#119 Helen Zille – Blockchain, Uber & Regulation

While at Blockchain Africa Conference 2019 in Cape Town. Grey Jabesi sat down with Helen Zille to talk about Blockchain and regulation. Helen is a South African politician, Premier of the Western Cape Province and a member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.

Zille is a former journalist and anti-apartheid activist and was one of the journalists who exposed the cover-up around the death of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko while working for the Rand Daily Mail in the late 1970s. She also worked with the Black Sash and other pro-democracy groups during the 1980s. In the political arena, Zille has served in all three tiers of government, as the Western Cape’s education MEC (1999–2001), as a Member of Parliament(2004–2006), as Mayor of Cape Town (2006–2009), and as Premier of the Western Cape (2009–present).

In this interview, we discussed how governments are reacting to emerging technologies ie Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Uber and more. As it stand, Malta is leading when it comes to regulating Blockchain and building an ecosystem that allows for such companies to thrive. This was not the only podcast conducted at the conference, I had a chance to speak with other experts including Leuw Carlsen, Lorien Gamaroff, Ray Youssef and many others.

I recommend you also check listen to my podcast with JP Fabri, an economist from Malta who has played a big role to make things happen in Malta. Episode 113 with JP Fabri

 

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#116 Lorien Gamaroff – The Bitcoin Split – BTC vs BSV

Lorien Gamaroff is the founder/CEO of Bankymoon, a blockchain and cryptocurrency consultancy and co-founder/CEO of Centbee, a cryptocurrency payments and remittance company.

As South Africa’s foremost blockchain expert, Lorien has been invited around the world to speak on digital/cryptocurrencies and decentralised/distributed ledgers and their benefits for emerging economies. He has addressed and advised the United Nations, IMF, World Bank, FBI and Commonwealth Secretariat, the South African Reserve Bank, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, TEDx and a host of professionals in multiple industries and attorney generals throughout the world. He offers insight and guidance to business executives and advises government on blockchain technologies and their implications.

He pioneered blockchain payments for utility smart metering and was the co-founder of the Blockchain Academy which educates professionals on all aspects of blockchains from regulations to software development.

An entrepreneurial and energised personality combined with extensive development experience. Creative and innovative, leading projects from inception to implementation and beyond.

Grey Jabesi met Laurien at Blockchain Africa Conference 2019:
– Why he thinks Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto
– Why he thinks Bitcoin is SV  as the real Bitcoin.
– His new startup Centbee
– What’s wrong with Bitcoin(BTC)
– Thoughts on what the cryptocurrency community should do to improve




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#113 JP Fabri – How Malta became the Blockchain Island

“The regulation is there as a filter to make sure that the investment opportunity presented by the issuer is real” – JP Fabri

Malta has won hearts of many people in the Blockchain space. It’s not surprising seeing some of the largest players including Binance, OKEx, Decentralized ventures and many others incorporated there. It’s true, Malta is the Blockchain Island.

Considering that blockchain technology is relatively new, there’s interest on both private and private sectors as the potential of distributed ledgers is very disruptive in many ways. In my recent conversations with government officials including Hellen Zille(Premier of the Western Cape), the issue of regulation always pops up and they mostly reference what’s happening in Malta.

Enters….Jean Paul Fabri(JP Fabri for short). An economist and one of the most active experts behind the success in Malta. JP is the Managing Director of ARQ, a specialised advisory unit that forms part of ARQ Group. He is also the Lead Partner for ARQ Group on blockchain and cryptocurrencies helping global companies set-up their operations in Malta. He has consulted 9 governments of small island states on behalf of The Commonwealth Secretariat. He worked as an economist at the Central Bank of Malta, the private cabinet of the Prime Minister of Malta and in private advisory. JP is also a Visiting Assistant Lecturer at The University of Malta.

