Pavel is an entrepreneur, futurist, designer and investor in exponential technologies. He is the CEO of Bluzelle Networks, which builds blockchain and distributed ledger solutions for the finance industry. Pavel also provides advisory, M&A, and capital raising services for companies in digital media and technology. Pavel is an investor in fintech startup Bench and virtual reality startup VR Chat. In addition, Pavel often speaks on panels and conferences about where digital media, finance and technology are heading. Pavel also is a contributing writer to Fast Company, Venture Beat, Forbes and The Huffington Post. Pavel was the co-founder of Storypanda, a digital book platform that empowered kids to read, create and share books. Storypanda published critically acclaimed titles by the world's best independant authors and media brands. Storypanda had licensing deals with DreamWorks, Warner Bros, CBC, MGA, Peanuts and many more. Storypanda's mandate was turning kids from content consumers to content creators. Through Storypanda, Pavel became a part of 500 Startups, the world's leading early-stage startup accelerator and VC. Based in Silicon Valley, 500 Startups now has a presence in all major regions of the globe and is repsonisble for investing into and inspiring the next wave of entrepreneurs. Prior to Storypanda, Pavel was in GM and CFO roles for video game studios, including leading multplayer independant developer, Threewave Software and Disney Interactive Studios. At Threewave, Pavel was involved in the production of AAA titles from EA, Activision and Atari. At Disney, Pavel was the Financial Manager for seven studios, overseeing budgets of $150M. Pavel is a former NCAA Academic-Athlete Honour Student, having competed on the UCLA Track & Field team. Pavel also is the Level Chartered Financial Analyst and graduate of Simon Fraser University.