Brock Pierce (born November 14, 1980) is an American entrepreneur and former child actor. As a child actor, he had been in Disney films The Mighty Ducks (1992), D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994) and First Kid (1996).

Pierce has been involved in the establishment of digital currencies and virtual goods . [2] He founded Internet Gaming Entertainment in 2001 and Zam in 2003. [3] Many of Pierce's companies have operated in this virtual space.

Pierce is active in the Bitcoin/Blockchain ecosystem, with numerous speaking engagements, conference activities, and community involvement. In May 2014, Pierce was elected Director of the Bitcoin Foundation . [4] Pierce is founder and managing partner at Blockchain Capital ​, [5] a venture capital firm that's amongst the most active venture capital firms in Fintech. [6]

Pierce supports non-profit and advocacy efforts, and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative . [7] He has been a guest lecturer at the Milken Global Conference, [8] Singularity University, [9] Stanford, USC, Caltech, [10] and UCLA.

In 2000 three young actors filed a civil lawsuit claiming Pierce sexual abused them, additionally naming fellow Digital Entertainment Network executives Chad Shackley and Marc Collins-Rector . [11]

Acting career

Pierce began life in Minnesota , and appeared in commercials as a toddler. [11] His first major role was playing a young Emilio Estevez in The Mighty Ducks (1992). Pierce reprised the role in D2: The Mighty Ducks . He starred as Luke Davenport in First Kid (1996). Pierce had small roles in Little Big League (1994), Ripper Man (1995), Problem Child 3: Junior in Love (1995), Three Wishes (1995), and Earth Minus Zero (1996).

Entrepreneurship

Digital Entertainment Network

In 1999, Pierce was an executive vice-president of the Digital Entertainment Network , a company that created four-to-six minute streaming-video series, having raised $88m dollars from blue chip investors. As an 18-year-old, Pierce was making $250,000 a year and held one percent of the company's shares, a board member describing him as "the guy who could tell us what Gen-Yers were likely to think". [2] Pierce resigned from DEN in October 1999.

IMI Exchange

Pierce founded IMI Exchange (originally Internet Gaming Entertainment ) in 2001 and resigned from his CEO position on June 26, 2007, but remained an adviser and vice-chairman of the board of the company. [2] Under Pierce’s leadership, IMI Exchange nurtured DAX, the largest virtual goods exchanges in South Korea and the US/Europe market with sites, like ItemMania and Player Auctions, respectively. IMI Exchange raised over $100 million from investors like Goldman Sachs and Oak Investment Partners.

Pierce worked at ZAM, a network of websites oriented around massively multi-player online role-playing games ( MMORPG ), like World of Warcraft , Star Wars: The Old Republic , Rift , EverQuest , etc. [2] The ZAM.com network included gaming websites like ZAM.com, Wowhead, Thottbot, Torhead, and D3DB.

Internet Gaming Entertainment

In 2001, Pierce founded Internet Gaming Entertainment (IGE), a company which pioneered the MMORPG currency-selling services industry that link virtual economies with the real one. In 2004, CNN Money reported that IGE brought in more than $1 million USD each month. Between 2004 and 2005, IGE spent more than $25 million buying out seven smaller competitors, including four auction platforms and a number of fan and content sites. [17] In 2005, Pierce estimated that IGE accounted for about fifty percent of this online market in the U.S., which has about $500 million in annual volume. [17] [2]

Titan Gaming/Playsino

In 2010, Titan Gaming recruited Pierce to sit on its board along with EA Executive Keith McCurdy. [2] Pierce joined additional Southern California angel investors, including MP3.com ’s Michael Robertson, SOA Software ’s Eric Pulier and William Quigley and Jim Armstrong of Clearstone Ventures. [2] Also that year, Titan Gaming purchased the rising online gaming network Xfire from Viacom. [2] In October 2011, after Xfire received over $4 million in fresh funding from Intel Capital, Titan Gaming and Xfire cut ties and went their own ways. Titan Gaming and Xfire now operate independently. [2] In late April 2012, Titan Gaming announced that it would be rebranded as Playsino to embark in a complete makeover, with Pierce as the new CEO and $1.5 million of new funding. [3]

Bitcoin/cryptocurrency

Pierce is known for his work with Bitcoin and additional digital currencies, as an advisor, founder, and investor. Pierce has invested in over 30 companies in the blockchain ecosystem, helped raise over $200MM for companies he's involved with, is a mentor for startup accelerators, [3] and runs a top AngelList syndicate. [3] [3]

Pierce is a founder, board member, or advisor for several Bitcoin companies, including GoCoin, Tether, ZenBox, Blade Financial, Expresscoin, Noble Markets, BitGo and ChangeTip . [5]

Blockchain

Brock has been a crucial proponent of the public Blockchain since its formulation. He has given talks about how the blockchain infrastructure is the most secure technology for Cryptocurrency ​ that can also expand the possibilities for decentralization. [36]

Blockchain Capital

Brock is the co-founder of Blockchain Capital, a venture capitalist firm.