OurNextDAO is a highly curated community of business builders, entrepreneurs, and investors. Our mission is to work together to navigate and build for the future of business and technology.Our first project is ON_Discourse, a new Member-Driven media company at the intersection of business and technology focused on using discourse to drive perspective.
We are a community that recognizes that technology, most recently driven by the early adoption of web3, continues to transform business in profound ways.
Our experienced members intentionally behave with a beginner's mindset, understanding in this ever-evolving business world, there are no easy answers to the challenges and opportunities we face.
We aim to be a community that has the trust and empathy with each other to drive depth and discourse that challenges conventional thinking and drives solutions.
Toby is the Co-founder of ON_Discourse
Prior to this, he was the Chief Innovation Officer at Adweek, the leading source of news and insight serving the brand marketing ecosystem.
Toby is also the Founder & Chair of Social Media Week, which Adweek acquired in January 2021.
COO, Common Thread Collective
Orchid is the Chief Operating Officer of Common Thread Collective, an agency focused on helping ecommerce brands grow profitably. As COO, she oversees the service side of the business, including Growth Strategy, Retention Strategy, Creative Strategy, Production, Design, Paid Social and Paid Search.
Priori to joining CTC, Orchid Bertelsen was the Head of Consumer Experience Strategy & Innovation at Nestlé USA, where she evaluates and tests emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, voice assistance, AR/VR. She has a varied portfolio, made up of 40+ brands and includes beloved brands like Coffee-Mate, Toll House and DiGiorno. Nestlé is also a majority stakeholder in Blue Bottle Coffee and owns and operates Starbucks at Home.
Founder & Chairman, Code and Theory
Dan Gardner is the Founder and CEO of Code and Theory. With more than a decade of experience designing cross-platform products and brand experiences for clients in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, he has led Code and Theory to become one of the largest Digital first creative agencies in the United States. Since founding the company in 2001, it has grown to 1200 employees, with offices in New York, San Francisco, London, Manila, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
Chief Metaverse Officer
Cathy Hackl is a globally recognized metaverse/ web3 strategist, tech futurist, sought-after business executive, speaker and media personality with deep expertise working in metaverse-related fields with companies like HTC VIVE, Magic Leap, and Amazon Web Services. She’s the CEO of the Futures Intelligence Group, a leading metaverse consultancy working with the world's top brands on metaverse/web3 strategies, NFTs, gaming, virtual fashion, and how to extend their brands into virtual worlds Hackl was recently featured in 60 Minutes+, WSJ, TIME and WIRED's coverage of the metaverse and is a contributor to Forbes.
Ethan has been building tech products and platforms for developers and partners for years - from their time leading Facebook’s Developer Network and New Business Development at Google, to leading Xpring, the developer platform at Ripple.
Grace is an investor at Human Ventures, which creates and builds innovative technology companies that aim to make life easier and more fulfilling. Their model is built around cultivating an ecosystem of highly talented and inspired Humans from the outset. They help companies find great talent, build a strong foundation and raise investment from top tier investors who will help set their companies apart.
Jordan is the co-founder of BeetsDAO, the collective connecting the world’s creativity; one of the first builder DAOs in Web3. To learn more about BeetsDAO, visit the living genesis post here.
In the past, Jordan has been CIO of 2 venture funded companies (MiMercado and Dropps), co-founded Haystack (one of the first music social networks), led product management at Plenti @ American Express and spent 7 years leading global MarTech at Anheuser-Busch InBev driving strategic capabilities for 400+ brands including Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona.
Jordan holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University
Founder & Author, CatalystCreativ & The Seventh Level
Amanda is a former educator with a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, the #1 Best-Selling Author of The Seventh Level, Co-founder of CatalystCreativ/CatalystU, Founding Partner of Runway Health and an Angel Investor and Advisor to over 20 start-ups and Forbes 30 Under 30 for Marketing and Advertising.
