Blockchain Powering the New Metaverse Economy


John Burris
MetaJuice, Chief Strategy Officer

John Burris is President of MetaJuice and the Chief Strategy/Blockchain Officer Together Labs.

For Together Labs, I am a high-tech executive that has spent his career building and growing new businesses. I have consistently led both venture backed start-ups and divisions of public companies through periods of dramatic growth. This track record is driven by self-selecting into high growth industries, building driven teams that know how to compete and focusing execution where it will lead to success.

Over the preceding 20 years, I have been fortunate to work with great people in several very high growth industries. I started as an engineer with a global consulting firm that placed me at Netscape to code just as the first internet browsers were coming to market – this was before Netscape's IPO that changed everything for me. I next attended Harvard Business School, dropping out with one semester left to found an ecommerce platform venture that was sold three years later.

After returning/completing HBS, I joined Sprint just as the first app centric, camera phones were hitting the US market. I led product, business development and marketing teams across a number of quickly transforming industries: media, music, sports, gaming, social, messaging, data plans, etc. We led all wireless carriers in data users, usage and revenue; and built a “wireless data services” P&L with annual revenue topping $5 Billion.

After Sprint and an Executive in Residence stint at Trinity Ventures, I joined two accomplished executives out of Chicago to found what would become Silver Chalice – an entity deploying capital of a pro sports ownership group. Over the next nine years, we built a number of high-tech, sports and media businesses; structured joint-ventures with massive rights holders and entertained several exit opportunities.

Games, crypto and metaverse companies are trying to build the most engaging experience around connecting, playing, earning and participating in the future of the virtual economy. The winning economy will deliver real value, true ownership and opportunity to share in the economy’s success. We will be talking about how to create and build this new economy and avoid the pitfalls.