About Us

mission

OUr 
mission

VARcrypt is the world's first blockchain specific hardware agnostic platform designed specifically for VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), legacy content (film, television, music, print, video games) and software applications.  VARcrypt derives its name from a combination of both VR and AR resulting in the combination of VAR which when integrated with a cryptographic blockchain content distribution and Payment processing protocol; creates VARcrypt. In addition to VR and AR content distribution VARcrypt will distribute legacy film, television, music, software, print, and gaming content via its blockchain with the specific aim to protect artists and content creators and ensure that they can enjoy the lowest cost content distribution possible so they can keep the majority of the profits generated from their  work.  The future of immersive content and software will not be either VR or AR, it will be VAR.

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About
US

VARcrypt will be powered by its very own token, VARcoin (VAR). VARcoin will enable users to publish and view content on VARcrypt for global distribution of VR, AR, film, television, music, sports, print, video games, software, & real estate into a combined blockchain powered ecosystem that will deliver a powerful immersive experience.

We believe that the future of the Internet will be about experiences. Immersive experiences bring people together, inspire new ways of thinking and when virtual reality, augmented reality and Blockchain technologies are combined into a new technological ecosystem we believe that technology will be the future of the internet. VARcrypt is creating a user focused interface that enables the global distribution, encryption, and monetization of content that is fair and transparent that simply does not exist currently. 

Each new media format to emerge has represented a step forward in immersion and presence. From immersive video to mixed reality, content is becoming indistinguishable from having real life experiences. Through Blockchain technology this content can now be completely encrypted to protect content creators and owners, monetized in a more transparent and efficient manner (especially when one is familiar with the difficulties faced by content creators and owners who have had to collect from major television networks and Hollywood Film Studios), and distributed globally.  Content creators and owners no longer have to sell off content rights by territory but can go global immediately upon publishing their content on the VARcrypt Blockchain. 

Since 1974 when the TCP/IP Internet network protocol was designed it has evolved into a technology that allows any computer to communicate and connect to any other computer globally, the Blockchain protocol is repeating the same process all over again but in an exponentially more powerful way. Where TCP/IP is a communications protocol, the Blockchain is a value-exchange, encryption, distribution and monetization protocol. 

What we are passionate about is building an ecosystem unlike anything that has ever been build before - a decentralized, streaming and downloading, hardware-agnostic, and independent platform for Immersive Media including VR, AR and Mixed Reality (MR). All this is being built around a user friendly interface that will give the user Content Creation Tools (CCT) and the possibility of getting payed instantly in a transparent fashion.

Simply put this is the future of the internet.

varcrypt
ecosystem

VARcrypt users will be able to use VARcrypt's own token, VARcoin (VAR) to access a variety of VR, AR, film, television, music, and gaming content via the VARcrypt app and website. This is a front end consumer focused service and should at a glance echo “a YouTube for VR/AR/MR”. Content creators and artists will be able to upload content and determine the price at which their own content can be sampled, rented, or sold.  Content will be distributed via the VARcrypt blockchain via the VARcrypt website and Android & iOS apps via mobile and hardware devices such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and others. VARcoin will be the token that allows users to rent, buy or sample a diverse array of content in more cost effective cryptocurrency token based micro-payments.

Real Estate AR

An AR app that guides the user through areas of cities,
visualising pricing, size and much more relevant and useful
information.

City Guide AR

Exploring a city made simple, with hints and tricks to get
around.

VARCRYPT
Content
Creator

The 1st of a variety of Content Creation Tools (CCT) that will be available in the VARcrypt ecosystem is a VARcrypt app for Android and iOS which enables its users to create simpler and more spontaneous VR and AR videos and content with their smartphones to be directly uploaded to VARcrypt. 

One of of the Content Creation Tools we are launching is a virtual reality app for iOS and Android aiming to make 360- degree videos as easy as Snapchat and we are exploring the possibility of linking this with a our very own VARcrypt lite wallet.

Our strategy is to heavily support and inspire the creative community by both proprietary tools diversifying content on VARcrypt. 

board

Board
of
Advisors

Duncan Ransom

Senior VR Advisor

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Duncan Ransom

Senior VR Advisor

Duncan Ransom is the Founder and CEO of The Endless Collective, a full-service art, innovation and technology driven production studio currently focusing on immersive content and healthcare tools for both Virtual and Augmented Reality platforms. The Endless Collective’s artistry has been used in campaigns for clients including Samsung, Google, BMW, Ernst & Young, Universal, Warner Bros, Framestore, National Sawdust, MAC Cosmetics, NYU Medical School and MPC to name a few. Prior to establishing The Endless Collective, Duncan served as a CG story artist and animator with Framestore CFC, the legendary animation studio responsible for the imagery of many of the most important, visual stunning films today, such as the Oscar winning film, Gravity. Hs animation work has been seen in films such as Edge of Tomorrow, 47 Ronin, Clash of the Titans and Gravity, for which he received, with his VFX team, Academy Awards in the VFX and Cinematography categories.