SVP of Marketing, TrueX
Christian is a hybrid marketer with over 20+ years of consumer-centric, strategic and omnichannel experience. In the past 12 years, they've led two company rebrands, and managed and executed the strategic marketing and communications plan for six (6) company acquisitions.
As SVP, Marketing at true[X], Christian oversees the execution of all Marketing & Communications for the company, including brand corporate positioning and message development, PR & corporate communications, paid, earned and owned media, conferences & speaking opps, high-touch, premium events and activations (both in-person and virtual), and awards submissions.
Named 2017 AdWeek 50 top execs across Marketing, Media and Technology
Partnerships Lead, Here Not There Labs
Cody is currently Partnerships Lead at Here Not There Labs which is building a fully decentralized chat protocol and client for online communities. Previously, they were Coinvise which built no-code tools for launching and managing web3 communities, and before joining Coinvise, Cody was an Investor at Bloomberg Beta focused on the intersection of web3 and the future of work.
Additionally, Cody spent nearly three years at D. E. Shaw expanding the scope of primary research and alternative data strategy within the Fundamental Equities group. Before that, they spent three years leading and managing a high-growth team at AlphaSights delivering a high-impact research product to strategy consultants.
Head of Digital, UEFA
A senior marketing executive with over 20 years of digital marketing, eCommerce, OTT, lead generation and technology development across both B2C and B2B. Craig has an extensive and deep knowledge in developing and executing digital transformation and marketing engagement strategies that have a proven record in improving business performance. Craig is a focused and highly driven professional who strives to build world class teams that transform, innovate and disrupt legacy marketing models.
Craig is currently leading the Web3 strategy across UEFA with the ambition to better understand the strategic opportunities for European football in all areas such as NFTs, Metaverse, Blockchain, Fan Tokens and Crypto.
Chief Growth Officer, The New Computer Corporation
Greg is the Chief Growth Officer at The New Computer Corporation, a Web3 product studio. With a proven formula for multi-million dollar revenues, audience building, go-to-market strategies, cultural partnerships, and innovative products that transform customer experiences. Greg's attention to detail and customer-centric perspective while leading thousands of experiential go to market experiences has been valuable when joining early stage ventures in shaping vision, message and audience.
Co-Founder & CEO
Ian has built (and exited) businesses from the ground-up that re-imagined advertising, cultural relevance, how to make and distribute content, empower creators, and what it means to "do good" as a leader. Ian has also invested, advised, and sat on the board working closely and learning from some of the most brilliant founders in the world, from Web1 to Web3.
Ian was honored at the American Advertising Federation's Hall of Achievement in 2015 (and the recipient of its Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award), and to be named a "Media Maven" by Advertising Age, a "Young One" by Adweek, one of Campaign Magazine's "40 over 40", one of Business Insider's "coolest people in tech", "Best CEO on Social Media" by the Shorty Awards.
Jonathan is currently building OnBoard The App, A Peer to Peer Action Sports Marketplace and Community, Launching in 2022, funded by Pareto Holdings, (Jon Oringer of Shutterstock; and Ed Lando of Misfits Market and Goody).
Additionally, Jonathan is a Semi Pro-Skater, and Avid Surfer: having worked around the world helping cities and brands (Zappos, Gensler, Universal, etc.) to develop action sports initiatives, as well as serving as the action sports advisor to McKinsey & Company guiding multiple regions in the Middle East on their action sports strategies.
COO, Code and Theory
Larry is the Chief Operating Officer at Code and Theory, a digital-first creative agency. Code & Theory is a strategically driven company that lives at the intersection of creative and technology, solvers of consumer and business problems across the entire end-to-end customer journey, agents of change moving through today’s digital first world, and limited only by our own creativity. Since 2001, they've helped redefine the media landscape, creating a new generation of digital publishers. Today, they partner with leading brands and start ups alike, including adidas, BBC, Citi, CNN, Comcast, Google, HP, J.P. Morgan Chase, United Technologies, L'Oreal, Nasdaq, NBC, New York Life, and WWE.
