Jon Jacobs (Neverdie)
Jon was born in England, he is an actor, musician and filmmaker. He is known for his gaming anthems, I Am My Avatar and Gamer Chick and indie movies Hey DJ the Movie, Lucinda’s Spell and the upcoming Lost Angelas. In 2002 inside Entropia Universe he created the iconic Avatar NEVERDIE and he became the first gamer to make a Million dollars inside a Virtual World. Jon’s Club NEVERDIE made the 2008 Guinness Book of World Records as the most valuable virtual item. Jon founded NEVERDIE Studios and has worked with Michael Jackson, Lemmy and Universal Studios bringing KING KONG, ZOMBIE KONG and The THING to Virtual Reality. NEVERDIE Studios developed and operates the ROCKtropia Virtual World, the first and only MMORPG to fully disrupt all existing gaming business models by providing Real gamified Jobs that pay any user $10 Per month to play. In 2016 Jon was elected the First President of Virtual Reality with a mission to create a Billion Jobs in VR. In 2017 Jon launched the NEVERDIE Coin and the Teleporter Token on the Ethereum Blockchain to facilitate virtual world democracy and finance development of cross platform blockchain games and DApps including AmeVRica and Payatar to drive the growth of a decentralized trillion dollar Virtual Goods economy.
Henrique Olifiers (Bossa Studios)
With a games career spanning more than 30 years, Henrique has been at the forefront of many gaming revolutions, from the demo scene of the late 80s, through to mobile, MMOs, VR, social games and creatively-led indie titles. His previous experiences includes Head of Gaming at GloboTV in Brazil, where he developed the most popular online trading card game in LatAm during the early 00s.
Henrique held the position of Head of Game Development at Jagex, overseeing the overhaul of its main title 'Runescape HD' and saw it achieve its peak subscribers number. He left Jagex to join Playfish as Studio Director in the UK, where his team successfully produced the BAFTA-nominated 'FIFA Superstars'.
As the co-founder and Gamer-In-Chief at Bossa Studios, Henrique is responsible for the company strategy, management and game design. The studio's biggest titles are the unexpected Surgeon Simulator -- a YouTube runaway success with more than 4 million copies sold; the BAFTA-winning Monstermind; I Am Bread, the multi-million selling journey of a humble piece of Bread to become toast; and Worlds Adrift, the first of a new generation of massive online simulations that aims to redefine multiplayer gaming.
Esteban Ordano (Decentraland)
Esteban is the Tech Lead at Decentraland, the first blockchain-enabled virtual world powered by cryptocurrency. Previously, Esteban invented Streamium, the first webapp implementing payment channels, a crucial technology for scaling blockchain payments. As a former software engineer at BitPay, he co-created one of the leading Bitcoin infrastructure libraries, known as Bitcore. He was also on the teams behind Copay (a bitcoin wallet), Insight (a bitcoin blockchain API), and Poet (a blockchain-based publication tool).
Alex Amsel (Fig.co)
Alex is an award winning game developer and blockchain expert. Having run a game development studio for over 15 years, he moved into the blockchain field in late 2012 and is currently Head of Blockchain Strategy at Fig.co. Over the past few years Alex has been investing in, advising and consulting for a number of start-ups, individuals, and organisations. His game work includes the Apple award winning and million selling indie hit Eufloria. Alex’s speaking roles include the first blockchain talks at GDC San Francisco and as external keynote at King’s internal conference. Other blockchain or gaming talks include TEDx, Pocket Gamer, GDC New Zealand Keynote, Casual Connect, DICE, European Blockchain Congress and many more.
Stephen Thorne (Atomico)
Stephen is an investor at Atomico, based in London. He works on sourcing and due diligence of investment opportunities, as well as supporting its portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Atomico, Stephen spent three years in Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division where he worked on M&A and financing processes involving technology, media and consumer companies.
Stephen holds an MEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London.