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A protocol to enable media sourcing, creation, and distribution using self-governing communities

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Drilling down into Rakugo’s revenue model

Back in July we introduced the various revenue channels that Rakugo will offer content creators to monetize their work.  To summarize, content creators can collect revenue from the following channels: Advertisements (native crypto ad platform + 3rd party ad partners)...

Rakugo ICO Investment Portal Update

We have updated our investment portal on our website today. We wanted to let the community know of the changes we had made so that there was no concerns with the website being compromised. You can verify the contract address in our GitHub repo here and we...

The Team

Brendan is a successful entrepreneur and demand generation leader. Having been involved in the blockchain space for 5 years he is passionate about blockchain development and online publishing. Brendan studied an MSci in Physics from University College London and has lead growth teams at a high growth agency in San Francisco and other successful tech startups.

Brendan Playford

Cofounder & CEO, Rakugo

Wyatt is a highly skilled back-end/machine learning engineer and systems architect – with a B.S in Physics and Mathematics from The College of William and Mary. As CTO he is leading the solidity and blockchain development for Rakugo. He has spent the past 5 years working as a data engineer for NASA and startups in silicon valley.

Wyatt Meldman-Floch

Cofounder & CTO, Rakugo

Henry is passionate about shipping great products. Having delivered to clients ranging from NASA to Disney his understanding of user-driven development makes him a key asset on the SF Rakugo team. He is interested in how blockchain, machine learning and drone technology can extend human potential. He received his BSME from UCSB and sits on the board of AUVSI-SVC. Henry Minden

Cofounder & CPO, Rakugo

Altif Brown (known by many as A/B) for years has worked supporting and optimizing the user experience of global communities. As an early adopter of crytptocurrencies, he is invested in making sure the Rakugo community has the tools and knowledge necessary for a fluid experience.

Altif Brown

Cofounder & CCO, Rakugo

Michael has spent the past 10 years working as an engineering leader and consultant in San Francisco. Having built products for Verizon and most recently for Toyota his attention to detail and experience scaling teams and product makes him a vital part of Rakugo. He heads up our engineering team from the blockchain heart of Berlin in Germany.

Michael Salmon

Product, Rakugo

Zac lives in LA and is Red Bulls Digital Brand Strategist. With 7 years experience in the media and digital advertising world. Zac has worked with VICE, Endemol (produces Big Brother on Channel 4). Zac will be heading up our digital brand strategy and driving content distribution through our owned networks.

Zac Russel

Business Development, Rakugo

Tierney is the Associate Editor at Eater Online Magazine with a background in media and journalism. With 7 years of experience Tierney is going to be working with Rakugo as a lead content contributor and editor on our owned networks.

Tierney Plumb

PR & Communications , Rakugo

Cate has a long track record with growth marketing and platform acquisition at Uber. Having been the lead marketer at North American Power (Growing revenue from $50M-$300M ARR). Cate now works in Growth Marketing (driver aquisition) at Uber and brings a wealth of knowledge that will enable Rakugo to grow its user base at an exponential rate.

Cate Rung

Platform Growth, Rakugo

Josh is an Attorney at Law and founder at The Law Offices of Joshua R. Garber based in San Francisco. As an evangelist for the freelance community, Josh is passionate about rewarding creative value and is Rakugo’s General Counsel. Learn more about Josh on Upcounsel.

Josh Garber

General Counsel, Rakugo

Having worked as the right hand aid to the CEO of a $300M company – North American Power. Emily is a powerhouse of corporate leadership and management. Driving operational excellence and organization at Rakugo Emily brings years of experience that will drive growth and success.

Emily Arth

Operations , Rakugo



Jake Vartanian is the founder of Cryptodex, a contributor to Blockchain News, and an advocate of decentralization since early 2011.

He has worked with high profile startups including Bancor, TokenCard and SingularDTV, helping to design token models, telling the stories behind these projects, and building digital ecosystems.

Jake Vartanian

Blockchain Advisor, CryptoDex

Simone has, for over 3 years, been leading teams that provide next generation blockchain solutions for both the private and public sectors.

Passionate and diligent about exploring relational economies and Decentralized Autonomous Organizations, he conducts research in novel cryptocurrency models, ICOs and incentive mechanisms that empower cooperation and value creation.

Simone Giacomelli

Blockchain Advisor, CryptoDex

Garrett focuses his work on applying blockchain technology to real-world solutions and processes which can improve global prosperity. He brings to the organization a technical blockchain background, as well as business development experience from working in the bitcoin and fin-tech startup sectors. He is an advisor to startups using blockchain technology in North America and Europe.

Before focusing on energy, Garrett founded Cognitive, the first company to develop Field Programmable Gate Array technology for hash validation in the blockchain space. During its operation, Cognitive was the most well-renowned company in the bitcoin mining industry.

Garret McDonald

Blockchain Advisor, CryptoDex

Travis is a Senior Producer at TBWA/Media Arts Labs. Having been in the television, film, and advertising industry in LA for 10 years his latest work was producing the “2017 Shot on iPhone 7 Campaign”. Travis is our lead digital video strategist, and media industry expert with extensive contacts in LA.

Travis Roever

Senior Producer, TBWA Media Arts Lab

John is a key member of our advisory team. John currently manages a team of photographers at Google as their Photography Producer. John has worked with the likes of GoPro building their online content communities. He will be advising Rakugo on our pathway and growth in digital video publishing.

John Grasso

Photography Producer at Google

Zane is an organizer at the San Francisco Ethereum Developers Meetup and Blockchain Developer. He is passionate about blockchain technology, co-founding HappyChain with Tim. He is a core advisor and member of our blockchain development team.

Zane Witherspoon

Distributed Systems Expert

Tim is a Blockchain Developer and co-founder of HappyChain in San Francisco. As an active member of the San Francisco Ethereum Developers Meetup Tim is passionate about Ethereum and Solidity development. He makes up a key member of our blockchain development team.

Tim Siwula

Distributed Systems Expert

Ben is an Angel Investor, Entrepreneur and Chief Growth Officer at ExO Works in San Francisco. With a strong background in ad-tech (Founder Kick Push – A GiftConnect Company), Ben will be providing advisory support, growth advice, and industry knowledge as we scale globally.

Ben Jorgensen

Strategic Advisor, Angel Investor at Audible Ventures

Alex is a Backend Engineer, Machine Learning Engineer and AI expert. Having worked for a successful startup and NASA as a Computer Vision Engineer. Alex will be working to develop our machine learning and publishing backend; which will enable content contributor scaling and content copyright protection.

Alex Hagiopol

Machine Learning Engineer, Rakugo