You may know me online as @rbwalksintoabar. IRL I'm Founder/CEO, Stage 32 - Producer - Actor - Screenwriter - Author - Lecturer - Mentor - Keynote Speaker - Legendary Wiseass
Richard "RB" Botto is the Founder and CEO of Stage 32, the worlds largest platform for connecting and educating film creatives. Called "LinkedIn meets Lynda for film creatives" by Forbes, Stage 32 boasts a member base of over 500,000 and works with over 500 industry executives across the globe.
RB has spoken at such festivals as Cannes, AFM, Tribeca, Raindance, SXSW and has taught at institutions such as Harvard and Columbia University on the subjects of filmmaking, screenwriting, social media, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. Additionally, he has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, and other news and entertainment outlets speaking on the film and tech industries.
Prior to launching Stage 32, RB was the founder, publisher and editor of RAZOR Magazine, a national men's lifestyle magazine which had a readership of 1.5 million at its peak. He was also a sports radio host on a variety of programs on ESPN and FOX affiliates.
In the 90’s, RB was an integral part of the team responsible for creating the vendor tracking system used by many of today’s top e-commerce companies. Botto headed the development, design and commercial implementation for several of the top 50 most visited sites on the web during that period.
RB serves on the Advisory Board for Old Town Music Hall, a classic film theater in El Segundo, built in 1921. A lifelong fan of film, a serial entrepreneur and a passionate creative himself, he’s a great guy to have a drink with!
Oh, and he was once named one of People Magazine's Most Eligible Bachelors (no lie).