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Yuga Labs Names Co-Founder Greg Solano as CEO, Eyes Bored Ape Expansion

Greg “Garga” Solano announced that he's returning as CEO, succeeding former Activision executive Daniel Alegre after less than a year in the role.

Greg Solano, Yuga Labs’ co-founder, is poised to take the helm as the company's new CEO, succeeding Daniel Alegre.

A report published by Crypto News revealed that Alegre concluded his tenure in Yuga Labs after approximately ten months in the role.

Yuga Labs Expands Portfolio, Acquiring Additional NFT Projects

Yuga Labs is known for creating the popular Bored Ape Yacht Club non-fungible token (NFT) collection and ApeCoin (APE).

The company has also expanded its portfolio by acquiring more notable NFT projects, including the 10KTF, CryptoPunks, Meebits, as well as the PROOF Collective’s Moonbirds NFT.

In his debut as the CEO, Solano will spearhead strategic initiatives, including establishing a dedicated Yuga subsidiary exclusively for the Bored Ape Yacht.

In addition, he will also lead the newly improved communication regarding the Other Side metaverse, its upcoming playtest, and the formulation of additional gaming projects aimed at the mass market.

In his post, Solano said that he was “stepping back in” as the CEO of the company. The new CEO also revealed that only Nicole Muniz and Alegre were publicly referred to with the said title.

Who is Greg Solano?

Greg Solano is a co-founder of Yuga Labs, which is the company behind the creation of the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), a popular platform for non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC). He also helped acquire one of the most significant pioneers of the NFT space, called CryptoPunks.

He worked as a book editor before Solano started working on the BAYC. He’s also one of the people behind the creation of physical books such as "Harry Potter" and "World of Warcraft" manuals.

Pudgy Penguins Flipped Bored Ape Yacht Club

The significant leadership shift comes as the competition between the Bored Ape Yacht Club and the Pudgy Penguins project heightened after the latter recently surpassed the Bored Apes’ floor price.

According to The Block, citing the data from Parsec Finance, Pudgy Penguin’s floor price reached 22.2 ETH ($61,780) on Saturday at around 11:00 AM UTC. Meanwhile, the Bored Apes had a floor price of just 22.1 ETH ($61,500).

In a statement, Daniel Meagaard, known as Seedphrase on social media platform X, said, "Pudgy Penguins finally flipped BAYC," adding that "this is a testament to a visionary leader who actively engages the community while staying true to the web3 ethos. Hopefully, Yuga is taking notes."

Since November, Pudgy Penguins’ floor price have seen a strong rally, growing from 5 ETH to around 21 ETH, up to 320%.

Meanwhile, Bored Apes’ floor price have been declining at the same time since its peak in April 2022. Data showed that it has fallen from an all-time high of around 160 ETH to around 22 ETH.

Photo: Andrey Metelev/Unsplash

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