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 of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) – Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He’s written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein’s professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he’s travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Seas’ travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he’s raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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