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Daniel Schmerin

Co-Founder & President

METAVERSAL

Miami, FL, USA

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Daniel Schmerin’s Biography

Daniel Schmerin is an operating executive, investor, and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in corporate strategy, capital allocation, 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 served as the CEO of UOVO, the leading fine art, fashion, and collectibles storage and logistics provider in the United States. Dan also 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, he served as COO of the Public-Private Investment Program at the Treasury, 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, in the Office of the Vice President at the White House, and in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the US Department of State.

Dan earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, MS from the London School of Economics, and MA from Georgetown University.

Daniel’s Newsfeed

New York Times
Are We in the Metaverse Yet?

This article describes the 'metaverse' as a variety of virtual experiences, environments and assets that gained momentum during the online-everything shift of the pandemic. Matthew Ball, a VC and essayist, describes the metaverse as a "sort of successor state to the mobile internet” — a framework for an extremely connected life. 

The Block
VC exec makes the bull case for NFTs and the 'metaverse'

On this episode of The Scoop, Vanessa Grellet, CoinFund’s newly joined Head of Portfolio Growth, joins the show for a discussion on the current state of the crypto venture capital market.

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Daniel’s Background

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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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Daniel’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

The Essentials of Art Collecting: Storage
Interview
Jan 2021
Heather Flow, founder of Flow Advisory, talks with UOVO CEO Daniel Schmerin about the essentials of art storage and the range of services UOVO provides to it clients.
Are You an Art Dealer or Advisor Looking for Flexible Space? UOVO Has a Novel Solution for You
Feature
Dec 2020
New York, NY, USA
UOVO CEO Daniel Schmerin discusses the company's new 'Galleries Reimagined' service, described as an “all-in-one solution for gallerists and art advisors who want to reduce their overhead.”
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Publications

National Strategy for Homeland Security
Co-Author
Oct 2007
Washington, DC, USA
Daniel Schmerin assisted in drafting the 2007 National Strategy for Homeland Security for then President of the United States, George W. Bush.
Fortress London?
Author
Jul 2005
Washington, DC, USA
Daniel Schmerin addresses the deficiencies in the physical protection of UK government facilities.

Awards & Endorsements

United States 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.
United States Department of the Treasury
Special Act Award
Oct 2008
Washington, DC, USA
Daniel 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
Washington, DC, 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
Washington, DC, 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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Press Releases

Ashford Hospitality Trust Nominates Seven Highly-Qualified, Independent Candidates For Election To The Board Of FelCor Lodging Trust
Feb 2017
New York, NY, USA
Daniel 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.

Daniel’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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