In this episode, Grey Jabesi interviews JP Fabri and discussed:
-How did Malta became interested in Blockchain
-How Malta approached blockchain
-Why regulate
-How do they make sure regulation is not stifling innovation
-Potential and opportunities of Blockchain technology in Africa
-His views on ICOs and cryptocurrencies


 

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#111 Eli Calderón Morin – Redefining Food Stamps with All_Ebt

I had a privilege of sitting down and interview Eli Calderón Morin, A Y-Combinator Hackathon winner, Founder & CEO of All_ebt. Eli has been at the forefront of mobile disruption as an advisor and team member to some of the fastest growing and groundbreaking mobile startups on the planet: AdMob/ acq Google, SnapTell/ acq Amazon, Alohar / acq AutoNavi/ Alibaba, Mojiva, InMobi, OpenX, Lipa Learning, Appfuel, and Adtile.

Over the last decade, Eli has gained expertise in the areas of Startup Growth, Operations, Developer Evangelism, Market Expansion, Corp Dev, M&A, Strategic Partnerships, Sales Engineering, BizDev, SaaS, and Product Management. All_ebt is a smart wallet for Food Stamps. Over 54 million Americans receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits each year. They have tremendous purchasing power in aggregate, yet remain under-served by consumer technology.Serving underbanked and low-income communities and acting as a consumer on-ramp for mass crypto adoption and financial services.

I met Eli at EOS Global Hackathon Finale in Cape Town, South Africa. We discussed his previous startups, how he is redefining food stamps and he gave advise on startups.


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#108 Giovanni Lesna Maranetto – The Fintech Entrepreneur

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Giovanni Lesna Maranetto is a blockchain strategist, entrepreneur and ICO specialist. He is a co-founding team member and Chief Commercial Officer at Blocktrade.com (formerly Hedge Token) and Lead External Advisor to Adbank , Enkidu , Fresco, Plentix and Exmo. He is an evangelist for blockchain technology and its value adding use-cases especially in the development of social and human capital.

Giovanni has degrees with distinction from Australia and South Africa (BCom Hons Economics) and from Top Tier Global Business School UWA in International Business and Banking. He holds SAFe AGILE work methodology and GARP Banking risk certifications.

Prior experience in implementation of trading platforms by vendors at Global banks and Mutual fund sales at a Top 5 African Asset Manager. Giovanni has the ability to communicate from a technical to business perspective and assists by streamlining process, connecting the dots and finding solutions and opportunities for Startups he advised, invests in and is a founder of.


Links:
https://za.linkedin.com/in/giovanni-lesna-maranetto-2310

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#104 Maja Vujinovic – shEOS co-Founder

Maja Vujinovic 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/

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#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/

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#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

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#100 Arcane Bear – Adventure & Purposeful Living

In this episode. Grey Jabesi interviews Tijo Bear. Founder of the Arcane Bear brand. A Nomadic and adventure capitalist who started off as a digital marketer ended up owning real estate in the jungles of Costa Rica and plant his on psychedelics. Using the power of blockchain and decentralized media and funding systems. Arcane Bear is a one-stop shop for all things in the entrepreneurial toolkit.

His ideas and philosophy on freedom, money and lifestyle seem to be the source of his unique way of life. In this episode, we dive deep into his humble beginnings to where he is now.


Links to Arcane Bear:
Website: https://arcanebear.com/
Youtube:

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#99 Ray Youssef – From homeless to Money, Paxful & Solving real problems

Ray Youssef, co-founder of Paxful, is a serial entrepreneur. He has had 11 failed startups since he started his entrepreneurial journey. At one point, his life savings were gone and he was homeless on the streets of California. He met his fellow co-founder, Estonian native Artur Schaback, in similar circumstances. Both were trying to rebuild their lives and the opportunity that is Bitcoin offered them an idea. Paxful was born, a peer-to-peer Bitcoin marketplace which offers 300+ different ways to buy Bitcoin without the need for banks or intermediaries. Paxful is like the uber of banking, or rather for the unbanked.

Besides business, Ray has a big heart for charity. The hashtag ‘#BuiltbyBitcoin’ is his baby. He uses Bitcoin for social good, some of his charitable work include building schools with clean water and electricity.


Links to some of his projects:
https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/01/23/this-bitcoin-exchange-wants-to-build-100-schools-in-africa.html
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/paxful-to-build-second-rwanda-school-in-builtwithbitcoin-charitable-initiative-835084101.html

https://paxful.com/blog/builtwithbitcoin-school-2-has-begun/

Link to Paxful: https://paxful.com/

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