CEO, Light and Dark Films
Zaheer is the CEO of Light and Dark Films where they determine major corporate directions, strategize on packaging and selling projects, source materials and talent, determine project viability in marketplace, and leverage financial skills in the media space. Zaheer directs operations and resources and acts as main point of communication between board and corporate operations, while growing the company to 300 employees.
Zaheer has built, scaled and exited a software company and used those skills to become a top achiever in the world of finance, investment banking, and product development. Over the past two decades, they have worked with A-list talent, produced seven feature films and a host of television shows that have sold in more than 120 territories.
Additionally, Zaheer is a former area director of the Mankind Project, and chair of the Animal Anti-Cruelty league. They also hold a Guinness World Record and have led a national surfing team at the world championships.
Advisor, Founder, Author
Michael Ventura is an accomplished leader, practitioner, and educator. As the founder of renowned strategy and design consultancy Sub Rosa, he's advised influential organizations from the ACLU, Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft, and Nike to well-respected institutions such as The United Nations and the Obama-Biden Administration. Alongside this work, Michael leads a private practice serving individuals seeking support and mentorship. His book, Applied Empathy (Simon & Schuster 2018) explores the intersectionality of these two worlds (business and personal development) through the practice of empathy for the self, and for others.
He has served as a board member and advisor to a variety of organizations including The Burning Man Project, The Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and the United Nations' Tribal Link Foundation. He is a visiting lecturer at institutions such as Princeton University and the United States Military Academy at West Point. An ardent steward of personal and professional development, Michael is frequently engaged as an advisor to leaders, teams, and corporate boards at moments of transformation and change.
Head of Brand, Meta Quest (formerly Oculus)
Raashi is currently the Head of Brand at Meta Quest, and previously led Global Brand Strategy at Google and Pinterest. With more than a decade of digital experience, she has worked across CPG, retail, automotive, and entertainment brands to develop insights and recommendations around storytelling and commerce experiences. Raashi received her Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing with a digital concentration from New York University and BA in neuroscience from Bowdoin College.
Sasha is currently playing in exotic fruit farming, alternative accommodations, and web3. Past projects include SenStay, a funded STR start-up, and The Payne Mansion, a 4-star boutique in SFCurrently
Nick Hartman is a husband, father, entrepreneur, skater, snowboarder, tennis enthusiast, cartoonist, writer, but most importantly a creator. He's the Owner of Olive's in NYC with his wife, Toni.
Co-Founder of Web3 Labs, Salesforce
Sweezey is the Director of Market Strategy at Salesforce, and Co-Founder of the Salesforce #Web3 studio where they are pioneering a new digital future with brands.
In addition to their work with Salesforce Sweezey has written two books (Wiley/HBR). Their latest book was named best marketing book of 2021 by Axiom Book Awards. Sweezey also produced the 5X award-winning podcast called The Electronic Propaganda Society, and have written The Observer, The Economist, Forbes, AdAge, and many others.
Nicholas has gathered deep experience practicing across physical and digital design and brand and communications as a co-founder, pioneer, inventor, creative director and strategist. His work across all disciplines has been recognized by the world's most revered awards and institutions, such as: Skype, Google, Zopa.com, Virgin Voyages, Levi's, Ted Baker, BBC, Mulberry, Google, LonelyPlanet, Heineken, and The EE Wembley Cup.
Nicholas works with founders and business leaders as an advisor, innovator and collaborator, using his experience and creativity to inspire sustainable growth in their projects and businesses.
Partner, G20 Ventures
Nick is a VC investor, 2x founder, educator, and is also known as stoic.eth. As Partner at G20 Ventures, Nick supports web3 founders building the ownership economy.
