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March 17, 2022

What is the Metaverse and why would someone want to be part of it are questions Imari is frequently asked when trying to explain his excitement around it? In this talk, Imari explores the Metaverse through a business lens and shares his thoughts on why the metaverse is an unprecedented opportunity for financial equity, new career pathways and entrepreneurship for historically excluded and underrepresented communities of color.
Imari Oliver is the Founder and CEO, of Bond & Play, a holding company for a portfolio of innovative business platforms and models, designed to capitalize on opportunities in the evolving digital economy across several industries. With 20+ years of experience in strategy, planning, production and sales in both business and consumer-focused roles, Imari is an internationally recognized thought leader and strategist. He has spent his career unlocking market-shifting trends and creating high-value growth opportunities through his deep understanding of culture, technology, innovation and human behavior. Imari’s domain expertise is in the FinTech, Esports & Gaming and Media industries. He operates with a bias towards action and understands the importance of innovating at the edges of culture. He launched FinTech BLK, a conference and festival designed to ensure historically excluded communities of color are not left out of this industry. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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