MetaMundo: Meet the Team

MetaMundo is composed of an extraordinarily enthusiastic and energized group of individuals. Each member of the team brings a diverse array of skills that contribute to MetaMundo’s overarching vision, of offering the world’s most desirable, interoperable, and 3D NFTs — which further enable creators to build the open metaverse. Every one of us has an incredibly specialized background. Some of us are connectors; tentacling out to artists and creators, on a search for today’s most innovative creators and designers for MetaMundo to partner with. Some of us are growth and organizational experts. Some of us are immersed in the technical aspects of creating a web3 NFT platform, literally building out our digital web3 headquarters, and ensuring that our NFTs work toward creating an interoperable and open metaverse landscape. Some of us are experts at community building, engagement, and expansion of that same community — making sure everyone invested in us, is heard and seen. Some of us are focused on making sure that our entire presence has a consistent look and feel, or that our communications and writing, resonate.

All of us here at MetaMundo, are committed to and united by, building the open metaverse.

We asked each member of our team to describe their role, favorite artist(s), computer game, and film; what they hope to see in the metaverse in the future, and their favorite NFT. Here are their answers: each a glimpse into the mind of an individual, which when working together, create MetaMundo.

Mark Studholme

In your own words, what’s your role in the company?
I am the co-founder of the company and responsible for growth and creators. On the growth side, I work with our internal team and external agencies to reach our audience of metaverse users and creators. On the creators' side, I work directly with 3D artists, architects, brands, DJs, and partners to create drops for our platform that align with the mission, vision, and values of MetaMundo. Together with my co-founder, Finn we work on strategy and business operations.

Who is your favorite artist and why?
Three answers to this question:
1. My favorite physical artist is Nacho Carbonell — his work combines furniture with sculpture to create objects which appear to be living organisms.
2. My favorite architect is Peter Zumthor — he has an understanding of materials and atmosphere to construct spaces that make their inhabitants feel one with the earth.
3. My favorite digital artist is Pak. He deserves the utmost respect for his work creating Archillect, and pushing the boundaries of NFT art and AI.

What is your favorite computer game and why?
My favorite computer game of all time is Metal Gear Solid. When this first came out on Playstation, it was a game-changer for the industry. The aesthetic was cyberpunk, dystopian, and dark. It had a sort of unique Japanese game design. The gameplay introduced stealth and cinematic cutscenes with different camera angles.

What is your favorite film and why?
My favorite film is The Matrix. It has become more and more relevant as time goes on — with the introduction of the Red or Blue pill recently coming into popular consciousness, it is especially relevant for web3. The first time I watched The Matrix, it introduced me to a whole new paradigm of thinking about what is reality, and what is not. Every time I feel déjà vu, I still question if it’s a glitch in the Matrix.

What would you love to see built in the metaverse?
I would love to see ancient Greece built. I believe, eventually, we can quite accurately replicate historic scenes where we will be completely immersed in this world. As a child, I was obsessed with Greek mythology, and to explore that world in a more immersive way, would be a pleasure.

What is your favorite NFT and why?
My current favorite NFT is ‘The Mars House’, by Krista Kim. This is one of the first metaverse NFTs, which really triggered my thinking behind creating MetaMundo.

Finn Hansen

In your own words, what’s your role in the company?
As the co-founder, I’m responsible for the product, strategy, and leading the team.

Who is your favorite artist and why?
That’s a tough one… I don’t have a singular favorite, I’ll admit, though James Turrell, Picasso, Calatrava, and Akira Toriyama would all be up there. I find their work to be original, inspiring, and emotive.

What is your favorite computer game and why?
GTA (Grand Theft Auto). The things that make it great include the storyline, the maps, vehicles, the ability to go completely nuts and destroy stuff, cultural references, the radio stations — the music is killer — and the memories I have of playing with mates in university.

What is your favorite film and why?
Terminator 2 would have to be up there as the favorite. I love the plot, setting, the characters, the score, and the interpretation of how the singularity might play out.

What would you love to see built in the metaverse?
Speaking of GTA, I think it would be fun to see a GTA-meets-SIMs like experience built by AAA game developers, where land is free and it supports third-party 3D NFTs (like the ones MetaMundo offers). I’d love to also see more fun sports games, like soccer, basketball, MMA, and so on.

