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Former Disney CEO Robert Iger joins board for metaverse firm Genies

Bob Iger, CEO of the American entertainment conglomerate Disney for fifteen years, has joined the board of a Los Angeles-based metaverse firm Genies.  Genies offers services to allow users to create virtual avatars that can be used in the metaverse, complete with accessories that can be purchased as non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The firm has a partnership with Warner Music Group, a major American record label, to create avatars and digital goods for artists.  While head of Disney, Iger spearheaded the …

Metaverse avatar platform Ready Player Me raises $13 million

Ready Player Me, a startup letting users create a single avatar for use across virtual platforms, announced Monday that it raised $13 million in Series A funding.  Wise and Teleport co-founders Taavet+Sten led this round. Additional support came from GitHub co-founder Tom Preston-Werner, Samsung Next, NordicNinja, Konvoy Ventures, the NFT influencer Gmoney — who had collaborated with Adidas Originals for its first NFT drop — and others.  To create their avatar, a user can either upload a selfie of themself …