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P. Bart Stephens
Bart Stephens is a Founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital, the General Partner of Crypto Currency Partners funds. Bart Stephens has also been a Managing Partner of Stephens Investment Management, LLC (SIM). Stephens Investment Management is a family owned and operated hedge fund and venture capital firm. Bart and his brother and Co-Founder Brad invented the term and pioneered “Nanocap” investing – venture capital style investing in the public markets focused on sub micro-cap equities.
Bart has a background as both an operating entrepreneur and a venture capitalist. Prior to co-founding SIM, Bart was Executive Vice President, Venture Capital for Ivanhoe Capital Corporation (ICC), an international investment firm.
Before joining ICC, Bart was a founding investor and Head of Corporate & Business development for Oncology.com. Oncology.com grew to become the internet’s largest cancer related web site before being sold to Pharmacia (now Pfizer) in 2001.
Prior to Oncology.com, Bart spent more than two years with E*TRADE, an early internet innovator in online financial services. While at E*TRADE, he held senior positions focused on product marketing, business development and corporate development. Bart earned a BA degree in Political Science from Princeton University. While at Princeton, his academic work focused on the intersection of information technology and national security issues.
Brock Pierce is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur with an extensive track record of founding, advising and investing in disruptive businesses. His level of domain knowledge and deep connections in gaming, blockchain technology and the digital currency space are unparalleled. Mr. Pierce pioneered the market for digital currency in games and has raised more than $200 million for companies he founded. He is the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital.
Blockchain Capital is the first sector-focused venture fund that invests solely in blockchain technology companies and the Bitcoin ecosystem. The firm is also the first venture fund in the world to do an ICO. Blockchain Capital has made more than 70 investments in the sector. The firm was recently named the most active FinTech Venture Fund by Pitchbook.
Mr. Pierce is the founder of IMI Exchange, the world’s leading digital currency marketplace for games, with annual sales exceeding $1 billion and investors such as Goldman Sachs and Oak Investment Partners, which was sold in 2016 for more than $100 million. He founded ZAM, one of the world’s largest media properties for gamers, which was acquired by Tencent in 2012. Mr. Pierce founded IGE, the pioneer of digital currency in online games, achieving revenues exceeding $100 million in 2006 and sold in 2007. Mr. Pierce is an early investor in Bitcoin and one of the largest investors in the Ethereum crowd sale. He’s also a founding board member of the Omni Foundation, which launched the first ICO in the summer of 2013, D10e, Tether, GoCoin, Xfire 2.0, Playsino, Five Delta (sold NASDAQ: SRAX), Evertune, GamesTV, and Digital Entertainment Network.
Mr. Pierce is faculty at the Singularity University and is a sought-after speaker who has spoken at the Milken Global Conference, Mobile World Congress, Wired, INK, Stanford, USC, and UCLA. He attended the University of Southern California.
Brock Pierce is a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur best known for pioneering the market for digital currency. He is a Founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital and Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation. Blockchain Capital has invested in more than 30 blockchain enabling technology companies. Pierce is also a founder, advisor, or board member of GoCoin, Tether, ZenBox, Blade Financial, Expresscoin, Noble Markets, BitGo, ChangeTip, BlockStreet, Coin Congress, and Plug and Play. He is a sought-after commentator on the Bitcoin economy and was elected to the Bitcoin Foundation Board in 2014. Pierce is a BitAngels city leader and runs a top AngelList Syndicate. As an entrepreneur, Pierce raised more than $200 million for the companies he founded and led more than 30 acquisitions throughout his career.
Pierce’s entrepreneurial activities have been focused in the areas of digital currencies like Bitcoin, virtual worlds, gaming, payments, and ad tech. He is the founder of IMI Exchange, the worlds leading digital currency marketplace for games with sales exceeding US$1 billion annually, which raised over $100 Million from blue chip investors such as Goldman Sachs and Oak Investment Partners; ZAM, one of the world’s largest media properties for gamers with more than 15 million monthly users which was sold in January 2012 to Tencent; IGE, the company credited with pioneering the market for digital currency in online games, which generated $100 million in revenue in 2006 and was sold in early 2007. He is also a founder of Xfire 2.0, Playsino, Five Delta (Sold to OTCBB: SCRI), Evertune, GamesTV, and Digital Entertainment Network.
Pierce is also an active supporter of non-profit and advocacy organizations and is a member of Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been a guest lecturer at the Milken Global Conference, Singularity University, Stanford, USC, and UCLA.
W. Bradford Stephens
Brad Stephens is a Founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital, the General Partner of Crypto Currency Partners funds.
Brad has also been a Managing Partner of Stephens Investment Management, which he co-founded in 2002. His diverse background in domestic and international finance includes sell-side securities analysis, hedge fund management, venture capital and family office management. Prior to co-founding SIM, Brad worked as the senior analyst at Fidelity Ventures, the venture capital arm of Fidelity Investments. At Fidelity, Brad focused on the areas of Internet Security and New Media, leading investments into e-Security, Sanctum and Managed Objects. He also founded Fidelity’s Biometric Consortium, a cutting edge collaboration of all Fidelity’s business units designed to explore, pilot and implement biometric security systems within Fidelity and eventually its consumer clients.
Brad also worked as a research analyst in CSFB’s Technology Group, specializing in Internet Security and Internet infrastructure software. While at CSFB, Brad helped raise over $1.3 billion for companies under coverage. Prior to working at CSFB, Brad worked as a research analyst at Furman Selz (later acquired by ING Barings), where he co-founded their Internet Research Group and co-authored the first financial industry piece on Internet Security.
Brad has a bachelor of arts degree from Duke University where he was an economics major with an emphasis on China. This work included direct venture capital experience in Beijing, where he helped seed-finance SRS, the first technology venture investment into China, which later became Sina.com (Nasdaq: SINA). Brad also sits on the board of IMI Exchange, the global leader in virtual goods exchange, based out of Seoul, Korea.