Brock Pierce (born November 14, 1980) is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist​ with an extensive track record of founding, advising and investing in disruptive businesses. He's been credited with pioneering the market for digital currency​ and has raised more than $5 billion for companies he has founded. Pierce is the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation​ and co-founder of EOS Alliance​, Block.one​, Blockchain Capital​, Tether, and Mastercoin​ (the first Initial Coin Offering). [47]​ [34]​ 

Early Life

Pierce was born 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]

Blockchain

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The Promise of Blockchain: A Currency of Trust - DigitalK

Pierce is best known for his work pioneering the digital currency industry. He has raised over $5 billion for companies he founded in the space including EOS Alliance​, Block.one​, Blockchain Capital​, Tether, and Mastercoin​. Pierce was both an early investor in Bitcoin​ and one of the largest investors in the Ethereum​ crowdsale. He also advises for companies like AirSwap​, Bancor​, BitGo​, BitGuild, BlockV, Bloq, DNAElement Group​, Metronome, Shyft, tZERO, and ODX. [47]​ [50] [48]​ 

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Brock Pierce on the evolution of crypto, DNA Fund & Puerto Rico - Korea Blockchain Summit

Pierce was also one of the founders of Block.one​ which has sold over $4 billion tokens in the EOS crowdsale making it the largest ever. He co-founded Blockchain Capital​ in 2013 and is the first sector-focused venture fund that invests solely in blockchain technology companies. Pierce led the firm through the first ICO of a venture fund, which created the first security token. Blockchain Capital has made more than 100 investments in the sector across its four funds. The firm was named the most active FinTech Venture Fund by Pitchbook. In 2014, Brock founded Tether, the first stablecoin​ and asset backed token. [47]​ [50]

Pierce has spoken about the power of blockchain ​technology and decentralization at events across the world. He is a frequent lecturer at Singularity University​ and has spoken at the Milken Global Conference, Mobile World Congress​, Wired, INK, Stanford University​, USC​, and UCLA​. [48]​ [47]​ [49]​ 

Pierce has also been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times​, Forbes​, Fortune, Wired, and Rolling Stone​. [51]​ [52]​ [34]​ [46]

Puerto Rico

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Brock Pierce: EOS, Puerto Rico & The Future Of Blockchain

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, Brock Pierce and other crypto enthusiasts decided to move to Puerto Rico to help rebuild the island and create a safe haven for cryptocurrency.[43]​ Puerto Rico also offers a tax haven for crypto millionaires and billionaires through Act 20 and Act 22.

Philanthropy

Personal experience has lead Pierce to become an advocate for due process​ and rule of law​, with a focus on an efficient, fair, and coherent judicial system as the cornerstone to liberal democracy​. His philanthropy in this area focuses on the American Civil Liberties Union​ (ACLU), the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education​, the Center for Individual Rights​, and the Brennan Center for Human RIghts. [47]

Personal Life

Brock Pierce is married to Crystal Rose Pierce​. Their marriage is upheld in an online smart contract​ that can be dissolved, changed or renewed annually. In January 2018, the couple announced that they are having their first child, Crypto Pierce​. [44]​ [46]