Sam Distaso (US)
As Sansar's Vice President of Business Development, Sam is responsible for changing lives and futures through cutting-edge virtual world technology. He was instrumental in developing Sansar's industry-leading music partnerships with the first ever fully digitized music festival with the team behind the Shangri-La Glastonbury, and launched industry first EDM partnerships for immersive events with Monstercat, The Glitch Mob, Blasterjaxx and Spinnin Records. He has helped countless brands harness VR to reach new audiences and revenue streams - establishing Sansar in the process as a first-of-its-kind destination for large-scale virtual live events and immersive entertainment. Prior to Sansar, Sam worked for another social virtual reality company, AltspaceVR, until the company was acquired by Microsoft. He was in charge of live events at AltspaceVR, working with the likes of Reggie Watts, NBC Universal and ESPN for first-ever virtual live event collaborations.