#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/

#108 Giovanni Lesna Maranetto – The Fintech Entrepreneur

Support the Grey ave Podcast on https://www.patreon.com/greyjabesi

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

#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/

#102 Mance Harmon – Is Hedera Hashgraph better that blockchain?

In this episode, Grey Jabesi interviews Mance Harmon .Mance is an experienced technology executive and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in multi-national corporations, government agencies, and high-tech startups, and is Co-Founder and CEO of Hedera Hashgraph. His prior experience includes serving as the Head of Architecture and Labs at Ping Identity, Founder / CEO of two tech startups, the senior executive for product security , Program Manager for a very-large scale software program for the Missile Defense Agency, the Course Director for Cybersecurity at US Air Force Academy, and research scientist in Machine Learning at Wright Laboratory. Mance received a MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, and a BS in Computer Science from Mississippi State University.

Mance and his partner, Leemon Baird (who invented hashgraph), have been in the technology/security/privacy space for decades. Their latest venture, Hedera Hashgraph, is a platform that provides a new form of distributed consensus. It’s kind of like blockchain on steroids, except that it’s not a chain; it’s a graph. Also, it’s not open source; it’s patented. Their aim was to take all that is good about blockchain and create an enterprise-level platform that is faster, stable, and more secure.

In today’s episode you’ll learn:
· About Mance and Leemon’s technical and entrepreneurial background
· Why Leemon invented hashgraph
· How hashgraph differs from blockchain
· Why Mance and Leemon patented Hedera Hashgraph
· The types of applications for which hashgraph can be used
· About Hedera Hashgraph’s immediate and anticipated plans (including a cryptocurrency)



links;
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/mance-harmon
https://www.linkedin.com/in/manceharmon/

#101 Charles Hoskinson & John O’Connor (Cardano)

In this interview. Grey Jabesi interviews Charles Hoskinson, well known as Co-founder of Cardano and Ethereum. Also featuring, was John O’Connor who is the Director of African Operations for Input Output(The parent company behind Cardano). This interview was recorded in johannesburg South Africa, where Charles was attending Africa Blockchain Conference which was hosted by Tumelo Ramaphosa.

Charles Hoskinson is a Colorado-based technology entrepreneur and mathematician. He attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado Boulder to study analytic number theory before moving into cryptography through industry exposure.

His professional experience includes founding three cryptocurrency-related start-ups – Invictus Innovations, Ethereum and IOHK – and he has held a variety of posts in both the public and private sectors. He was the founding chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s education committee and established the Cryptocurrency Research Group in 2013.

John O’connor joined IOHK after working for the Cardano Foundation as the Head of Strategy and Communications. He worked from pre-launch on a variety of business areas, including community building, communications, exchange integration, and business strategy.

John began his career working at an investment firm focused on African development. With mixed Ethio-Irish heritage, he is particularly interested in how blockchain can enhance transparency and enable business in sub-Saharan African economies. John graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He lives between Addis Ababa and London.



Links:
Cardano Protocol: https://www.cardano.org/en/home/
Input Output: https://iohk.io/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/iohk_charles
linkedin: https://za.linkedin.com/company/cardano-foundation
Video version: https://youtu.be/zd3GCiSYUqg

#97 Abraham Cambridge – How to Monetize the Sun

In this episode, Grey Jabesi interviews Abraham Cambridge, Founder and CEO of The Sun Exchange. A British born solar entrepreneur and disruptive technologist. In 2008 he completed an MSc in the Science of Climate Change under a NERC scholarship at UEA and has since established several businesses and projects around the world that use solar energy as a means for creating positive change. In 2010 he pioneered utility-scale.


Links
Abraham’s LimkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/abraham-cambridge-6481081a/
The Sun Exchange website: https://thesunexchange.com/

(function(t,e,i,d){var o=t.getElementById(i),n=t.createElement(e);o.style.height=50;o.style.width=320;o.style.display=’inline-block’;n.id=’ibb-widget’,n.setAttribute(‘src’,(‘https:’===t.location.protocol?’https://’:’http://’)+d),n.setAttribute(‘width’,’320′),n.setAttribute(‘height’,’50’),n.setAttribute(‘frameborder’,’0′),n.setAttribute(‘scrolling’,’no’),o.appendChild(n)})(document,’iframe’,’ibb-widget-root-1150942752′,”banners.itunes.apple.com/banner.html?partnerId=&aId=&bt=catalog&t=catalog_black&id=1150942752&c=za&l=en-ZA&w=320&h=50&store=podcast”);
Listen to Stitcher

#96 A New Era of Supply Chain Management – Anthem Blanchard & Logan Golema

Founder/CEO Anthem Blanchard and CTO Logan Golema. Hercules is a decentralised blockchain protocol platform that enables anyone to operate a fully functioning supply chain that utilises Proof of Human Work to validate transactions . Developed and Advised by founders of Ethereum, Factom, Storj, Abra Wallet, Edge Security, Waves, Transform, and Blockchain Exchange, the world’s leading blockchain organisations.

Anthem Hayek Blanchard is the company’s Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. He has in-depth experience and know-how of the gold and silver industry, having been raised by legendary goldbug and precious metals pioneer, James U. Blanchard III.

Logan has been heralded as a Blockchain Developer and Educator, FinTech Innovator, and seen as highly skilled in object based coding and distributed networking both in enterprise and private applications.

We discuss:
– Their HERC project
– Digitizing assets
– The future of supply chain management


You can learn more about HERC: https://herc.one

Listen to Stitcher

#94 Stephen Young – Bulding a crypto market place

In this episode, Grey Jabesi interviews Stephen Young, Chief Product Officer at Coindirect. A global cryptocurrency marketplace which makes it easier for people to buy and sell Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in emerging markets.

In this interview, we discuss :
– His background
– Regulation for exchanges
– Security tokens
– His approach on Cryptocurrency investing
– Cryptocurrency trends in developed vs developing countries
– Blockchain and Scaling
– His favorite cryptocurrencies

Listen to Stitcher


video version:

#87 Roger Ver – Founder of Bitcoin.com

Roger Keith Ver is an early investor in bitcoin related startups. He was formerly an American citizen. He was born and lived in Silicon Valley.[2] He now resides in Japan. He has been a prominent supporter of bitcoin adoption and saw bitcoin as a means to promote economic freedom. He now promotes Bitcoin Cash, a hard fork of the cryptocurrency created with the intent to fix issues such as high fees and long transaction confirmation times.[3] He identifies as a libertarian, an anarcho-capitalist, peace advocate and advocates for individualism and voluntaryism.

Download a Bitcoin Wallet and receive free Bitcoin Cash on Bitcoin.com

 

Listen to Stitcher

Other podcasts like this one:David Orban, Exploring new opportunities

#69 SONYA KUHNEL – THE BLOCKCHAIN AFRICA CONFERENCE

Sonya Kuhnel has been interested in digital currencies since late 2013 and one of the first women involved in the industry in South Africa. In 2013, she started a bitcoin payment company called Bitcoin Payments, a BitPay Affiliate partner, which allowed online merchants in South Africa to accept bitcoin as a payment method for goods and services.

In 2014, Sonya co-founded Bitcoin Events, a company that hosts the Bitcoin & Blockchain Africa Conferences in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The conferences attract local and international venture capitalists, government delegates, top level executives from large financial institutions as well as experts in the industry.

In this episode, Sonya shares the history of Bitcoin events. A company she co-founded which is behind the Bitcoin Africa conference. We also discuss the state of cryptocurencies in South Africa, how she got herself involved with Bitcoin and more.

We give away free tickets to the conference. Listen to the podcast for instructions.

Listen to Stitcher