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CHARLIE FINK
Tech Columnist, Author, Podcaster Forbes

Charlie Fink is a Forbes tech columnist and the author of The New Metaverse Book (2022), which will be released later this summer. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed AR-enabled books Charlie Fink's Metaverse (2017), and Convergence, How The World Will Be Painted With Data (2019). 

In 1987, as a 28-year-old executive in charge of story development at Disney Feature Animation, Fink famously came up with the idea for The Lion King. From 1992-1995, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Disney-owned VR pioneer, Virtual World Entertainment. In addition to his work at Disney, Fink was Senior Vice President & Chief Creative Officer of AOL Studios (1996-1999), and President of American Greetings Interactive and Blue Mountain (2000-2005).

Fink teaches XR at Chapman University in Orange, CA, and at the new ASU Immersive Media graduate program in downtown LA.