In the NFT space, Bored Ape Yacht Club is what Bruce Lee is to the action film industry (in actuality, the bored apes have evolved into the Dragon).
Anyone who hasn’t heard of the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), for example, is essentially lacking in internet IQ.
NFT enthusiasts were intrigued by the fact that no one was aware of the founders of the bored ape yacht club, though.
Yes, until a report known as a “doxxing” surfaced in February, the founding members of the hugely popular BAYC were kept anonymous.
The Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), a group of simian avatars created by four unidentified founders, has quickly developed into a highly successful business in a developing industry.
The creators have discussed the idea of a group of elite apes residing in a swamp clubhouse with publications like Rolling Stone and the New Yorker.
A Cultural Phenomenon, BAYC
10,000 simian cartoonized bored ape NFTs make up the Bored Ape Yacht Club collection.
On the Ethereum blockchain, the extraordinary apes are ERC-721 tokens, and the InterPlanetary File System contains the data about them.
With celebrities joining the club, Bored Apes quickly became a cultural phenomenon because these NFTs have assumed the “expensive” form of a status symbol for many.
As was already mentioned, Bored Apes became so well-known very quickly that media outlets felt the need to unearth the founders’ private information that had been redacted for security reasons.
As events unfolded, the founders of the bored ape yacht club were identified as “Greg Solano” and “Wylie Aronow.”
Nicole Munitz, CEO of Yuga Labs, was the only person to confirm the identity. Other bored ape yacht club founders then started self-doxxing after that.
When Greg and Wylie first met in a bar many years ago, they quickly became friends over disagreements over David Foster Wallace’s books, Wylie revealed in an interview.
Greg later converted Wylie to cryptocurrency in 2017. They then started discussing novel concepts for capitalization after that.
Both of the founders of the Bored Ape Yacht Club began looking into NFT platforms in the first half of 2021. After looking through a variety of media, they discovered the concept of “gamifying virtual art with community membership.”
For a while, they thought about the “rich ape idea.” Due to Greg and Wylie’s lack of interest in technology, Greg enlisted the help of No Sass and Emperor Tomato Ketchup as well as freelance illustrator Seneca to implement the concept, and presto—BAYC was born! Exactly like that!
Meet The Founding Members of BAYC Now
We’ll introduce you to each of the four founders of the bored ape yacht club as we advance through our BAYC history.
1. Zeshan, aka No Sass
Welp, here we go…
Hey, I’m Zeshan. Nice to meet y’all (:
Web2 me vs. Web3 me pic.twitter.com/0AnqurQ1el
— Sass (Zeshan Ali) (@SassBAYC) February 8, 2022
Greg and Wylie approached Zeshan to help them give their bored ape concept shape. Along with Kerem and Greg, he was a University of Virginia computer science graduate.
In typical cat-out-of-the-bag style, No Sass tweeted out his photo.
2. Kerem, also known as Emperor Ketchup
Seems like the cat is out of the bag anyway, so…
Hi, I’m Kerem 👋🍅
web2 me vs. web3 me pic.twitter.com/v7i4JDCTlc
— EmperorTomatoKetchup (Kerem Atalay) (@TomatoBAYC) February 8, 2022
Kerem is an engineer who worked with the major bored ape yacht club founders to develop NFTs to give life to their conceptual idea. From Greg’s alma mater, he received a degree in computer science.
A few days after the names of the BAYC’s principal founders were made public, he self-doxxed himself. As a result, Emperor Tomato Ketchup revealed all when he tweeted his photo and caption.
3. Wylie Aronow aka Gordon Goner
Got doxxed against my will. Oh well.
Web2 me vs. Web3 me pic.twitter.com/uLkpsJ5LvN
— GordonGoner.eth (Wylie Aronow) (@GordonGoner) February 5, 2022
Wylie Aronow was born and raised in Miami, just like Greg. Like Solano, he had literary ambitions.
Gordon Goner applied for an MFA programme but eventually withdrew due to illness.
The 35-year-old formerly lived in Chicago and was once interviewed by the Chicago Tribune for a “Readers of the Week” feature.
Wylie thought that NFTs needed to have a function other than serving as digital riches. He wanted the buyers of the token to receive some benefit and meaning. He was a part-time day trader as well.
Wylie, therefore, proposed the idea of starting a club in BAYC for like-minded individuals to share stories and have talked. About crypto, and Greg accepted. The events that followed are recorded in history!
Bitmex, a cryptocurrency company, sued Wylie in arbitration in May 2021 over a disputed domain name.
According to reports, Wylie purchased the domain name bitmex.guru in 2018. According to Bitmex, this website was built to deceive users looking for the official Bitmex website.
Wylie failed to show up, and the court ordered that the domain name be transferred because of his lack of. Cooperation.
4. Greg Solano aka Gargamel
Got doxed so why not. Web2 me vs Web3 me. pic.twitter.com/jfmzo5NtrH
— Garga.eth (Greg Solano) (@CryptoGarga) February 5, 2022
Greg Solano was born and raised in Miami, where he was one of the major founders of the bored ape yacht club. The 32-year-old, who studied MFA at the University of Virginia, is a former editor and book critic.
Together with one of the game’s designers, he co-wrote a book about “World of Warcraft.”
His brother-in-law first introduced him to cryptocurrency in 2017 when he bought a little amount of Ethereum.
Later that year, he persuaded Wylie to join crypto. Together, they then started searching for original concepts for capitalization
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