Head of VR Strategy, Store No 8 President, Invisible Robot Corp
Over the past two decades, Jeremy Welt has turned his passion for exploring the intersection between creativity and technology into culture-transforming work that has reshaped the music, social media, and video landscapes. As one of the first individuals to recognize the need to connect fans and artists via the Internet, his career spans building and scaling some of the first-ever artist communities to pioneering major technology shifts that revolutionized the way music is created, consumed, and sold. Also a trailblazer in the video world, Welt was the first to predict the role of video in disrupting music streaming, and identifying the audience-building power of YouTube, leading to being a key man in Disney’s historical acquisition of video producer/distributor Maker Studios. With an uncommon and visionary grasp of the landscape-altering potential of emerging technology, Welt continues to use his rare blend of business acumen, artistic sensibility, and technical savvy to guide today’s creative industries into a more dynamic future. His resume includes high-level tenures at Disney, Warner Bros., Maverick Records, The Village Recorder, and American Recordings.
A frequent public speaker and conference panelist, Welt now serves as an advisor to several startup tech companies in VR and social spaces. He believes that not only is virtual and augmented reality the next platform shift to have a powerful creative impact and profoundly shake up the culture, he also feels his skill set puts him in the perfect position to shepherd this new medium into the mainstream. To that end, he has set on his sights on empowering the creative, building communities, and bringing audiences together.