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Blockchain-based social network Olyseum connects fans with sports heroes

Tony Zerucha

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Olyseum, the specialized social network connecting fans and athletes, today announced the upcoming launch of its international network powered by blockchain technology. Led by CEO Carlos Grenoir and chief security officer Kevin Mitnick, Olyseum was co-founded by former FC Barcelona players Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta, and Iván de la Peña. Expecting to officially launch the blockchain-powered app later in 2018, Olyseum will test the network among fans throughout the FIFA World Cup that kicks off today.  

The platform aspires to build an online sports ‘Coliseum’, a universal platform for fans and idols to interact freely and seamlessly, building meaningful relationships and rewarding fan engagement through the use of cutting-edge technology. In 2016, on its initial launch in Spanish, Olyseum was the most downloaded sports app from the App Store in six countries, the company said.

“Throughout my career with FC Barcelona, I’ve had the unwavering support of millions of fans worldwide,” Mr. Puyol said. “With the desire to expand the limits of real and genuine participation of fans, Andrés, Iván and I joined together to create a collaborative space for lovers of this beautiful sport and interact with users moved by the same feeling.”

Mr. Grenoir holds a masters degree in Information Security and Neuroscience, and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Telecommunications. Prior to founding Olyseum, he created Quantum Fields Technologies, which specialized in security projects, research and development in AI, and intelligent social networks.

Mr. Mitnick is a noted security consultants, having worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies and the FBI.  Often called the world’s most famous hacker, Mr. Mitnick was arrested by the FBI in 1995 and spent five years in custody for crimes including  hacking into 40 major companies

“For too long, there has been a disconnect between idols and their fans, limiting the quality of fan-idol engagement,” Mr. Grenoir said. “Olyseum is here to bridge that gap, creating a social network that empowers the individual, and most importantly, rewards their participation. I’ve always been fascinated in the art of improving human relations, especially through harnessing the power of computers and technology. When Carles, Andrés, and Iván came to me with the shared problem of limited fan engagement, I felt compelled to deploy my knowledge and skills to help create a solution.”

Launching at the end of 2018 and in addition to incorporating blockchain technology, Olyseum is planning to introduce an incentive program powered by smart contracts for fans contributing to the community. These contributions will be rewarded in the form of exclusive merchandise, VIP tickets, and unique experiences with idols.

Testing will occur during this year’s World Cup.

“The World Cup brings impassioned fans together from around the world, all speaking the same international language of football and we look forward to testing our network among the international football community in the coming weeks,” Mr. Grenoir said. “The values of inclusion and collaboration are intrinsically linked to our platform, which will be underpinned by blockchain technology. We firmly believe that fans deserve to share the success of their idols, and now there is a platform that supports this vision. We are honored to be the enablers of dreams, bringing fans and idols closer together.”

Tony Zerucha

Tony Zerucha is an alternative finance journalist with more than seven years experience in the space. The author of more than 1,000 articles, Tony was named LendIt's 2018 Journalist of the Year.

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