What is your favorite NFT and why?
One of my favorite NFT collections would be the CloneX project because of its creativity and artistic direction, the ecosystem, and the passionate community they’ve built around it. I think the Loot project is super innovative, too.

John Bezold

In your own words, what’s your role in the company?
As the Content Lead, my role is to establish the publishing section of the company so that we, in addition to being the leading 3D NFT marketplace, position ourselves as a main editorial voice covering NFT and IRL digital design, art, and architecture. We aim to utilize our platform to editorially ensconce the value, trajectory, and ideas that contextualize the artists and designers, and their work that we feature. Furthermore, it’s my responsibility to make sure our tone, outreach, and touchpoints maintain consistency. A bit of journalism, a bit of editing, and a lot of writing; all combined to put our creators, our brand, and 3D NFTs, on a shiny and desirable pedestal.

Who is your favorite artist and why?
My favorite artist is the Dutch Old Master painter Frans Hals, who is the greatest portrait painter — ever. For over 400 years, his paintings have captivated the eyes of successive generations of fine art connoisseurs. My favorite living artist is Frank Wilder because his (older) 3D sculptures are entire worlds within themselves; sometimes taking a riff on history, and other times, completely surreal. Amy Sherald is yet another. Kristaps Dokāns, from Latvia, is another living artist working in the 3D space who’s currently on my radar. His work in short films is incredibly emotive, familiar, and yet somehow completely foreign — all at once. Rather impressive vibes.

What is your favorite computer game and why?
This is completely old school because I’m a 1990s kid through and through; Mario Kart for N64, followed by Wave Race, and the original GTA for PS. On a less light-hearted note: Metal Gear Solid, followed by Resident Evil. I like to keep it classic when it comes to gaming.

What is your favorite film and why?
It’d totally be possible for me to watch (the extended versions) of all three movies in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson, back-to-back, until the end of time. Simone, with Al Pacino; Labyrinth; Resident Evil; The Dark Crystal; as well as Being John Malkovich; these are classics, in my mind.

What would you love to see built in the metaverse?
Digital identities expanding beyond personal identification found IRL, where it’s expressed in clothing, or objects that serve as signifiers of social status. Everything is possible in the metaverse, so why only recreate what’s already known. Stacy Suaya, a journalist in the digital space, recently summed this up neatly when she interviewed designer Mitch Todd: “Instead of just designing an arm holding a coffee cup, maybe it doesn’t have to be human — the arm can be coffee.” He pauses to laugh, adding, ‘Be the coffee!’”

We can, for instance, have a digital identity in the metaverse where we literally are coffee. Who doesn’t love coffee?

What is your favorite NFT and why?
My favorite NFT for its ideas is of course, The MetaPortal: OG1500. My favorite NFT for aesthetic reasons is my first NFT: a pixelated image of Rembrandt’s 1629 Self-Portrait, the original of which hangs in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It was created by an artist named BakerBaker, who’s based on the west coast of the USA; actually, we’ve become (digital) friends since I acquired the NFT. Which illustrates the connective potential of NFTs beyond aesthetic and monetary value; the community within the space is pleasantly welcoming, inquisitive, and energized in a forward-looking way. Which, of course, I like a lot.

Antonio Talarico

In your own words, what’s your role in the company?
My role is to be the link between the company and our community at large. In web3, community members are your shareholders, customers, ambassadors, and everything in between. I make sure our community is shaped by the best members, and I steward them as the company moves forward and evolves.

Who is your favorite artist and why?
Refik Anadol, who is Turkish-American and based in LA: his concept of data points as architectural bricks for immersive visuals is mind-boggling. He’s a very profound human.

What is your favorite computer game and why?
Getting Up, from Mark Ecko, was big for me when I was deep in love with street art. I’ve played that game endlessly.

What is your favorite film and why?
Melancholia by Lars von Trier. Actually — any movie by Lars von Trier.

What would you love to see built in the metaverse?
I would love to see the unthought of. There’s no rain, no sun, no coldness in the metaverse; so why do houses need to have walls?

