "start-up that had peaked too early" by some and a "'smoke and mirrors' speculative mess" by others.

When the bubble burst in 2000 Future Revenues Media Inc. was one of the first media and technology companies to go bankrupt sending its shareholders into the financial doldrums. The free flowing days of "irrational exuberance" (as once quoted by Alan Greenspan), champagne filled afternoons, massive payouts and endless credit lines were quickly and rather dramatically replaced with tales of dreadful despair, a plethora of pink slips, and an assortment of enterprises teetering on the brink of implosion.

In May of 2000 the thought-to-be-dead Indie Romaloff was discovered alive and well living in an underground bunker in Germany that had been built during World War II by the Nazis. Lucky to still be living and excited about the possibility of making the movie about his life centered around his kidnapping by a band of German white slavery traders while in Antarctica, Romaloff looked forward to the reunion with his protege Guillermo. It was his intent to release the film through the pipeline of his old cable company Station A in hopes of later finding a distributor, due to the fact that Sony Pictures had dissolved the earlier contract when Romaloff went missing in 1992. Suffice it to say Romaloff's homecoming was met with the dampened news of Station A-turned Future Revenues Media Inc.'s  -- ultimate demise.


Guillermo, now in massive debt from the fallout, made a promise to his old friend Indie Romaloff that he would do whatever was necessary to rebuild the fundamental foundation that had given rise to the old analog pay-TV company Station A model and tether it with new digital technologies and premium enterprise content within a multi-platform integration of web TV to produce a virtual cable company. To Guillermo's delight, his industrious father went on record and announced his decision to make a much needed investment of capital towards the revolutionary technology business plan provided his son returned to Harvard and finished his degree. Agreeing with his father's terms Guillermo re-enrolled in Harvard in 2002 and in 2004 Guillermo received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a minor in New Media Designs. He would later receive postgraduate degrees from the Wharton School of Business in Digital Media & Creative Industries and Web 2.0 Strategies & Interactive Entertainment Technologies.

On February 5, 2010 Guillermo de la Marquez backed by partial funding from his father secured the last piece of the puzzle by entering into negotiations with a Swiss financier to launch Station A-Plus, a multimedia convergence cable property built on an IP Network infrastructure, specializing in multi-platform digital
and Video-on-Demand services. Indie Romaloff, after being convinced by Guillermo that this new wave of the digital revolution  would revolutionize the way consumers accessed content, gleefully signed on to produce the company's flagship series -- The Guillermo de la Marquez Show.

Host Guillermo Interviews ex-porn star turned search engine entrepreneur Amil Perl from The Guillermo de la Marquez Show on Vimeo.

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