GLOBAL BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGIES CORP. ANNOUNCES
APPOINTMENT OF INDUSTRY LEADING BLOCKCHAIN TEAM
October 10, 2017 – GLOBAL BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGIES CORP. (“GBT” or “Global Blockchain” or the “Company”) (TSX V: BLOC | Frankfurt: BWSP | OTC: BLKCF) announces the appointments of its new management team consisting of Mr. Steven Nerayoff as Chairman, Mr. Rik Willard as CEO, , Mr. Shidan Gouran as President and Mr. Kyle Kemper as Chief Strategy Officer.
Mr. Steven Nerayoff, Esq. LL.M. (Chairman) is a prolific serial entrepreneur and attorney having founded six companies in both Silicon Valley and New York. He is an early pioneer and leader in the Blockchain industry and a senior advisor to Ethereum and Lisk and personally coined the terms “Gas” or “Fuel” to describe the functionality within Ethereum’s protocol. Steven advised and contributed to Ethereum from its earliest days, created the initial legal framework and co-drafted the crowdsale model which set the standard for all other crowdsales to follow. Through his venture capital firm, Maple Ventures, Steve has been the lead investor in some of the most successful Blockchain and Cryptocurrency ventures. He has also been a senior advisor to some of the most promising Cryptocurrency projects including Factom, Lisk, ZCash and Bancor.
Steve is also currently the Founder & CEO of CloudParc, a patented next-generation optics based solution for on and off-street parking systems, whose ground-breaking technology automates the transaction management, vehicle identification and parking violation/enforcement process. Prior to Maple Ventures and CloudParc, Steven founded Freedom Eldercare, one of the country’s largest and fastest growing private pay home health care providers, which was purchased by Webster Capital in 2008, the first acquisition by a private equity firm in the sector. Other companies he has founded and co-founded include: Fleetwood Owen (now Cooper Owen, the world’s largest celebrity memorabilia company), eWanted.com, the Internet’s leading marketplace for person-to-person “want ads” and Inside/Out City Guides. Steven began his career as an attorney with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where his practice involved technology, M&A, structured finance transactions, tax and corporate work.
Mr. Rik Willard (CEO) is a pioneer in the Blockchain sector, he founded the Agentic Group LLC., a 51-company federation on 5 continents supporting and developing the blockchain and “Internet of Value” ecosystems through consulting, business development, industry events, and more. Clients include: The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, The Port of Rotterdam, The Hague, MOOG, BNY Mellon, Citco, MIT Media Lab, MIT Sloane and others.
Prior to the Agentic Group, Rik was the CEO of MintCombine, a global incubator and product lab for Blockchain ventures, headquartered in New York City. MintCombine was also one of the founding sponsors of the Beyond Bitcoin Expert Calling Network.
Rik is also a pioneer of branded digital engagement concepts, including DOOH and large-public screen projects, branded content, CMS, mobile and social media with clients and productions, including MGM Resorts, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Lucent Technologies, Dictaphone, The World-Famous Apollo Theater, Couture designers (including Chado Ralph Rucci, Oscar de LaRenta and Kevan Hall), The French Ready-to-Wear Association (Pret-a-Porter) and others. He founded America’s first digital out of home company in early the 90s and one of Silicon Alley’s first digital boutiques in 1994.
Rik is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, a tech mentor at Siedenberg Computer Science Lab at Pace University, on the Advisory Board at the Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College, a mentor at Plug and Play’s Bitcoin Accelerator, an advisor to Toronto’s Decentral Bitcoin Incubator and a Corporate Round Table member at the World Conference of Mayors.
He is also a featured speaker at many institutions and media outlets, including Harvard Business School Club, Kaufmann Institute, Dow Jones Speakers Series, CNN and CNBC.
Mr. Shidan Gouran (President) is a serial entrepreneur who founded Nuovotel, one of the first and largest wholesale VoIP service providers of its time, Jazinga, developers of an award winning unified communications system and Home Jinni, developers of the first Android based Smart TV platform. Shidan is an investor in and advisor to a number of financial technology and blockchain startups. He mined his first Bitcoin in early 2010 and has been involved with Cryptocurrencies ever since. Shidan studied Pure Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Kyle Kemper (CSO) is the Executive Director of the Blockchain Association of Canada. Mr. Kemper is a passionate visionary, connector, speaker, and problem solver with over 10 years of professional experience across many different industries. In recognition of in the Bitcoin and Blockchain space, Mr. Kemper has been featured on major Canadian and international radio, broadcast, and print media as well as the majority of Blockchain related media outlets. Mr. Kemper has a BCOMM degree from Dalhousie University and has received designation as a Certified Bitcoin Professional.
In addition, the Company is pleased to announce the creation of an advisory board consisting of the following members: Jim Rogers, Jeff Pulver, Gary Rubinoff, Mike Terpin , David Drake, and Manie Eagar.