What is your favorite NFT and why
The OG PFP NFT: Dadara’s “Greyman”. It was made in the 1990s!

Tobi Balogun

In your own words, what’s your role in the company?
As the Creative Director at MetaMundo, I’m primarily responsible for looking after the brand, to make sure we have a strong identity and presence in the web3 space, which resonates with our values and our mission. This entails: Defining the visual look and feel of MetaMundo, and translating that across the marketplace, and all our other (digital/ virtual/physical) touchpoints; creating concepts for strategic projects, such as our NFT drops and creative collaborations; and helping the team to push forward-thinking ideas that further explore the possibilities of web3 and the metaverse.

Who is your favorite artist and why?
James Turrell, for his mastery of using light, and minimal elements, to create serene and captivating experiences.

What is your favorite computer game and why?
It has been some years since I’ve regularly played video games, so I don’t currently have any true favorites. However, I remember spending countless hours playing Spyro the Dragon when I was younger, so I guess I’ll call that my favorite.

What is your favorite film and why?
A very recent favorite is Belle (directed by Mamoru Hosoda). It’s beautifully created and very relevant and inspiring, in the context of what the metaverse can possibly become.

What would you love to see built in the metaverse?
It would be awesome to see more interesting spaces that can host large groups for music events. There’s so much potential in using virtual experiences to complement listening experiences. I would love to see cool concepts of clubs in the metaverse with great music and interesting people gathering from all over the world.

What is your favorite NFT and why?
The MetaPortal OG1500, of course! We have a lot of exciting ideas and plans in the works that can help to unlock the fun and potential the metaverse holds. It’s also exciting to be one of the first movers in the area, as we can help shape the future of virtual experiences. I’m looking forward to us growing the MetaPortal concept as the capabilities of the different virtual environments increase.

Milos Radulovic

In your own words, what’s your role in the company?
I am MetaMundo’s architecture/3D software consultant and 3D asset designer.

Who is your favorite artist and why?
My favorite artist is the French cartoonist Jean Giraud Moebius. I grew up reading Franco-Belgian comic books, such as Asterix&Obelix, Spirou&Fantasio, Marsupilami, Valerian, etc. Though, my favorites were works by Jean Giraud, such as Lieutenant Blueberry or The Airtight Garage, because his visual style is very interesting since he is a master at knowing where to apply many details, and where to be “airy” while leaving room for imagination.

What is your favorite computer game and why?
I have always been a huge fan of Elder Scrolls games because I like being able to freely roam vast worlds and create my own trajectory. Oppositely, there are strategy or management games like Sim City, Civilization, and Hearts of Iron, where I can play “ruler of the world” at my own pace.

What is your favorite film and why?
The answer depends on the day I’m asked this question. In general, I like sci-fi movies and “small criminal underdog movies”, like Lock, Stock & Two Barrels, and Snatch, while my favorite sci-fi movies are Star Trek: Wrath of Khan 2, Abyss (James Cameron), and 2010: The Year We Made Contact. Of recent titles, my favorite sci-fi movie is Arrival. The common thread for these movies is: the humanity that is “adult” but still curious and optimistic, eager to explore, and upbeat for its future. You could call this a form of escapism if you want to.

What would you love to see built in the metaverse?
In my ideal world, there would be a metaverse that looks like Elder Scrolls, though it would organically (user-built) grow all the time, while also having a storyline and gameplay of those titles.

What is your favorite NFT and why?
Any from the collection named Interconnected Planes. I love the Modernist, and sort of Expressionist style, which is ironically a totally old-school approach in the current environment and ecosystem of NFTs.

Yair Nasrallah

In your own words, what’s your role in the company?
I’m the metaverse 3D translator: I make our 3D file conversions between formats and metaverses, a reality.

Who is your favorite artist and why?
For many years, my favorite artist has been Vitaly Bulgarov. He makes being a legend, look easy.

What is your favorite computer game and why?
My favorite PC game is Warcraft 3, the 9th Wonder of the World. It will never become outdated.

What is your favorite film and why?
One of my favorite movies of all time is Braveheart. If I ever need to send something in a time capsule to the Moon, I’ll definitely make sure that a copy of the movie gets there.

