Community

AKINGS is about those who strive for excellence and something greater than themselves. Here, we highlight community members who we believe represent our core ethos. NFT holders will have the opportunity to submit and be highlighted here.
0xMike
0xMike

PhD ABD (all but dissertation) with a background in EE from USC with a computer music/computer science + music tech and signal processing from Stanford (masters) UCSD (PhD ABD). He worked as DSP Researcher for Native Instruments, Naver/Wav Media (Kanye Livestream), and eventually became the Matter.online (CTO-> CEO) then SoundMint (CTO)

There are few CTOs that can simultaneously push 3D and Unreal Engine and audiovisuals and also Solidity and also web dev and also audio signal processing with hands-on experience in all and massive amounts of the codebase. Mike has also successfully launched one of the lowest gas contracts ever: $12 for 20 mints.

Cryptovalley
Cryptovalley

Cryptovalley | @spiritazuki is a Crypto degen and the founder of The Valley. Over the course of one year, he has flipped his way from 5 to 2000 ETH. He is one of the most notable Neo Tokyo members, particularly in the-basement. As a popular influencer, he gives his honest thoughts and strives to inform the public of any alpha and thoughts he has about the overall crypto space or any project he has high conviction in.

Eric Siu
Eric Siu

Chairman of Leveling Up, a holding company that acquires martech SaaS and agencies doing $1-10M in annual revenue. He also hosts two podcasts: Marketing School & Leveling Up, which get over 1M monthly downloads combined. Over the years, Eric has helped companies such as Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, and Salesforce acquire more customers.

He also speaks around the world on marketing & SaaS. Eric is also the author of 'Leveling Up: How to Master the Game of Life' and the creator of ‘Leveling Up Heroes’, a personal growth NFT. He also invests in companies such as Eight Sleep, Levels, Lime, Toucan, and more.

Fred Dong
Fred Dong

NFT Project Manager & Artist Manager. 

Over the last 2 years, he helped multimedia artist Johnny HAIKI 20X his annual income, placing his pieces in the homes of celebrities such as Andre Drummond, Cassius Marsh, Addison Rae, Clinton Sparks, Jhene Aiko, and even Boxing Legend Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.

Johnny HAIKI
Johnny HAIKI

Multimedia Artist, Music Producer, Model.

HAIKI has modeled for numerous campaigns. Some of his biggest clients include Reebok, Puma and Converse, eventually he was featured on VOGUE in 2018. In the wake of COVID19, HAIKI discovered his talent for art. Trying to find a new passion project that didn't require his eyes to be on the computer screen he discovered a newfound love for acrylic painting. As quarantine progressed, he honed his skills in portrait pop art leading to purchases from numerous celebrities such as Andre Drummond, Cassius Marsh, Addison Rae, Clinton Sparks, Jhene Aiko, and even Boxing Legend Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.

LOGIK
LOGIK

Julian Gilliam, founder of The Plug NFT (888 collection) and co-founder of Chiba Center. He graduated from Columbia College with a degree in animation, film and video. He created an intra-agency platform at Leo Burnett called Naomi to bring a more authentic voice to discussion of “culture” in the advertising space. Julian joined Google as a creative director. His focus now is on educating others so that the gatekeeping of web2 no longer hinders success in the web3 space.

His “The Plug” NFT sold out all 888 units within the first two hours of its public mint. His focus now is on educating others so that the gatekeeping of web2 no longer hinders success in the web3 space. He co-founded and supports a non-profit online Japanese language school called Chiba Center for the global Black and brown community of creatives.

Oliver Zak
Oliver Zak

Co-founder & CEO of Mad Rabbit, a brand dedicated to formulating clean and natural skincare products for tattooed people. Under Oliver’s vision, Mad Rabbit’s growth ambitions far exceed those of a typical CPG brand. Tattoo culture is globalizing and normalizing at unprecedented rates, and Mad Rabbit is serving that growing population utility via community, skincare, content, storytelling.

Since landing a deal with Mark Cuban on Shark Tank in March of 2021, Oliver has gone on to raise $6m in venture funding, signed an exclusive equity deal with Inked Magazine, and landed brand ambassadors such as Caeleb Dressel, Leticia Bufoni, and Stefon Diggs

Perry Shum
Perry Shum

Founder of Image NY

Sidney Swift
Sidney Swift

Founder of Chill Rx, Sidney Swift is a 2x Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling music producer, songwriter, and CEO of DEFI Entertainment. He has written and/or produced songs performed by Nicki Minaj, Panic! At The Disco, Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, Big Sean, Future, Nelly, and more, including numbers Billboard #1 hits such as Beyoncé’s “7/11”, Jason Derulo’s “Don’t Wanna Go Home”, and Major Lazer’s “Light It Up”.