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Matthew Ball provides the definitive explainer of the technological revolution that will reshape our global economy, disrupt nearly every industry, and forever alter human society. As the term and concept of the metaverse have burst into public consciousness just in the last year, no voice has been more prominent, influential, and praised than Matthew Ball and his widely read “Metaverse Primer.” For more information on Matthew see his full Bio Below.


  • Compute and the Metaverse
  • Evolving User + Business Behaviours and the Metaverse
  • Framework for the Metaverse
  • Hardware and the Metaverse
  • Networking and the Metaverse


Ball holds bylines at New York Times, The Economist, and Bloomberg, and has been covered by those publications, as well as The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Washington Post, Vice, The Verge, CNN, CNBC, Financial Times, BBC, Globe and Mail and many more.

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Books: The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything.

In this book out in July 2022 Ball expands upon his Primer to show why trillions are at stake in the creation of the persistent, virtual world that is the metaverse. Ball provides the definitive definition of the much-debated concept, explains how the metaverse will be realised, and reveals what it will mean for the automotive, healthcare, education industries, among many others — even sex work.

THE METAVERSE also addresses the governance and philosophies of the metaverse, the various battles and wars that will be fought over it, and how independent users, developers, and voters can shape its development.

With sweeping authority, Ball captures the promise and peril of the next internet, in a book that will elicit comparisons to the modern touchstones The Second Machine Age and Superintelligence. 


Matthew Ball is the Managing Partner of EpyllionCo, which operates an early stage venture fund, as well as a corporate and venture advisory arm.

In addition, Ball is a Venture Partner at the famed gaming investment fund Makers Fund, Industry Advisor to storied private equity giant KKR, and a Co-Founder of Ball Metaverse Research Partners, which creates and maintains the index behind the world’s first Metaverse ETF, the Roundhill Ball Metaverse ETF, which can be found on the New York Stock Exchange (Ticker: $META). Ball is also an “Occasional Contributor” to The Economist, a producer behind Genvid Technologies’ Rival Peak, a more than three month-long interactive video event that was played by millions, and is an advisor to start-ups such as Dapper Labs, The Athletic, and more.

From 2016–2018, Ball served as the global Head of Strategy for Amazon Studios, and prior to that was a Director at The Chernin Group’s Otter Media, a digital media investment company founded by long-time Newscorp COO and 20th Century Fox CEO Peter Chernin, and an Executive at Accenture Strategy.

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Julius MeltzerXING

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Head of large pharmaceutical company – Costa Rica

After the workshop I spoke to some of the business relations that we had invited. They were positive without exception. Present were, among others, a partner of a large law firm, a company that offers HR services with the aid of self-developed software and a partner of an international recruitment and selection agency. They all asked questions about specific challenges in their companies and were amazed at Semler's knowledge of their specific business model and challenges. To be repeated!

Han MesterHan Mesters, Sector Banker Business Services ABN AMRO Bank

I am leaving early tomorrow morning for 10 days in Botswana without internet so I am writing to you quickly now. Firstly, thank you for coming to SA and thank you for the time you spent with me and the effort you put into your presentation. You are a rare person and have an enormous amount to offer the world. We did get a lot of feedback and all presentations were rated. You rated highly and there were quite a few comments. When I get back I will collate these and send them to you.
Thanks you, Robert

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