Team
We are a team of professional game creators who experienced $174m+ exits and crypto-native marketers who succeeded in multiple projects on a global scale.
We are 25 members at 10 different locations in the world, and still growing!

Creators

Character Design - ミツサワアキラ / Akira Mitsusawa Twitter Instagram Skeb​
Creative Agency - Searchfield Inc. Website​
3D Artist - Tsumugi Twitter Instagram YouTube​

Murasaki B.V. Leadership

Shinnosuke Murata - Co-Founder / CEO

Den Haag, the Netherlands
Shinnosuke (Shin) is a serial entrepreneur and a lifelong fan of Tottenham Hotspurs. Shin founded a grocery retailer at the age of 19 that he ran for three years. He entered the University of York at the age of 22 and graduated in three years.
Shin joined one of the biggest Japanese conglomerates Mitsui & Co in 2014 and was involved in automotive finance and trading in Malaysia, Venezuela, and Bolivia. He left Mitsui to join a second-year start-up called Jiraffe, as the first sales representative of the company.
Shin has worked there and successfully raised capital three times as the product owner, sales manager, and managing officer. By 2019, Shin left Jiraffe and founded several small start-ups.
Later, he joined STVV, a football club in Belgium as COO. There he took a lead to issue a fan token for his club during the COVID-19 period. The club successfully raised and created a token community.
Then in July 2021, Shin founded Murasaki in the Netherlands.
​Linkedin / Twitter​

Mark Basa - Co-Founder / Brand Director

Copenhagen, Denmark Mark Basa is the co-founder and Brand Director of Murasaki B.V. He is also the new Brand Director at the layer one blockchain, Concordium. Mark is the Director of HOKK Finance, where he was appointed to lead the brand in its global expansion and transformation into a leading DeFi 2.0 player. Mark has structured HOKK Finance into a team of 38, with an incredible suite of products, including a multi-chain bridge, yield-generating NFTs, and appointing world-class advisors. As an expert in crypto brands, Mark has appeared on Daily Telegraph, BBC Africa, Express.co.uk, Capital.com, Finance Magnates, Verdict, Currency.com, Techround.co.uk, Global Finance Magazine, FinTech Global, RegTech Analyst, Crypto Channel Direct, NTD News (60M U.S households), Roll Call, K24 TV, KTN News. He has led the company from a volunteer meme project to an official entity in Dubai opening a $10M Aeries A in just 8 months. Mark is an early crypto-evangelist, having been involved in Bitcoin since 2011, when he co-founded and designed an omni-currency payment gateway, enabling consumers to pay with fiat, loyalty points, and Bitcoin. The company soon after partnered with Microsoft and the Australian government through their joint-venture innovation programs for promising technologies. Today, the platform is being built as a decentralized multi-chain platform for any merchant to create their own loyal point systems where consumers are rewarded in a stablecoin.
Mark brings over 10 years of experience in brands and marketing to Murasaki B.V, specializing in strategic development and brand conceptualization for early-stage companies including running his own boutique brand agency. Mark his achievements include creating the investment runway for one of the Middle East’s fastest-growing online grocery apps powered by AI and building a new brand for one of Europe's fastest-growing e-commerce printing companies.
In early 2021, he designed the brand for a decentralized, clinical trial marketplace that empowers medical and pharma companies to conduct remote studies, and rewards participants in a token. The start-up partnered with one of the largest biotech companies in the world ($10B per year revenue). Mark has a successful career as an advisor in the crypto space, including guiding a project that partnered with Polygon, which was also one of the most partnered NFT projects in the space. Mark is currently advising a layer one blockchain from Asia.

Shunsuke Sasaki - Co-Founder / CPO

Tokyo, Japan
Shunsuke is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and game lover, specializing as a professional growth hacking and product manager. He has built and exited two social gaming and live streaming platform companies where he exited for more than $100m.
Shunsuke started his career at NTT Comware as a software engineer. Two years later, he left and founded Pokelabo Inc, a mobile gaming company founded in 2007. GREE, a Japanese mobile gaming giant acquired Pokelabo in 2012 for $173.8m.
After his exit from Pokelabo, he founded a few start-ups and became an angel investor. Jiraffe Inc, where Shin was working in sales, was one of his portfolio companies. He started working at ZIZAI Inc as a business director of its subsidiary IRIAM, a virtual streaming platform. DeNA acquired IRIAM for $140m in 2021. Shunsuke joined Murasaki as a co-founder in 2022.

John Todorovski - Co-Founder / Partner

Rotterdam, the Netherlands
John is a leading expert in data management with over 30 years of experience leading his own consultancy firm as an advisor as well as an investor in several data-related startups. John has an extensive career in wider master data, data management, data quality, and in the financial and payments industries, where he enabled businesses to constantly re-engineer their processes. John’s career includes senior advising positions and project deliveries for Shell, Citigroup, Mastercard, ING Bank, ABN AMRO, Liberty Global, and Deloitte. John's interests include sports, world travel, meeting people, ancient history, and different cultures. John joined Murasaki as a co-founder in 2022.
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Advisor

Minoru Yanai - Advisor - Minto Inc. BD / Linker Inc. Founder

Tokyo, Japan
Minoru has experience as a director of mobile content services and launching new services at Zappallas, as well as a mobile producer and sales representative for the advertising business at Infoseek (Rakuten).
Minoru launched the most prominent mobile comic service, "Manga-Okoku" (Beeghly, TSE1), and was in charge of the application business with over 70 million downloads. Later in his career, he launched his own mobile business company and participated in establishing China's NQ Mobile (listed on NYSE) in Japan.
Minoru has been involved in the game publishing business and business partnerships with overseas mobile advertising platforms and game developers/publishers in the ad innovation industry.
Currently, Minoru is a founding member of Linker Inc. and is involved in blockchain and gaming businesses (web3 & NFT) and an advisor to various firms, including new crypto game projects. Minoru is in charge of business development at Minto and his current tole is to produce new Japanese IP and real estate into the metaverse at The Sandbox and Decentraland.
He has been involved as a core member of Japan's leading NFT conference, Non-Fungible Tokyo (NFT Tokyo). He has over ten years of experience in mobile content marketing and more than five years of experience as a mobile game developer, global strategy consultant, and business strategy support.
​Linker Inc. Minto Inc. LinkedIn Telegram: @Minoruy
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George Bracher - Gaming Advisor
Prior to his explosive entry into the Web3 space, George had a long career in networking and telecommunication. The skills gained here have aided in his successful entry into this fast-moving powerhouse sector.
Along with his work history in tech George has always been an avid gamers which lent to him landing his first role in Web3 as Tech Lead / Game Design Lead for Crypto Fight Club.
In complimentary to designing games for CFC, George also is a game analyst and researcher, as well as streaming for Polkastarter Gaming Guild where he shares his knowledge and insights about upcoming web3 projects.
​Twitter​
Ikuma Mutobe - Advisor, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Tané
Ikuma is a Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Tané, a crypto builders fund based in NYC, Dubai, and Tokyo. Since 2014, Ikuma has been in crypto as an investor and builder. He is also a member of PROOF Collective, Friends with Benefits and Chainforest, etc.
He invests in crypto/web3 startups and contributes to projects with a passion for individuals’ empowerment in the crypto/web3 era.
Ikuma has been a serial entrepreneur in the consumer internet space for the last 14 years. Before being an entrepreneur, he was involved in finance and investment at Softbank and UBS investment bank.
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