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#15 Herman Narula: Are We Ready For the Metaverse?

52 Insights Podcast

If the idea of Mark Zuckerberg crafting the next stage of our digital world sounds ominous, then you’re not alone. Big tech has wielded unearthly powers, often at the cost of disrupting our democracies. Now with the promise of this new digital world, the metaverse, on our doorstep, it is clear we need new ethical actors in this space to lead to take charge.My next guest on the 52 Insights podcast is Herman Narula, the CEO of the British unicorn startup Improbable is one of those, an earnest 34-year-old CEO who wants to change our perception of the metaverse for all of us.His company, Improbable, has been quietly building the piping of the metaverse for several years. Leading a global company of 1000 people, Narula has enormous plans for this space, including the vision of bringing millions of people into one space at any one time at the cost of enormous processing powers.After graduating from Cambridge as a computer scientist in the 2010s, his principled vision of the metaverse took shape after surrounding himself with influential mentors and early colleagues. He has now become one the leading figureheads of this first metaverse quake – a space that also includes the CEOs of Meta, Nvidia, Niantic and Roblox.In his debut book Virtual Society which has just been released, he shares with us a unique vision, a tech kaleidoscope full of otherworldly visions that he says will make our lives not only more comfortable but enriching in every way, however, with so much scepticism out there, we need to take a step back and ask some uncomfortable questions about this new realm.Who will own what? How will it affect our social lives? How will it change our behaviour? And most importantly, will it further disrupt the fabric of society? If you're even slightly interested in the intersection between politics, technology and the future of our species, then this chat is for you.Please note: I'm also running a giveaway for this episode; I have two copies of Herman Narula's book Virtual Society to give away. If you want one, please send me a direct message with your name and one line explaining why you think the metaverse will be good or bad for humankind.Virtual Society by Herman Narula is out now on Penguin Random HousePhotograph by HANNAH MCKAY / REUTERS via Alamy Stock Photo.

1hr 18mins

10 Oct 2022

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Diving head first into the metaverse with Herman Narula, co-founder and CEO of Improbable


With around $600 million in funding raised to date, and close to 1,000 people on the payroll, UK tech scale-up Improbable probably (ha) needs little introduction to our audience. In many ways, though, a decade into its existence the really exciting days for the 'metaverse technology' company seem to be still ahead of them.That's also a sentiment shared by Herman Narula, the affable co-founder and chief executive of Improbable, who said that technology is finally catching up with the ambitious goals the company had set for itself in the early days.Improbable has created a technology dubbed Morpheus that allows social interactions within virtual worlds, where thousands of people can talk to each other in lag-free environments, offering its virtual world-building services to a slew of entertainment companies, academic institutions, gaming companies, and even governments around the world.Improbable recently secured another $150 million in financing to establish and develop M², a network of 'interoperable Web3 metaverses' powered by its Morpheus tech. Even more recently, the company found itself squarely in the spotlight when it partnered up with Yuga Labs, the creators of the well-known Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT brand.Improbable worked with Yuga to build, service, and operate Otherside, basically a gamified MetaRPG universe where the players own the world. Earlier this month, the company assisted in 'First Trip', the highly-anticipated tech demo of Otherside: about 4,500 people were able to dance, sing and talk simultaneously. Check this video to see it in action.You can also watch our interview with Narula on our YouTube channel.


17 Aug 2022

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Herman Narula: The Metaverse, At Scale

The Vaizey View

Today Ed is joined by a long-time colleague, Herman Narula, CEO and co-Founder at Improbable.io - one of Europe's most successful and best-known tech companies. For over a decade the company has built the foundational technology to support scaled experiences in the Metaverse, taking in over $750M in funding. Their clients span defense firms as well as Yuga Labs, home of the Bored Ape Yacht Club, and this range of experience animates Herman’s vision for the Metaverse. It’s possible that today’s Web 2.0 behemoths may not dominate the next phase, after all. Tune in for an enlightening chat.You can subscribe to the Vaizey View newsletter by clicking here (http://eepurl.com/ckPLSf).See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


14 Aug 2022

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Powering the Otherside Metaverse w/ Improbable CEO Herman Narula | Overpriced JPEGs #47

