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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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#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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#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

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#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

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

#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?

#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.

#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/