#130 Llew Claasen – How To Value Cryptocurrencies

In this episode, Grey Jabesi interviews Llew Classen. Llew is the Managing Partner of Newtown Partners, a blockchain investment and advisory services firm, founded by him and Vinny Lingham. Newtown Partners specializes in token economics, token sale design and demand generation for both their portfolio of startups and in an advisory capacity. They operate out of offices in San Francisco, U.S. and Cape Town, South Africa.

Llew is a go-to-market strategist with almost two decades of senior management experience in cryptocurrencies, digital product management and digital marketing.

He co-founded Clicks2customers (rebranded to www.nmpidigital.com) with Vinny Lingham, now a global digital marketing agency with annual billings in excess of $100 million and Synthasite (rebranded to www.yola.com). Llew is also the Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation, the original, the oldest and the largest Bitcoin advocacy organization globally, headquartered in San Francisco, U.S. The Bitcoin Foundation coordinates the efforts of the members of the Bitcoin community, helping to create awareness of the benefits of Bitcoin, how to use it and its related technology requirements, for technologists, regulators, the media and everyone else globally.

Llew has a Masters Degree in the Management of Technology & Innovation and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

Topics Discussed:

-What Llew Classen is holding in his portfolio?
-How to assess and value coins
-His Bitcoin price prediction.
-The investment side. What they are investing in at Newtown partners
-Projects he’s excited about.

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#127 Marius Reitz – Lessons on Money, The Role of Luno in Africa

In this episode of The Grey Ave Podcast, I sat down and interviewed Marius Reitz, Luno’s Country Manager for South Africa to shed some light on Luno at their Offices in Cape Town.

Luno was founded in 2013 and is one of the world’s leading digital currency companies. Luno allows its users (people and businesses) to buy, sell, store and learn about digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. It also facilitates bitcoin storage through their bitcoin wallet services. They also operate exchanges between traditional currencies and bitcoin.

Luno and PayFast facilitated one of the first crypto-currency integrations into a payment processor in the world. In 2016, Luno took part in the FCA Sandbox programme. This allows businesses to test financial products with regulatory supervision.
In September 2017, Luno raised $9 million in order to introduce its bitcoin wallet, exchange and services in Europe. Since November 2017, Luno has also supported Ethereum. At the start of 2018, Luno announced they had reached nearly 2 million customers and processed over $5 billion. They are pro-regulation.In April 2018, Luno registered with the Bank Negara Malaysia as a reporting body for the digital currencies.

Marius joined Luno in its early days and has played a role in the company’s success. In this episode, we explore

  • His background,
  • Luno’s early days
  • Current state of Crypto
  • The future of Cryptocurrencies
  • Luno’s place in the market, considering growing competetion

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#124 Vitalik Buterin – The Creator of Ethereum

In this episode, I caught up with Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum at EthCapeTown HackathonVitalik Buterin is a Russian-Canadian writer and programmer. Vitalik was involved in the Bitcoin community since 2011, co-founding and writing articles for Bitcoin magazine. But he is primarily known as the boy-genius behind Ethereum, the world’s second-most valued and recognized cryptocurrency platform behind Bitcoin.

Buterin learned about Bitcoin, from his father, at age 17. In 2012, he obtained a bronze medal in the International Olympiad in Informatics. In 2013, he visited developers in other countries who shared his enthusiasm for code. Buterin first described Ethereum in a white paper in late 2013. Buterin argued that bitcoin needed a scripting language for application development.

The project was publicly announced in January 2014, with the core team consisting of Vitalik Buterin, Mihai Alisie, Anthony Di Iorio, Charles Hoskinson, Joe Lubin and Gavin Wood. Buterin also presented Ethereum on stage at a Bitcoin conference in Miami, and just a few months later the team decided to hold a crowdsale of Ether, the native token of the network, to fund the development. Around the same time, Vitalik himself received the Thiel Fellowship grant in the amount of $100,000.

We talked alot, some of the topics covered in this podcast were:
-Do you think blockchain will be a plugin to the current system?
-What’s the best Dapp have you come across in 2019?
-What was the initial idea of Ethereum?
-How has Ethereum evolved?
-Did you thought of ICOs before or they surprised you?
-Design in Blockchain, overvalued or undervalued?
-PoW has 51% attacks as a threat, what are threats to PoS?
-Are Government threats to Blockchain?
-How are you solving the privacy issue?

This interview was made possible by Linum Labs and EthGlobal

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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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#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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#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

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 informing 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.

 

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More about Omise-Go here

#64 PETER SADDINGTON –LETS TALK BITCOIN

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 the 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.

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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

“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

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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

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

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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