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Brian P. Christie

CEO / Board Director

Brainsy, Inc.

Washington, DC

Brainsy executive totally dedicated to client success. Entrepreneur. Inventor. Start-up advisor and operator.

Brian P.'s proceeds are donated to The Izaak Walton League

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Start-up executive, adviser, and entrepreneur. Passionate about building innovative companies, cultures, and new business concepts. Functionally focused on new product development, strategy, and deals with a personal bias toward execution and getting things done.

Our team was privileged to share the Expert Calling Network (ECN) concept with President Obama. (Watch the video above). He thought it was "interesting" (his words).  


Background on Brainsy Knowledge Sharing Communities and Digital Buyers Guides.   





Brainsy, Inc. (formerly Fanaticall, Inc.)
January 2013 - present

CEO of Brainsy, Inc. Brainsy offers a Platform as a Service (PaaS) to power online knowledge-sharing and bounty networks including patented Expert Calling Network (ECN®), Expert Communities Online (ECO), Who’s Who and Digital Buyers Guides. Brainsy offers these services to associations, professional societies, franchisors, membership organizations, and crypto or token sponsors. Brainsy is a portfolio company of TomorrowVentures, an investment firm co-founded by former Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt. More information is at: 

Board Director

LTVtrade, LLC (Acquired)
March 2012 - December 2015

Board Director for FinTech company seeking to alter the business of residential whole loan mortgage and residential REO trading through the LTVtrade™ Marketplace - an open, accessible, and transparent, secondary market platform which focuses on meeting the needs of the largest and smallest financial institutions, small local funds and savvy accredited investors.

Board Director

AxamTrade, LLC
October 2010 - December 2017

Board Director for company that advises, incubates, and / or invests in innovative start-up, early stage, or global companies seeking to bring innovative products and services to market.

VP, Business Alliances

Promontory Interfinancial Network
December 2002 - October 2010

  • VP at B2B2C FinTech company offering innovative services to 3,000+ banking and financial service sector clients. Joined Promontory prior to launch of its first service - the Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service (CDARS).
  • Direct report to company CEO and responsible for developing and managing a pipeline and portfolio of alliances that would support the company’s goals to:
    • a) enhance brand equity;
    • b) increase size of company client base;
    • c) increase volume of client transactions; or
    • d) develop new revenue streams.
  • Collaborated with functional heads across the organization to evaluate, pilot and implement new initiatives.
  • Negotiated and closed more than 80 alliances for the company, including with leading national and state level banking trade associations.
  • One of the lead developers of the “$1 Billion Gulf Coast Rebuilding Challenge“ -- an initiative to channel private sector funding into community banks in the hurricane stricken regions of the Gulf coast after 2005 and the “Banking on Communities” initiative – a collaborative effort with the Community Development Bankers Association (CDBA) and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to channel $2 billion annually into America’s most economically distressed communities (Read about the Launch of the program on SocialFunds)

     Gulf Coast Rebuilding Challenge 

Advisory Board Member

M2Z Networks
August 2007 - August 2010

Advisory Board Member of nationwide 4G Wireless new entrant seeking to offer American consumers nationwide free wireless broadband and which raised over $20 million in equity and over $100 million in contingent equity capital. Investors included: Kleiner Perkins, Charles River Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and DirectTV.

M2Z offered a bold plan (ultimately rejected by the FCC) to close the digital divide and bring wireless broadband access to underserved communities across America.   

M2Z Broadband Challenge Video Link

Advisory Board Member

TMA Solutions
February 2002 - December 2006

Board Advisor to TMA Solutions: software outsourcing company during growth from 100 to 900+ employees.

President & Co-founder

quantumStream Systems Inc.
December 1999 - November 2002

Co-founder of Internet infrastructure and digital content distribution company.

Director for Asia Pacific

Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise
June 1994 - December 1999

Managed program forging US-Asian JVs, projects, and consortiums including the formation of the Kenan Institute Asia (a successor to the USAID bilateral mission) and the American Corporations for Thailand (ACT); an initiative chaired at formation by former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Thai Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun

WorldTeach Volunteer (Thailand)

Harvard Center for International Development
August 1990 - May 1992

Taught various classes at teacher’s college and developed curriculum for Thai college English department.

Volunteer teacher

Malaysian Red Crescent Society
June 1987 - August 1987

Volunteer teacher (summer) at refugee camp for Laotian, Vietnamese, and Cambodian refugees before their resettlement in third countries.

