Big names in the tech, entertainment and sports worlds converged during Monday night’s “WTF is an NFT” event at Launch House (co-founded by Brett Goldstein). The intimate evening in Trousdale Estates was hosted by Beyond Media in association with The NFT Guild, and celebrated the launch of Metaverse marketing agency, 8 Commas, co-founded by Nicole Behnam and Rembrandt Flores.
Behnam co-hosted the event with New York Times bestseller Neil Strauss to usher in a new era for the entertainment and web3 communities. She interviewed several emerging figures in NFTs including Ronen V (Creator.xyz Founder and CEO), Andrew Wang (NFT writer), Brantly Millegan (Director of Operations, ENS Domains), Farokh Sarmad (CEO, Rug Radio), and FBI negotiator/MasterClass instructor Chris Voss. The group collectively spoke about the recent boom in global NFT markets and provided guests with insights into how they can get more involved in crypto and digital collectibles. Several speakers were notably dressed in Bored Ape Wear, which is officially licensed streetwear derived from the popular Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFTs.
A surprise special guest was AngelList chairman and former CEO Naval Ravikant who divulged to the attendees at the $13 million estate his thoughts on the value of scarcity in the digital world.
Former NBA player and crypto investor Baron Davis provided the vibes for the evening by performing a DJ set and later spoke to guests on how he will bring the sports world into the Metaverse. He was joined by former NBA player Festus Ezeli and former WWE correspondent Cathy Kelly, as well as several tech industry executives including Eric Weinstein (Managing Director, Thiel Capital), Former Tinder CPO Brian Norgard, and Octane AI Co-Founder & President Ben Parr.
Singer Charlotte Jane closed out the evening with a special piano performance of her original song, “All My Life” and a rendition of Adele’s “Someone Like You.”
Other notable guests included Daniel Maegaard (aka Seedphrase), Cordell Broadus, Bobby Hundreds (Co-Founder, The Hundreds), Travis Atreo, Helen Owen, River Viiperi, Susie Castillo, Dr. Simon Ourian and wife Sharon Ourian.
Co-Founder, Blockchain Beach -- Former: The Hollywood Reporter, ViacomCBS, FanDragon -- Disclosures: I own BTC, ETH, SOL, and several CryptoKitties. Whenever there is the potential for real or perceived conflict in what I write about, I promise to bring it up, and link back here.