Virtual Times Conference

Santa Monica, CA

Casa Del Mar

Jan 26, 2023

Disrupting Traditional Industries with NFTs and the Metaverse

JAN 26, 2023 | SANTA MONICA, CA

Metaverse. Technology. Business. Cryptocurrency. Blockchain. NFTs. Future. Innovation. Entertainment. Networking.

We tell stories. We watch stories. But more importantly, we live stories. The Virtual Times Conference is for story makers looking to explore how narratives can fuse new ownership and storytelling paradigms using Web3 and blockchain technologies. During this exclusive in-person event, industry leaders from the world of Entertainment, Blockchain, and Web3 will host panels that will guide attendees into this new territory.

Join your colleagues from the worlds of entertainment, business, and technology for a summit that connects you with new ideas and people who are investing in the next generation of narrative.

Live session of the videocast “What The Meta!” with hosts Jason Chung and Philip Milestone, panels, networking lunch, cocktail, and much more!

ENJOY ALL THAT SANTA MONICA HAS TO OFFER

Virtual Times Conference will be hosted by one of the most iconic hotels in Santa Monica, Hotel Casa del Mar, close to the Santa Monica Pier and with a panoramic ocean view.

EXCLUSIVE NETWORKING EVENT AT HOTEL CASA DEL MAR

At the end of the conference, we will host an exclusive networking event. You’ll have the
opportunity to mingle with some of the most influential figures in the metaverse and blockchain
space.

JOIN SILICON BEACH’S MOST EXCLUSIVE EVENT OF 2023!

Explore the Metaverse with us!

Speakers

Jason Chung

Counsel, Zuber Lawler

Kevin Knocke

Chief Strategy Officer, ReKTGlobal, Inc.

Janet Jackim

Partner, Zuber Lawler

Travis Wright

Co-Host, The Bad Crypto Podcast

Eben Matthews

Co-Founder, Macroverse

Ricci Rukavina

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kung Fu Factory

Jim Row

Managing Partner, Entoro

Josh Lawler

Partner, Zuber Lawler

David Orban

Managing Advisor, Beyond Enterprizes

Brad Yasar

CEO, EQIFI

Chadwick Campbell

Senior Counsel, Thomas Title & Escrow

Brandon Jackson

Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, FaZe Clan

Jeff Chao

Vice President - Finance & Business Development, Digital Domain

Eric Tu

CEO, OP3N, LLC

Amit Chopra

Founder and CEO, ICONIC ENGINE Powered by Digital Domain

Kevin Seo

Chief Megaphone! / Co-Founder, Food Fighters Universe

David Unger

CEO, Artist International Group

Chuck Peil

VP - Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Reel FX

David Uslan

IP3

Paul Caldwell

Founder & CEO, Caldwell Soames / Ogpay.com

Chris Pulley

CEO, CCP Digital

Agenda

8:00 – 8:45 AM

Registration

8:45 – 9:00

Introductory Remarks & Opening Keynote

9:00 – 9:55

Panel #1: Expansion of the Gaming Experience inthe the Metaverse

10:00 – 10:55

Panel #2: Purchasing Virtual Real Estate: Due Diligence & Valuation

11:00 – 11:10

Break

11:15 – 12:10 PM

Panel #3: The Future of Entertainment

12:15 – 1:00

Lunch & Keynote

1:00 – 1:55

Panel #4: Protecting Brands in the Metaverse

2:00 – 2:55

Panel #5: How Web3 Will Accelerate the Creator Economy

3:00 – 3:15

Break

3:15 – 4:10

Panel #6: Executing Deals in the Metaverse

4:15 – 5:15

Live Audience recording of an episode of What the Meta! – The Intersection of Psychedelics and the Metaverse

5:30 – 8:30

Cocktail Event & Keynote

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Jason Chung

Counsel

Zuber Lawler

Jason Chung focuses on transactions and regulatory matters relating to esports, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and data privacy. His previous experience includes bringing new technical and financial offerings to market in North America and Asia in close cooperation with relevant international and national regulatory authorities. He also serves as Executive Director of Esports and Assistant Professor of Sport Management at the University of New Haven where he oversees the leading academic program on esports business and his research and writing contributes to a wide variety of academic and popular publications. Mr. Chung earned his common law and civil law degrees (LL.B., B.C.L.) from McGill University’s Faculty of Law, and an M.Sc. cum laude in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.

Kevin Knocke

Chief Strategy Officer

ReKTGlobal, Inc.

