Goldman Sachs's predicted an "$8 Trillion Opportunity" with The Metaverse. Join us as our panelists from Samsung Next, Uplandme Inc. and ConsenSys discuss why Meta has invested $10B into building the metaverse and why brands ranging from Coca-Cola and Gucci to Nike and Warner Bros. are getting involved in the space.
What exactly is the Metaverse? How is marketing evolving in response to Web3? Future-proof your career by learning from those who are investing in and building the future of the Internet. We will host a live Q&A to have your questions answered.
6:30-7 pm: Registration and networking
7-7:10 pm: Welcome by Dr. Frederick Wehrle, UC Berkeley Extension Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and event introduction by Juan Felipe Campos, partnerships at Number One mobile blockchain metaverse Upland.me and UC Berkeley Extension growth-hacking lecturer
7:10-7:30 pm: Keynote by Lindsay Aarnodt, Head of Marketing at Uplandme Inc. on "What is the Metaverse?"
7:30-8:30 pm: Panel discussion and Q&A
8:30-9 pm: Networking and cocktails
Meet the Panelists
Lindsay Aarnodt, Head of Marketing at Uplandme Inc.
Uplandme is one of the top 5 largest NFT metaverses globally, with more than 600,000 monthly active users and more than 2.1 million NFTs sold. Investors include Animoca Brands, which also backs companies such as Axie Infinity, Dapper Labs (CryptoKitties and NBA Top Shot) and OpenSea. Previously, Lindsay helped scale IMVU to more than 7 Mio. MAU as the organization's Director of Marketing. IMVU is an online metaverse and social network where users create avatars, connect and chat in 3-D with other people around the world. IMVU is a Top 5 grossing app and has raised more than $64 million (USD) from investors including Menlo Ventures.
Antonio Key, Director of Venture Investments at Samsung Next
Antonio works to identify early stage startups that could enable new software and services revenue streams, facilitate entry into new markets and enhance Samsung’s existing product offerings through Samsung Next's $150 million Venture Fund. His investment focus is in early stage startups (Seed to Series B) in the sectors of Metaverse (Immersive Experiences, Creator Economy, AR/VR, Decentralization), Blockchain (Dev/Builder Tools, Ownership, Community, UX), Connected Health and Wellness, and Fintech. Samsung Next's portfolio includes Web3/Metaverse companies such as The Sandbox, Ready Player Me, Yuga Labs and many more. He is passionate about increasing the opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech and finance.
Chris McKibbin, Chief Operating Officer at ConsenSys
ConsenSys is a market leader in blockchain software technology that is focused on building infrastructure, tools and products for consumers, developers and enterprises. The company is currently valued at more than $7 billion USD and has recently led deals such as the $600 million NFT deal with Premier League, among many other projects. Prior to his career at ConsenSys, Chris has held CXO positions at startups, private and public companies, and managed global organizations with 1,000-plus employees and $400 million-plus revenues. He has a wide range of experiences, from co-founding a Hollywood FX studio, to operating large-scale production studios, to managing products for the world's largest online games network, to designing and building a next-generation social network with Google to developing and launching a SaaS operating platform for Minecraft server operators.
Anand Dass, Director or Metaverse Content @Meta
Before Meta Reality Labs, Anand helped launch Facebook’s first productivity and collaboration platform for businesses workplace (5 million-plus paying users). After graduating from MIT, he co-founded a Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz-funded startup, which was acquired in 2014. He also led merchant partnerships at Postmates, where he helped grow the business to $1 billion GMV and helped launch Postmates Plus (lower-priced deliveries) and Postmates Unlimited.
Wednesday, June 15
6:30-9 pm (PT)
UC Berkeley San Francisco Campus