Our Team

Deep experience in branding, media, and technology

Ari Kaufman, CEO
Ari Kaufman, CEOChief Executive Officer
Ari has started, acquired, led turn-arounds and exited – including IPO – multiple technology companies to create maximum shareholder value. He drove IssuerDirect [NYSE:ISDR] (f/k/a WILink plc) to IPO and established a platform upon which four additional acquisitions were added. He successfully led the interactive lead-generating advertising firm ThinkAcquisition to exit. Ari engineered the management buy-out of Placeable with private equity financial support, and later successfully sold the company to Ignite Technologies. As General Manager for LookSmart [NYSE: LOOK], Ari grew the paid search platform that was responsible for $250 million in revenue; and as the President of InfoNow-LocationInsight, Ari automated local search management. Ari introduced first-party ad serving at MatchLogic; and was a founder of Zacks.com, where he launched the first ad-supported financial web site, pioneering the online advertising industry. Ari is recognized by national publications as a true beacon for talent.
Mark Vange, CTO
Mark Vange, CTOChief Technology Officer
Mark is a visionary technical leader with decades of experience driving innovation and shipping cutting edge product. Expertise in emerging tech, patenting innovations in various software domains including games, communication, AI, and cybersecurity. Proven ability to lead high-performing teams, aligning tech initiatives with business goals.
As well as founding several technology startups, Mark has been CTO at Electronic Arts Inc. where his responsibilities spanned online, mobile and web; Virgin Gaming where he led the head-to-head skill gaming technology rollout and VR-1 Inc., an early leader in Massively Multiplayer Online games that leveraged the communication protocols Mark invented to publish the earliest MMO games for some of the world’s largest companies, including Microsoft and Sony.​
Jeff Milligan
Jeff MilliganVP, Customer Success
Jeff Milligan is Vice President, Growth and Partnerships. In prior roles, Jeff worked for more than 14 years with PwC Consulting, advising large multi-national corporations with revenues ranging from $500M to $50B+ on M&A, strategy, operations, risk, and compliance. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Penn State University.
Yvette Wang
Yvette WangOperations Manager
Yvette Wang is an Operations Manager with over 8 years of experience in managing the development and execution of business operations for startup companies. Yvette holds a PMP(r) and enjoys the project management aspect of operations initiatives. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, playing board games, and spending time with family.
Daniel Barnett
Daniel BarnettProduct Owner
A dedicated team builder and player, Daniel brings a blend of academic achievements in Telecommunications, Engineering, and Industrial Design to his work. Over a solid 15-year journey, he has been instrumental in producing engaging video games for diverse audiences. His passion for startup culture and technology is evident in his commitment to pushing boundaries and crafting innovative business solutions. Beyond his professional pursuits, Daniel embraces life’s richness as a devoted father of three, an avid amateur soccer player, and a music enthusiast. Ever-enthusiastic, he continually seeks out the next exhilarating challenge.
Henrique Guisasola
Henrique GuisasolaLead Back-End Developer
With over 6 years of experience engineering web-based software solutions, Henrique has created more than 15 products from zero to one solutions. He has developed full stack engineering skills in infrastructure, front-end and back-end technologies including AWS, REACT, and NodeJS. After establishing his skills and experience in development, he began coaching and mentoring other engineers on his teams. Through these experiences Henrique has developed a keen sense of leadership skills. He also has years of experience on teams that use Agile and SCRUM based techniques to manage teams of engineers. Henrique is a graduate of the University of São Paulo with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering.
Pamela González Perilli
Pamela González PerilliLead Blockchain Software Developer
Pamela Gonzalez Perilli is an experienced developer with over 18 years of software development experience and more than 4 years of experience in blockchain technology.
Additionally, she has experience leading remote teams using Scrum methodology for more than 2 years, and has worked on various programming languages and blockchain platforms.
She enjoys tackling tough projects and is drawn to blockchain protocols as they offer unique challenges. Pam believes every blockchain has its own interesting features and capabilities. She is excited to continue to develop innovative solutions using blockchain technology and work with a dynamic team dedicated to building the future of the industry.

