FanChain is developed by the team at SportsCastr, the live video streaming application that lets anybody in the world choose the SportsCastr, or be the SportsCastr. Previously, CEO Kevin April and CTO Peter Azuolas founded and operated SportsBlog, the largest open blogging platform for sports fans on the web. April and Azuolas developed the official players' applications for the NBA, NFL and WNBA.
In July of 2018, FanChain announced an official partnership with the NFL Players Association. The NFLPA became an equity stakeholder in the company, an agreement that marks one of the most mainstream adoptions of cryptocurrency to date. One month later, FanChain announced its official partnership with the WNBA Players Association as well.
FanWide, the world's largest network of team fan clubs, announced its partnership with FanChain in October 2018. The partnership renders FanWide the first "Mint" to join the FanChain ecosystem. With 100,000+ active users and relationships with over 10,000 bars, restaurants and sports venues across the US and Europe, FanWide will drive engagement and rewards by distributing FANZ to their international user-base.
Partners, advisors and investors in the company include David Stern, who was Commissioner of the NBA from 1984-2014 and is currently Senior Advisor at Greycroft; Steve Smith was an NBA All Star, NBA Champion and Olympic gold medalist before joining NBA TV as one of the network's premier analysts and on-air personalities; Charles Baker is the co-chair of O'Melveny's Sports Industry Group and has represented buyers and sellers of sports franchises in the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS; and Donald Schupak, a career attorney and entrepreneur who is the architect of what Sports Illustrated and ESPN call "The Greatest Sports Deal of All-Time."