Kevin heads the Product Innovation team at Infinite Reality, a company dedicated to providing creators and businesses the tools needed to engage in the metaverse. He comes from the world of esports originally, spending several years starting some of the first esports leagues in the US along with producing and hosting content for ActivisionBlizzard, NBC, ESPN, SiriusXM, Bleacher Report, and more. Kevin was the Chief Strategy Officer for ReKTGlobal prior to their acquisition by Infinite Reality. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

Janet Jackim

Partner

Zuber Lawler

Janet Jackim, named one of the Best Lawyers in America®, is an experienced leader for all kinds of matters related to the cannabis industry. She handled the acquisition of cannabis operations across the nation and represented clients in relation to cannabis dispensary certificate applications, buyout transactions, business restructuring and partner dispute resolution. Ms. Jackim’s clients include multistate operators, dispensaries, producers, cultivators, investors, lenders, landlords, tenants and vendors. She serves on the Board of Directors of Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce and in leadership roles on other notable cannabis-related organizations. Ms. Jackim obtained her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and her B.A., with honors, from Indiana University.

Travis Wright

Co-Host

The Bad Crypto Podcast

Travis Wright is a top web 3.0 speaker, NFT pioneer, marketing technologist and strategist, author, keynote speaker, blockchain advisor, ex-tech journalist, and growth hacker. As a former digital marketing executive, he know knows digital marketing. Wright is the co-author of Wiley & Sons, “Digital Sense,” with fellow Web 3 Speaker, Chris J Snook. With Joel Comm, Wright cohosts two of Apple’s top 100 ranked business and technology podcasts, The Bad Crypto Podcast and The Nifty Show. Wright advises several Web 3.0 and blockchain projects with marketing and strategies. Wright and Comm have minted over 1.5 million NFTs and have pioneered the Web 3.0 space since 2017.

Eben Matthews

Co-Founder

Macroverse

Ricci Rukavina

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

King Fu Factory

Jim Row

Managing Partner

Entoro

James C. Row, CFA, is the Founder and Managing Partner of Entoro Capital, LLC, a middle-market investment bank based in Houston, TX. Mr. Row has over 25 years of experience in various areas of deal structuring and energy finance, including: producer finance, project finance, drilling programs, A&D, securities and risk management. He has originated and arranged funding, debt (senior and mezzanine) and equity on over $10 billion of energy projects. At Enron, Mr. Row specialized in structuring bids for power, E&P, energy services and water privatization projects worldwide. Jim is a Chartered Financial Analyst and maintains Series 7, 24, 28, 63, 79 and 99 FINRA securities licenses. Mr. Row serves as a member of the Houston Society of Financial Analysts, Houston World Affairs Council, Houston Producers Forum, TMA, IPAA and AIPN and is an author on a number of oil and gas issues and a regular speaker at energy conferences world-wide.

Josh Lawler

Partner

Zuber Lawler

Josh Lawler is an equity partner at the law firm of Zuber Lawler, where he leads the New Technology Practice Group, focusing on novel issues presented by developing technology including Blockchain (distributed ledger), artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual/augmented reality and internet of things. Josh has over twenty years of experience as a securities attorney with focuses on finance and mergers and acquisitions, as well as intellectual property development and licensing. Prior to joining Zuber Lawler, Josh earned a Bachelor of Science from Duke University in biological psychology, with a minor in genetics and earned honors at Northwestern University School of Law, and practiced corporate securities law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP.

David Orban

Managing Advisor

Beyond Enterprizes

David is an investor, entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker, and thought leader of the global technology landscape. His entrepreneurial accomplishments span several companies founded and grown over more than twenty years.

An early adopter of blockchain technologies and an active Bitcoin investor since 2010, he was the first to own Ether during the Ethereum launch in 2014. He also led the adoption of Bitcoin and blockchain in start-ups and is an advisor and investor in numerous blockchain companies and funds,such as Bitnation, Neuromation, Sun Exchange, Wealth Migrate, Blockchain Capital, Bancor, Swarm Fund, and others. David was the keynote speaker at the first Ethereal Summit in May 2017 in NewYork with an inspiring vision of how Blockchain technologies will catalyze a
phase change in the socio-economic organization of our societies, and in March 2018 at Blockchain Unbound in Puerto Rico where he detailed the emancipation and empowerment that non-zero sum technologies are spreading worldwide.

David is Managing Advisor of Beyond Enterprizes, a strategic advisory firm, providing technical leadership, support capabilities to projects in all stages of blockchain and new technology implementation and development. Beyond’s over 50 clients reached a combined market capitalization of over $14B, as of August 2021.

Brad Yasar

CE

EQIFI

Brad Yasar is an entrepreneur, investor, mentor, and advisor with a global focus on blockchain and innovative technologies. He has conceived and bootstrapped several companies to maturity over the past 30 years. Brad is currently the CEO of EQIFI, the premiere decentralized global banking platform. He is also the Founder of Beyond Enterprizes, offering strategic and technical leadership, advisory, and support to projects in all blockchain implementation and development stages.

As the co-founder of Blockchain Investors Consortium (BIC) with over 5 Billion dollars allocated to blockchain/cryptocurrency projects, Brad has access to extensive deal flow with experience analyzing disruptive technologies. He has participated in dozens of successful crowd sales, raising billions from hundreds of thousands of investors since 2016.

