About Us

We’re a team of industry visionaries, pioneers, scientists, and business leaders. Our mission is metaverse creation for everyone.

MetaVRse Engine
Revolutionary code-optional platform that makes it easy to create & share interactive 3D experiences instantly on the web.

MetaVRse Studio
Standalone 3D training and marketing experiences for visionary global brands.

MetaVRse Properties
TheMall is the #1 retail and entertainment destination in the metaverse, coming in 2022.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Paul Konieczny

Co-Founder & CEO

Paul Konieczny

Paul has a proven history in high-tech and highly automated industries. As co-founder of NRI, Paul successfully led the company through rapid growth from zero to $30ARR. As co-founder and CEO of Live Roads, he spearheaded the development of a world-first 3D rendering and mapping technology. Paul was also co-founder and CEO of Cherry3D, which merged with MetaVRse in 2020.

Walid Abdelaty

Co-Founder & CTO

Walid Abdelaty

Walid has a degree in computer science and extensive experience as a software developer and analyst. As co-founder of Live Roads, he created a custom computer vision system and AR platform for the automotive industry. At Cherry3D, which he also co-founded, he was responsible for core technology products. His previous creations provided the foundation for the MetaVRse Engine.

Alan Smithson

Co-Founder

Alan Smithson

Alan is a proud father, business leader, TEDx Speaker, and podcast host. Named one of the most prominent Digital Futurists to watch in 2022, Alan co-invented the world’s first touchscreen DJ system, Emulator,–  featured on Dragons’ Den, G4TV, and WIRED. He is also an independent global advisor on the metaverse for SXSW, Fortune 500 Companies, and UHNW Family Offices.

Julie Smithson

Co-Founder

Julie Smithson

Julie is a skilled leader and a highly sought-after speaker on the metaverse and innovation for enterprise. Julie leads her team in designing Web3 solutions, integration implementation, and deployment. Her personal mission is to inspire and educate people to think and act in a socially, economically, and environmentally responsible way. Julie is a co-founder of XR Women.

Sergei Sachkov

Co-Founder & Chief Research Officer

Sergei Sachkov, PhD

Sergei has a PhD in mathematics. After moving to Canada, Sergei spent five years as a senior software architect at Geosoft. He also led a research team at Zebra Technologies to bring new computer vision and autonomous driving technologies. After four years leading research and development of a cross-platform 3D gaming engine for Cherry3D, Sergei joined MetaVRse in 2020.

Octavio Mejia Diaz

Creative Director

Octavio Mejia Diaz

Octavio is a 3D artist and designer, and has been working on computer-generated imagery since 2006. He currently oversees the branding guidelines for the MetaVRse brand and spearheads a range of internal projects. Octavio’s expertise and passion is to design and execute the vision of any project through the intensity of design and colour to make the project come alive.

Corey Brooks

Senior Director, Business Development

Corey Brooks

Prior to joining the MetaVRse team, Corey worked as a Director for Digital Trends and as VP for the digital marketing agency Webfor. Corey graduated with honours from George Fox University with his degree in social sciences and behavioral studies. in his free time, he loves being with his family, playing indoor soccer, coaching his two daughters’ soccer teams, and volunteering at their school.

Rich Boland

Senior Director, Business Development

Rich Boland

Rich is a 30-year television advertising veteran with experience in the agency (Grey, BJK&E, Active International), broadcast (UPN), cable (USA, Lifetime/AETN), and provider (Dish, Oath Verizon) domains. He specializes in advanced TV, data, and analytics. He has two sons he couldn’t be more proud of and lives with his girlfriend and her daughter in Freehold, NJ. Rich is a guitar, motorcycle, tennis, and beach fanatic.

Brandon Sinclair

Director, Global Partnerships

Brandon Sinclair

Brandon has worked with North America’s largest marketing & advertising agencies with brands including Facebook, Amazon, Sony, and President’s Choice. With a deep understanding of quantum and astrophysics combined with keen creative intuition, he has been recognized as the youngest contributor to the Institute for Venture Science, and has been featured internationally in science and wellness publications.

Alex Colgan

Developer Marketing

Alex Colgan

Alex is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and marketing generalist with a deep background in emerging technologies ranging from VR/AR, remote collaboration, and blockchain to cross-platform mapping, mobile app development, and wearables. As head of marketing and developer community at Leap Motion, Alex oversaw global developer partnerships and programs. In 2014, he produced the world’s first fully comprehensive VR design guidelines.

Karen Alexander

Immersive Learning Consultant

Karen Alexander, PhD

Karen is a sought-after consultant on building immersive learning programs. Her role at MetaVRse involves pioneering the translation of 2D educational materials into 3D experiences for enterprise. Her experience includes guiding higher education institutions into implementing virtual environments and VR courses. Karen is a co-founder of XR Women and serves on the Immersive Learning Research Network’s State of XR and Immersive Learning Expert Panel.

ADVISORS

Bob Gruters

Revenue Advisor

Bob Gruters

Bob has over two decades of media and marketing industry leadership experience, including Sony, Viacom, Univision, Revolt, Facebook, and DigitalTrends Media Group. Throughout his career, Bob has built high-performance sales and marketing teams who delivered billion-dollar revenue successes. He works collaboratively with senior and company decision-makers and embraces an energizing and head-and-heart leadership style that brings people and teams together.

Brian Bloodgood

Sales Advisor

Brian Bloodgood

Brian is a progressive, driven, and creative sales leader with 25+ years of success in brand building, sales management, and business solutions. He has experience navigating big media companies such as MediaVest, ESPN, and Viacom, as well as startups such as REVOLT, where he along with Sean Combs and their team redefined content creation on a music platform.

Scott Henry

Finance Advisor

Scott Henry

Scott is a seasoned C-level corporate executive, strategic advisor and board member with extensive experience in all aspects of internal and external financial and operational management and corporate and business development in multi-national companies, including IPO, start-up, SPAC, M&A and turn-around management.

Mark Kuess

Executive Advisor

Mark Kuess

Mark is a global product launch specialist who focuses on delivering global solutions for smart connected people, things and data. He has led hundreds of successful product launches for large OEMs and startups in server, storage, networking, industrial, medical, aerospace, smart energy, and consumer verticals.

Mario Nawfal

Blockchain Advisor

Mario Nawfal

VALUES

Human-first design
We are optimists who believe technology can solve the world’s challenges, but only if we remember what truly matters.

Honesty and openness
We are accountable to each other, our customers, and our community. We work every day to uphold a meritocracy of ideas.

Relentless innovation
We are ROI-driven and move with urgency and focus to continuously improve our technology, our processes, and ourselves. Our speed is our advantage while others wait.

People power
Everyone deserves respect and dignity. We believe in building a diverse and compassionate team, and putting family and health first.

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