Alex is a serial web entrepreneur with more than 22 years experience in the digital space, building and developing tech businesses. In the late 1990s, he pioneered Webcity, the web-based interactive tourism guide, before completing a buyout with retail giant Carrefour, and later merging with a competitor service and selling to Yelp. After co-founding Winamax (the largest French online poker room) and Chilipoker in 2006, the underpinning technology platform was sold to Bally Technologies (now Scientific Games). In 2012, he formed Mediarex Sports & Entertainment, and in 2013 acquired the Global Poker Index (live Poker’s leading ranking authority) as well as The Hendon Mob (the largest live poker database in the world). As part of the Mediarex group, Chiliz was formed in 2018, when the official whitepaper was published, outlining a vision to create the $CHZ cryptocurrency and a blockchain-based fan engagement and rewards platform for sports fans. By mid 2018, $66 million had been raised through private placement and Socios.com, the world’s first fan voting and rewards platform for football and sports clubs, was born shortly afterwards. Socios.com has now grown to include 9 official partners: Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, West Ham United, OG, AS Roma, Atlético de Madrid, Galatasaray, Club Atlético Independiente, FC Barcelona and UFC, with a view to expand further into other sporting and entertainment verticals as well as other markets. Chiliz.net, the world’s first crypto exchange for sports and entertainment, went live in Q2 with Juventus Fan Tokens being the first to be listed. This marked the beginning of a new tradeable class of digital asset, where price is defined by market demand arising from factors such as fan sentiment, match results, tournament victories as well as transfer window activity.