About us

Rakuten PopShops is headquartered in the Pike Place Market business district in Seattle, Washington. 

Our ongoing mission is to create a useful and user-friendly set of affiliate power tools, and to have fun doing it.

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1. Our management team


Ashish Pandey - Biz and Corp Dev Guy

Ashish is a veteran internet pioneer and an entrepreneur. Prior to joining Rakuten PopShops, Ashish held various leadership positions in product, marketing, and business development at Amazon.com, Expedia.com and a number of Seattle start-up ventures. Ashish holds an MBA from Rochester Institute in NY and received his Electrical Engineering degree in India. Ashish and his wife Leslie and their son Leo live in Seattle.


H. Brock Barkley III - Artificially Intelligent Guy

Brock's journey from Wisconsin to Seattle included a pit-stop in Redmond, after Microsoft acquired the successful start-up Jellyfish where Brock was Chief Scientist and the principal architect of the platform that is now Microsoft's Bing Shopping. Brock brings to Rakuten PopShops a rich, wonderfully geeky melange of experience in the areas of search, artificial intelligence, context, machine learning, and data integration and fusion. He's also funny and his dad worked at NASA - how cool is that?!?