Join our community of ramen heads using web3 technology to discover delicious shops together. We're making a ramen recommendation app built on the blockchain. This lets our community own any reviews they post, empowering them to share in the value they help create. Better aligned incentives will result in higher quality reviews than our ad-based predecessors. Let's make gratitude a more powerful motivator than complaint & put an end to weaponized reviews! 🍜🚀🌙
Our plan to build a ramen recommendation app built on the blockchain.
We're in the instant ramen phase: building our app, chasing the dream. We'll be introducing a sneak peak & a way for our community to become early members soon.
We'll release our Check-in dApp, Genesis Collection, & White Paper.
We'll add the ability for ramen shops to post Loyalty Bounties in our Check-in dApp. This allows shops to thank loyal customers with on-chain rewards.
We'll form a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) that decentralizes the project's governance. Our community uses their tokens to vote on the future direction of our project.
Meet the digital ramen chefs.
Specializing in digital product design, Maximillian has crafted UIUX for apps such as 8tracks & Headliner while also selling animated NFTs since 2019.
Specializing in software development, Youhyun has crafted video processing & recommendation engines for the likes of IAC & Headliner.
MetaRamen LLC is a web3 technology company exploring IRL use cases for blockchain & distributed applications.
Each NFT contains a completely unique animation, programmatically generated from 324 ingredients hand made by our ramen chefs. It also includes a static version to use as your profile picture.
The art is based off an animation Maximillian Piras posted on Giphy in 2018, where he has racked up two billion views . It later graced cover of The Tokyoiter & caught the attention of early NFT platform MakersPlace, who invited him to be an early creator. He sold his first NFT in 2019.
One of his early collectors, Helen Hockney, suggested he explore generative art. This brought him to the realization that the generative script popularized for profile picture projects could be a perfect way to serve digital ramen: every ingredient acts like a component for the algorithm to mix together.
To realize this vision, Maximillian teamed up with developer Youhyun Kim to create MetaRamen.
Our dApp (distributed application) allows holders of our NFT (non-fungible token) to check-in at ramen shops. This creates a community-sourced guide of ramen recommendations. We enable our community to maintain ownership of content by storing it on their token. It all lives in the token metadata, making it portable to any platforms that follow our protocol.
Check-ins are an homage to early Web 2.0 platforms like FourSquare. They can be as simple as dropping a pin or can contain text & imagery to provide a review. All check-ins are ramen focused to optimize for a community with a shared value system. But our decentralized architecture makes porting the content into other networks possible. So if you’re building a web3 dApp, you can let our NFT holders connect their wallet to add their check-ins.
MetaRamen is a test kitchen for leveraging decentralized databases to build networked products. It all begins with this hyper focused atomic network of ramen lovers.
We’re a team of technologists fueled by ramen, but our ambitions go far beyond bowls of soup. This is our first step in exploring physical uses for blockchain & distributed applications. Web3 technology like NFTs & dApps are often associated with digital experiences. But they have much more potential beyond finding new ways to keep us glued to our screens. Instead of the metaverse, we're exploring how they can augment physical reality.
MetaRamen is pioneering a new Web3 protocol that anyone can build on. It leverages the blockchain as a distributed database for user-generated content. By storing content within a user's token metadata it becomes portable between platforms. This establishes user autonomy to better align incentives with platforms. It also turns user interactions into decentralized micro-services. With all content public on the blockchain anyone can use it to compete with us in creating value.
Best of all this creates a new frontier for networked products. Instead of accruing to a single platform, network effects can now spread across many. MetaRamen is only focused on ramen but our protocol allows other networks to ingest it. This enables pairing of various atomic networks in pursuit of larger aggregation networks.
We’ll be releasing our White Paper with all the details during our launch (see our Road Map).