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Pavel Bains

Pavel Bains

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Pavel
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Pavel Bains is a well-recognized thought leader in the blockchain, cryptocurrency, and decentralized internet sectors. He is an entrepreneur, futurist, designer and investor in exponential technologies, known as the Co-founder and CEO of Bluzelle, a decentralized storage network for the creator economy. He led the successful $19.5 million Bluzelle ICO with a stellar set of team and advisors to build a decentralized database for blockchain applications. Prior to launching Bluzelle, Pavel co-founded Storypanda, a digital book platform that empowered kids to read, create and share books. Under his leadership, Storypanda amassed the attention of acclaimed titles by DreamWorks, Warner Bros, and more. He was also in GM and CFO roles for video game studios, including leading multiplayer independent developer Threewave Software and Disney Interactive Studios. An investor in decentralized finance, cryptocurrency, and fintech, Pavel invested in startup Bench and virtual reality startup VR Chat.

Professional Experience


Academic History

CURRENT APPOINTMENTS

  • Strategic Advisor, Studio Capital Management

  • Principal, M2SIX Ventures


STORYPANDA

  • Through Storypanda, Pavel became a part of 500 Startups, the world's leading early-stage startup accelerator and VC.

  • He put together deals with Warner Bros, Peanuts, MGA Entertainment, DreamWorks, CBC, and Hachette.

  • Under his leadership, Storypanda successfully raised venture capital from Silicon Valley and New York.

  • Storypanda published critically acclaimed titles by the world's best independent authors and media brands.


EARLY CAREER & EXPERTISE

  • Pavel was EIR for Center for Digital Media where he worked with students and graduates forming companies in digital media and tech.

  • At Threewave, he oversaw the day to day operations of a 70+ video game studio of AAA titles from EA, Activision and Atari.

  • At Threewave, he also worked with the BC Interactive Task Force to further industry initiatives in the province.

  • At Disney, Pavel was the Financial Manager for seven studios, overseeing budgets of $150M.

  • He worked with both executive management and game directors to determine their financial reporting needs to improve game development.

  • Pavel also provides advisory, M&A, and capital raising services for companies in digital media and technology.


HONORS & RECOGNITION

  • Technology Pioneer, World Economic Forum


MEDIA & APPEARANCES

  • Pavel often speaks on panels and conferences regarding digital media, finance and technology.

  • He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, Fast Company, VentureBeat, Coindesk and The Huffington Post.

  • He has been a speaker at conferences including the World Blockchain Forum and BlockShow, and appears on CNBC.

  • He has also appeared as a guest on Real Vision.