Overpriced JPEGs

✨ SUBSCRIBE TO THE OVERPRICED JPEGS CHANNEL ✨ https://bankless.cc/jpegs ----- On today’s episode, Carly is joined by Herman Narula, the CEO and Co-founder at Improbable.io. Improbable is building the technology that powers Yuga Labs' Otherside metaverse and is the only company today that can service up to 10,000 users in a virtual world experience at one time. Herman dives into why this technology is so important, why so many people are understanding the metaverse wrong, and what the future holds for interoperability.  You don't want to miss this one. ------ 🚀 SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER: https://jpegs.banklesshq.com/  🎙️ SUBSCRIBE TO PODCAST: https://availableon.com/overpricedjpegs ------ BANKLESS SPONSOR TOOLS:  🔐LEDGER | SECURE STAKING  https://bankless.cc/Ledger 🔑COINSHIFT | TREASURY MANAGEMENT  https://bankless.cc/Coinshift 🦊METAMASK | THE EASY BUY BUTTON https://bankless.cc/MetaMask ⚡️IMMUTABLE X | CRYPTO GAMING https://bankless.cc/ImmutableX ------ Timestamps: 0:00 Intro 2:50 Virtual Worlds 8:30 Realism and Beauty 15:55 Operations Per Second 21:40 Business Generated Content 25:10 Web3 Business Models 32:00 MSquared and Morpheus 36:15 Interoperability 41:45 From Games to Experiences 46:45 Rage & Redemption 49:15 The Yuga Partnership 52:50 Projects & Experiments ------ Resources: Herman on Twitter https://twitter.com/HermanNarula?s=20&t=jEP_t9RJKxqCsaJH3U_YaA  Virtual Society https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/675690/virtual-society-by-herman-narula/  Improbable https://twitter.com/Improbableio?s=20&t=jEP_t9RJKxqCsaJH3U_YaA  MSquared https://twitter.com/MSquared_io?s=20&t=jEP_t9RJKxqCsaJH3U_YaA ----- Not financial or tax advice. This channel is strictly educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any assets or to make any financial decisions. This video is not tax advice. Talk to your accountant. Do your own research. Disclosure. From time-to-time I may add links in this newsletter to products I use. I may receive commission if you make a purchase through one of these links. Additionally, the Bankless writers hold crypto assets. See our investment disclosures here: https://newsletter.banklesshq.com/p/bankless-disclosures 


10 Aug 2022

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Enabling the Metaverse Revolution with Improbable CEO Herman Narula

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4 Aug 2022

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Building Yuga Labs' Otherside Metaverse with CEO and Co-founder of Improbable - Herman Narula

Welcome to the Metaverse

On this week's episode of the Welcome to the Metaverse podcast, I chat to Herman Narula - CEO & Co-founder of Improbable, a metaverse technology company building Yuga Labs' hotly anticipated Otherside metaverse. (Yuga Labs themselves of course creators of arguably the most famous NFT project in the space - Bored Ape Yacht Club and who acquired the IP for Cryptopunks and Meebits fairly recently too). Improbable have been building game-changing tech in this space for 10+ years and are solving many of the essential problems that are needed to bring the vision of an open metaverse to life. My twitter has moved, click to view here or https://www.twitter.com/luke_franks This was another chat that gives some serious clues to the future and Herman was brilliant at explaining it all so thank you Herman for coming on the show. If you’re brand new to this podcast, I would encourage you to jump back to episode 2 just to get an introduction to this whole space, we talk in depth about NFTs in this episode so you might find it useful to have some foundational knowledge first. If you would like to support the show, a great way to do so is to leave a rating or review on your podcast platform of choice, thank you! ======================= This podcast is sponsored by the awesome Everyrealm (previously Republic Realm) who are a leader in metaverse innovation, investment, and NFTs. They are among the largest owners of digital real estate NFTs in Decentraland, The Sandbox and Axie Infinity to name just a few. They’re also the creators of the Fantasy Islands metaverse NFT project, the ultra-luxury metaverse destination and community in The Sandbox and beyond. They also recently announced their upcoming immersive ASMR experience in the metaverse, called Soundlands, which you can be the first to sign up to before it launches in full by heading to asmrsoundlands.com You can find out more about what they are up to at everyrealm.com, join their substack newsletter with updates about the wider metaverse here realmroundup.substack.com and follow on twitter https://www.twitter.com/everyrealm and discord here discord.gg/ntSaG8b9sW ======================= I always love to hear from you, say hello on the following links : Twitter : https://twitter.com/luke_franks Email : metaversepod@gmail.com Consultancy : www.wagmi-agency.com ======================= Improbable's links Herman Narula Twitter : https://twitter.com/HermanNarula Improbable Twitter : https://twitter.com/Improbableio Website : https://www.improbable.io/ Demo Video : https://twitter.com/HermanNarula/status/1524745153713348608?s=20&t=oLT66pWGOA4R3nzuKl_Zbg ======================= Everyrealm's Links Twitter : https://www.twitter.com/everyrealm Discord : discord.gg/ntSaG8b9sW Soundlands : asmrsoundlands.com Substack : realmroundup.substack.com Website https://www.everyrealm.com =======================


