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

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 The Digital Speaker. He is a future tech strategist who thinks about how technology changes organisations, society and the metaverse. Dr Mark van Rijmenam is an international keynote speaker, 4x author and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Datafloq and the author of the book on the metaverse: Step into the Metaverse: How the Immersive Internet Will Unlock a Trillion-Dollar Social Economy detailing what the metaverse is and how organizations and consumers can benefit from the immersive internet.

He is the publisher of the ‘f(x) = e^x‘ newsletter, read by thousands of executives, on the future of work and the organization of tomorrow. The Digital Speaker has spoken in 20 countries across the globe and collectively inspired over 100.000 managers, directors and C-level executives.

Dr Mark van Rijmenam is The Digital Speaker. He is a future tech strategist who thinks about how emerging technologies change organizations, society and the metaverse. Van Rijmenam is an international keynote speaker, 4x author and entrepreneur.