Our Board and Advisors

Proven leaders, subject matter experts, thought leaders

Christian Ferri
Christian FerriExecutive Director
Christian Ferri is the Founder and previous CEO of Web3 Pro. He’s a globally renowned expert on Web3 and the metaverse. Forbes has called him a “blockchain humanitarian” and he’s an authority on DLT and digital currencies. In prior roles at PwC, he has advised Walmart, AT&T, and HP on innovation and process improvement. Christian has keynoted at the World Economic Forum, S&P Global Platts and the Blockchain Economic Forum. He’s a guest lecturer at Cornell University and has authored a foundational book entitled “Blockchain and Made in Italy.” Christian has an MBA from Cornell University.
Jonathan Chen
Jonathan ChenCEO, Ascendant Biotech Corp. and Web3 Pro Board Member
Jonathan Chen is CEO of Ascendant Biotech Corporation and Chairman of the Board. He previously served as partner and executive officer at Gemini Consulting (now CGE&Y), C-Change and Liknon.
He also serves on the Boards of HotPlay Games, Heroic Imagination Project, Milo’s Academy, Liknon, and Wine Innovations.
Jonathan has a Bachelors’ from Stanford University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Chad Stender
Chad StenderGP - Seventy-Six Capital and Web3 Pro Board Member
Chad Stender is a Partner at SeventySix Capital. He is a Board Member at FORTË, KYX World, NFTPro, Quintar and a Board Observer to collectID and Nerd Street. He has also been the Board Member for Vigtory, a next-generation sports book that was acquired by fuboTV. Chad is a Co-Founder of SeventySix Capital Sports Advisory and has played an integral role in solidifying the company’s partnership with Rubicon Talent, a leading sports marketing agency. Prior to SeventySix Capital, he worked in the sports and entertainment industry for the Walt Disney Corporation, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Comcast Spectacor. Chad received his Bachelor in Business Administration from James Madison University, his Master of Science in Sport Management from East Stroudsburg University, and studied at the University of London. He was awarded the 2018 Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and the 2018 Southern New Jersey Business People’s 40 Under 40.
Young Sohn
Young SohnFormer President - Samsung Investor and Web3 Pro Advisor
Young Sohn is the Founding Managing Partner of Walden Catalyst Ventures and a seed investor in companies such as Berkeley Lights, Fungible, Zoom Video, Graphcore, and TTTech. He is an entrepreneur who has served as the CEO of two successful Silicon Valley public companies and on the boards of Arm, Cadence, Cymer (ASML), and others. He was Corporate President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics and the Chairman of the Board at HARMAN International. He is also a co-founder of the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), a global start-up competition inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Charles Huang
Charles HuangFounder - Guitar Hero and Web3 Pro Advisor
Charles Huang is co-founder of RedOctane and co-creator of Guitar Hero, which reached $1 billion in sales more quickly than any video game in history. He is currently CEO of Indigo 7, which owns several brands in fashion, technology, and entertainment. He founded the Huang Scholars Program at UC Berkeley, providing students with intensive Chinese language instruction. Currently, he is a Visiting Lecturer at UC Berkeley.
Matteo Dolci
Matteo DolciFormer Executive - Ferrari and Web3 Pro Advisor
Matteo Dolci is an investor who specializes in M&A, turnaround, and strategy. He is the former Global Head of Strategy and Chief Operating Officer of WP Group (Woolrich, Filson, Barbour, Blundstone, etc.). He was previously the Head of Strategy and Special Project Operations for the President of Ferrari North America. Matteo also worked for 10 years for the Italian Government in Rome and Brussels as Head of Institutional Relations. He holds an MBA from the London School of Economics.
Marc Reeves
Marc ReevesBoard of Directors, Relo Metrics, and Web3 Pro Advisor
Marc Reeves is an investor and advisor across various sports properties including Leeds United and Cancun FC. He was previously Head of Brand, Football, for Nike. Prior to this role, he was GM, Nike+. Marc is on the Board of Directors of Relo Metrics. He is also a Board Advisor to Cloud9 esports, a Techstars Sports Mentor, and on the Advisory Board of the Tulane Sports Law Program.
Marc has been a featured speaker at Stanford, the Kellogg School of Management, and other academic conclaves. He has been an adjunct professor of Sports Marketing at University of San Francisco.
Marc has a BA from Kalamazoo College, where he was a member of two NCAA Division III National Championship Tennis teams. He also has a JD/MBA from Tulane University.
Mike Vorhaus
Mike VorhausFounder, Vorhaus Advisors and Web3 Pro Advisor
Mike Vorhaus is the Founder of Vorhaus Advisors, which provides consulting services focused on strategy and investment opportunities to digital and gaming companies. Mike is a member of the Board of Directors of Perion, Altimar Acquisitions III, Popreach, Maestro.io and Rewardify.com.
Mike holds a B.S. cum laude from Wesleyan University.
Jeff Mallett
Jeff MallettCo-Founder, Former CTO Investor and Web3 Pro Advisor
Jeff Mallett is Co-Founder and former Chief Technology Officer of Web3 Pro. He previously served as VP of Engineering for Making Fun, VP of Engineering for FunSockets, Director of Engineering and Interim CEO for Internet Chess Club, Director of Software Development for Immersion Corporation, and President of Zillions Development. He pioneered the AI field of General Game Playing. He is also a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several other companies. Jeff is a National Merit Scholar and holds degrees in Computer Science and Music from Cornell University, where he was a Cornell Scholar.
Gaetano Sciuto
Gaetano SciutoCEO, Giorgio Armani Corporation and Web3 Pro Board Observer
Gaetano Sciuto is the Chief Executive Officer of Giorgio Armani Corporation. In a prior role, he was President of Fendi America. Gaetano has a degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and a Master’s from Thunderbird.
Irina Shames
Irina ShamesChief Revenue Officer, G2 Esports and Web3 Pro Advisor
Irina Shames is the Chief Revenue Officer of G2 Esports. In prior roles, she has led the creation of new businesses at CNN, Viacom, Lionsgate, WPP, Kevin Hart’s digital platform, and 3BLACKDOT. She is also the Digital Innovation instructor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and has been a keynote speaker at SXSW and Digital Hollywood. Irina has an Executive MBA from ESCP, Paris.
Yoshio Osaki
Yoshio OsakiPresident and CEO, IDG Consulting, Web3 Pro Advisor and Investor
Yoshio Osaki is President and CEO of IDG Consulting. In prior roles, he was a hedge fund investor focused on gaming and Internet companies. He serves on several boards and is an active angel investor in 13 startups, with an investment focus on gaming, esports, VR/AR/MR, the metaverse, and transmedia entertainment. Yoshio has a Bachelor’s and Secondary Bachelor’s in International Relations and Political Science from Stanford University.
Holly Zheng
Holly ZhengCEO, BlueFocus International
Holly has led the growth of perhaps the most influential communications and marketing agency in APAC. Holly took lead at BlueFocus International less than two years after it was founded, and during her tenure built it into an APAC powerhouse, with over 3,000 employees across four continents, and over $500m in revenue in 2021.

Our Investors

Seventy Six Capital
VU Venture Partners
Young Sohn
Presidio Ventures
River Capital Group
Peer Ventures
Peer Ventures