Chain of Points Adds Internet Pioneer and iPayYou Founder Gene Kavner to Board of Advisors

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Chain of Points, creators of the groundbreaking Blockchain-based platform incentivizing participation in loyalty programs, today announced the appointment of Gene Kavner to the company’s Board of Advisors.

Kavner is CEO and Founder of iPayYou.io, the world’s easiest, safest and most useful bitcoin wallet for consumers. He will collaborate alongside Irene Katzela, Ph.D. and CEO of Chain of Points.

Kavner is a veteran software developer and digital marketer who previously served as an Amazon.com executive, where he was Worldwide Director of the Amazon Associates program and led the world’s largest internet affiliate program.

“I am honored to join the Chain of Points Board,” said Kavner. “Chain of Points is the clear leader in the Blockchain-loyalty market and has realized tremendous growth over the past few months. I look forward to working with the company’s management team to drive Chain of Points in the market as an essential component of the retail and loyalty industry.”

Prior to founding iPayYou.io, Gene was one of the chief architects of Microsoft MSN, working on the platform from its inception and building it out to a point where it became to the fourth most popular website in the United States. Additionally, Gene served as Principal Architect and Director of Software Development for Expedia Lodgings, leading a team in the USA and China.

“Gene has been a proven leader and innovator in the retail and crypto industries. His knowledge and diverse background will be instrumental as we continue to grow,” said Irene Katzela, Chain of Points CEO. “I am beyond excited that Gene is joining our Board of Advisors and cannot wait to see what the future holds.”

A serial entrepreneur, Gene has founded numerous companies and built experienced technical teams in several verticals. His deep understanding of technology and consumer behavior led to the launch of iPayYou.io and the achievement of making Bitcoin accessible to the everyday consumer.

For more information on Chain of Points, please visit chainofpoints.com.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of industry leading online publication, Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC. Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including Humaniq.co where hs is interim CMO, DECENT.ch, Inchain, Chronobank, eGaas and others. He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List.

As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Bucharest, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Brussels, Barcelona etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the scene.

He’s also a director of a Dutch foundation called The Hackitarians and has run innovation events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities around the world on topics such Blockchain, Health, Energy, Internet of Things, AI etc.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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