Executive Team

Kun Gao

Co-Founder & CEO

Kun has helped drive Crunchyroll from idea to a profitable company with multi-millions in revenue, spearheading international content licensing, product, operations and monetization. He has over 7 years of experience in consumer facing websites, including founding Frappr.com (acquired by Slide), and joining HOTorNOT. Kun graduated from U.C. Berkeley with honors B.S. in Electrical Engineer and Computer Science and B.A. in Applied Mathematics in 2004, and was a PhD candidate in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon focusing on Database research.

Brady McCollum

EVP & COO

Brady was one of Crunchyroll's earliest hires and has helped develop Crunchyroll into a profitable company with multi-millions in revenue, spearheading international content licensing, operations, localization, partnerships and monetization. Prior to Crunchyroll, he worked for Accenture and advised Fortune 500 Retail companies on business process and system improvements. Brady graduated from U.C. Berkeley with honors B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in 2005.

James Lin

Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer

James Lin graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. He continued his studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in the Computer Science PhD Program. While there, he also worked on an internet startup during his leisure time. James left UIUC for Silicon Valley in 2006 where he spent two years working for various startups, contributing to the early rapid growth of Slide.com in 2006, and giving HotOrNot.com an established position in Facebook's Application Platform. A short time afterward, James co-founded Crunchyroll, Inc., in the midst of the streaming video boom.

Brandon Ooi

Co-Founder & CTO

Crunchyroll has been a long passion for Brandon and is a culmination of years of learning and evolution. He sees Crunchyroll as a marriage of media and technology that can fundamentally change the way people enjoy cultures from around the world. Brandon currently specializes in backend architecture and scalability which can be traced from the beginning of his career at HOTorNOT, an early web company. Brandon graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science with a minor in Bioengineering.

Vince Shortino

General Manager

Vince has over 20 year of sales, marketing and business development experience with a history of creating and driving new business to meet and exceed goals in Japan. Vince is skilled in prospecting, qualifying leads, identifying decision-makers, analyzing needs, preparing proposals and execution. His career includes 4 years at Matsushita (Panasonic), 2.5 years at Sharp, 6+ years at 3Com, 2.5 years at Skype and 1 year at Bittorrent K.K.

Rupert Chen

VP of Engineering

Rupert joined Crunchyroll for the opportunity to revolutionize an industry. Since then, he has lead the architecture of a service now delivering content to millions of viewers across a dozen different platforms. Prior to Crunchyroll, he was at Salesforce.com shipping high-profile features such as the first major site re-design, the customer self-service portal, and call center telephony integration. Rupert graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences.