#106 Maps Maponyane – Inside the Mind of South African Top Model

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In this episode, Grey Jabesi interviewed Maps Maponyane. Maps is one of South Africa’s favourite personalities. He is considered as one of SA’s most stylish and sexiest men and is a greatly admired media personality. Multi-talented as a tv presenter, model, actor, style icon, designer, businessman and philanthropist, he makes waves both locally and internationally. Maps is loved and followed by his fans on social media platforms because of his down to earth, professional yet warm personality. He is known for his talent, fashion sense, charm, innovation, versatility and good looks.

Maponyane was named GQ’s “Best Dressed Man” in 2011 and Cosmopolitan Magazine’s “Sexiest South African Man” in 2013.




Notable Awards obtained:
Current ambassador for Samsung
Current ambassador for Investec
GQ’s Best Dressed Men List (2011) and the youngest nominee.
GQ’s Cool 35 Guys Under 35 (2013)
Vuzu 10over10 #1 Most Stylish Man (2013
Cosmo SA Sexiest Man (2013)
SA Style Award – Most Stylish Model/Media Personality (2013)
GQ Magazine Cover (March 2015)
Philanthropy:
Community and Organisational work with NGO Doctors Without
Borders/MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres)
Volunteer at Ethembeni Children’s Home
Bursary network

Follow maps on instagram:https://www.instagram.com/mmaponyane/?hl=en
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mapsmaponyane?lang=en

#105 Ashley Wallace – Exploring Japan

In this episode, Grey jabesi interviewed Ashley Wallace from Chicago,USA. He is HR Professional currently living in Japan.In 2007 studied Japanese language and business management.He shares his experience living in Japan as black man for the past seven years.
“Black man in Japan trying to make my mark everyday JBBF Kanto Open 2013 1st Place, JBBF Kanagawa Open 2014 65kg 3rd place”




Links:
Ashley on Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/blacksunflowersamurai1914/

#104 Maja Vujinovic – shEOS co-Founder

Maja is an entrepreneur, investor and a CEO of OGroup. She started her career as Director of Strategy and Corporate development at Tanex Corporation. From 2010 to 2013, she served as a Senior investment officer at Zakhem International. In 2013, she joined Riverside Advisors on a position of Consultant. From 2015 to 2018, she worked as a Chief innovation officer at GE Digital, co- Founded shEOS and OGroup where she currently serves as CEO, focusing on blockchain for enterprise.

Maja moved to the US at the age of 14 due to war. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Finance, Masters in Diplomacy/International studies and Law Degree. She has helped built government and enterprise infrastructure across industries such as mobile tech, global payments, energy and healthcare.

As a Chief Innovation Officer of Emerging Tech at General Electric Digital, she spearheaded the full framework for blockchain. She ran pilots across treasury, aviation, energy, provenance and additive manufacturing.


In this episode we discussed:
– Her war experience
– Career beginnings
– Challenges facing women in STEM
– How to approach investing in Blockchain/Crypto
– shEOS
– Possible future of Blockchain

Links:
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/maja-vujinovic#section-overview
https://www.conscious.enterprises/convos/2018/11/12/maja-vujinovic-founder-amp-ceo-of-ogroup
https://www.linkedin.com/in/majavujinovic/

#102 Mance Harmon – Is Hedera Hashgraph better that blockchain?

In this episode, Grey Jabesi interviews Mance Harmon.Mance is an experienced technology executive and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in multi-national corporations, government agencies, and high-tech startups, and is Co-Founder and CEO of Hedera Hashgraph. His prior experience includes serving as the Head of Architecture and Labs at Ping Identity, Founder / CEO of two tech startups, the senior executive for product security , Program Manager for a very-large scale software program for the Missile Defense Agency, the Course Director for Cybersecurity at US Air Force Academy, and research scientist in Machine Learning at Wright Laboratory. Mance received a MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, and a BS in Computer Science from Mississippi State University.

Mance and his partner, Leemon Baird (who invented hashgraph), have been in the technology/security/privacy space for decades. Their latest venture, Hedera Hashgraph, is a platform that provides a new form of distributed consensus. It’s kind of like blockchain on steroids, except that it’s not a chain; it’s a graph. Also, it’s not open source; it’s patented. Their aim was to take all that is good about blockchain and create an enterprise-level platform that is faster, stable, and more secure.

In today’s episode you’ll learn:
· About Mance and Leemon’s technical and entrepreneurial background
· Why Leemon invented hashgraph
· How hashgraph differs from blockchain
· Why Mance and Leemon patented Hedera Hashgraph
· The types of applications for which hashgraph can be used
· About Hedera Hashgraph’s immediate and anticipated plans (including a cryptocurrency)



links;
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/mance-harmon
https://www.linkedin.com/in/manceharmon/

#101 Charles Hoskinson & John O’Connor (Cardano)

In this interview. Grey Jabesi interviews Charles Hoskinson, well known as Co-founder of Cardano and Ethereum. Also featuring, was John O’Connor who is the Director of African Operations for Input Output(The parent company behind Cardano). This interview was recorded in johannesburg South Africa, where Charles was attending Africa Blockchain Conference which was hosted by Tumelo Ramaphosa.

Charles Hoskinson is a Colorado-based technology entrepreneur and mathematician. He attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado Boulder to study analytic number theory before moving into cryptography through industry exposure.

His professional experience includes founding three cryptocurrency-related start-ups – Invictus Innovations, Ethereum and IOHK – and he has held a variety of posts in both the public and private sectors. He was the founding chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s education committee and established the Cryptocurrency Research Group in 2013.

