#122 Mamadou Toure – Building a Better World, Education, Values, AI

Mamadou Toure is Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Capital Group, a leading Investment, and Advisory firm focused on designing and implementing integrated innovative investment solutions uplifting projects ecosystems. Mamadou is also Founder of Ubuntu Coin (UCoin), an Asset-Backed Digital Currency aimed at fostering, shared wealth, financial inclusion and fair trade.

Toure is the founder and Chairman of Africa 2.0, an initiative-driven advocacy group that brings together emerging leaders representing African countries and the diaspora, who share a common vision of the continent’s future. As the Managing Director with General Electric (GE) Africa, Toure currently leads a regional Investments and Project Finance team supporting all GE businesses (power, water, mining, oil & gas, transportation, healthcare, aviation) with financing solutions across sub-Saharan Africa. Toure received a distinction as “New Leader for Tomorrow” by the Crans Montana Forum in 2011. He was selected in 2012 as of one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by the New African Magazine. In 2013, Toure was ranked among the “25 Faces of the new Africa” by BRICS Business Magazine.

Topics
– His work experience(General Electric, World bank)
– Africa 2.0 Story
– His educational background(Education system)
– Work
– Values in technology
– Society and Critical thinking
– Decentralization

Links:www.africa2point0.org

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#118 Meir Ezra – How To Become Jewish in 10 Minutes

If you want to know how powerful you are. Count the times you’ve been punched or whacked by life” – Meir Ezra

This a 3rd of my on-going snippet episodes with Meir Ezra. We all know the stereotype of Jews being financially successful and in this episode, Meir took a tongue and cheek approach to why Jews tend to be more successful.

To listen to my very 1st interview with Meir, see How to make a 100 million dollars.

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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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#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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#110 Ben Swann – The wolf of Journalism

Ben Swann is an American television news anchor, political commentator and journalist. Initially a Baptist pastor, he became a sports producer for TV, and later a news journalist and producer, and managing editor on network affiliates, FOX, and RT America of the Russian state-owned TV network RT. Ben Swann is the founder of the Truth in Media.

He has spent 18 years working as a journalist in broadcast news, behind and in front of the camera. Swann began his journalism career in El Paso, Texas as a news photographer, quickly working his way up to prime time anchor. Along the way, Swann became a two time Emmy Award winner and two time recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award. Covering Mexico’s drug war, Ben Swann discovered the national media was not reporting the truth of what was actually happening in Mexico’s drug war or the problems associated with the failed “War on Drugs” in the United States.

Ben Swann is now the industry leader for independent journalists, shattering the “Left vs. Right” paradigm, with a sharp focus on restoring Truth In Media.

We talked alot, some of the topics covered in this podcast were:
– His work experience with companies he worked for
– How he graduated Bachelor Degree at 16
– His career objectives
– Mexico’s drug war
– Fake news
– Truth in media




https://www.Facebook.com/BenSwannRealityCheck
https://www.Facebook.com/BenSwannLibertyisRising
https://Www.YouTube.com/BenSwannRealityCheck

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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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#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/

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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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