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.
Some of the topics we covered:
How she got started
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/
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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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
Lady Bonin’s website: http://ladyboninstea.com/
Her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ladyboninstea/
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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.
Gazza music: https:
Fela Kuti – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfrNGST9V_E
Michael Jackson documentaries: https://www.google.com/search?q=michael+jackson+documentary
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As I was going through a tough week of no drive and motivation. I returned to my archive to find interviews, talks and videos that inspire and motivates me. I remembered that I had been cutting snippets from my favorite interviews. I then decided to share it with you. I hope they help you to keep chasing your dreams and act as a constant reminder of what you need to be doing to achieve them.
Let me know your thoughts and favorites.
The list of people quoted in this podcast:
– Chris Sacca
– Steve Jobs
– Larry Ellison
– Mark Cuban
– Aliko Dangote
– Steve Distante
– Peter Thiel
– Gary V
Much love from Grey.
Remember to subscribe.
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Bradley Stilwell is a South African digital artist. Currently based in Australia, working for Animal Logic. He has worked on such films as Lego Batman, Mad Max Fury road, Legend of the Guardians just to name a few.
– How Grey learnt about Brad.
– How he got started.
– His experience working on Lego Batman.
– How to create opportunities and work overseas.
– The current state of animation in South Africa.
– How to learn.
– The challenges or work+travel
The book he mentioned: http://www.audible.com.au/pd/Business/Pitch-Anything-Audiobook/B00FLVHVBE
Lego batman trailer:
Mad max Fury Road trailer:
Enjoy and share.
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While the movie Kong Skull Island is still in Cinemas, I managed to get hold of one of the major contributors to the film, all the way from Industrial Light & Magic(ILM)
Jeff White is the visual effects supervisor of Kong, he has also worked on other big films such as Avengers, Warcraft, Transformers and Starwars just to name a few.
In this episode, we covered:
– The experience of making Kong
– Working at ILM
– His story
– Other films he has worked on
– Team building
– What he looks for in an artist
– Life/work balance
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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.