#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 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

#56 CARL VISAGIE – FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO STARTING COMPANIES

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

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Links:
Download Knektme

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

#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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