The second day of The Wall Street Journal’s virtual The Future of Everything Festival continued with top executives, artists and regulators discussing the next chapter of work, technology, finance and corporate culture.
Access to the festival is complimentary for Journal subscribers. Here is a rundown of the day’s interviews:
kicked off the day by weighing in on the sizzling market for special-purpose acquisition companies, the outlook for cryptocurrencies and his firm’s investment in Domino’s Pizza Inc.
Mr. Ackman was followed by
a Republican member of the Securities and Exchange Commission, who discussed the latest outlook for cryptocurrency regulation.
The festival then shifted to conversations on the future of tech platforms and digital payments.
Roblox Corp.Chief Executive David Baszucki spoke about building a model of his company’s headquarters to house virtual versions of the firm’s town-hall meetings and the future of immersive entertainment.
Mastercard Inc. CEO Michael Miebach then weighed in on the company’s push beyond its legacy credit-card business to its embrace of cryptocurrencies.
The festival continued with a series of conversations on the future of work. WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani spoke about going back to the office, cutting costs during the pandemic and the company’s plans to merge with a SPAC after its failed initial public offering in 2019.
Next, an interactive town hall on corporate culture included top diversity and inclusion executives from
Zoom Video Communications Inc.
and Major League Baseball, as well as
the CEO of Ben & Jerry’s, who addressed recent calls for business leaders to be outspoken on social issues.
The agenda then shifted to the food industry with a discussion featuring chef José Andrés and Feeding America CEO
on hunger prevention in America. Starbucks Corp. CEO
then talked about the company’s plans to expand in China and its focus on plant-based items.
addressed the air travel rebound, the outlook for summer travel and recent missteps over speaking out on a Republican-led voting law in Georgia.
also spoke on the future of built environments both at home and across urban areas.
The program continued with conversations on social media, sports, music and film.
discussed nonfungible tokens and her return to reality television. Soccer star
spoke about women’s equity on the soccer field.
talked about how technology powers his hit music. Closing the day is a discussion on the future of film and activism with Oscar-nominated screenwriters Kenny and
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