What would you love to see built in the metaverse?
I would love to see a finished, fully hyper-real experience, like those in The Matrix (without having to be a Duracell “D” battery for a machine, though).

What is your favorite NFT and why?
My favorite NFT is probably Beeple’s collage, Everydays: The First 5000 Days. It is an ode to perseverance.

Bernardo Dantas

In your own words, what’s your role in the company?
I’m the Marketplace Tech Lead, and my role is basically making sure every piece of the marketplace should work as it’s intended to. From the frontend application, user interface, talking to our backend APIs, designing our database, and developing the smart-contracts, which will serve as NFTs for our customers.

Who is your favorite artist and why?
I really like Eminem as a singer and Keanu Reeves as an actor — no big reasons, I just like their music and their movies!

What is your favorite computer game and why?
There are plenty of games that I love! But I would choose GTA IV. I was already a fan of previous GTAs, but when the IV came, with Niko Bellic and the gameplay, it was just love!

What is your favorite film and why?
The Matrix. It was my first experience with simulated reality (metaverses!) and it was just mind-blowing!

What would you love to see built in the metaverse?
I would love to see something related to football (soccer)! Like visiting stadiums in real size or even watching a match!

What is your favorite NFT and why?
Not being biased at all, but The MetaPortal! Because I know that we have all worked so hard on its success, and the features are embedded within it, will be a game-changer for interoperability within metaverses.

Nitesh Patil

In your own words, what’s your role in the company?
I am working as a Front End Developer in MetaMundo. I enjoy building everything, from scratch, to functional web apps. I am keen on working with Javascript. With every line of code, I strive to make the web a beautiful place.

Who is your favorite artist and why?
My favorite artist is Leonardo da Vinci. I am fascinated by his minute and cryptic details.

What is your favorite computer game and why?
My favorite computer game has to be Call of Duty. I enjoy playing multiplayer, first-player shooter games. Nowadays, I also play mobile Call of Duty.

What is your favorite film and why?
My favorite film is the Mission Impossible series. What’s not to love about this series? Action, gadgets, suspense; these are all reasons I love it.

What would you love to see built in the Metaverse?
I would love to see more interactive and realistic games in Metaverse. We are not far from playing call of duty in Metaverse.

What is your favorite NFT and why?
The MetaPortal: OG1500 by MetaMundo! I am still learning about NFTs and was introduced to the NFT world by MetaMundo — so the MetaPortal is also my favorite NFT.

Ricardo Costa Maginador

In your own words, what’s your role is in the company?
My role is to think about the technology behind interactions for 3D content from MetaMundo.

Who is your favorite artist and why?
My favorite artist for sure is my wife, Paula — she is a dancer and fashion artist; she is always thinking outside of the box; and she is the one person who inspires me to use every element of knowledge and to put that into my main role, and learn multiple things in numerous areas, to add more into my art repertory.

What is your favorite computer game and why?
Pokemon is probably my favorite — I’ve played it since the first games, and catching, collecting, and using them in action is kind of an addiction for me.

What is your favorite film and why?
The Lord of The Rings was a movie I used to watch with my cousins often; the magic and adventure have always been something that draws my attention.

What would you like to see built in the metaverse?
As a gamer, I would love to see every kind of game built in the metaverse — from all genres, and with lots of possibilities.

What is your favorite NFT and why?
The first NFT that I put my hands on was The MetaPortal: OG1500, so it’s probably also my favorite.

About MetaMundo
MetaMundo is a curated marketplace for 3D scenes and assets, enabling anyone to own high quality 3D NFTs for use across the open metaverse. Powered by web3 technology, the scenes and assets available on MetaMundo are verifiable on the Ethereum blockchain. We developed our own NFT, specifically for 3D scenes and assets, which are metaverse-ready. Each of our NFTs contain a bundle of 3D files, optimized for use across the open metaverse — including versions, which can be used in high fidelity game engines and environments. MetaMundo presents exclusive drops to collectors from the world’s leading 3D artists, designers, architects, and brands — with creators receiving royalties from future sales. Every 3D NFT minted by MetaMundo can also be resold by collectors on secondary NFT marketplaces.

MetaMundo is backed by acclaimed metaverse funds, advisors, and angel investors.

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