Tech Snippets Today – Metaverse Standards Forum – Neil Trevett – Chair, with Joseph Raczynski

Lovely conversation today with Neil Trevett, Chair of the Metaverse Standards Forum! We get to hear about what led him to his position and the important need that the Forum is working on right now, as the Metaverse takes off. I have seen this firsthand when meeting with companies and firms of all sizes. They are looking for a guiding light on all things standards and interoperability, as well as finding a common ground with this soon to be mainstay of the future of the internet.

Interoperability is the bedrock of the metaverse, to enable multiple disruptive technologies to work together, to build bridges between applications to scale beyond a series of disconnected silos, and to evolve a platform that is open and inclusive for all.

Open to any organization, the Metaverse Standards Forum provides a venue for cooperation between standards organizations and companies to foster the development of interoperability standards for an open and inclusive metaverse, and accelerate their development and deployment through pragmatic, action-based projects.

Forum Establishes Pipeline of Exploratory and Domain Working Groups – The Forum has initiated a pipeline of member-driven Exploratory and Working Groups that are meeting regularly to create Charters and execute the projects they define. The Working Groups currently include ‘3D Asset Interoperability using USD and glTF’, ‘Digital Asset Management’, ‘Metaverse Standards Register’ and ‘Real/Virtual World Integration.’ The exploratory groups currently include ‘3D Web Interoperability‘, ‘Digital Fashion Wearables for Avatars, Interoperable Characters/Avatars’, ‘Network Requirements and Capabilities’, ‘Privacy, Cybersecurity & Identity’ and ‘Technical Interoperability and End-User Troubleshooting.’

Tech Snippets Today – Hatchfi – Carlos Feliciano II – CEO & Founder, with Joseph Raczynski

One of the challenges with digital assets these days is building out the plumbing. In other words, creating the infrastructure which allows for everyone to take advantage of these new systems. It is a lot of work to do behind the scenes. Hatchfi, and its Founder and CEO, Carlos Feliciano is hard at work connecting over 20 blockchains, 200 wallets and all of the APIs and platforms of the biggest players, so you can leverage and have access to your digital asset data in a much more digestible way. These are the sorts of developments which are paramount for the move from Web2 to Web3.

My conversation with Carlos focuses on what Hatchfi is doing and where their business can make an impact in the new world of Web3. He is very knowledgeable in this space and it was great speaking with him today.

Hatchfi is a crypto integration platform that supercharges fintech applications with the power of their users’ crypto financial data. Our platform provides the most secure way for consumers to connect crypto accounts across exchanges and wallets to any app, just like an online bank account. For builders, instant access to their users’ crypto financial data means they can quickly and easily create seamless crypto-powered fintech apps in minutes rather than months.

Tech Snippets Today – Ramo Law PC – Geoff Lee – Senior Associate, with Joseph Raczynski

What do Ryan Reynolds and and new blockchain version of the Bachelorette have in common? Well, my guest today discusses both as it relates to blockchain tech. Back to my roots, I spoke with Geoff Lee, an attorney at Ramo Law PC today. We dove into Web3, especially how the entertainment industry is leveraging NFTs to further brands and build communities. We also touch on IP in the NFT space.

Drawing on his background as a creative producer, Geoff Lee focuses his legal practice on facilitating his clients’ vision, providing them with the legal tools to actualize their ideas for mediums of all types. Lee is general counsel for unscripted and premium docu-series production companies such as Scout Productions, Boardwalk Pictures, and Campfire Studios and negotiates lucrative network deals for his clients’ large scale productions. As production counsel, Lee specializes in high profile, talent driven productions such as “Legendary” with Keke Palmer and Jameela Jamil, “The Big Brunch” starring Dan Levy, “Rennervation” with Jeremy Renner, and “Welcome to Wrexham” following Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElnenny’s purchase of a Welsh football team.

Outside of production legal, Lee focuses on securing strategic branding opportunities between the fashion and film/television industries as well as structuring non-traditional financing of entertainment projects through sales of NFTs on the blockchain. As part of Lee’s fashion practice, he focuses on negotiating partnerships between various brands and producers to create fashion centric media with elevated commercial and merchandising opportunities.