Nick previously co-founded two VC-backed tech companies that were acquired. Infochimps, founded in 2010, delivers Big Data systems with unprecedented speed, scale and flexibility to enterprise companies, and was acquired by DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC). Edmit, founded in 2017, helps high school students and their families make smarter college financial decisions, and was acquired by Vemo Education.
As an educator, he taught entrepreneurship at John Cabot University and served as Vice President for New Ventures at Northeastern University. Nick also co-authored a bestselling book on education finance, and a report on information disclosure for The Brookings Institution, and was invited to the White House for his work in education by both the Obama and Trump administrations.
Co-Founder & Managing Director, BrightTower
Sam is the Co-Founder & Managing Director of BrightTower, a New York City-headquartered investment bank focused on M&A advisory services, capital raising and debt capital markets. The firm leverages sector expertise, global reach and tailored insights to deliver enterprise advisory services across the software, technology-enabled marketing, IT business services, and information markets.
BrightTower is focused on growing a robust ecosystem supporting entrepreneurs, private equity firms, growth equity firms, venture capitalists, debt providers, and corporations as they stay ahead of quickly evolving markets. The firm is committed to delivering world class advisory talent to every engagement that builds trust in the knowledge economy.
CEO, NUE Agency
Jesse is a business, technology, and marketing leader with 15 years of experience leading growth, building partnerships and designing comprehensive strategy to advance revenue. Leading multi-disciplinary teams to innovate with agility and diversity of ideas, motivating quick expansion of business goals to build music, technology, and entertainment partnerships to create deeper connections between brands and their consumers. A dealmaker with an entrepreneurial mindset, leveraging expertise in global culture marketing to design unforgettable live and digital experiences.
President, International & Digital Services, PLBY Group, Inc.
Reena was most recently President, International & Digital Services at PLBY Group, Inc., responsible for Playboy’s media and linear television businesses, licensing, digital commerce, and third-party retail, with a focus on business operations excellence, product development and management, partner integration optimization and overall international strategic planning.
In addition to her tenure at Playboy, she served in key leadership roles at companies such as International Game Technology and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, as well serving on the board of Healthright 360. Reena graduated with a BSc in Basic Medical Sciences from University of Toronto, and an MBA from Plymouth University.
Former NFL QB & Founder, One of None
DK is a former NFL Quarterback turned Founder & CEO of a web3 startup called One of None - an authentication platform for limited editions whose hybrid asset protocol and vaulting infrastructure help brands prevent counterfeiting, capture resale royalties, and build community.
Prior to his professional career, DK attended the University Notre Dame where he played QB for the Irish and studied at the Mendoza College of Business. After a few successful seasons on the Gridiron at Notre Dame, the business-minded QB was selected in the second round of the NFL draft to the Cleveland Browns and went on to be the youngest day 1 starting QB and led them in 15 games that season. After completing his 5th year in the NFL, DK couldn’t pass up the opportunity to explore his entrepreneurial dream with an idea that is at the forefront of all technology. He has now transitioned out of football and is now full-time quarterbacking the One of None team.
Jae Goodman is Founder of Observatory, one of Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies” in 2020, 2021 and again in 2022. Observatory is an agency for the content era, initially formed in 2006 when Goodman joined Creative Artists Agency as first-ever Chief Creative Officer of CAA Marketing.
In July, 2022, after sixteen years at the helm, Jae stepped aside as CEO to become Board Advisor to Observatory and parent company Stagwell. Under Goodman’s leadership, Observatory earned four Cannes Lions Grand Prix in four different categories (Film, Cyber, PR, Entertainment), thirty-three Cannes Lions in total, ten Webby awards, and four Emmys from twelve Emmy nominations.
Jae has been named to Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 1000, AdWeek's Creative 100, Ad Age’s Creativity 50, Campaign’s 40 over 40, and PR Week’s Hot List. He is Board Chair of Effie Worldwide and is a two-time Cannes Lions Jury President.