John O’connor joined IOHK after working for the Cardano Foundation as the Head of Strategy and Communications. He worked from pre-launch on a variety of business areas, including community building, communications, exchange integration, and business strategy.

John began his career working at an investment firm focused on African development. With mixed Ethio-Irish heritage, he is particularly interested in how blockchain can enhance transparency and enable business in sub-Saharan African economies. John graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He lives between Addis Ababa and London.



Links:
Cardano Protocol: https://www.cardano.org/en/home/
Input Output: https://iohk.io/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/iohk_charles
linkedin: https://za.linkedin.com/company/cardano-foundation
Video version: https://youtu.be/zd3GCiSYUqg

#95 Damon Bryant PhD – The Power of Behavioral Economics

Dr Damon Bryant is a business psychologist with over 15 years of experience in data analytics and psychological assessment tools. Currently the CEO of Light Pay Coin, a next generation cryptocurrency focused on digital payments in business and government.

 

His expertise is in psychological and behavioral assessments with an emphasis on AI-based systems and behavioral economics. He has derived mathematical information functions to quantify the usefulness of any observable behavior by humans or machines. He has also conceived and developed the internet-based, Smart Test Technology ® platform, an artificially intelligent assessment system.

 

His research is published in several professional journals including Applied Psychological Measurement, the Journal of Managerial Psychology, International Journal of Testing, and Psychometrika. Past honors include IBM’s Young Innovator Award for developing human resources software for use in international markets, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology‘s Robert J. Wherry Award for research in the area of test bias, and a letter of commendation from the Louisiana State Senate for developing and administering an Internet-based, police officer assessment center after Hurricane Katrina.

 

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Books mentioned:

Fundamentals of Item Response Theory by By Ronald K. Hambleton

Item response theory for psychologists by Susan E. Embretson

Flow: An Information-Based Theory of Challenge-Skill Balance by Damon Bryant (Author), Larry Davis (Author)

 

#92 Joy Buolamwini – Finding flaws in technology, fighting Algorithmic bias

Joy Buolamwini is a poet of code who uses art and research to illuminate the social implications of artificial intelligence. She founded the Algorithmic Justice League to fight the coded gaze – harmful bias in artificial intelligence. At the MIT Media Lab, she pioneered techniques that are now leading to increased transparency in the use of facial analysis technology globally. She established the inaugural IEEE working group to create the first international standards for facial analysis technology. Her TED Talk on algorithmic bias has been viewed over 1 million times. More than 230 articles in over 37 countries have been written about her Gender Shades thesis work which uncovered large accuracy disparities in commercial AI services. Based on her work she was invited to write an op-ed for the New York Times on the dangers of facial analysis technology.

Joy produces media that makes daughters of diasporas dream and sons of privilege pause. Her short film, The Coded Gaze: Unmasking Algorithmic Bias, debuted at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and her pilot of the Journey To Code training series debuted at the Vatican. Joy won the 2017 Grand Prize of a national contest inspired by the critically acclaimed film Hidden Figures in recognition for her impact journey video essay. With support from the Ford Foundation she created “AI, Ain’t I A Woman?” the first spoken word visual poem focused on failures of artificial intelligence on iconic women including Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, and Michelle Obama.

Buolamwini is a Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Fellow, and Google Anita Borg Scholar recognized as a Tech Review 35 under 35 honoree. She holds master’s degrees from Oxford University and MIT and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her final degree will be a PhD from MIT.

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#63 PETER SADDINGTON – STARTUP FAILURES, SCRUM, EDUCATION, PARENTING

“Begin with the end in mind”- Peter Saddington.

Peter Saddington is a Scientist, Entrepreneur(with 2 private exits) ,Cryptocurrency Enthusiast and Investor. Published author of 2 books, various industry publications, and blogger on software development, board member, advisor, and Angel Investor in startups at various stages.

In this episode we covered:
– Education & Learning (College or not)
– Startups, Scrum and agile (Read his book)
– He started 14 startups and 10 of them failed
– Parenting
– Disciplined and lifestyle
– Work life balance

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Peter’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Agile-Pocket-Guide-Making-Business/dp/1118438256

This is a two part episode, please make sure you check out the next one on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies.

#55 BARATANG MIYA – TEACHING GIRLS TO CODE

Baratang Miya is the CEO of GirlHYPE Coders that empowers girls to pursue careers in STEM and had been chosen by the US State Dept’s in 2015 TechWomen program as an Emerging Leader. She was placed at Adobe for mentorship during her TechWomen 2015 award.

She also serve on the Silicon Cape Exco as head of Transformation. She was the 1st runner up for MTN Women In ICT Community Builder Award 2016.

She partnered with organisations like UN Women, Mozilla, TechWomen, SiliconCape and Technovation to develop women’s digital literacy and participating on the web.

She is also a judge for the Inspiring50 brought to SA by #cocreateSA.

In this podcast, we discussed:
– Girlhype
– How she got started
– Myths & stereotypes
– Her travels.

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Links:
Website – http://girlhype.co.za/
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/baratang-miya-1270a99/
Her Inspiring 50 profile – http://www.inspiringfifty.com/zajudges/

#51 – Riana Lynn – FOOD TECH & DIVERSITY

Riana Lynn is a leader in food technology and innovation and a STEM mentor. Her work has been featured in Forbes, USA Today, Essence, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc and more.

Riana is the founder and CEO of Food Trace, a technology company that deals with food supply chain. She also worked with Google, The White House as well as consulting for a number of companies in the United States.

 

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Some of the topics we covered:

  • Her story
  • How she got started
  • Work experience
  • How she founded food trace
  • How she taught herself how to code
  • Diversity in STEM

You can follow her on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rianalynn/

 

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