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Hazarai, Inc.

Hazarai is an online social marketplace catering to passionate fans, collectors, and merchants of "geek culture."

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Internet / Web Services
  • Location Montvale, NJ, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2011
  • Employees 4
  • Website

Company Summary

Hazarai is a one-stop destination for passionate fans, collectors, and merchants of "geek culture" (ie. comic books, action figures, hobby card games, etc.) to shop, sell, share, and geek out. Hazarai's key differentiators include its targeted niche marketplace, as well as its community - featuring the recognition of contributions made by members and sellers, as well as items for sale on the site in Hazarai blog and video entertainment content.


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    Ian Griggs
    President, CEO

    Prior to founding Hazarai, Ian spent nearly 10 years working in the entertainment industry with experiences including the management of his own production company for clients Johnson & Johnson, Novo Nordisk, and others, as well as writing and producing content for television channels MTV, IFC, Comedy Central, Spike, Fuse, and Oxygen. Away from Hazarai he geeks out on graphic novels, fantasy baseball (a 3 time champion), and the New York Knicks.

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    Wayne Goldblatt
    Vice President of Entertainment

    Wayne is a bona-fied expert in all things "geek culture." A life-long fan, he has been an obsessive collector for over 30 years. Prior to joining the Hazarai team Wayne worked in a wide variety of roles in the entertainment industry, ranging from television and film production to talent management. His credentials for moderating the Hazarai community through its entertainment content are no doubt second to none.

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    Kyle Bragger
    Board of Advisors

    Kyle is the Founder & CEO of Forrst, a community of fifty thousand developers and designers acquired in March 2012. Prior to founding Forrst his more recent experiences included engineering for The Huffington Post and mSnap, as well as mentoring for the Tech@NYU program. Some of his other past endeavors include: CTO of BricaBox, Founder of Placefav, CTO of Corkd, Co-Founder & CTO of My Social Dog

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    Dhani Jones
    Board of Advisors

    Entrepreneur, Professional Athlete, Philanthropist, Motivational Speaker, Television Host, & Published Author. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Dhani spent 11 years in the NFL. He currently owns the NYC creative agency, VMG-Creative, has hosted television productions including “Dhani Tackles the Globe” (Travel Channel), and in 2010, launched the philanthropic foundation, “BowTie Cause." For more on Dhani see:

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    Jessica Chobot
    Brand Ambassador

    Jessica Chobot is an on-camera host. She is best known for hosting the IGN shows IGN Strategize and Weekly Wood, which also runs on Xbox Live, G4's Attack of the Show, and used to present the IGN Daily Fix.


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    Eric Weiner & Matt Savare @ Lowenstein Sandler (Tech Group)
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    Rosen Seymour Shapss Martin & Company LLP

Previous Investors

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    Self funded to this point