Olyseum appoints former StakeHound Head of Product Ivan Payan i Muñoz as COO
Geneva, Switzerland, November 5, 2021 — Olyseum, an entertainment production company bringing stars and fans closer through digital assets, and originator of the first star-based NFT metacollection, today announces the appointment of Ivan Payan i Muñoz as Chief Operating Officer.
Ivan’s appointment ushers in a new era for Olyseum, as the company prepares for the first NFT drop of its star-led, storyboard-based NFT metacollection, directed and created by one of the world’s most recognized visual innovators. Ivan will work closely with Olyseum CEO Carlos Grenoir in directing the company’s growth strategy, while overseeing the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the business to efficiently execute the executive plan. His appointment also gives expression to the company’s renewed focus on tokenomics and community building, with further senior appointments earmarked for Q1 2022.
Over the course of his career, Ivan has demonstrated exceptional analytical, managerial, and technical acumen across a number of C-suite positions, including COO of Spain’s first blockchain consultancy agency Atraura, founded in 2013, and CEO of Abitari — the platform driving the digitalization of hotel operations worldwide. He also Co-founded Barcelona Mobile Apps, the association of mobile app developers and entrepreneurs of Barcelona, where he also served as the group’s President. Ivan’s leadership credentials within the crypto sphere have been underlined during his tenure as Head of Product at StakeHound — the institutional liquid staking provider bridging the gap between PoS staking and DeFi participation for major protocols. Under Ivan’s stewardship, StakeHound’s total value locked went from 0 to $300M over an 8 month period.
Olyseum aims to fundamentally change the landscape of fan engagement by bringing fans and stars closer together through tokenized experiences, in which stars and fans will be able to build their own collections, contribute to the direction of the stars’ metacollection script using OLY — Olyseum’s native utility token — rise up the rankings, and earn exclusive experiences with their favorite celebrities.
More than 40 stars with hundreds of millions of combined social media followers had joined the platform even before its official launch, including Olyseum co-founders Carles Puyol and Andrés Iniesta as well as MotoGP stars Jorge Martín, Pol Espargaró or Iker Lecuona, motorcycling icon Toni Bou, 5-star Michelin chef Eneko Atxa as well as acclaimed film directors, models and artists to be periodically revealed over the next several months.
Olyseum was founded by the accomplished computer scientist and neuroscientist Carlos Grenoir, who serves as its CEO, and the globally renowned cybersecurity consultant Kevin Mitnick. Other founding members are the former FC Barcelona players Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta and Iván de la Peña.
Olyseum CEO and Co-founder, Carlos Grenoir said: “Ivan brings a wealth of experience to the table, as we transition into next gear and get ready for an expansive pipeline of activity. Having previously served as Head of Product at StakeHound, Iván has an innate understanding of crypto tokenomics and wider industry trends, and represents a signature addition to our leadership team. We’re delighted to have him on board as we prepare for a range of community-building initiatives. With millions of fans set to enter this exciting space, we are in a great position to accelerate growth and establish a market-leading position.”
Commenting on his appointment, Ivan Payán i Muñoz said: “For me, joining Olyseum at such an exciting juncture in the company’s development was an unmissable opportunity. I have long admired the overarching vision of the company to transform the world of fan engagement, and bridge the gap in the celebrity economy. I firmly believe in the far-reaching potential of our platform to drive innovation in tokenized experiences and art. The foundations are in place for a rich phase of growth, and I’m hugely enthused to work with Carlos and the team on this journey.”
Olyseum’s key investors include Crèdit Andorrà Bank, BuyVIP co-founder Gerald Heydenreich, former Rothschild senior advisor Javier de Rocafort, renowned cybersecurity expert Kevin Mitnick, INDITEX franchisee Jordi Ballbé, and former FC Barcelona players Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta and Iván de la Peña.
Olyseum’s leading token holders are Jehan Chu, founder of Kenetic Capital and co-founder of Social Alpha Foundation; Patrick Dai, founder of Qtum; David Garcia, founder of Borderless Capital and Ripio; and Albert Castellana, co-founder of NEM foundation.
OLY is an ERC-20 based token. It was launched on Uniswap in February. The token has been listed on the Gate.io exchange, ProBit exchange, CoinMarketCap, CoinGecko; and has been integrated into the Oxis wallet. Much more exchanges listings to come.
Olyseum is a star-led, virtual social engagement platform bringing fans and stars closer together through a star-based NFT metacollection in a native metaverse. Olyseum’s expanding roster of stars are aligned on a common mission to create opportunities for meaningful, authentic interactions with fans, and reward them for their support and participation in the Olyverse ecosystem. For more information, please visit: olyseum.com, olyseum.medium.com and https://olyseum.zendesk.com, or follow us on twitter @olyseum, or join our telegram community using the handle t.me/olyseum.
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