The Possibilities of a Human-centric Metaverse with Jimi Daodu – Step into the Metaverse Podcast: EP09

The Possibilities of a Human-centric Metaverse with Jimi Daodu – Step into the Metaverse Podcast: EP09
👋 Hi, I am Mark. I am a strategic futurist and innovation keynote speaker. I advise governments and enterprises on emerging technologies such as AI or the metaverse. My subscribers receive a free weekly newsletter on cutting-edge technology.

In this episode of the Step into the Metaverse Podcast, I interviewed Jimi Daodu, the founder of Vault Hill, an extended reality (XR) blockchain-based metaverse designed to make you feel more you. Jimi has a strong focus on the open metaverse and is passionate about building a human-centric metaverse. Prior to Vault Hill, he ran a number of successful transformation and digital change programs, including a divestment between Barclays Bank Plc and Absa.

Jimi will graciously share his wealth of expertise around the open metaverse, the importance of blockchain for the immersive internet, self-sovereign identities, the importance of data ownership, and what role decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) will play in the metaverse. This is one episode you will not want to miss. Enjoy!


  • [01:15] - How his company is bringing real-life experiences into the metaverse.
  • [05:09] - Launching their NFT marketplace and virtual land public sale.
  • [06:58] - Core characteristics of the metaverse beyond being decentralized.
  • [08:01] - Mistakes we made in Web 2.0 that we should avoid when building Web 3.0.
  • [10:21] - The importance of self-sovereign identity (SSI) for the metaverse.
  • [15:27] - Safeguarding repetition through DAOs.
  • [19:38] - Vault Hill City’s business models and the metaverse spaces they’re competing with.
  • [24:36] - How decentralised computing, storage and bandwidth will affect the metaverse.


“A metaverse should have the ability to be immersive and have the functionality of being decentralized” - Jimi Daodu
“If I have an avatar with a digital Rolex or Nike wearable, I shouldn’t just be limited in the virtual world of Vaulthill. I should be able to go to SandBox with that. I should be able to go to Decentraland with that and still look cool” - Jimi Daodu
“We need to look at how to use DAOs as governance mechanisms around compliance, security, and safety” - Jimi Daodu
“Just like how we’re thinking of innovating, cyber criminals are thinking of malicious ways of counter-innovating” - Jimi Daodu
“I think the important thing to highlight is how you look at spinning up funds around research and development to future proof the metaverse space” - Jimi Daodu

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If you are interested in learning more about the metaverse, you can order my book Step into the Metaverse here.

Dr Mark van Rijmenam

Dr Mark van Rijmenam

Dr. Mark van Rijmenam is a strategic futurist known as The Digital Speaker. He stands at the forefront of the digital age and lives and breathes cutting-edge technologies to inspire Fortune 500 companies and governments worldwide. As an optimistic dystopian, he has a deep understanding of AI, blockchain, the metaverse, and other emerging technologies, and he blends academic rigour with technological innovation.

His pioneering efforts include the world’s first TEDx Talk in VR in 2020. In 2023, he further pushed boundaries when he delivered a TEDx talk in Athens with his digital twin , delving into the complex interplay of AI and our perception of reality. In 2024, he launched a digital twin of himself offering interactive, on-demand conversations via text, audio or video in 29 languages, thereby bridging the gap between the digital and physical worlds – another world’s first.

As a distinguished 5-time author and corporate educator, Dr Van Rijmenam is celebrated for his candid, independent, and balanced insights. He is also the founder of Futurwise , which focuses on elevating global digital awareness for a responsible and thriving digital future.


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