#114 Steve Distante – Tesla’s No.1 Fan, Impact Investing

Steve Distante is an entrepreneur and CEO (as he likes to say, “Chief Entrepreneurial Officer”) of Vanderbilt Financial Group. He started his first business when he was only 5 years old. He is also the Founder and Chief Disruption Officer at Impact U, a platform that educates students, investors, & financial advisors, alike about Impact Investing.

He is known as “Tesla’s biggest and /or #1 Fan. He’s love for Tesla first started when he saw Revenge of the Electric Car. Tesla is a great thing for the world.

I did a couple of interviews with Steve, but in this episode we talked about these key points;
-How can he advice an average person or someone who wants to buy a car?
-The current Project Impact U. What is the main aim of Impact U firm ?a documentary that would be the ideal tool for attracting people interested in using their businesses and investments to make the world a better place.
-What does impact Investing mean?
-What is the role of impact investing and entrepreneurism in achieving the SDGs?
-At what point did Steve become an impact investor?
-Steve’s thoughts about Cryptocurrency etc
I recommend that you check it out other podcast i did with Steve and listen to his advice and learn his lesson in these episode.
Episode 27 – Driving Tesla – Living Electric
Episode 28 – Lesson on Entrepreneurship


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#112 Meir Ezra – The Power of Cause and Effect

This is the first part of our ongoing digestible series with Meir Ezra. These are snippets from a long interview I had with him. The first interview with Meir can be found here: How to make a 100 million dollars.

Meir Ezra is an international entrepreneur with multi-million dollar businesses and clients in the US, Canada, Israel, Italy, Colombia, Russia, India, China, Romania, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Germany, the Czech Republic, Turkey and many others.
Entrepreneur with years of experience across a wide range of fields and an inventor with many patents registered to his name. Established the most successful distributor of gasoline management systems, a company that within three years grew to $100,000,000.


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#109 Samer Saab – Fintech, scaling, startup journey

In this episode of The Grey Podcast interviewed Samer Saab. Samer is the co-founder and CCO at Get Wala and Director at Dala Foundation. He holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.

In this episode we talk about startups, including Wala which he co-founded with Tricia Martinez. Wala is a financial platform, powered by the Dala Utility Token. It addresses the issues that prevent the world’s under-served from accessing basic financial services by utilizing the most innovative tools available in the market today. Most of which is Dala, a blockchain-based cryptocurrency designed and launched by the Wala team. The service uses blockchain technology along with the Dala cryptocurrency to allow users to send money, earn rewards and apply for credit services through the platform.

Wala is now live in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Uganda where actual users are earning rewards for using the network, making zero-fee, instant, and borderless peer-to-peer transfers, redeeming Dala for value-added services like airtime and data, and purchasing Dala using local fiat currencies. Thousands of underbanked users have already begun engaging with Dala and thousands more are joining the network everyday.



Links:https://getwala.com/

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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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#107 Meir Ezra – How to make a 100 Million Dollars

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In this episode, Grey Jabesi interviewed Meir Ezra. Meir Ezra is an international entrepreneur with multi-million dollar businesses and clients in the US, Canada, Israel, Italy, Colombia, Russia, India, China, Romania, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Germany, the Czech Republic, Turkey and many others. As part of this drive to make a difference in people’s lives, Meir has been involved in working with high level government officials on projects related to education and business development.

One of his most notable accomplishments includes establishing the most successful distributor of gasoline management systems, a company that within three years grew to $100,000,000. He has consulted companies such as BP (British Petroleum), Motorola, IBM and loves working with entrepreneurs and small business owners. Meir’s most recent company, Guaranteed Prosperity, is a training, coaching and implementation company that helps it’s clients succeed beyond their wildest dreams.

Meir’s passion is helping others. Active in many personal activities such as karate, motorcycling and kite surfing, Meir is very much a family man, deeply in love with his wife of over 30 years and three beautiful children.



The notable things we discussed in this episode includes:
Childhood
-How did the disability affected you
-What kind of kid were you. (Did you possess any special skills)
-What was your passion
-Did the disability motivated you more

Electronics
-What were you building
-The difference between knowing and understanding
-How did you hear of the South African opportunity
-Moving to South Africa

Business
-What made it very successful
-Hiring
-Solutions to challenges

Money
-What is not true that’s common knowledge
-How do you not lose it
-Traits that someone would make money

Misc
-How much of your life was planned/designed
-Go to routine during tough times(specific situation)
-How do you get out of comfort zone
-Work life balance?
-How to not be weak

Now
-You have a great understanding of people
-Why do you still do it?
-How to stop complaining

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#106 Maps Maponyane – Inside the Mind of South Africa’s 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

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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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#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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#98 Steve Nathan – Demystifying Investing & Retirement

In this episode. Grey Jabesi interviews Steve Nathan. Founder and CEO of 10X investments.
Ex JSE’s top rated investment analyst who envisioned a more transparent way to run retirements funds and made it happen 10X is currently managing retirement funds worth R8bn on behalf of 150 companies.

Steve is known for criticizing the status quo of retirement funds and their practises. I watched several interviews and read articles of him talking about this subject. I decided to reach out after meeting him at a Daily Maverick event.

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#94 Stephen Young – Bulding a crypto market place

In this episode, Grey Jabesi interviews Stephen Young, Chief Product Officer at Coindirect. A global cryptocurrency marketplace which makes it easier for people to buy and sell Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in emerging markets.

In this interview, we discuss :
– His background
– Regulation for exchanges
– Security tokens
– His approach on Cryptocurrency investing
– Cryptocurrency trends in developed vs developing countries
– Blockchain and Scaling
– His favorite cryptocurrencies

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