Advisory Board Member

Dao Ventures
January 2018 - present

Dao Ventures is a Sino-U.S., cross-border group of impact-oriented companies and affiliates encompassing ACBridge Global Advisors, ACBridge Capital Advisors, China Impact Fund, New Ventures Global, and its affiliate not-for-profit program Green Startups Accelerator (formerly New Ventures China) housed at the Beijing-based Institute for Environment and Development. Via its myriad entities and services, Dao Ventures' focus is to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) primarily in the environmental and technology sectors whose businesses, technologies and/or products can have a positive impact on China.  


Advisory Board Council Member

Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA)
May 2018 - present

The Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) is dedicated to facilitating a vibrant, credible and growing crowdfunding community. CfPA serves a range of stakeholders including students, entrepreneurs, business owners, investors and crowdfunding platforms seeking professionalism in this industry and to help ensure the crowdfunding industry continues to develop in a responsible, transparent and credible manner. Emerging issues related to #blockchain and #TAO (tokenized asset offerings) and the associated regulation are becoming increasingly important to the crowdfunding community. 


Georgetown University - The McDonough School of Business

1992 - 1994

Miami University

1986 - 1990

Scholar-Athlete Citation (Track)




English Thai Spanish Chinese


Electronic Communications System for Multinodal Expert Networks

May 2015

Electronic Communications System for Multinodal Expert Networks  An electronic communication system enables one or multiple parties to aggregate one or multiple experts under one or multiple brand identities and to make each unique identity publicly or privately accessible to other entities seeking to access individual or aggregated experts on a free or paid basis. This system allows one single operator to effectively power hundreds or thousands of custom branded and independently owned expert networks deployed by different network sponsors.


Youth Soccer Coach

September 2014 - present

4/17/2018 11:16:02 PM,
Brian P. Christie replied:

Thanks for the inquiry. As an early stage company navigating new territory to advance commerce and knowledge sharing for online communities, we face lots of challenges and a major one is finding the right terminology to describe our business approach. People often characterize our business as a “white-label service” (can be branded by other organizations), or that is “SaaS” (Software as a Service) and as you indicate, “B2B” (Business-to-business) in contrast to “B2C” (Business-to-Consumer). Since we currently work with many associations and professional societies, they are keen to learn that Brainsy offers them "non-dues revenue” opportunities and also that we create "member value.”

Despite the many labels and descriptions that are commonly used, I find them all to be somewhat limiting. Rather than call ourselves a “B2B” company, I think Business-to-Ecosystem or “B2ECO” may be more appropriate because the “ECO” represents one big “B” partner (our association client), lots of small “b” (their members), and often lots of “C” (the customers of their members). So in essence, we’re working to support a whole ecosystem of entities that interact with us -- but mainly each other – and THAT can be a challenge.

Business directory listing

I noticed that the new ECN for the Tiny House association has a business directory, something like a yellow-pages, is that going to be available for other ECNs in the future?

9/11/2017 1:59:36 AM,
Brian P. Christie replied:

Brainsy works in partnership with organizations like professional societies or industry associations and many of them find it useful to have a business directory of members, suppliers, or vendors that is specific to their industry. So yes, when our partners have this need, we will offer it alongside the expert communities as an additional form of non-dues revenue. And it's very beneficial to companies that have both a premium listing in the directory and an expert participating in the community as those two things can be linked which makes the "yellow pages" like listing come to life with interactivity.

11/9/2017 1:00:25 AM,
Brian P. Christie replied:

Here's another example of a recently launched directory or "Digital Marketplace" as this one is called. 

I want to consider moving over an entire linkedin group to the ECN, what is the process?

The members of several of the linkedin groups I manage are concerned about the direction linkedin features have gone and the acquisition by Microsoft.  They have request that we move the group somewhere else that have features for discussions, Q&A, and a place to post articles like the knowledge board.  An ECN supports all of these features but I don't know how to get all the linkedin members registered and only the ECN fast.
4/4/2017 2:16:30 AM,
Brian P. Christie replied:
Thanks Ray for the interest. The uncertainty you describe about LinkedIn Groups is a concern of many people and many of the Groups have become barren wastelands. Furthermore, others have failed because LinkedIn exerted very little quality control during the initial formation of their Group feature.  

To move your LinkedIn Group to an ECN Group - there are a couple of approaches:   
A: Create an ECN Group.  (Public / Semi-Private / Private).

