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#131 Farzam Ehsani – Money Against Injustice

“Our crusade is against injustice, not a group of people who call themselves a name.” – Farzam Ehsani
Grey Jabesi interviewed Farzam Ehsani, Co-Founder and CEO of VALR.com, a platform that bridges the gap between our traditional financial system and the new world of cryptocurrencies. He was previously the Blockchain Lead at Rand Merchant Bank and the FirstRand Group and was the inaugural Chairperson of the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium. He previously worked at McKinsey & Company in Johannesburg, Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco, the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, and the United Nations in Nairobi. He studied economics at the University of California – Berkeley.

VALR is a digital asset trading platform in South Africa with lower fees transactions, collaborating with Bittrex, one of the most advanced secured and compliant platform worldwide. And also partnered with Former FNB Bank CEO and Montegray Capital CEO, Michael Jordaan who was previously interviewed on this podcast on episodes 90 and 93 respectively. It allows customers to seamlessly and instantly trade between bitcoin or ether and over 50 cryptocurrencies. Valr has brought their close relationship with regulators in South Africa. The platform has both a take and a maker fee. The taker fee is 0.75% and the Maker fee is -0.1%. This means the makers get paid 0.1% of the fee transacted. Think of it as a rebate. Any trade has a buyer (taker) and a seller (maker). The maker fee is gotten from the 0.75% taker fee leaving Valr with 0.65%. This makes the platform sustainable.VALR Makes 0.65% out of any deal. The platform also includes a referral program which gives a referrer 15% discount of the fee. If you refer 2 or more people, you get 15% and 10% of the fees of all referrals.

In this fascinating podcast, we discussed the following:
-His Personal background
-How the banking system works
-Why he left Rand Merchant Bank and started Valr
-How Blockchain and cryptocurrency can contribute to financial inclusion in Africa
-His religious background, The Bahá’í Faith
-How Valr works and affordable company’s fee structure
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Link:Valr: https://www.valr.com/invite/VAURZWMT

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#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

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#76 SHOULD YOU INVEST IN CRYPTOCURRENCY? – MJ THE ACTUARY

Michael Jordan (MJ) is on track to getting his FASSA(in Finance) and CERA qualification. He passed all his Actuarial exams and now waiting for his graduation. He is now interested in Blockchain technology and digital currencies in which he has managed to pull out a few Blockchain based projects on his own.

He consults as an actuary, sometimes write for media outlets like Entrepreneur Magazine. He also has a Youtube channel MJ the Student Actuary where he post videos.

In this episode we discuss:
– Should you in invest in Cryptocurrencies
– What Cryptocurrency tokens represent
– Risks involved
– How to get started
– Governance
– Money
– Religion

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EP#71 MPHO DAGADA – THE BITCOIN ENTREPRENEUR

I met the Invest in Future Currency chief and Nda Exchange executive Mpho Dagada, 24, who has already made more than Millions through cryptocurrency in Johannesburg.

He has been all over the tv and radio in South Africa preaching the good story of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency in general.

Since I’m a crypto-bug myself, I had to find Mpho and have a chat which I think you’ll enjoy and learn something from.

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Links to Mpho:

Website:
https://www.mphod.com/
https://www.investinfuturecurrency.com/

Link to my youtube channel focused on Cryptocurrency.