PRESS RELEASE: Esteemed Blockchain Executives Join Blockparty’s Board of Advisors to Propel Mass Adoption of Blockchain-based Event Ticketing

PRESS RELEASE: Esteemed Blockchain Executives Join Blockparty’s Board of Advisors to Propel Mass Adoption of Blockchain-based Event Ticketing

September 30, 2018 0 By Ray

Alex Waters, Brian Kelly, and Marshall Hayner to help guide the strategic development and implementation of the new ticketing platform

NEW YORK, September 28, 2018Blockparty, a blockchain-powered live events ticketing platform, has announced the appointment of three prominent executives in the blockchain space to its Board of Advisors. Following the public launch of Blockparty earlier the summer, Brian Kelly, CEO of BKCM LLC, Alex Waters, Advisor to Elm Labs, and Marshall Hayner, CEO and Founder of Metal Payments, will support with the strategic development and further implementation of the Blockparty platform.

Shiv Madan, Blockparty CEO said, “Alex, Brian, and Marshall are incredible additions to the Blockparty team and their seasoned industry expertise will help accelerate the growth and adoption of our technology.  All three of these executives have been early supporters of what we’re building at Blockparty and it’s a great advantage to have them on board in an official capacity. We are confident that they will each contribute to the expansion of our platform as we continue to develop even more event partnerships and user offerings in the coming months.”

Alex Waters is an advisor to Elm Labs, a bitcoin, blockchain and fintech consultancy that brings expertise to financial institutions and cryptocurrency companies on their fintech projects. Waters specializes in system design and software architecture.  He previously served in technology roles at BitInstant and ItBit and was a co-founder of

Kelly is the founder and CEO of BKCM LLC, an investment firm focused on digital currencies, and portfolio manager of the BKCM Digital Asset Fund. He is also the co-founder of Shelter Harbor Capital LLC, Shelter Harbor Capital Global Macro Hedge Fund, and MKM Partners, a brokerage firm catering to institutional investment managers.  He is a regular CNBC contributor on Fast Money and other programs.

Hayner is the CEO and co-Founder of Metal Payments, a payments processing platform that rewards individuals in cryptocurrency for making transactions on the blockchain. He started the first Facebook-integrated bitcoin wallet QuickCoin in 2014 and has worked on numerous digital currency projects including Dogecoin, Stellar,, ChangeTip, and the Bitcoin Fair.

Marshall Hayner, CEO of Metal Payments said, “What excites me about Blockparty specifically, and what differentiates it from other platforms, is how simple it is to use and how it allows the average person to utilize cryptocurrency for everyday activities, such as music festivals, sports games, and more. I am thrilled to be working with the Blockparty team to help further the company’s growth, as well as my personal mission, which is to help put crypto in the hands of everyone – from consumers who knows very little about tokens to crypto-finatics.”

Waters, Kelly, and Hayner join former Ticketmaster VP Greg Consiglio, Managing Director at Galaxy Digital Labs Michael Maloney, and Aaron Chawla, who has directed production and operations at Coachella, Lollapalooza and the Super Bowl halftime show on Blockparty’s Board of Advisors. The board will ensure that the platform is implemented effectively and in accordance with its mission.

“This news comes on the heels of the recent ‘Best Life,’ an R&B music festival launched in Miami on September 15th that was ticketed solely using Blockparty’s blockchain-powered ticketing solution. For more information, visit”

About Blockparty:

Founded by esteemed veterans across the live events and blockchain industries, Blockparty is a blockchain-based live event ticketing platform, built on the mission of improving the ticket purchasing process for concerts, sporting events, music festivals, and more. Blockparty aims to eradicate bots, eliminate fraud, verify ticket ownership, and create real demand in order to both deliver an optimal event ticketing experience for consumers, and to allow for sustainable growth for artists, venues and live event organizers. For more information, please visit