Note that if the Group is Private, it will not be listed anywhere. Semi-Private Groups are listed in the ECN's Group directory but the content is only accessible to members. 

B: Export your LinkedIn Group member email addresses to a CSV file.

Note: LinkedIn allows you to export the email addresses of all your contacts but it's not an automatic process. You have to request it and then they email it to you later. To date, they don't allow you to filter via Groups so unfortunately, you'll have to manually go through to identify which members of your LinkedIn Group that you'd like to authorize as members of your ECN Group.

C: Upload your contacts to your ECN Group invitation panel (or copy and paste email addresses into the invitation box of the ECN Group), add a personal message, hit submit/send. Your contact will receive email authorizations notifying them of the invitiation to join your Group. 
D: To increase interest, you may want to send them an email from your personal email account (or via LinkedIn Group messaging) to tell them that you're moving the discussion to an ECN Group. After you've already sent them invitations via ECN system, you can just point them to the link to the registration page of the ECN and after they create an account and login -- they'll see the invitation by you to join the Group

E: Your invited Group members will need to confirm their email addresses when they create an ECN account. They can import many elements of their LinkedIn account to their ECN Profile which makes it a little easier for them to build their profile(s). 

That's it. Now you and your colleagues can be off and running and can take advantage of the many features available via ECN Groups.

Best of luck! 

Can an ECN be used as an Online Speakers Bureau?

Can an ECN be used as an Online Speakers Bureau? If yes, what sort of staff resources from my asssociation would be required to support it? 
12/9/2016 12:51:12 AM,
Brian P. Christie replied:
Yes. A Brainsy Expert Calling Network or “ECN” is a full-featured, next generation social media platform and at the core are features and benefits critical to having an off-the-shelf Online Speakers Bureau under your association’s brand.

1) DIRECTORY: Each ECN has a Directory of speakers or subject matter experts who create their own ECN profiles (much like someone creates their own LinkedIn or Facebook profile).     

2) RATE TRANSPARENCY: Speakers set their own rate for participating in a paid phone call of up to 1 hour in duration and there’s complete transparency of those rates.

3) AUTOMATED TRANSACTIONS: All call transactions are  conducted through the ECN platform and there’s zero association staff time required to help manage any transactions.  

4)  BILLING AND PAYOUTS: All billing, settlement, and payout to the Speaker are handled through the ECN platform. Again, no association staff time required to support this process.   

5) TECHNOLOGY KNOW-HOW NOT REQUIRED: The ECN is full featured yet easy to administrate and requires no technology expertise or input on behalf of the association.

6) MARKETING AND PROMOTION: Within each ECN is a range marketing and promotional features that Speakers can use to manage and cultivate followers or fans.

7) INTEGRATION WITH LEGACY SOCIAL MEDIA: Many speakers have their own social media presence using one of the monolithic and legacy social media services (eg. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook). We can integrate those services with the speaker’s ECN account; thus making the Speaker's ECN account a hub for other social media activity.    

There are a range of other features contained within each ECN to help Speakers share their stories, knowledge and expertise. They have the additional benefit of bringing recognition (and non-dues revenue) to the Association

Feel free to contact Brainsy ( to learn more.
9/28/2016 12:53:12 AM,
Brian P. Christie replied:

Thanks for the question. Long before Silicon Valley tech companies came out with mass market platforms for social media, trade associations and professional societies existed as the original social network. There are approximately 90,000 of these trade and professional societies in the US and they exist today as vibrant communities where people come together to share knowledge and expertise, to seek career and professional development, to meet vendors or clients, and to advocate for their industries.  We believe the Expert Calling Network (ECN) platform is a perfect complement to the mission of an association and therefore, have created a win-win business model to partner with these organizations to help advance their success. We believe that by working successfully with these organizations, we'll have a strong foundation and will have created a company built to last.

7/14/2016 3:34:27 PM,
Brian P. Christie replied:

Thanks for the inquiry and your question is clearly directed to the fact that Brainsy's ECN platform powers the Cannabis Expert Calling Network (ECN) of the National Cannabis Industry Association or the "Cannabis ECN." By "risky" I'm guessing you mean legal or reputational risk and on both counts I'd say "no, it's not." The National Cannabis Industry Association is a formally organized trade association that is national in scope and mandated with advancing the interests of the "legitimate and responsible cannabis industry." Although cannabis remains a controlled substance at the federal level, a growing number of states are allowing for the use of medical and/or adult-use cannabis. Since these regulations vary by state and even at the municipal level, it creates a challenging environment for legitimate businesses seeking to operate. Thus, we feel an ECN is highly relevant for businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to benefit from the knowledge of others that are successfully operating (in compliance with laws) in this industry.

