Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Old Dominion University Tri-Cities Higher Education Center, Portsmouth Conference Room

1070 University Blvd, Portsmouth, VA 23703

(Easily accessible, from I-64, I-264, VA-164, and/or I-664; Plenty of free parking!)


(Our core meeting time is from Noon to 1:00 pm, for those of you with time limitations)

11:30 am     Arrival, Networking, Lunch, and Introductions

Noon           Program

1:00 pm      Continuation of Discussion & Networking with Your Professional Colleagues

Please RSVP (so we can right-size the lunch order), preferably by Friday, July 22, 2022 (although we can take last-minute additions), by replying to this email or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TOPIC:  Emerging Metaverse(s): Exploring web3


OUR: SPEAKER: Les Lascari - Father, Poker Player, & Bon Vivant

     Les is joining us to give us a "big picture" overview of the emergence and potential trends/realities/effects of alternate virtual    
     worlds, tell us how they arre likely to operate, and discuss national, global, cultural, and societal opportunities,
risks and impacts.
Why is this topic important? According to Gartner (a technological research and consulting firm that conducts research on
technology), by 2026 (4 years from now!), 25% of people will spend at least an hour a day in "the metaverse" for a variety of reasons,
from entertainment to work. By then, the global metaverse market is forcasted to exceed $700 billion.

     Les graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy, majoring in Mathematics. After 5 years of service as a Lieutenant, he
spent another 5 years at Lockheed Martin as an Engineer
, and then joined America Online as Principal UNIX System Architect.
     During his 5 years at AOL, Les helped AOL grow from 3 million members to over 20 million, and from a simultaneous online user
count of under 50,000 to over
1.5 million users. Since then, he's worked as a Special Advisor at HFS Private Equity Partners LLC,
    served on
a corporate board, invested in start-ups, been a regular tournament poker player, and owned a restaurant! Les is a crypto
enthusiast and researcher, with a delightful talent for e
xplaining fundamentals of complex topics, associated strengths/benefits/risks/
opportunities, and what the future holds.






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