President, Code and Theory
Michael is President of Code and Theory, overseeing the agency’s output and client roster, across 6 offices and 500 employees. During his tenure, the agency has grown significantly in both size and scale where he established practices within Code and Theory focused on Data, Analytics and Research (DAR), Creative Technology, Branding and Identity, Experiential Marketing, Industrial Design, and Business Consulting. Over that span, the company has garnered dozens of awards including being named to Fast Company’s list of Most Innovative Companies.
Prior to joining Code and Theory, Michael was the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Soundscreen Design, a boutique product design company within Warner Music Group. Additionally, he spent eight years working in various creative and strategic account roles at traditional, digital, and integrated advertising agencies including JWT, Agency.com, and TBWA Chiat / Day, where he worked with brands like Snickers, Skittles, Rolex, Choice Hotels, and Maidenform.
COO @ TYB, Investor @ Alante Capital, Former Skillz, Gap, Walmart
Breana is the COO of TYB, an all-in-one community management platform that enables consumer brands to make community a growth channel. After almost 20 years in the brand-building world, including Walmart, Banana Republic, and building the Gap, Inc innovation center, she helped grow a gaming company (Skillz) from private to public reaching half-a-million MAUs. Breana actively invests via Alante Capital in tech making the fashion industry more sustainable. She is a graduate of Stanford University's Applied Compassion Academy.
Vince Lynch is CEO of IV.AI, the platform for AI Powered Decision Making and trusted by the smartest executives globally at companies including Netflix, Uber, Samsung, Disney, Walmart, Capital One, Estée Lauder, Time Warner, and Toyota in 156 languages. Additionally, IV.AI was named a Top 100 AI company in 2022 by UNESCO.
Lynch has worked in AI for 11 years, advising NGOs such as the World Ethical Data Forum, AI LA, and was host of the AI Review. His writing, data, and insights have been featured in Wired, The Washington Post, CNN, NBC, TechCrunch, and Forbes among others. He champions the value of NLP while keeping a sharp focus on how teams can manage bias and the impact AI makes on society. He previously worked with Spotify, Rogers, The Times of India, and Virgin.
Founder, High Magic
Christina is a strategic marketing leader and digital innovator focused on establishing connections through brand strategy, empathetic leadership and disruption of the status quo. As a fractional CMO at High Magic, she is passionate about uniting and empowering people and businesses to discover their purpose and live their story authentically through bridging insights based design strategy with brand storytelling. Most recently, Christina served as CMO at Kreatr, a physical NFT marketplace, and acting CMO at Rarible, a leading NFT marketplace.
Christina has an extensive background in building global brands and award-winning campaigns across several Fortune 100 brands including Google, Procter & Gamble, Visa, and Twitter. She is also the Founder of INA + ILIA, an online home decor boutique, and High Vibe Havens - an interior design studio. Christina earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and her MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Advisor, Mulford Lane Capital
Eric Hadley - marketer, advisor, investor, snowboarder, terrible surfer…. Eric is an experienced Marketing + Partnership executive who's career spans deep experiences and success across a range of marketing roles from the agency side, consumer & brand marketing, sales management, and trade marketing for larger companies and starts-ups. Eric spent many years at Microsoft in a variety of roles, ran Sales & Marketing at The Weather Channel, worked at Pinterest and Outbrain, GroundTruth, ran and sold an experiential marketing firm, worked in music and audio, in climate tech and advise on fun things like beer, spirits, and more, gaining a range of experiences to build on for success. An American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement winner, Adage Media Maven, Microsoft Chairman's Award winner. Marketing developed by Eric and his team's works have been recognized and named to all top industry awards from EFFIE's to Cannes Lions, Sundance Film and nearly every award in-between. He has been recognized for effectiveness, strategy and creative innovation.
Eric is an innovative thinker who balances the art and science of marketing, using data to back big ideas, and develop win+win partnerships with top digital publishers and technology providers, consumer brands and culture to drive business results and success. Eric lives in Sag Harbor with his family most of the time.