8 Jun 2022

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Into the Metaverse, with Herman Narula

Intelligence Squared Business

Mark Zuckerberg may have gone all-in on the concept of the metaverse recently but he's actually a bit late to the conversation. Herman Narula is CEO and co-founder of Improbable, who since 2012 have created the frameworks for building virtual worlds for clients ranging from video-game studios to governments. He joins Carl Miller, Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, to discuss how the metaverse could change the ways we do business in future and why virtual worlds require as much careful consideration as our physical one.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


31 Mar 2022

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Herman Narula - Building the plumbing of the metaverse

Jimmy's Jobs of the Future

When I started this podcast I wrote down a list of dream guests to come on the show. Today's guest is one of them. When asked about starting careers, another dream guest on this show, Pete Flint, gave the advice to "pick a sector, not a company'. Herman Narula is at the forefront of the sector of the future- The Metaverse. This might be a term fairly new to you but Herman has been working on this space for 9 years with his company Improbable, who are building the 'plumbing of the metaverse'. But what is it exactly? How can people interact with it? Will it really be as transformative as people imagine?Herman is writing a book about the Metaverse called "Virtual Society" which is coming later this year.  You can pre-order it here. This is the last episode in our 4th series - thank you all so much for listening. This has been a transformative series that has seen us reclaim our #1 spot in Apple Careers Podcasts and double our listenership. A huge thank you to this series' headline sponsors, The Octopus Group. The Octopus Group is a collection of 8 entrepreneurially minded businesses that look to back the people, ideas and industries that will change the world.We will see you all very soon...In this episode with Herman we talk about:Where did the name improbable come fromwhat gave Herman this initial idea over 9 years agoWhat is the definition of the metaverse- and it’s why important we have one that works. How the creation of environments is natural human behaviour.How the metaverse can be a catalyst to extraordinary experiences.The changes seen in the Metaverse since he started- and simply how hard it is to build the metaverse.Building the plumbing of the metaverse- the metaverse isn’t just about entertainment.Where we can see real-life examples of the metaverse helping everyday people.The big opportunities for the UK economy with the metaverse- and how the government can help.How the government could get ahead of the metaverse and recommendations for how the UK government can regulate it. How can we drive more UK companies into this spaceHerman’s first jobHow does the metaverse benefit older generationsAugmenting not replacing the real worldHow this world is closer than we thinkHow do people engage with the metaverseHow we learn from the mistakes of web 1 and web 2The jobs of the future in the metaverseWhat roles Improbable are hiring forSubscribe so you don't miss any new episodes, releasing every Wednesday.You can up to Jimmy's substack here for weekly content on the future of work, technology, and politicsAlso make sure you subscribe to The Shift- you can find it here on Spotify or on Apple Podcasts. Once again thank you to our series partner Octopus Group, a collection of 8 entrepreneurially minded businesses that look to back the people, ideas, and industries that will change the world.


23 Mar 2022

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Business Weekly: Into the Metaverse, with Herman Narula

Intelligence Squared

Mark Zuckerberg may have gone all-in on the concept of the metaverse recently but he's actually a bit late to the conversation. Herman Narula is CEO and co-founder of Improbable, who since 2012 have created the frameworks for building virtual worlds for clients ranging from video-game studios to governments. He joins Carl Miller, Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, to discuss how the metaverse could change the ways we do business in future and why virtual worlds require as much careful consideration as our physical one.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


7 Feb 2022

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Shared experiences in future virtual worlds with Herman Narula

Foresight with Greg Williams

Herman Narula, CEO and co-founder of Improbable, joins Greg Williams to explore the dynamics of social connection forged through virtual worlds – and how Covid-19 has impacted these relationships Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


5 Feb 2021