Famous entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuck — also known as Gary Vee — is a long-time supporter and collector of nonfungible tokens (NFTs).
In May 2021, Vaynerchuck announced the launch of his VeeFriends NFT collection, which consisted of 10,255 unique tokens to give holders access to exclusive events.
Shortly after launching the VeeFriends collection, Vaynerchuck demonstrated the potential behind NFT tickets during VeeCon 2022 — a Web3-focused conference built around NFTs, pop culture, entrepreneurship and marketing. Attendees of VeeCon 2022 needed to hold at least one VeeFriend Series 1 NFT to access the event.
Based on the success of this model, Vaynerchuck moved forward with NFT-based tickets for VeeCon 2023, which was held from May 18–20 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The event organizers told Cointelegraph that VeeCon 2023 attracted almost 5,000 attendees, many of whom were VeeFriend NFT holders.
“I think ticketing will be a major case for NFTs. I want to be at the forefront of this,” Vaynerchuck told Cointelegraph.
Vaynerchuck elaborated on the potential behind NFT tickets, his thoughts on cryptocurrency, and what to expect from VeeCon 2024 during an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph at VeeCon 2023.
Cointelegraph: Why is VeeCon important for the Web3 community?
Gary Vaynerchuck: VeeCon is an incredibly important conference because it’s a place where people can come together in a human way rather than digitally. I think humans need this connection, and conferences are a great way to expand people’s ideas and relationships.
CT: Why did you choose to implement NFT tickets for VeeCon 2023?
GV: Ticketing will be a huge use case for NFTs. I think that, by nature, tickets are collectibles. For instance, if you were to go on eBay now and look at how many ticket stubs are being bought, you may be surprised. People love memories and holding on to certain things, which is why I think ticketing will be a major [use] case for NFTs. I want to be at the forefront of this.
CT: What can we expect for VeeCon 2024?
GV: We will continue to expand this pop culture business conference grounded in innovation, marketing and motivation. We will continue learning from what we did in previous years, and hopefully keep bringing positive and practical optimism. Also, I don’t think that VeeCon 2024 will be held in Indianapolis again since I like the idea of moving the conference to new…
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