It seems that the NFT craze is finally over with the coming of the bear market and the crypto crash. While the craze was loved by tons of people and hated by as many, its contribution to putting crypto and blockchain in the spotlight can’t be denied. Now, the NFT ecosystem is ready to continue its growth in more significant manners across different industries, instead of rinsing and repeating the same formulas.
Talks have started to take place around the topic of the next steps in NFT development, which many are calling NFT 2.0. This new era would seek to make NFTs more accessible, trustworthy, and with a varied number of applications. With this in mind, NFTs are expected to take a primary role along Web3 on upcoming blockchain-centric events, as the whole industry seems focused on accessibility.
In past iterations of Grit Daily House, we have seen experts take on the topic of how NFTs have impacted the wine and culinary industries. With Consensus 2022 just around the corner, Grit Daily House is getting once more to bring experts in the industries to share their unique insights on blockchain technology, crypto, entrepreneurship, NFTs, Metaverse, tech, investments, and more. One of them is serial entrepreneur Mark Murrell, who has become one of the most prolific seafood, business, eCommerce, marketing, and culture-building speakers out there.
Some of the companies Mark has founded include Black Point Seafood, Get Maine Lobster, and Mark Interactive, In addition to this, he has also held several leadership positions in companies spawning the marketing, communications, and data science industries. As a blockchain enthusiast, Mark is always keeping up to date with the latest trends in the space and looking at innovative ways to integrate them into his field.
Now, Mark will be joining Amanda Terry, Metagood’s Co-Founder and COO; Josh Kriger, Edge of NFT’s Co-Host and Co-Founder; and Jared Christopherson, OneOf’s Co-Founder to participate in our “How Do You ‘Style’ Your NFT?” panel on June 9th at Grit Daily House. If you still don’t have your tickets, make sure to get them here.
Here are 10 other things to know about Mark Murrell ahead of Grit Daily House at Consensus 2022.
- As a child, he was babysat by Catfish Hunter: Mark lived in North Carolina when he was a kid and the famous pitcher James Augustus Hunter, also known as Hunter Catfish, was a neighbor. Catfish Hunter, the first pitcher to win 200 career games at the time, agreed on several occasions to babysit Mark and his brother.
- He has a flair for poetry: Mark has a degree in creative writing and has found the poetry section to be not only challenging but also a lot of fun. While his current endeavors don’t really require him to write poetry, he has continued to do so after graduating.
- His “hot take” on lobster: Growing up, Mark did not eat a lot of lobster! He thinks the reason for this is that when lobster is so readily available, it is easier to not find it so appealing. Accordingly, when he was young, his Yea pallet was kind of boring.
- He was a Colorado ski bum: In his 20s, Mark “ski-bummed” in Telluride, CO. For a few years, he would jump from cool seasonal town to cool seasonal town. Telluride was one of those stops and he just loved the life. However, the ocean would eventually call him, which is why he had to return to Maine.
- He earned a spot on on the Today Show: Mark has been featured on several TV shows and outlets, with his feature on the Today Show being an important source of pride for him.
- He was once written up in The Economist: Mark might not work as a writer himself but he is an important source for many journalists out there. Back in 2021, he was featured in a piece by The Economist, where he talked about his desire to advertise in the metaverse.
- He discovered the most viral IRL lobster ever: Haddie the famous cotton candy-colored lobster received 4 billion impressions and worldwide coverage was discovered by Mark.
- He played college sports: Mark played baseball and basketball back in college. Mark’s early brush with Catfish Hunter might or might not be the reason behind his love for baseball; it certainly would make sense.
- He’s “steakhouse famous”: Mark’s name is up on a plaque at Wildfire Steakhouse in Chicago. Back when he lived in the windy city, he used to frequent the same steakhouse so often that after a couple of years they finally put his name on one of the walls.
- Michael Dubin, DSC founder, is his business advisor: Mark met Michael about 4 years ago and they immediately clicked. Back in 2020, Michael would officially become a business advisor to Mark and the lobster business with a focus on marketing and branding.