Jose Estefano

Payment Technology Advisor

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Jose Estefano

Payment Technology Advisor

Mr. Estefano has over 40 years of experience in the technology industry. He has been employed by and developed projects for companies like IBM where he was a Senior Analyst, as a Vice President to develop IT networks for Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well as a Vice President of IT for FedEx in the US.

Currently, Mr. Estefano is the President of E4GS a company with a focus in developing Insurance and Banking level applications as well as secure mobile wallet technology.

Mr. Estefano holds an MBA from the University of Havana and is a US Army Vietnam Veteran with an honorable discharge.

Eric Chung

Technical & Development Advisor

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Eric Chung

Technical & Development Advisor

Eric is the founder of DApperNetwork, a fast-growing community of technologists building decentralized applications using the blockchain. He is also the cofounder of the LA Blockchain Lab and co-organizer of BlockCon. Apparently he's really into blockchain. He's a proud Bruin and LA native, and his favorite color is green. He studied quantum mechanics in college and wants to open up a tea-infused cocktail bar before his 30th birthday.

Mariana Danilovic

Advisor

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Mariana Danilovic

Advisor

Ms. Danilovic is the Founder and CEO of hollywood portfolio, a crowd-centric accelerator that develops and operates blockchain, Augmented, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and digital media companies. Through hollywood portfolio, Ms. Danilovic launched and helped develop numerous technology and digital media companies, and served as the President, CEO and Director of ultralivetv, served on the Board of Directors of Emerge Digital, serves on the Board of Advisors of Transmosis, LoveTV, NightFlight and VARcrypt. Ms. Danilovic was the EVP Business Development for NTN Buzztime, Inc. (AMEX:NTN) and Head of Business Development, Content Aggregation and Programming for MediaZone, broadband video company owned by NASPERS/MIH media conglomerate. She also founded and directed the Digital Media Incubator at KPMG LLP, which launched about two-dozen digital media companies. The companies Ms. Danilovic helped develop received institutional funding from KPCB, Sequoia Capital, Hummer-Winblad, Constellation Partners, Softbank, North Star Ventures, HP, and Intel. Ms. Danilovic headed business development for Peter Guber’s Mandalay Entertainment and was on the management team of the venture fund at Sony Pictures Entertainment, investing in media companies worldwide. Ms. Danilovic also worked for Michael Milken’s Knowledge Exchange and at the Twentieth Century Fox International Television Group. She serves on the Board of Directors of C3, the Arts and Media Node of the Millennium Project, served on the Board of Directors of the Producers’ Guild of America, and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Tim Draper’s Zone Club and was a member of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's Digital Coast Roundtable. Mariana earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, with a Minor in Biomedical Engineering from University of California, San Diego.

Trey Kelly

Advisor

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Trey Kelly

Advisor

Trey Kelly is a technology entrepreneur, sales leader, and blockchain enthusiast. Trey holds degrees in Systems Analysis and Mathematics & Statistics. He was an early adopter of cryptocurrency and has been an active investor and advisor in the space for many years.

Lasse Schmitt

Advisor

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Lasse Schmitt

Advisor

Lasse is a Co-Producer and Marketing Consultant at Tempest Film LLCand is a Co-Founder at Stegemann & Schmitt. Lasse started his career as an intern at Anschutz Entertainment Group and then from there went to TenneT TSO GmBH, Amer Sports Corporation and he has numerous relationships throughout Europe. Lasse is a graduate of the University of Bayreuth.

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VARcrypt
team

Ethan Gilmore

Founder & CEO

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Ethan Gilmore

Founder & CEO

Ethan Gilmore is the the founder and CEO of VARcrypt.  Prior to founding VARcrypt Ethan was the President of Virtualize which was a virtual reality focused technology and media company that made premium VR content for companies such as Samsung, SoHo House, Punchdrunk and many others.  Ethan has spoken at Harvard Business School Club of New York, Harvard Business School Club of Philadelphia, Digital Hollywood, Silicon Beach, Jefferies, Young President’s Organization, Viacom, and The New School regarding VARcrypt and blockchain applications across various industries.  

