My Side of the Story.
Content Warning: Personal Matters, Sexual Assault


As we navigate through today's fast-paced and ever-evolving world, I have always felt a strong desire to stay ahead of the curve by offering innovative services that cater to a diverse range of interests and needs. My name is Ryan Kopf, a passionate entrepreneur and tech enthusiast. I have dedicated my life to creating a suite of services aimed at enhancing people's lives in various areas, from the anime community to language learning.

I created some fun anime conventions almost by accident. What started as a fun hobby turned into an important passion project as I brought together some amazing nerds in celebrating anime, life, and individuality. Since our organization's inception in 2010 we have hosted conventions in dozens of cities and have settled on 7 incredible annual events across the Midwest.

I recognized the need for a seamless and user-friendly ticket-selling platform, so I developed I designed this innovative service to cater to event organizers across various industries, providing a simple and secure way to sell tickets online. It is primarily focused on anime and comic convention events. With its intuitive interface, takes the hassle out of ticket sales and management, ensuring a smooth experience for both organizers and attendees. I believe its versatility and convenience make it the ideal choice for events of all sizes and types, from anime conventions to concerts and beyond.


In an age where digital security is of paramount importance, I wanted to create a powerful tool that helps businesses and developers protect their online platforms from spam and malicious activities. Defendium, the Anti-Spam API I created, employs advanced algorithms to effectively identify and block spam, safeguarding the integrity of websites, forums, and applications. By integrating Defendium into their systems, I hope businesses can maintain a secure and trustworthy online presence, providing peace of mind for both themselves and their users.

The Word Sponge

My passion for languages inspired me to develop The Word Sponge, a browser extension designed to facilitate language learning in an engaging and practical way. As users browse the web, the extension highlights words and phrases and replaces them in their target language, encouraging users to absorb new vocabulary in a natural and immersive context. I've made sure The Word Sponge can be customized to suit individual learning preferences and goals, making it an invaluable resource for language learners of all levels.


As an anime enthusiast myself, I wanted to create a platform to connect people with similar interests. That's why I founded MaiOtaku, the world's largest anime dating website. This niche dating platform offers a safe and welcoming space for otaku to talk about and rate anime, make friends, and find romantic connections. By focusing on shared interests, I believe MaiOtaku helps users build meaningful relationships with like-minded individuals who share their passion for anime culture.


I created UpcomingCons to provide another resource for anime and other pop culture convention enthusiasts. UpcomingCons is a comprehensive directory of upcoming conventions across various categories, including anime, comic books, gaming, and science fiction. With detailed event information and an easy-to-navigate interface, I hope UpcomingCons ensures fans stay informed about the latest events and opportunities to connect with fellow enthusiasts.

Thank You!

I am truly dedicated to innovation and committed to making a positive impact in various aspects of people's lives. By harnessing the power of technology, I have created solutions that cater to the anime community, event organizers, businesses seeking enhanced security, and language learners alike. As a trailblazer in my field, I strive to push the boundaries and redefine the way we interact with and experience the world around us. My journey has been fueled by the desire to empower and connect people, and I am eager to continue developing new services and solutions that have a meaningful impact on the lives of those I serve. Thank you for allowing me to share my story, and I hope my services can make a difference in your life too.