In 2017, our co-founders Daryl Lim and Max Giammario met at an entrepreneurship summit organised by Stanford, and quickly became best friends as well as business partners in several ventures. 4 years later, both co-founders coincidentally enrolled in the Masters of Science in Innovation & Technopreneurship Course at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, thus becoming schoolmates!
For one of their Masters‘ modules, they explored ideas within the blockchain space and researched on the influence and success of Tamagotchi, which they both loved during their childhoods. Specifically, they looked into why people of all ages and genders would become emotionally attached to these digital pets and care deeply for them, as much as they would real-life pets. They even went so far to test their concept in a hackathon powered by Filecoin, IPFS, FLOW and Decentology, and won not only the track award for best use of browser extension, but also the grand award!
With a newfound team that's 20-people strong and still rapidly growing today, the concept has developed into what you know now as MetaPals! With a grand total of USD512,000 secured thus far, we are now working hard to bring our vision of virtual companionship to life in both the web2 and web3 spaces.
All of us in the team are driven by our great love for animals and our pets. That's why we want to replicate the experience of pet ownership in the metaverse to foster the same, genuine sense of companionship in the virtual world, so our online experiences can be even more enriching and enjoyable.
Besides accompanying you during those late-nighters and motivating you in times of doubt, MetaPals will also become your trusty companions in all things related to the metaverse at a later development stage.