Brad also serves as the President of Yasar Corporation, where he mentored, advised, and invested in more than 300 companies. Brad’s expertise and enthusiasm for the intersection of technology and world markets make him a sought-after speaker. He is frequently invited to speak at events on entrepreneurship, angel investing, and business strategy. He has presented at EBAN, WBAF, d10e, NexChange, and CoinAgenda to name a few, and was most recently featured on TRT World, CNN International, and Spectrum News 1. Supporting younger generations of entrepreneurs, Brad serves as a mentor for the Pepperdine Alumni Association.

Mr. Yasar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Management (1999) from Pepperdine University (Malibu, California) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Sciences Math (1996) from Académie de Grenoble (France).

His charitable efforts focus on Goodwill Industries, the LA County Museum of Art, the LA Philharmonic, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to name a few.

Chadwick Campbell

Senior Counsel

Thomas Title & Escrow

Chadwick Campbell is Senior Counsel for Thomas Title & Escrow. As a lawyer, advisor, technology leader, and military officer, his career focus has been complex issue management. Since 2015, he has been advising clients on financial and insurance matters. Chad is essentially a deal facilitator—providing underwriting support to our title team, and working with clients to connect them to the various services and resources that Thomas Title offers.

Chad served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft maintenance officer, which included combat duty with a squadron of F-15E fighter jets. After law school, he practiced in Arizona as a civil litigation attorney. In London and Chicago, he ran the EMEA and development operations for a financial-industry software firm. In 2015, he returned to his home state of Arizona, and as a Director for a boutique insurance advisory firm, assisted individual and corporate clients with private placement investments and sophisticated insurance strategies.

He lives in Phoenix with his wife and their three children. He founded a junior tennis program, and is actively involved in the tennis and autism communities. He volunteers at his children’s schools, and serves on the Board of Directors of two nonprofits in Phoenix.

Brandon Jackson

Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs

FaZe Clan

Bio coming soon!

Jeff Chao

Vice President – Finance & Business Development

Digital Domain

Jeff Chao is the Vice President of Finance and Business Development at Digital Domain. In his role, he connects Content Strategy, Business Affairs and Finance to identify new and innovative business opportunities that accelerate the growth of Digital Domain’s global studio. Jeff is a strategic thinker who listens to clients with the aim of achieving a win-win partnership. His extensive background in finance and sales drives him to align corporate goals with those of clients.

Prior to joining Digital Domain, Jeff was Senior Director, Finance at Participant Media. There he managed film investments for a $250 million film fund between Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. He had direct involvement in investments for over 31 films with budgets ranging from $2 million – $75 million, such as “Lincoln,” “The Help,” “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel I & II,” “Contagion” and “Snitch.” In addition, Jeff supervised the growth of Participant Media’s Digital division from a blog to a Multi-Channel Network with 10 million views per month. He also aided in the acquisition and set up of Pivot Television, a cable network for social good that won an Emmy award for Joseph Gordon Levitt’s “Hit Record.”

Jeff is part of a dynamic global team at Digital Domain.

Eric Tu

CEO

OP3N, LLC

Bio coming soon!

Amit Chopra

Founder and CEO

ICONIC ENGINE Powered by Digital Domain

Bio coming soon!

Kevin Seo

Chief Megaphone! / Co-Founder

Food Fighters Universe

Bio coming soon!

David Unger

CEO

Artist International Group

Bio coming soon!

Chuck Peil

VP

Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Reel FX

Bio coming soon!

David Uslan

IP3

Bio coming soon!

Paul Caldwell

Founder & CEO

Caldwell Soames / Ogpay.com

Mr. Caldwell is Chairman and CEO at the global private equity firm Caldwell Soames, Inc. Mr. Caldwell is certified by AIG in Corporate Governance and is known as a staunch value investment manager.

Chris Pulley

CEO

CCP Digital

Chris Pulley serves as CEO of CCP.Digital and Bad Media Group. CCP Digital is a decade old boutique digital media and analytics agency he co-founded with Mar-Tech Leader, Sir Lord Travis Wright. In 2016, Pulley began supporting the business operations of The Bad Crypto Podcast, and its affiliate projects including The Nifty Show, and the digital NFT Collectibles series, Blockchain Heroes. If your project needs the attention of the savvy crypto industry enthusiasts, you want to talk to CCP Digital/Bad Media.

 

A serial entrepreneur and early innovator, Pulley guides the company in its mission to Empower Innovators Doing Good Stuff. In addition to leading his teams, Pulley consults with some of the top innovators in the blockchain, NFT, and gaming spaces, bringing his decades of strategic business development and syndication experience, and discovery meetings with thousands of blockchain projects, to help new projects actualize on solid foundations.