November 2021
Vol 8 | Issue 555

Q&A with David Siegel of New Metaverse Venture Fund


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The Metaverse is coming, and Mark Zuckerberg won’t own all of it. David Siegel advocates an “Open Metaverse,” which will be the next evolution of the web itself.

Everyone is talking about the Metaverse. But what is the Metaverse? Is it just goggles and games? In this 20-minute presentation, David Siegel will explain what the Metaverse is and how it will affect you. David believes the Metaverse is “the natural evolution of the web itself.” His 2010 book, Pull, described much of what people are planning today. Arthur and David will talk about the implications of all this. Come listen, learn, and ask questions, so you are up on today’s hottest topic – the Metaverse – and learn why it will be the antidote to Meta/Facebook, rather than the next subsidiary.

November 23, 2021 at 2:15pm-3:15pm EST
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You're starting a venture fund around this? Tell me about that.

My partner and I are raising a $120 million venture fund. His first fund was in AR, VR, and blockchain, and has done very well.

Won't you just be creating companies that Meta and Google and Microsoft will just buy?

We want to create an exit vehicle as well, so we can take many Metaverse companies public and keep the portfolio independent. Sort of like a Metaverse ETF that can acquire private companies. But that will be 4-5 years down the road.

Do you really think it's possible to create something that is open and democratic, when so many big companies are trying to get ahead in this space?

It's happened many times before, and even Mark Zuckerberg has said they are only building part of it. I think it's a matter of adoption of open standards, and we are going to push hard for that. I believe the open competitive marketplace for personal digital assistants is critical to our economy and the future - without that, our vendors will own all our data and take full advantage of it. I want to live in a consumer-pull world, not a vendor-push one.

David Siegel of New Metaverse Venture Fund

David Siegel has been writing about the concepts that make up the Metaverse for 20 years. His vision of the web is one where individuals are empowered and there is much less advertising. He believes ad-driven business models are turning us all into “the product,” and there is a better way. He wants people to own their personal data and use it for their own benefit. David is a serial entrepreneur. He has started a dozen companies, written five books, and given over 200 professional speeches.
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