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#118 Meir Ezra – How To Become Jewish in 10 Minutes

If you want to know how powerful you are. Count the times you’ve been punched or whacked by life” – Meir Ezra

This a 3rd of my on-going snippet episodes with Meir Ezra. We all know the stereotype of Jews being financially successful and in this episode, Meir took a tongue and cheek approach to why Jews tend to be more successful.

To listen to my very 1st interview with Meir, see How to make a 100 million dollars.

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Nobody cares, Just win

Richard Keys: You have a history of using park the bus tactic…..Has that style of football been reserved by the way modern football is played?

Mourinho: “What is modern football?”

Richard Keys: “Modern football is aaaah! Pass completion…scoring goals…and being entertaining if you can……”

Mourinho: “We were not the best team in the country. When you are not the best, you have to be more strategic than philosophical.”

Mourinho: “For example, the record of spanish football was not Barcelona. It used to be Real Madrid and the guy who did that was the defensive guy, he won all the records.”

Host 2: If you had spent 3 years as manager of Tottenham hotspurs(a lesser club with limited funds), would have won the trophy?

Mourinho: “I refuse to say that because I’m not there.I don’t want to be the pundit that wins every game because he never plays one”

Richard Keys: What’s more important to you, playing a an entertaining game or just being defensive?

Mourinho: “Winning the game”

Andy Gray: Winning the, isn’t it?

This is the type of talk that separates the boys from the men, fakers from the practitioners.

He accused Mourinho of playing a boring style of football and called his style old, classic. When asked what modern football was, Richard could only give a pooh pooh type of answer. The facts disagrees with him, because Mourinho won more trophies with that park the bus style in a short period of time than most managers. The presenter is worried about entertainment, Mourinho is worried about winning.

What matters in life are events that actually take place, that is reality. Not your opinions, feelings, stats or expert opinions. All that don’t matter at all. The real ones understand that winning is the most important of all and it doesn’t matter how you do it, Just win. This behavior is even worse in financial markets. Media journalists at news channels or social media gurus are hired to say something on everything to get paid. Their goal is not to win or make you win, it’s to say something, even if they don’t understand just to eat.

The sports guys….. especially presenters. They loooove details. They analyze each and every fragment of it then criticize coaches and players. They believe what their data or analysts tell them is true. That being said, they know inside themselves that the game of professional football is generally unpredictable especially in major leagues.

But if you pay attention to the practitioners; the game players, the winners. In this case; Jose Mourinho. They see things differently. Their perception is in sync with reality, their focus on the most important prize, winning. They dont waste time on arguments, predictions and all the chatty chatty unimportant stuff. This was Mourinho’s first sit down interview appearance of this length.

I learned this when I was 15 while playing soccer that what really mattered was winning the game, not how pretty our outfit was or how fancy our new strategy was. It was only those who couldn’t play that became obsessed with focusing on things don’t matter. If they knew better, why couldn’t they just get up and play? The world is filled with theorists, very few practitioners. That’s why only a few are successful, the majority are fooled by presentation which takes their eyes off the prize. They would rather spend more time taking a pretty photograph for instagram than learning how e-commerce works.

People were building bodies before, way…way back before all these fancy technologies. But now, there’s an app to track everything and help you eat, sleep, breath and even shit better. If that’s what we need, why are so many of us still unhealthy? In that scenario, you are the team and the apps are the critics and media journalists, they will give you opinions but won’t participate in your game. The reality is, it’s a lonely game. Nobody gives a fuck, just win.

Intrinsically, we already know what we need to do to become fit. It doesn’t require a fancy gym, trainer and an app. But we hide behind the lack of these tools and excuse ourselves from taking action. Nobody really cares about the details, just win. The only game you can win with your statistic is an argument, not reality itself.

I’ve seen so many people who refer to themselves as entrepreneurs, even though they’ve never run or own business before arguing about business. They think they know because they follow Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos on the internet, or because “they studied” business as if business is some sort of a repetitive procedure you study. They give you references and stats to convince you they know. Not the type of conversation you’re more likely to have with real entrepreneurs.

Nobody gives a fuck, just show me the results. Just win!

Host 2: If you had spent 3 years as manager of Tottenham Hotspurs(a lesser club with limited funds), would have won the trophy?

Mourinho: “I refuse to say that because I’m not there.I don’t want to be the pundit that wins every game because he never plays one”

 

Where did I watched the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PqxEYzNEFk

#112 Meir Ezra – The Power of Cause and Effect

This is the first part of our ongoing digestible series with Meir Ezra. These are snippets from a long interview I had with him. The first interview with Meir can be found here: How to make a 100 million dollars.

Meir Ezra is an international entrepreneur with multi-million dollar businesses and clients in the US, Canada, Israel, Italy, Colombia, Russia, India, China, Romania, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Germany, the Czech Republic, Turkey and many others.
Entrepreneur with years of experience across a wide range of fields and an inventor with many patents registered to his name. Established the most successful distributor of gasoline management systems, a company that within three years grew to $100,000,000.


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#111 Eli Calderón Morin – Redefining Food Stamps with All_Ebt

I had a privilege of sitting down and interview Eli Calderón Morin, A Y-Combinator Hackathon winner, Founder & CEO of All_ebt. Eli has been at the forefront of mobile disruption as an advisor and team member to some of the fastest growing and groundbreaking mobile startups on the planet: AdMob/ acq Google, SnapTell/ acq Amazon, Alohar / acq AutoNavi/ Alibaba, Mojiva, InMobi, OpenX, Lipa Learning, Appfuel, and Adtile.

Over the last decade, Eli has gained expertise in the areas of Startup Growth, Operations, Developer Evangelism, Market Expansion, Corp Dev, M&A, Strategic Partnerships, Sales Engineering, BizDev, SaaS, and Product Management. All_ebt is a smart wallet for Food Stamps. Over 54 million Americans receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits each year. They have tremendous purchasing power in aggregate, yet remain under-served by consumer technology.Serving underbanked and low-income communities and acting as a consumer on-ramp for mass crypto adoption and financial services.

I met Eli at EOS Global Hackathon Finale in Cape Town, South Africa. We discussed his previous startups, how he is redefining food stamps and he gave advise on startups.


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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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#93 Michael Jordaan(Part 2) – Rain Mobile, Bank Zero & Venture Capital

This is a continuation for Episode #90.

Dr. Michael Jordaan, MCom, Ph.D., is the Founder of MonteGray Capital. Dr. Jordaan serves as Partner at AngelHub Ventures. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector. He served as the Chief Executive Officer at First National Bank, Plc until December 31, 2013.

He had a decade of experience working at the First National Bank, Plc. At FNB, he oversaw the move away from traditional banking toward rewarding ecosystem-centric solutions for customers. He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of JSE Limited since January 1, 2014. Dr. Jordaan is the recipient of the CNBC Africa Business Leader of the Year for Southern Africa award.

According to Ventures Africa.com, Micheal is Africa’s most innovative banker.

Follow Michael on twitter: @michaeljordaan
Website: http://www.montegray.com/

This is part 2 of 2.
Link to part 1. Click here.

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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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#85 Shakes Motsilili – Disrupting Venture Capital

Shakes Motsilili is a founding shareholder of Africa New Energies (ANE). The combination of excellent exploration results, the crowdfunding and community involvement has attracted two multi-billion rand bids for ANE. The company aims to achieve a $1 billion valuation on a planned IPO within the next two years.

He also co-founded Aziza coin. The world’s first ethically tax-advantaged blockchain-based digital currency, designed to support start-ups in the developing world.

 

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Links:
Stephen Larkin, 50 shades of crowdfunding

#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