Metaverse is a series of one-to-one interviews with futurists, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all stripes. Host Francis Hellyer seeks out those who aren’t afraid to rustle feathers in order to push forward to a better future. Through forward-thinking discussions, Francis asks his guests to look back on their careers and to take stock of their ambitions and their hopes for how their respective industries can help pave the way to a greener, brighter, more equitable future. Join Francis as he covers a variety of fields, ranging from the climate and blockchain to cryptocurrency and decentralised finance.Follow us:https://twitter.com/MetaversePodhttps://twitter.com/FrancisHellyer Sign up for our newsletter at:www.metaverse.fm
The potential for the metaverse to become the ultimate place for collaboration and creativity with Apurva Shah
Apurva Shah is the founder and chief executive of Duality Robotics. Prior to this, he was head of creative technology and design systems at Capital One, and visual effects supervisor and member of the technical brain trust at Pixar. He is also an Adjunct Professor in emerging technology at the California College of the Arts, and an advisor for the non-profit ‘Kids and Art.’ In this in-depth conversation, Apurva reflects on the founding journey and mission of Duality Robotics, using the metaverse to solve real world problems; reflects on his time working for Pixar, with film credits including Ratatouille, Shrek, Finding Nemo and Toy Story 3; and gives his predictions for future trends, sharing why he believes the line between virtual and physical will “blur.”
Connecting our thinking to better understand our world with Jimmy Chan
Jimmy Chan is the co-founder and chief executive of Oly Sport, the NFT blockchain-based horse racing platform. Prior to starting Oly Sport, Jimmy was CEO of Odyssey3D, a company which grew to be in the top 1% globally within the virtual reality real estate space, and is a recipient of Canada’s ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ award. In this in-depth conversation, Jimmy discusses the mission of Oly Sport, and how it allows players to buy, breed, and race virtual horses so gamers can “race-to-earn” within its Metaverse; reflects on his previous role at Odyssey3D, the company which brought the 3D virtual reality experience to Toronto; and shares why he believes we need to look to the future of technology as an opportunity to “connect our thinking into a unified way of understanding the world.”
Making connections, not predictions with Marc Palatucci
Today, I’m joined by Marc Palatucci, senior foresight associate at the Future Today Institute. Marc has served on the World Health Organization’s Learning Strategy Advisory Group, and is a senior deputy to the World Economic Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Media, Entertainment and Culture. He also co-leads the MBA course in strategic foresight at the New York University Stern School of Business and serves as editor-at-large for Office Magazine. In this in-depth conversation, Marc shares his view on where tech is heading, with a particular focus on how smart eyewear will take us from “hands on to heads up;” discusses his work at the Future Today Institute, preparing clients for their future by making connections, not predictions; and dives into diminishing reality, and what being able to “minimise your surroundings” will mean for our daily lives.
A Gateway to the Metaverse with Hrish Lotlikar
Hrish Lotlikar is co-founder and CEO of SuperWorld. Founded in 2017, the digital world enables users to buy, sell, collect, and curate over 64 billion unique plots of virtual land. The platform is mapped over the entire surface of the globe, allowing users to purchase from any place on earth. Prior to SuperWorld, Hrish co-founded Rogue Initiative Studios, and was also the founding managing partner of the early-stage VC fund Eastlabs. In this in-depth conversation, Hrish reflects on his background and journey into the AR and VR space; discusses how Superworld “personalizes the real world,” and it’s mission to enhance and empower societies; and shares the latest on his recent project in Barbados using Superworld as a “gateway to the metaverse.”
How blockchain is set to disrupt our future with Katharina Gehra
Katharina Gehra is co-founder and chief executive of Immutable Insight. Founded in 2018, the advisory uses scientific analysis to advise and service companies in the blockchain and crypto industries. Appointed to the role in 2019, she manages the first BaFin registered crypto hedge fund in Germany ‘Blockchainfonds,’ and hosts the ‘Block52’ podcast. In this in-depth conversation, Katharina reflects on starting out in the blockchain space, and how this led to her nomination to help guide the former Bundestag; discusses her thoughts on the future of blockchain, why she believes it will “change everything in the future;” and shares her work at Immutable Insight – how they apply real time analytics to help the industry make more informed decisions.
Looking forward to the future of investing and innovation with Simon Erickson
Simon Erickson is founder and CEO of 7Investing. During a highly successful career as an advisor and investor, Simon rose to become lead analyst for The Motley Fool. After leaving in 2020, he then founded 7Investing, a start-up which offers customers seven investing tips and ideas each month, provided by their seven lead advisors. In this in-depth conversation, Simon shares his decision to launch 7Investing after noticing a lack of education in how to invest and information about stocks; discusses why he believes investing is a skill that can be learnt overtime and is “a lifetime journey” for some; and delves into his predictions about future investment trends, including a transformation in healthcare and a focus on bitcoin and fintech.