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Metacurio is a next-generation creative studio leading you into the metaverse, unleashing the power of web3 by building creative worlds, NFT drops and digital asset development, epic activations, and true community. Metacurio builds projects that push boundaries and have a long term impact – helping you become innovators and leaders in the truest sense.
Our founders bring deep experience in talent relations, media and crypto technologies.

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Founder, Executive Co-Chair

Sophie Watts

Former founding President of movie / TV studio STX. Built from scratch to a $2.2BN valuation.
CEO of a global venture creation group for A-list stars. Investor in media-related startups. Co-founder, Mike Tyson’s Legends Only League. Co-founder of Metacurio.

Sophie is a global media executive with a focus on venture creation for A-list stars, including “Mike Tyson’s Legends Only League,” the sports enterprise which, in November 2020, staged the Tyson-Jones fight, the 8th most profitable pay-per-view event of all time. Previously, Watts served as the President of STX Entertainment, playing an instrumental role in the company’s formation and growth, including the establishment of a fully-fledged movie studio, and both reality and scripted TV studios. During her tenure, STX grew from a start-up into a multi-billion-dollar media company that includes several studios, and which secured capital from investors including private equity firms TPG and China-based Hony Capital; Tencent, the Chinese internet giant; Liberty Global, the media conglomerate; and PCCW, the global telecommunications provider. Early in her career, Watts worked in music film, videos and programming in London. She moved to Los Angeles in 2007, where she was a producer and financier on film projects including the award-winning documentary Bully, and the NBC show “State of Affairs”. Watts has been named one of Hollywood’s Top Dealmakers by Variety, listed in Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40, and featured in Variety’s Power of Women Report, Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power100, and in ELLE magazine’s power list.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Hood

Over 19 years in technology and consulting experience in the US, Asia and the Middle East.
Executive leadership roles in HCL Technologies, Zensar, as well as a successful IPO and exit with GSS Infotech. Co-Founder of Metacurio, Blocksquared Capital and Vantage Network.

Prior to co-founding Metacurio, Jeff was the co-founder of Block Squared Capital and a Managing Partner for Sciath Capital, as well as an advisor to numerous blockchain companies. With over 19 years in technology and consulting experience, and with extensive fundraising and M&A experience in Asia and the Middle East, Jeff is a global leader and spokesperson on leveraging the benefits of Blockchain in daily, real-world applications, and on the power of tokenization as a capital source. He has had a career that has included executive leadership roles in companies such as HCL Technologies and Zensar, as well as a successful IPO and exit with GSS Infotech.
Chief Legal Counsel

Jason Aufdermaur

Jason has been an entrepreneurial attorney for 20 years. He enjoys his time working with experienced business owners in both publicly and privately-held businesses and has had success counseling such clients due to his own experience as an entrepreneur and investor, understanding the goals and nuances associated with both business structures. Jason was born in Dallas, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin receiving a B.A in economics in 1994. Jason received his law degree from Vermont Law School in 1997.

Advisor

Luke Mitzman

Luke Mitzman is one of the most highly respected players in the music industry and founded 100 Management in 2015 after negotiating the move for client Zane Lowe from the UK’s BBC Radio 1 to Apple to help launch Apple Music. Since then, Luke has guided the careers of some of the world’s leading talent, including global icon Usher, Grammy Award-winning super producers Cirkut (The Weeknd, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Kanye) and Alex Da Kid (Rihanna, Eminem, Imagine Dragons) and tattoo icon Dr Woo, who launched his own skincare range and has collaborated with the likes of Porsche, GAP, Levi’s, Persol, Roger Dubuis and who has 3 forthcoming TV shows.

Advisor

Lisa Parigi

Lisa Parigi is a dynamic visionary and connector. A Crypto enthusiast focused on the intersection of blockchain technology, entertainment and web 3.  “It’s a brave new world of endless possibilities” and Lisa is passionate about bringing more women into the Web3 space.

Prior to moving to the U.S., she was an executive at several Fortune 500 tech companies based in Zürich and Geneva.  Lisa’s investment portfolio includes early-stage funding for startups in blockchain driven solutions, HealthTech, Lifestyle products as well as NFT’s and fine art.

Parigi currently serves on the board of the Lionel Richie Foundation; a private grant-making foundation, that fosters entrepreneurial innovation and supports initiatives to eliminate educational disparities.

“The blockchain will change the way we connect, trade, communicate and monetize.”

Parigi’s poise and panache courses through every event & project she spearheads. With an entrepreneurial mindset and infectious passion.

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Recent Press

Dennis Rodman is Dropping a Colorful First NFT Collection Titled “Rodman’s Barbershop

Former NBA champion and colorful personality Dennis Rodman will soon drop an equally colorful NFT collection called “Rodman’s Barbershop” via OpenSea.

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Ukrainian Boxer Wladimir Klitschko Releases NFT Collection to Support Relief Effort

All proceeds will be donated to the Ukraine Red Cross and UNICEF as Russia’s invasion continues.

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Boxing Icon Mike Tyson Launches an NFT Collection and Discusses Solana

One of the most celebrated boxing icons of all time, Mike Tyson is launching another NFT collection, this time with gaming and metaverse developers Ex Populus.

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