Today I'm talking to Stan Stalnaker who is the Founding Director of Hub Culture, a consciousness and technology ecosystem at the forefront of the virtual state movement.
Hub Culture began in 2002 as one of the first online social networks, and has always been at the forefront of change and new ideas. I first met Stan in London in 2005 and joined the network soon after.
Hub Culture was the first network to offer member coworking (Pavilions), virtual collaboration (Hubs), digital currency payments (Ven), own-your-own-data digital identity (HubID), liquid voting and governance (Propel), artificial intelligence (Zeke) and asset tokenization (Ultra) to over 50,000 digital citizens as part of the global Hub community.
Stan started his career at Time Warner in marketing with Fortune Magazine and other TimeWarner integrated projects, then moved to focus on Hub Culture in 2007. Since then Hub Culture has produced over 50+ popup locations in cities around the world with over 70,000 hosted guests, introduced virtual reality environments, interviewed thousands of cultural and business leaders, and launched integrated financial services around Ven, including P2P payments, a digital asset exchange, investment funds and more.
As part of Hub Culture’s Ecosystem, Stan advises portfolio companies with activities in blockchain, space, legal frameworks and digital content, and consults with governments and industry regulators on emerging technology best practices and frameworks to lay the foundations for Hub Culture’s eventual emergence as the first virtual state.
Stan is author of the 2002 book on social globalization, Hub Culture: The Next Wave of Urban Consumers, was a contributor to From Bitcoin to Burning Man and Beyond, a frequent guest writer and contributor to major media, including the NY Times, Quartz, Forbes, Huffington Post, Techonomy, Harvard Business Review and various TV and online media, and publishes regularly at HubCulture.com.