#91 Alon Stern – Founder of Slide. Startup stages and Lessons.

Alon Stern is the Founder of Slide. A mobile payments app which facilitates easy, fast and free peer-to-peer (P2P) money transfers across all local banks and mobile networks, much like Venmo in the USA. 


A Mathematically minded software developer, data analyst and oceanographer with a Phd from NYU and a postdoc from Princeton University.

Link to Slide website: https://getslideapp.com/

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#78 NHIAL MAJOK – SOLVING AFRICA’S PROBLEMS WITH BLOCKCHAIN

 

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Nhial Majok started with humble beginnings in Sudan. The Sudanese war was at it’s peak by the time he was 10 which forced him to move around various East African countries to attain a good education. He later moved to Australia.

Nhial has worked in IT for over 8 years both with the Australian government and in the private sector, providing system support for large clients for IBM Australia. He has experience in small and large organizations to the table in forming the company as well as his passion for financial innovation given his understanding of Australian economic theory.

He is now working on PESABASE, a low remittance, payments and banking for Africa. The platform is being built on OmisegoGo Blockchain platform.

More about Omise-Go here

#64 PETER SADDINGTON –LETS TALK BITCOIN

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Peter Saddington Invested in Bitcoin back in 2011 when it was only $2. Today, 1 Bitcoin is worth $4300+-.

As an entrepreneur, he built 12 companies. 10 of them failed and 2 succeeded. In the last episode, we discussed his journey as an entrepreneur that led to who he is today. Link to previous episode below.

Peter is involved in all facets of the cryptocurrency economy from mining, investing and community. He founded Bitesize Bitcoin on YouTube and theBitcoin.pub community.

Buy your first Bitcoins with these links:
LUNO: https://www.luno.com/invite/UAC8E (Africa/Europe)
COINBASE: https://www.coinbase.com/join/580beab974462c332874e6f0 (USA/Europe)

As an author, he has published two books which you can find on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Agile-Pocket-Guide-Making-Business/dp/1118438256

Link to previous episode: https://www.greyjabesi.com/entrepreneurship/ep63/

Link to Peter’s YouTube channel:

My YouTube Channel: Hardcore Crypto

The Bitcoin Pub: https://thebitcoin.pub/

#63 PETER SADDINGTON – STARTUP FAILURES, SCRUM, EDUCATION, PARENTING

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“Begin with the end in mind”- Peter Saddington.

Peter Saddington is a Scientist, Entrepreneur(with 2 private exits) ,Cryptocurrency Enthusiast and Investor. Published author of 2 books, various industry publications, and blogger on software development, board member, advisor, and Angel Investor in startups at various stages.

In this episode we covered:
– Education & Learning (College or not)
– Startups, Scrum and agile (Read his book)
– He started 14 startups and 10 of them failed
– Parenting
– Disciplined and lifestyle
– Work life balance

Peter’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Agile-Pocket-Guide-Making-Business/dp/1118438256

This is a two part episode, please make sure you check out the next one on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies.

#59 MARCELLO SCHERMER – A BRIEF LOOK ON AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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On my quick trip to Johannesburg, I was fortunate enough to meet Marcello Schermer. Was recommended by many as a go to guy when it comes to Startups in Africa. He is massively involved and in touch with what’s going on across the continent.

Marcello’s passion lies in building scalable products and platforms to help entrepreneurs in Africa succeed.

In his previous role as regional manager for Africa at Seedstars World, he worked on analyzing over 20 entrepreneurship ecosystems on the continent while finding and supporting the best local startups and connect them to the right investors, partners and countries to fuel their growth.

In this episode, we discuss:
– The current state of entrepreneurship in Africa
– Progress
– Challenges so far
– Startups that stands out
– What African governments are doing
– Cryptocurrencies

Some startups mentioned:
Flyzipline(Drones): http://www.flyzipline.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9XIq_MrE58″>BlackBox Tv

Marcello’s TedxTalk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgqZONIbt8k

#56 CARL VISAGIE – FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO STARTING COMPANIES

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Carl Visagie is the Founder & CEO of KnektMe. A proximity based networking tool that uses Bluetooth technologies in order to power it’s discovery of other users within a certain area.

Carl has an unusual and fascinating background. Dating back to his nomadic childhood, high school, trading stocks, Minecraft to StartUps. After this conversation with Carl, I learned that it’s all not by accident. He puts the work in and he’s constantly learning while experimenting.

In this episode we covered:
Knektme(His App)
– His story
– Major turning points/motivation/books
– Education (Should I go to college or not)
– Self awareness
– Choosing careers
– His long term goals

Links:
Download Knektme

What Carl is reading at the moment?
Tools of Titans: Amazon | Takealot

#51 – Riana Lynn – FOOD TECH & DIVERSITY

 

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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:

  • 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/

 

Other podcasts like this: EP39 Robyn Farrah

#50 A CHAT WITH YOCO CEO, KATLEGO MAPHAI.

 

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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.

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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EP#28 STEVE DISTANTE – LESSONS ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP
#48 – EXPLORING TEA WITH LADY BONIN

EP#46 JONAS KOFFLER – A HUSTLE GUIDE FOR ARTISTS

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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

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#45 MITCH BOWLER – ADDING MEANING TO YOUR WORK

 

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Mitch Bowler is the founder of Pencil Kings. A platform which gives training and support to artists in-order to take their art to the next level.

Mitch has also been an artist working in video games, films such as X-Men 2 and of course an entrepreneur. Before Pencil Kings, he traveled to China and started his own company.

Mitch’s story consists of passion, risk taking, failure, perseverance, success and consistency. He’s a very insightful guy, I learned alot from this conversation. I hope you find it helpful too.

I was once a guest on Mitch’s Podcast, I told my story which I never shared before on this Podcast. You can find it if you click here

Link to Pencil Kings