Who We Are

Subutai Corporation is named after Genghis Khan's strategic commander, a man who rarely lost a battle and who eventually grew so obese that horses could not carry him. The fact that he became a military commander who couldn't ride a horse and was still treated with respect says that he had to have been someone pretty special.

Founded by a team of creative and entertainment professionals in 2010, Subutai Corporation's focus is the creation of media franchises. We start with story, and then we build a world. Along the way, we branch into print, comics, film, and games.

The Team

Neal Stephenson Mark Teppo Karen Laur Greg Bear

Neal Stephenson, Chairman

Neal is a well-known novelist with multiple bestsellers under his belt and an insider’s keen understanding of the old-school publishing industry. As Chairman of the Board, he helps the Company develop its technology and services in a way which will be useful to and understood by authors and other members of the publishing world, old and new.

In addition to his role as Chairman, Neal is also the Company’s armorer—in charge of developing and producing helmets, gauntlets, and other such protective items as may be required.

Mark Teppo, CEO & Chief Creative Officer

Mark is a not-quite-as-well-known author whose books stray into topics such as occult noir and gonzo bio-punk—all of which is to say he's got a thing for libraries and research. His keen understanding of and memory for the details and intricacies of plot and character in fictional worlds, a love of storytelling, and a passion for bringing rich, complex worlds into being make him the ideal person to helm the Company’s creative production. This same keen understanding and tolerance for the niggling details means he gets to shuffle paperwork around the office as well.

Mark enjoys cleaving things in twain with a messer, but he’s also quite happy just to stare you down. He's also the kind of guy who has a favorite Tarot card.

Karen Laur, Vice-President - Game Development

Karen is an accomplished art director, texture artist, and frequently-injured equestrian who has spent the past 16 years in the games industry. She has extensive experience in the development of digital environments, avatars and UIs. As texture artist for Valve Software, she set the look and feel of the game Half-Life. Prior to getting involved in game development, Karen worked as Head Designer of New Product Development at Maya Romanoff as well as co-owning the groundbreaking DC restaurant, "Dante's."

More recently, as Art Director at Forterra Systems, Karen contributed to the advancement of serious games by building mnemonic devices using stone knives and bear skins.

30 years’ experience with smart boys wielding swords makes Karen feel very comfortable in the present company. When her goatee grows in she fully intends to shave her head.

Greg Bear, Senior Advisor

Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books, spanning thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy including Blood Music, The Forge of God, Darwin's Radio, and Quantico. Awarded two Hugos and five Nebulas for his fiction, one of only two authors to win a Nebula in every category, Bear has been called the "Best working writer of hard science fiction" by The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Bear has served on political and scientific action committees and has advised Microsoft Corporation, the U.S. Army, the CIA, Sandia National Laboratories, Callison Architecture, Inc., Homeland Security, and other groups and agencies.

Greg also likes hitting things really hard with big pieces of metal.


Gabe Newell, Investor and Strategic Advisor

Gabe Newell is the President and founder of Valve Corporation, an entertainment software and technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. In addition to producing best selling entertainment titles, Valve is a developer of leading-edge technologies, such as the Source™ game engine and Steam, a broadband platform for the delivery and management of digital content with over 30 million accounts.

The Kennedy Marshall Company, Investors and Strategic Advisiors

For almost twenty years, the Kennedy/Marshall Company has consistently provided commercially successful critically acclaimed entertainment to audiences worldwide. Established in 1992 by multiple Academy Award nominated producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. The Kennedy Marshall Company’s impressive slate includes four Best Picture Academy Award nominated films: most recently The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which received thirteen nominations and three Oscars; Steven Spielberg’s Munich, which received five nominations; The Sixth Sense, with six nominations; and Seabiscuit, which garnered seven Academy Award nominations.

Bezos Expeditions, Investors and Strategic Advisiors

Bezos Expeditions manages the personal venture capital investments of Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon.com. Bezos Expeditions has made a number of strategic investments in disruptive technology startups, starting with a $14M investment in MFG.com in 2005. The Bezos portfolio also includes investments in Pelago, Twitter, Kongregate, TeachStreet, 37Signals, and more.