Prior to Virtualize and VARcrypt, Ethan worked in the  media, entertainment, & alternative investment space where he worked with companies such as Lionsgate, Senator Entertainment AG, International Media AG, Viacom (NickToons), IMAX and many others.  Ethan was involved in the capital acquisition and distribution for such films as Pan's Labyrinth, The Others, Chocolate, Blackhawk Down, Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, Bret Easton Ellis' The Informers (starring Winona Ryder,Amber Heard, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, & Billy Bob Thornton) and many others for the German market and with such films as Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Adaptation, Point Break,  and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (starring Jeff Bridges, Simon Pegg, Megan Fox, & Kirsten Dunst) for the US and international markets.  Ethan previously worked for the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Armando Soto

President and Co-founder

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Armando Soto

President and Co-founder

Armando is the President and Co-founder of VARCrypt Ltd. Armando's role in the company is to manage all things boring and business related. His responsibilities include; making sure timelines and goals are being met and keeping the company bootstrapped. 

Mr. Soto's past experience include being the managing Director of Zelphinium, a strategy consulting firm for private investment firms and public companies. Past engagements have involved multiple acquisitions and investments in companies in the manufacturing, technology, retail, media and entertainment industries valued at over $250 million. 

Prior to his involvement with Zelphinium he worked as a Vice President at WHC Capital a credit focused hedge fund, and as an associate at Yenni Capital a lower middle market private equity firm. Prior to Mr. Soto's involvement in risk and investment management world he worked as an associate in sales and trading at boutique investment banks. He started his career at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Soto has experience in direction and strategy of companies in the pre-revenue stage to evaluation transactions with established companies that generate over $400 million in revenues. Mr Soto's expertise is in risk management and strategy. 

Mr. Soto is a big proponent of Blockchain technology as it will disrupt the internet and many industries as we know them today.

Paul Mears

Chief Marketing Officer

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Paul Mears

Chief Marketing Officer

Paul Mears is the Chief  Marketing Officer of VARcrypt. Paul started his career with Ernst and Young in London and is a UK qualified CPA. Over the last 30 years he has worked in a wide range of industries including Telecoms, Construction, Software, Hedge Funds in a wide range of CFO to Operational Finance roles.

Mr. Mears left the UK in 1999 and has since lived and worked in New York, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and is currently a resident of Monaco. Paul has over the last 5 years been an active angel investor in early stage Tech, Apps, Medical Devices and with a passion for Stem Cell Biotech.

More recently Mr. Mears has been an active participant in the blockchain and crypto community and has been an advisor to Humaniq and is also currently the CFO of Modex, a smart contract marketplace where he has been actively involved in the digital footprint and marketing of the MOdex Initial Coin Offering. Paul also is a co-founder of a music app Solid Art and has a passion for ensuring creative artists are rewarded for their work and is a great believer in the ability of the blockchain and VARcrypt to be a key player in that space and to ensure that artists are fairly rewarded for the work they create.  

Ihor Pidruchny

Blockchain Expert/Team Lead

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Ihor Pidruchny

Blockchain Expert/Team Lead

Ihor Pidrucnhy is a Blockchain expert, advisor and technology manager. Ihor has successfully cooperated with clients from Toronto to Silicon Valley in the startup ecosystem and assisted companies with idea implementation and top level product development. Ihor is spearheading VARcrypt's development team and he participates in technical strategy, roadmap building, architecture development and his strong technical blockchain experience and IT background are a great addition to the VARcrypt team.

Andrew Zubko

Blockchain Engineer/Tech Lead

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Andrew Zubko

Blockchain Engineer/Tech Lead

Andrew Zubko is a very experienced Blockchain engineer. Andrew successfully completed his first Blockchain project in 2014. He participated in the technical support of ICO's and cryptocurrency ecosystems before they became a mainstream topic. His technology stack includes but is not limited to C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Solidity, etc. Andrew's extensive expertise in cryptocurrency and Blockchain technology enables him to be an effective technological leader for the VARcrypt team. Andrew mainly focuses on choosing cutting-edge technologies, project architecture, product design and implementation for the VARcrypt project.

Dewang Agarwal

Coding & Development

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Dewang Agarwal

Coding & Development

Dewang Agarwal is from Kolkata, India and is passionate about blockchain technology and computer science. Dewang enjoys creating mathematically oriented algorithms and incorporating them into the blockchain ecosystem.  Dewang is a vital part of the VARcrypt team and is helping in coding support as well as with VARcrypt’s strategic relationships in India. He loves to watch movies especially science fiction and also likes to play tennis, swim and read in his leisure hours.

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