Mr. Jim Rogers is an American businessman, investor, traveler, financial commentator and author based in Singapore. Jim has authored several best-selling books, including his latest, “Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets” and is currently the Chairman of Rogers Holdings and Beeland Interests, Inc. Jim also co-founded the Quantum Fund with George Soros which went on to capture a 4,200% return in ten years, significantly outperforming the S&P 500 during the same timeframe. Jim then went to create the Rogers International Commodities Index in the 1990’s based on commodities futures. In 2011, Rogers started a new index fund called The Rogers Global Resources Equity Index which focuses on the top companies in agriculture, mining, metals and energy sectors as well as those in the alternative energy space including solar, wind and hydro. Jim is also a frequent contributor to ‘The Washington Post’, ‘The New York Times’, ‘Forbes’, ‘Fortune’ and ‘The Wall Street Journal’ and has served as a guest professor of finance at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Jeff Pulver act as a strategic adviser to a number of Blockchain projects and is known as a globally renowned Internet thought leader. Throughout his highly successful international career, Jeff has been insistently promoting internet communications and telephony and has helped change the way the world communicates. An “Order” named after Jeff Pulver was issued by the Federal Communications Commission, supported by the White House. Jeff is an Internet Pioneer, VoIP; Entrepreneur, Investor, Strategist, Astro photographer, Speaker, Futurist and has helped shape the worldwide market acceptance of VoIP. He is the founder / co-founder of numerous startups including Free World Dialup, VON, Vivox, MoNage and Vonage.
Mr. Gary Rubinoff brings almost 30 years of venture investing experience. He focuses on a broad range of opportunities including Blockchain, AI, Chatbot and Mobile Computing, and Digital Media. Gary founded The WIN Fund in 2014. Prior to that, Gary Founded Summerhill Venture Partners when he spun it out of Bell Mobility in 2008. Prior to Summerhill Gary was a partner at J.L. Albright Venture Partners LP and Jefferson Partners LP, both Wireless and IT focused VC funds based in Toronto. Gary’s wide range of experience in finance, law and entrepreneurial management, enables him to play a significant role in financing and growing emerging technology companies. Gary holds a LLB from the School of Law, University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Gary sits on the Boards of Scribblelive, Umajin and Sonian, Inc.
Mr. Michael Terpin is founder/CEO of Transform Group, whose divisions include Transform PR, a global public relations firm that has served 100+ clients in the blockchain field; Coinovate, a cryptocurrency consulting and development company; CoinAgenda, an event series for cryptocurrency investors, and SocialRadius, one of the nationâ€™s first social media marketing firms twice named to the Inc. 5000. Terpin also co-founded BitAngels, the worldâ€™s first angel network for digital currency startups, in May, 2013, and he is managing partner of bCommerce Labs (www.bcommercelabs.com), the first blockchain incubator fund. Previously, Terpin founded Marketwired, one of the worldâ€™s largest company newswires, which was acquired in 2006 and later sold to NASDAQ for $200 million. He also co-founded Direct IPO, one of the earliest equity crowdfunding companies, and founded and sold his first PR firm, The Terpin Group. Terpin holds an MFA from SUNY at Buffalo and dual BA in journalism and English from Syracuse University, where he serves on the board of advisors at the top-ranked Newhouse School. Terpin is also an investor and advisor to many media and technology companies, including Purse.io and ShapeShift.
Mr. David Drake is the Chairman of LDJ Capital, a family office; Victoria Partners, LDJ Real Estate Group; Drake Hospitality Group; and, The Soho Loft Media Group. LDJ Capital’s extended network of funds of funds and hedge funds manages 1.5 trillion USD in assets. David previously represented the US Commerce Department at the EU and he spoke at the UK Parliament. Mr. Drake’s access to 100,000 investors is maintained through his media holding investment The Soho Loft Media Group which has produced and sponsored over 1100+ global finance conferences since 2002. David Drake is actively involved in the Crypto community as a speaker and has helped ICO firms he advised raise $61M in funding. Mr. Drake also sits on the board of the Tesla Foundation.
Mr. Manie Eagar is an internationally recognized thought leader in digital currencies and blockchain technologies. He has a legal background with an international career in investment management, financial services, telecommunications, information technologies and digital media. He is involved in several public/private sector collaborations to build awareness and advance business understanding of converging technologies such as Digital Identity Management, Crypto Currencies, Token Generated Events/Initial Coin Offerings, Mobile Communications, FinTech, AI, RoboAdvisers, Cybersecurity, IoT, Machine-to-Machine Learning, Big Data and Predictive Analytics. He co-authored the first ever Blockchain & Fintech Study in Canada: Blockchain and Emerging Financial Technologies: Positioning British Columbia as a Global FinTech Hub. He was a contributing author to the first ever crowdsourced FinTechBook– an Amazon bestseller. He is an advisor to a number of blockchain startups and ICOs.
“I am thrilled to join Global Blockchain and to welcome this leading team and advisory board” stated Steve Nerayoff incoming Chairman. “The breadth of experience and versatility the new team brings to the Company will be invaluable as GBT aims to become the first public company investing in vertically integrated originators and managers of top tier blockchains and digital currencies, with a view to providing investors access to a basket of holdings within the blockchain space.”
The appointment of Rik Willard follows the resignation of Chester Shynkaryk in the role of CEO. The Company would like to thank Chester for his contributions and wish him well going forward. The Company also announces the departure of Brandon Boddy from the board of directors and thanks him for his service. Joining the board of directors is Peter McCague.
About Global Blockchain Technologies Corp.
Global Blockchain Technologies Corp. is an investment company providing investors access to a basket of holdings within the blockchain space, managed by a team of industry early adopters and pioneers who have had a significant impact on the rise of the blockchain. GBT is focused on streamlining the complicated process that interested investors currently must undergo in order to gain exposure to the cryptocurrency space. GBT aims to become the world’s first publicly traded company that invests in vertically integrated originators and managers of top tier blockchains and digital currencies. GBT is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and its common shares trade under the ticker symbol “BLOC”. Other information relating to GBT is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com as well as on the Company’s website at http://globalblockchain.io
On behalf of:
GLOBAL BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
Theo van der Linde
Director and CFO
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