Tech Snippets Today – HitPiece – Kory Felton – Co-Founder & CEO, with Joseph Raczynski

Starting in 2016 when I began presenting, writing, and consulting on various blockchain technologies, one area in particular had always intrigued me, the music industry. Today, I speak with Rory Felton, Co-Founder and CEO of HitPiece. We focus on the trends and the technology, not the most recent noise from the industry.

HitPiece creates a new boundless frontier between music artists and fans through NFTs and exclusive in real life and metaverse experiences. Artists/Owners launch NFT-unlocked access to content, connections, and opportunities that thrills fans. The platform offers an NFT marketplace, metaverse spaces built entirely for music fans, and the easiest artist portal to launch into web3.

Artists have their own dedicated contracts for their collections, ensuring provenance of their projects. Collectors can show off their NFTs and listen to music in their own immersive metaverse space, The Lounge.

They believe in the vision of web3 and the opportunity for shared ownership in projects launched by music artists. artists can now connect and share with their community while fans hold true ownership over their digital assets.

Tech Snippets Today – Everyrealm – Janine Yorio – CEO, with Joseph Raczynski

This was an amazing conversation with Janine Yorio who is the Chief Executive Officer of Everyrealm. The focus today was unpacking what the future internet looks like and how people will connect and interact. Everyrealm is a gateway to the metaverse with a background in private equity and in real estate.

Everyrealm is a metaverse holding company with holdings in 27 metaverse platforms, over 4,000 NFTs, an e-sports gaming guild and an esports league. Everyrealm also operates Realm Academy, the premier online educational campus in the metaverse. Yorio’s “superpower is her ability to turn wildly creative visions into financially-feasible realities.” She says one of the most important things to understand about developing in the metaverse and making NFTs is that these products need communities.

Tech Snippets Today – GLEAC – Sallyann Della Casa – Chief Identity Hacker, with Joseph Raczynski

It was an honor and a privilege to speak with Sallyann Della Casa.  She is Chief Identity Hacker at GLEAC.  We dive headlong into NFTs and their increasing relevance going forward.  Some background about my esteemed guest.  She is one of the 4% of women globally who has a patent pending method and algorithm (for measuring soft skills) as a sole inventor. Sallyann holds degrees and certifications in Law, Organizational Behavior and Urban Planning. She speaks five languages and is a published author. Her education spans the globe from Harvard University to Franklin College to University of Toronto.

Sallyann spends her days obsessing about GLEAC, her technology company, which measures and develops soft skills gaps for any job (current and future) in 10 minutes a day. GLEAC’s clients and partners include Prada, Accenture, Korn Ferry, Monster etc. GLEAC has been featured in the Dubai Cares, The Future is Human pavilion at Expo 2020.

Tech Snippets Today – AllCertified – Michael Eckstein – CEO & Chairman, with Joseph Raczynski

This is my discussion with Michael Eckstein, CEO and Chairman of AllCertified. We get into all things about NFTs and the cetification of art, collectables and eventually all digital assets.

AllCertified is a visionary group of NFT gurus, experienced fintech programmers, cryptocurrency miners, and industry-leading copyright and trademark IP lawyers with deep contacts in the sports, social media, and entertainment industries. We have come together to create and launch AllCertified, the unique company with patent-pending technology to create blockchain authenticated celebrity autographs to be affixed to digital NFTs…producing huge across-the-board increased value to any NFT digital collectibles related to sports, TV, and movie personalities, musical performers, social media influences, artists, live concerts, etc. on a global basis.

Animated Series: What’s Up with the Metaverse

Originally published on the ABA Center for Innovation, Innovation and You

by Joseph Raczynski with creative by Elise Harmening, Esq.

What’s Up with the Metaverse, was written by Joseph Raczynski of Thomson Reuters, a member of the Governing Council for the Center for Innovation, and created by Elise Harmening, Esq., Project Specialist Manager at the Center for Innovation.

The impact of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and NFTs on the legal industry with Joseph Raczynski

It was a ton of fun recording this podcast with the omniscient and ever engaging Joseph Gartner at the ABA Center for Innovation – (full transparency, I sit on the Council). With Joey’s new role as Director and Counsel, we chatted all things #blockchain#cryptocurrencies, and #NFTs and their impact on the legal industry.  It is fantastic to be a part of a group pushing on #innovation in the legal industry at the ABA with Chair, Don Bivens and the entire Center for Innovation Governing Council.