Mylen Yamamoto Tansingco is the Founder and Creator of Cropsticks®. Cropsticks® started as an idea on an airplane and can now be found in 500+ restaurants, hotels, and retailers across the world like Disney, Hakkasan, Roy’s, Panda Restaurant Group, Four Seasons, Sysco, Cost Plus, World Market, and more. The sustainable chopsticks with a built-in rest first appeared on season eight of ABC's hit show Shark Tank and have garnered attention from celebrity chefs, Fortune 500 companies, and influencers with millions of followers. The company is a Certified B Corporation, the highest standard for certification of environmental and social practices.
Yamamoto Tansingco is also highly respected Talent Manager and Producer of Clique-Now, which manages the careers of top digital Asian American talent. She has closed and managed deals with brands like Nike, AT&T, Google, TikTok, and Toyota. In addition, she has helped her clients build merchandise lines, develop TV shows, and book appearances all over the world. Clique-now was listed as one of Business Insider’s Top 25 YouTube talent managers in 2020.
Despite her busy schedule, Yamamoto Tansingco’s first love has always been teaching. She currently teaches Leadership Communication Strategies at UCLA Extension and is a TikTok Creative Learning Partner. Previously, she served as a Clinical Professor at Loyola Marymount University teaching entrepreneurship. Yamamoto Tansingco also conducts education workshops for corporations like McDonald's and YouTube. She holds an M.A. in Communication from California State University, Los Angeles.
In her free time, she supports causes like #HateIsAVirus and mentors aspiring entrepreneurs.
In 2020, Yamamoto Tansingco won the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.