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Dan Schmerin

Co-Founder & President

METAVERSAL

Miami, FL, USA

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Dan’s Biography

Dan Schmerin is an operating executive, investor, and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in finance, corporate strategy, and public policy. He is the Co-Founder & President of METAVERSAL, an innovative holding company that is investing in iconic NFT assets and essential businesses that enable the Metaverse and curating evocative NFT assets with the world’s most recognizable brands, IP owners, and creators through the development of compelling narratives and immersive experiences.

Prior to founding METAVERSAL, Dan was the Chief Executive Officer of UOVO, the leading fine art, fashion, and collectibles storage and logistics provider in the United States. Dan previously served as the Director of Investment Research at Fairholme Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar value-oriented investment firm.

In addition to his business career, Dan has served in senior roles at the White House, State Department, and United States Treasury supporting Cabinet officials and other executive branch leaders on economic policy and national security affairs. Notably, as Chief Operating...
Dan Schmerin is an operating executive, investor, and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in finance, corporate strategy, and public policy. He is the Co-Founder & President of METAVERSAL, an innovative holding company that is investing in iconic NFT assets and essential businesses that enable the Metaverse and curating evocative NFT assets with the world’s most recognizable brands, IP owners, and creators through the development of compelling narratives and immersive experiences.

Prior to founding METAVERSAL, Dan was the Chief Executive Officer of UOVO, the leading fine art, fashion, and collectibles storage and logistics provider in the United States. Dan previously served as the Director of Investment Research at Fairholme Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar value-oriented investment firm.

In addition to his business career, Dan has served in senior roles at the White House, State Department, and United States Treasury supporting Cabinet officials and other executive branch leaders on economic policy and national security affairs. Notably, as Chief Operating Officer of the Public-Private Investment Program at the Treasury, he helped spearhead an unprecedented $30 billion initiative developed in response to the financial crisis of 2007–2008. He also served as Policy Advisor and Deputy Executive Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff under Secretary Hank Paulson.

Before joining the Treasury, Dan served on the Homeland Security Council within the Executive Office of the President at the White House, and in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the State Department.

Dan earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MA from Georgetown University.
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Dan’s Newsfeed

Fortune
Will Silicon Valley finally change after the Elizabeth Holmes verdict?

This article features Metaversal's recent success in raising $50 million in Series A funding in collaboration with Foxhaven Asset Management and CoinFund.

The Information
Inside Metaversal’s $50 Million Fundraise

This article for The Information examines Metaversal's start to 2022 by raising $50 million of Series A Funding alongside other leading cryptocurrency investors. 

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Dan’s Background

METAVERSAL
Co-Founder & President
May 2021 - Present
Miami, FL, USA
METAVERSAL is a company investing in iconic NFT assets and essential businesses that enable the Metaverse. It curates evocative NFT-related projects in collaboration with the world’s most recognizable brands, IP owners, and creators through development of compelling native content and immersive experiences.
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Windber National Partners
Managing Partner
Jan 2018 - Present
Miami, FL, USA
Windber National is a private holding company that makes direct investments in early-stage companies and alternative assets, with a focus on life sciences, technology, and real estate.
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Dan’s Gallery

Board Positions

Miami Children's Museum
Vice President | Board of Directors
Jun 2015 - Present
Miami, FL, USA
The Miami Children’s Museum is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. The museum offers interactive exhibits, programs, and learning materials related to arts, culture, community, and communication.
Council on Foreign Relations
Term Member
Jun 2014 - May 2019
Washington, DC, USA
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher, composed of more than fifty full-time and adjunct fellows, who cover the major regions & significant issues shaping today's international agenda.

Media

NFT venture studio Metaversal raises $50M Series A
Quoted
Jan 2022
In this article for Refresh Miami, Dan Schmerin speaks on Metaversal's fundraising and his company's projected expansion for 2022.
CoinFund, Franklin Templeton Back Metaversal in $50M Funding Round
Featured
Jan 2022
Following a successful fundraising campaign, Metaversal states that it will use the $50 million to continue increasing its portfolio and "support companies working towards an open metaverse."
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Publications

National Strategy for Homeland Security
Co-Author
Oct 2007
Washington, DC, USA
Dan Schmerin assisted in drafting the 2007 National Strategy for Homeland Security for the President of the United States.
Fortress London?
Author - RUSI/Jane’s Homeland Security & Resilience Monitor
May 2004
London, UK
Dan Schmerin addresses the deficiencies in the physical protection of UK government facilities.

Awards & Endorsements

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U.S. Department of the Treasury
Commendation for Outstanding Performance | 2009 & 2010
Washington, DC, USA
The United States Department of the Treasury is the national treasury of the US government. Established in 1789, it oversees the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the US Mint.
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U.S. Department of the Treasury
Special Act Award
Oct 2008
Washington, DC, USA
Dan Schmerin was honored with a Special Act Award for providing exceptional support to the Secretary of the Treasury.
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Training & Management Courses

OPM Leadership Training Program
Shepherdstown, WV, USA
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Leadership Training Program provides a pathway to federal service and, through recruitment and training, enhances the missions and goals of numerous federal agencies.
International Negotiations Program
Arlington, VA, USA
The International Negotiations Program supports the Foreign Service Institute's (FSI) mission by offering diplomatic training and career-long learning opportunities that US government foreign affairs professionals need in order to succeed in the global arena and advance US foreign policy.
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Speaking Engagements

Rockaway Blockchain Fund - Investor Summit
Featured Speaker
Oct 2021
Dan Schmerin joins other industry experts in a panel titled "NFTs: Real Life Use Cases" to share his expertise in a discussion of NFTs.

Press Releases

Metaversal Launches New NFT Curation Company
Oct 2021
Metaversal, an innovative holding company that co-produces, curates, and invests in iconic NFT projects and the key technology that unlocks the metaverse, is thrilled to announce its official launch today. Metaversal is the first company to combine a venture studio and investment firm focused on NFTs.
Ashford Hospitality Trust Nominates Seven Highly-Qualified, Independent Candidates For Election To The Board Of FelCor Lodging Trust
Feb 2017
New York, NY, USA
Dan Schmerin was one of seven highly-qualified, independent directors nominated for election to FelCor's Board of Directors at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The nominees were chosen for their relevant expertise, investment acumen, and management experience.

Dan’s Education

Georgetown University
Master of Arts with Distinction
2004 - 2006
London School of Economics
Master of Science with Highest Honors
2003 - 2004
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