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Demystifying Crypto, NFTs, blockchain and the Metaverse

Following on from the hugely successful event “Curious about Crypto” we have pulled together a fabulous line up of the experts to help us demystify more on crypto but also to delve into the wonderful world of NFTs, Blockchain and the Metaverse.

So please join us for some drinks and nibbles kindly sponsored by Minter Ellison Rudd Watts as we hear from three powerhouses in this space. Our special guest Aaron McDonald, CEO of Futureverse will share his thoughts on how payments and value will be transferred through the Metaverse.

We are joined by:

  • Aaron McDonald, CEO, Futureverse

Aaron is a 20+ year technology industry veteran and serial entrepreneur withexperience managing portfolios with over $1B in revenue. Aaron has long been an innovator with his eye on the future – from leading the market in telecommunications to now leading innovation in Web3.

Aaron is the founder of multiple metaverse companies developed independently, but now rolled up under one umbrella entity, an open metaverse powerhouse, Futureverse. As Co-Founder of Futureverse, Co-Founder Centrality, General Partner at NetX ventures and D64 Ventures, Co-Founder of Non-Fungible Labs and Co-Founder of Altered State Machine, McDonald is responsible for some of today’s largest NFT collections and most innovative blockchain and Web3 technology. In 2019, Aaron was named Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year and recognized by IDG as one of the Top 50 Technology Leaders.

  • Jerome Faury, CEO, Immersve

Jerome has been in SaaS payments and Fintech for over 20 years. He is a Founder, Investor and Executive with some of New Zealand’s most successful tech companies; including three which hit $1 billion in value and numerous ones that exceed $100m. He is currently the Founder/ CEO at Immersve, the world’s first web3 / Metaverse Mastercard, Founder at Centrapay, New Zealand’s most advanced payment acceptance network; and Limited Partner a Netx Fund. Prior to starting his own companies Jerome was an executive at Windcave, Centrality and Orion Health. Jerome is passionate about supporting future entrepreneurs and giving back to the community.

  • Bryan Ventura, Senior Associate, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Bryan is an experienced financial services and investment funds lawyer. He specialises in FinTech and virtual assets (crypto/Web3). He also advises on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), start-ups, and general corporate and commercial law.

Bryan works at the forefront of developing financial services technology. He is an expert in virtual asset projects (cryptocurrencies, NFTs, DeFi and blockchain) and their regulation.



Apr 13
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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MinterEllisonRuddWatts 15 Customs Street West #Level 22 Auckland, Auckland 1010 + Google Map