#54 Marcel Oudejans – INSIDE THE WORLD OF MAGIC

I have always been fascinated by Magic. It really drive me nuts. Whenever I see Marcel Oidejans, David Blaine or any other magician doing their thing, I feel very small. That’s why I had to meet Marcel for a chat.

Marcel Oudejans has over 20 years of experience working in the meetings, events, and conference industry, as a specialist corporate entertainer and speaker. He is one of only a handful of presenters in the world who is able to provide a bespoke, custom-designed presentation for conferences, gala dinners and corporate events.

Marcel is also the founder of the Cape Town Comedy Club.

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Links:
Where you can learn magic – Coolfidence
Marcel performing magic

David Blaine’s frog trick with Drake and Dave Chappelle video we mentioned:

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#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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#50 A CHAT WITH YOCO CEO, KATLEGO MAPHAI.

Katlego is the co-founder & CEO of Yoco, a hot financial technology company in the electronic payments space based in South Africa . Yoco offers an easy way for small businesses to securely accept card payments which has been a challenge for SMEs in South Africa.

 

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I met Katlego through his work with the Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands project #cocreateSA and as a judge on the #cocreateSA collaboration with Inspiring Fifty. Visit #coCreateSA here

More about Yoco: www.yoco.co.za/journey

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#49 PAUL DININ- A FIRESIDE CHAT ON CRYPTOCURRENCY

In this episode. Grey brings back Paul Dinin the Bitcoin geek to talk about Cryptocurrency. We covered Blockchain, Bitcoin, Ethereum, shared ledger, peer to peer sharing, encryption and more.

My goal was to cover the very basics and simplify it as much as possible for anyone to understand and I hope I did a good job on that.

We also talked about some unrelated subjects like Tinder, Paul’s childhood, some of which cringe worthy. I hope I don’t embarrass myself.

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LINKS:
To learn more about Cryptocurrency follow the links below:
http://www.coindesk.com/
http://www.cryptocurrency.net/
https://cointelegraph.com/

You can find Paul’s music playlist here https://www.spotify.com//

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#48 – EXPLORING TEA WITH LADY BONIN

Jessica Bonin is the Founder and CEO of Lady Bonin’s tea. A company that blends and distributes organic loose leaf teas sourced direct from farms that use farming practices and are community driven. Jess was announced The Top Entrepreneur of 2015 in the Agri-Processing category awarded by the Western Cape Government
and Department of Agriculture,Forestry & Fisheries in South Africa.

Jess turned her passion for tea into a real business. Her story consists of passion, challenges, patience, consistency, a good blend of craziness and success.

In this podcast, we covered:
– Things you don’t know about tea
– How she got started
– Challenges she had to overcome
– Howe she grew the business and found investors
– Lessons she has learned so far
– How she designed a work schedule that works for her as a woman
– Sexism in business

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Lady Bonin’s website: http://ladyboninstea.com/
Her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ladyboninstea/

EP#46 JONAS KOFFLER – A HUSTLE GUIDE FOR ARTISTS

In this episode, Grey chats with Jonas Koffler, best selling author of Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum.

Jonas is… a stroke survivor turned yoga practitioner and meditator… a startup cofounder… a writer and film/media producer… and an entrepreneur involved in numerous ventures.

In this podcast, we covered:
– how to your own model for life
– The 10 minute rule
– How you can hustle as an artist
– Health
– Success habits
– How to not get exploited

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Link to hustle(book): https://www.amazon.com/Hustle-Power-Charge-Meaning-Momentum/dp/1623367166/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461808765&sr=8-1&keywords=hustle+jonas+koffler

EP#44 GAZZA – BEHIND THE MUSIC

I recently went to Namibia and attended the Namibian Annual Music Awards 2017 where I met Gazza and his team. I watched him win awards that night and the next morning, we recorded this podcast.

Gazza, is one of the most commercially successful and best selling recording artists in Namibia.

Since the entrance into the Namibian music scene, Gazza has worked his way up to become the most commercially successful artist in Namibia. He has also become a firm favorite in Namibian households with the young and old alike and has embarked on tours that have expose him to the rest of Africa and the world. He has been well accepted and is a firm favorite with Channel O, a DStv channel, where his work and life is regularly showcased.

His music can be defined as a mix of several influences namely Kwaito, Dancehall, Reggae, Hip Hop and his lyrics are about the township life. His sharp lyrics reflect the intricacies of Namibian life and strike a familiar chord with Namibians from all walks of life, young and old.
To date, he has released over 10 albums, all of which have contributed to making Gazza the best selling recording artist of all time in Namibia.

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Links:

Gazza music: https:

Documentaries:
Fela Kuti – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfrNGST9V_E
Michael Jackson documentaries: https://www.google.com/search?q=michael+jackson+documentary

#EP43 STEPHEN LARKIN – 50 SHADES OF CROWDFUNDING

Stephen Larkin is a penchant of mathematical algorithms and innovative funding methods with a dream to provide electricity to the people in Africa.

He co-founded Africa New Energies in 2012 with a simple vision – to write an algorithm to find natural gas to generate electricity cheaply enough to give 600 million Africans affordable power for the first time.

He is the co-founder and CEO of Africa New Energies and has experience running multiple companies, venture capital, raising funds and using crowdfunding and tax breaks in innovative ways.

Steve and his team has raise 6 million Pounds in a period of 3 years through crowdfunding only.

Thanks to StartUp Grind Cape Town.

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Links:

Africa New Energies(ANE) website: http://www.ane.na

ANE on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/africanewenergies/

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EP#39 ROBYN FARAH – Kick Ass Technology – Obviously!

Robyn Farah, CEO of KATO is an Entrepreneur, speaker & people connector in tech & innovation.

Her company focuses on product development to solve real world problems in order to create a better world. She also founded and run some of the most influencial tech events and communities in South Africa which create exposure to and connect people who are pushing the boundaries of tech, as well as bridging the class and gender gap. These include #TechTalkCPT, Arduino Cape Town, Modern Alchemists and Women in Tech Cape Town. She’s a partner in Curiosity Campus, which taught people all sorts of tech skills from Python, building a robot to creating VR environments.

In 2016 she was listed as one of Mail&Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans and granted a Shuttleworth Flash Grant. In 2015 she was invited to be a guest lecturer at MIT and to attend the World Maker Faire in New York. She completed her Masters in Interactive Sound Installations at the Sonic Arts Research Center at Queen’s University.

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SHOWNOTES:

Links:
Robyn’s website:
Robyn Farah

KATO website:
https://www.kato.global/

Curiosity campus website:
http://curiositycampus.co.za/

EP#27 Steve Distante – Driving Teslas. Living Electric

Steve DIstante is an Entrepreneur and car aficionado from Long Island, New York. He started his first business when he was only 5 years old. He is the CEO of Vanderbilt Securities LLC, member of Long Island Exotics Club and an incoming president of Entrepreneurs Organization(EO)

I was fascinated by his love and enthusiasm for electric vehicles(EV). He owns the model S, P90D with Ludacris mode, The Roadster 2010 and other non-teslas. The first part, We talked about his experience with the cars among other things. One of his car’s number plate is “USA FAN, THE EMPIRE STATE, ZERO EMISSIONS”

This Podcast is relevant on so many levels, its appeals to car geeks, electric car geeks and electric car doubters. I asked Steve the questions that the above groups might ask and his answers are definitely valid because he plays with these toys. It was a fascinating talk really.

I did a part 2 with Steve where we talked about Entrepreneurship, his advice and philosophies are quite unconventional and profound. I recommend that you check it out and subscribe.

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