6/27/2016 1:19:48 AM,
Brian P. Christie replied:

Your association selects the experts for your branded ECN and you can set a selection criteria that supports your association’s strategic objecties. Many associations consider one of several criteria (or a combination thereof) when deciding on eligiblity for their ECN.

1) Open to all Membership: Some associations are focused on increasing membership so they make membership the sole criteria to become an ECN expert. In fact, we’ve been told of members joining the association for the sole member benefit of inclusion into the association’s ECN. This approach allows for the greatest number of expert participants and can help increase online search and discovery.

2) Based on Certification: Associations that have a certification or accreditation program in place may opt to authorize only those members with certain association granted credentials.

3) Open to Supplier/Vendors: Associations may authorize suppliers or vendors to become experts in their ECN. Often these suppliers or vendors will see their participation as an effective mechanism for lead generation.

4) Curated Experts: Some associations my decide to curate their experts from known industry thought leaders, board members, or using some other criteria non-membership derived criteria.

Depending on the business model you use to engage Brainsy, you can authorize ECN expert invitations directly from your administrative control panel or have Brainsy staff issue the invitations. Regardless of what your organization decides, we recommend you openly disclose the criteria you use to select someone to participate in the ECN in the role of expert.

5/29/2016 10:02:47 PM,
Brian P. Christie replied:

Essentially, when you reserve a person's time for a call, you are buying just that -- their time -- and we can guarantee that you get the allotted time during the ECN call. You will not be charged for that time until your call is completed. However, the actual content of the call depends on many factors and so the ECN system does not allow for refunds.

If we could put the expert's time back on the shelf for the next customer that comes along, then we would do so and be in a position to issue refunds. (Of course, if we could do THAT, we might be in a whole different line of business altogether). Most ECNs offer a Q&A feature so if you'd like to warm up to a particular expert and understand more than you can glean by looking at the expert's profile, you might want to start by posting a public question to the expert on the "Ask a Question" section of the expert's profile.


5/14/2016 12:47:05 AM,
Brian P. Christie replied:

In the abstract, ECNs are knowledge sharing platforms and associations are the original social networks. ECNs help facilitate member <=> member or member => non-member knowledge sharing. Furthermore, one key component of the ECN platform is transactional calling which gets your members paid for sharing their knowledge over the phone. And when that happens, everybody wins in a very concrete way  - your members (revenue), your association (non-dues revenue) and the consumer seeking information. Other important, but less measurable,  benefits for your association include member value, relevance, thought leadership, and member engagement. Reach out to us -- as someone at Brainsy would be happy to discuss the challenges your association may face -- and how we think an ECN might help.

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What rate should I charge for an ECN call?

I've been invited to be an expert in the Open ECN expert calling network but I'm struggling to set my rate. What is a good practice for setting rates? 

4/29/2016 10:07:16 AM,
Brian P. Christie replied:

Thanks. This is a common question that we hear. 

Some experts price below their “market" rate as an “introductory” with the goal of generating leads for bigger business opportunities. Others price at what they believe the “market” will bear. Regardless of your motivation, we encourage experts to price so that a bit of discounting occurs for calls of longer duration. Outlined below are tracks that follow a discounting strateg. These are based on our three standard time intervals of 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and 60 minutes:

Track 1:   $15-$25-$40
Track 2:   $20-$30-$50
Track 3:   $25-$40-$65
Track 4:   $30-$55-$90
Track 5:   $40-$75-$120
Track 6:   $50-90-$150
Track 7:   $75-$120-$200
Track 8:   $100-$165-$275
Track 9:   $150-$240-$390
Track 10: $350-$600-$1,000

Other people may decide to price linearly. e.g. $50-$100-$200.  

Regardless of how to decide to price, we recommend you be prepared to adjust rates on occassion if you find the volume of call requests doesn't match your expectations (e.g. increase rate to reduce # of requests or reduce rate to increase # of call requests.)

In my case, I usually set my price to encourage shorter duration calls so people are willing to take a chance and test the ECN.