Founded
2021
LIVE
Market Cap
$204.76 Million

Team Background and History

Three of the co-founders, including Zagabond, 2PM.FLOW, and Location TBA as well as other core team members, went to the same high school in the Bay Area together (Source: The a1rport podcast). The core team consists of people with experience in big tech, banking, startup, gaming, and crypto.

Arnold Tsang, Liz Yang, Alex Xu, Wally Sajimi, and their advisor Rehito Hatoyama are fully doxxed. Alex, Liz, and other team members are known to have attended several real-life events with the community. Others remain active on social media only under pseudonyms.

A big portion of the team has chosen to not reveal their identities publicly so far. As such, most backgrounds are unverified. The exact team size and the reasons to stay private remain unknown.

  • Lack of transparency
    3 out of 4 founders have not fully revealed their identities yet
Liz Yang, Alex Xu, Tedkimo, Daph in Hong Kong for the Azuki Skateboard auction (Source)
Verbal, Tedkimo, Alex Xu, Rehito Hatoyama in New York City for the 2. Azuki Party (Source)

Founders

Alex Xu

Zagabond

Co-founder, CEO

10 years of work experience from 0x Labs, Google, Amazon

UNKNOWN

2PM.FLOW

Co-founder, CTO

Worked at Google, went to Y-Combinator

UNKNOWN

Location TBA

Co-founder

Former Facebook software engineer

UNKNOWN

Hoshiboy

Co-founder, CPO

Worked at startups that went to
Y-Combinator twice


Team

Arnold Tsang

Steamboy

Co-creator, Artist

Former Overwatch Character Art Director

Liz Yang

Whizwang

Head of Growth

+9 years of work experience from Goldman Sachs and DFINITY

UNKNOWN

Dem

Head of Community

Former Product Manager at Google & Amazon

Wally Sajimi

Wally

Head of Partnerships

Forbes 2021 30 Under 30, Co-Founder Minti, Endorsify

UNKNOWN

NJOO

Artist

Former artist on Street Fighter Comic

UNKNOWN

Sneaky Chopsticks

Operations

Background unknown

UNKNOWN

JOJO

Software Engineer

Background unknown

Emily Rose

Rose

Community Manager

Background unknown

Brandon Fraser

Skylark

Software Engineer

+6 years of work experience, previously at Block.xyz (Square)

UNKNOWN

Wale Swoosh

Researcher

Background unknown

UNKNOWN

Elena

Researcher

Background unknown

UNKNOWN

Feb.Tea

APAC Ambassador

Background unknown


Advisors

Rehito Hatoyama

Advisor

Ex-Hello Kitty CEO, Ex-Pokemon Advisor, Director of LINE, and Mitsubishi

On May 5, 2022, Chiru Labs has appointed Ray Rehito Hatoyama, as an advisor to their team. (Source: Azuki’s Twitter Account)

Rehito is a distinguished figure in the world of global branding, having previously served as the CEO of Sanrio US/EU, where he played a crucial role in building world-renowned brands like Hello Kitty.

His involvement coincides with the launch of Chiru Labs’ second NFT collection, Beanz – small fictional characters. Given Hatoyama’s track record, the team may be looking to utilize his experience to tap into a younger demographic.

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