Core Team

The Core Team has collective decades of building media tech companies, producing music and video, and working at some of the most well known consumer media brands in the world like Spotify, Sony, and Warner Music. A number of people on the team have been involved with Bitcoin since 2012, and Ethereum since 2017, building the Ara Platform beginning in 2018.
Tony Mugavero - CEO, 4x Entrepreneur, 2 exits, Computer Engineering @ SMU
Matt Collado - CCO, 2x Entrepreneur, Co-founder Human Being Media
Dominic Giglio - CIO, Full stack engineer, entrepreneur
Vanessa Kincaid - CBO / Design / Art (Pandas), Fmr Global Head of Digital DKNY, Parsons
Brooklyn Earick - CMO, 3x Entrepreneur, 2 exits, Fmr Warner Music Artist, NASA
Kevin Faaborg - Director Engineering / Product, Fmr Spotify and LimeWire, Harvard
Prashanth Balasubramani - Senior Engineer / Data / Blockchain, Fmr Capital One
Isabel Lee - Engineer / Client Application Lead, Unity, VR / iOS Apps
Cameron Portwood - Community Manager, Social, Art, Recording Artist
Caleb Rosario - Senior Engineer, Web3, Fmr Sony Interactive
Yifan Xiong - Content Operations / Support
Selina Vega - User Support
Additional development team includes:
  • Blockchain Team Lead
  • Senior Blockchain Engineer
  • Senior Backend Developer
  • Senior Frontend Developer
  • QA Engineer
  • Automation QA Engineer
  • Dev-Ops Business Analyst
  • Project Manager
Backers (some also advisors):
  • The Tornante Company - Bojack Horseman, Topps, Portsmouth FC
  • Sony Innovation Fund - Sony
  • Warner Music Group - Investors in Dapper Labs
  • VaynerRSE (Gary Vaynerchuck) - Vee Friends, Twitter, Uber
  • A+E Networks
  • Disney, WWE Wrestling, Gree, Scrum, Digital Garage, Social Starts
  • Intersect VC - Investors in Dapper Labs, Triller, Calaxy, and more.
  • Sterling VC - Owner of The New York Mets
  • Tack VC - Overtime Sports
  • Alvin Kwan - Fmr SVP Corp Dev @ Fox, Board of Directors at Fubo TV
  • 93 Ventures - Albert Sye & Richard Seymore (New England Patriots SB Champ + Pro Bowl), Investors in Dapper Labs, with Albert having invested in AirBnb, Lyft, and more.
  • Melo 7 - Carmello Anthony’s fund.
  • Aaron McDonald - Centrality AI, FLUF World
  • Simon Morris - CSO ConsenSys, Former Head of Product Libra, CSO of BitTorrent
  • Serge Kassardjian - 6th Man Ventures, Ex Google, Stay Tuned
  • Michelle Phan - Social / beauty superstar, Entrepreneur
  • Lee Milstein - Google Head of AR
  • Greg Mertz - Chalkboard Music, Former Warner Bros Records
  • Peter Bray - Bray & Co., Former CDO at Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Sean Koh - Eskoh, Entrepreneur, Artist Musician
Legal - Cooley LLP
Initial Advisory - ConsenSys / TokenFoundry