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#127 Marius Reitz – 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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#125 Alakanani Itireleng – The State of Cryptocurrency in Botswana

Grey Jabesi caught up with Alakanani Itireleng also known as Bitcoin Lady at Blockchain Africa Conference 2019 in Cape Town. She is Co-founder and CEO of Satoshi centre, a blockchain hub in Gaborone Botswana. Alakanani is a determined entrepreneur, positive about the new possibilities that bitcoin as a currency and technology can bring to the life of many more Botswanans in the near future. She got into bitcoin in early 2012 in order to raise enough money for her son’s hear and lung transplant. She is also a well-known bitcoin evangelist who since has been involved in teaching people of Botswana about bitcoin. and has spoken at conferences in Amsterdam, South Africa, Europe, and Russia.

In this interview with Alakanani, we talked a lot about her journey into the blockchain, bitcoin, and crypto in Botswana.

Satoshicentre: https://satoshicentre.tech/

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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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#89 Blockstarters Blockchain Incubator Round-table

Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Block starters bring entrepreneurs together to create a hub of innovation and resource sharing, and through their extensive network of investors, they take startups to market. Their network reach extends as far as Silicon Valley and Shanghai.

#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

 

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#86 Tawanda Kembo – Cryptocurrency in Zimbabwe

Tawanda Kembo has been geeking out about bitcoin since 2012 and has been deeply involved in bitcoin and the blockchain technology since 2013. Tawanda is 4th generation entrepreneur who co-founded Golix, the company running Zimbabwe’s bitcoin exchange. Tawanda has launched, contributed to and consulted for several blockchain-related projects in Africa so he understands the bitcoin landscape in Africa very well. Tawanda has spoken at several blockchain conferences worldwide, is a widely published author of bitcoin-related articles and blog posts. Previously, Tawanda started his career as a software engineer having writing his first software program in 1999 (when he was 13 years old).

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#83 Regulation and Governance

In this podcast, I was joined by Michael Jordan and Nick Hill. Michael is an Acturial scientist and Nick, an entrepreneur who also works in the Fintech space.

We discussed regulation using the Crypto and traditional markets as examples. We also discussed governance using Smartcash as an example.

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#82 Wannipha Jen Buakaew – How to find your place into Crypto

She is a leading personality, public speaker and voice of progress to the cryptocurrency community and emerging markets- Known as Crypto Jen, one of the most highly regarded female crypto/blockchain influencers in the world.

Jen’s passion is about leveraging Crypto and Blockchain driven solutions to make a global impact and empower individuals to live life to the fullest.

 

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Wannipha Jen Buakaew is an ICO and investment analyst. She is also on The New Money Systems Board- Lifeboat foundation alongside high profile individuals such as Vitalik Buterin and Charlie Lee.

Links:
– Book: Money and The Law of Attraction by Esther Hicks
– Lifeboat Foundation: click here
– Smartcash: https://smartcash.cc/

#81 Deconstructing Real Estate Myths – Scott Picken

Scott Picken(@Scott_Picken) is a South African-born real estate investor and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Wealth Migrate, a fintech company that offers real estate investments on its online marketplace through crowdfunding. He began offering real estate investment solutions at the age of 26 when he founded International Property Solutions. The Huffington Post named Wealth Migrate as one of the top 60 real estate crowdfunding solutions in the United States in 2014.

Picken is the author of Property Going Global.

 

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LINKS
To get a free copy of the book. Go to proppertygoingglobal.com and click “get your free copy”.
Wealth Migrate website – here
WealthE coin website – here

#80 DAVID ORBAN – EXPLORING NEW OPPORTUNITIES

David Orban(@davidorban) is the Founder and Managing Partner of Network Society.
He is an investor, entrepreneur, author, blogger, keynote speaker, and thought the leader of the global technology landscape. His entrepreneurial accomplishments span several companies founded and grown over more than twenty years.

Among other things, he’s the Founder & Trustee of Network Society Research, Faculty of and Advisor to the Singularity University and Mentor for the Thiel Fellowship.


 

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Links:
David’s website: http://davidorban.com/about/

Other Podcast on Blockchain:
Ivan on Tech: Ethereum & Smart Contracts
Peter Saddington: Lets talk Bitcoin
Michael Jordan: Should you invest in Cryptocurrencies?