Personnel and Technologies


Ron Martinez

Ron Martinez

Founder, Inventor

Ron Martinez is a longtime innovator in media, commerce, and intellectual property. He’s a prolific inventor with more than sixty patents, and former global Vice President, Intellectual Property Innovation for Yahoo! Inc., where over a four year period, he led the development of a massive, forward-looking patent portfolio covering what proved to be a wide range of fundamental mobile, social, and media technologies and applications. Ron splits his time between southwest France and San Francisco.

Over the course of his career he’s built consumer and enterprise technologies, products, and businesses. Recent projects include Retail Network, a decentralized bookselling platform he led the entrepreneurial design and development of (acquired by Ingram Content Group, 2016); Content Blockchain advisory, where he supports the propagation of a new class of media identifiers and the development of a transactional ecosystem to make use of them. He’s also served as intellectual property advisor to UK-based JAAK, a company building a foundational blockchain-based IP rights network with its open KORD initiative. Early on, Ron invented seminal, cryptographically-enabled, limited edition, transactable digital object technologies, as expressed in this 1997 Virtual Property Patent which was used in both virtual economies as in the pioneering massively multiplayer game 10Six, which he designed and produced, and in consumer banking systems.

Ron is the initiator of Inventor DAO, designed to produce a global, defensive intellectual property pool to protect and benefit those building the foundations and applications of the emerging blockchain industry.

Barry Threw

Barry Threw

Creative Technologist

Barry Threw is an independent technologist, designer, and cultural producer exploring ways the engagement of art and technology can promote transdisciplinary understanding and systemic affect. With over a decade of experience leading forward-looking projects using experiential technologies and immersive media, he consults with individuals and institutions developing tools, processes, and platforms to support creative, technical, and protocultural infrastructure.

Threw’s work has been presented internationally at festivals including ORF Musikprotokol, Graz, Austria; Club Transmediale, Berlin, DE; Mutek, Montreal, CA; Cynetart, Dresden, DE; Siggraph, San Diego, US. His installation work has been shown at venues including the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Sacramento International Airport, CalIT2 at the University of California San Diego, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco, CA.

Karole Irène

Karole Irène

Design and Community Development

Karole Irène is an accomplished designer, artist, and online community development and curation professional. She was a co-founder of, the decentralized marketplace for bookselling, and has led creative projects and organizations both in her native France, and in San Francisco.

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Business Advisor, IP and Contract Law

Richard Thompson attended Harvard College and Stanford Law School where he received a J.D. in 1980. He went on to became a partner in the firm of Bloom, Hergott, Diemer & Cook, one of the leading motion picture entertainment law firms in the industry, Richard served as first Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and General Counsel and then later promoted to Chief Operating Officer of The Brodia Group, which developed and licensed a consumer payments platform that facilitated secure online payments for the customers of major credit card companies. He has now returned to his practice with Bloom, Hergott.

Richard represents talent and corporate clients in motion pictures, television, new media and licensing. He has spoken extensively regarding legal issues in the new media business at, among other places, USC, UCLA, Pepperdine, Southwestern, Loyola, the Practicing Law Institute and the Los Angeles Copyright Society. He is a past president of the Los Angeles Copyright Society.


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