#129 Grey Jabesi – Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Governance

Grey Jabesi is an entrepreneur, Blockchain Enthusiast, Cryptocurrency Evangelist, Analyst and Investor Based in Cape Town South Africa. He is also a seasoned podcast and event panel host, a producer of The Grey Ave Podcast, interviewer of prominent business personalities and influencer worldwide.

As an entrepreneur, Grey is passionate about job creation and growth, particularly in emerging markets. His chief goal is to play a crucial role in nurturing creativity and innovation in Africa to help harness the full potential and explore the lucrative opportunities the continent has to offer. Some of Grey’s most prominent qualities include a strong sense of self-empowerment, a curiosity for innovation, and the adaptability and open-mindedness to expand horizons across borders. Always taking a global view, Grey is optimistic, forward-thinking, and above all results-driven. He’s very passionate about peer to peer finance and decentralized systems especially for the African continent as it accelerates trade and give Africans an opportunity to do business with the rest of the world in real-time. He has just recently been appointed the new Director of Marketing for The Blockchain Association of Africa

Grey was interviewed by Gugulethu Mfuphi at Kaya FM Radio. He spoke about Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, and Governance.

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#126 Julia Anastasopoulos – Creating Suzelle DIY

In this episode of The Grey Ave Podcast, I had a chance to sit down and interviewed Julia Anastasopoulos at her studio in Woodstock, Cape Town. She is a South African artist, illustrator, designer and actress. She became a local internet phenomenon in May 2014, with her do-it-yourself web series known as SuzelleDIY. Before she became a YouTube personality, Anastasopoulos created hand-drawn illustrations on the walls and windows of a few MyCiTi bus stations in Cape Town.

Born in Johannesburg, Julia obtained her BA degree in Theatre and Performance majoring in Acting at the University of Cape Town. She started her SuzelleDIY YouTube channel in May 2014, with a “bite-size, do-it-yourself web series”. She plays an Afrikaans woman, along with animator and filmmaker Ari Kruger. Suzelle collaborated with Takealot, an online retailer and created four videos for the Takealot brand.

In 2015, Suzelle took first place in the Superbalist 100 campaign.

In this fascinating interview with her, we discussed the following:
-Her involvement in the generic acting career
-The challenges faced by most Youtube content creators
-Best ways how to monetize Youtube video content
-Her upcoming movie series on Showmax Tali Wedding Diary

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Follow Suzelle DIY on Twitter: @SuzelleDIY
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#122 Mamadou Toure – Building a Better World, Education, Values, AI

Mamadou Toure is Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Capital Group, a leading Investment, and Advisory firm focused on designing and implementing integrated innovative investment solutions uplifting projects ecosystems. Mamadou is also Founder of Ubuntu Coin (UCoin), an Asset-Backed Digital Currency aimed at fostering, shared wealth, financial inclusion and fair trade.

Toure is the founder and Chairman of Africa 2.0, an initiative-driven advocacy group that brings together emerging leaders representing African countries and the diaspora, who share a common vision of the continent’s future. As the Managing Director with General Electric (GE) Africa, Toure currently leads a regional Investments and Project Finance team supporting all GE businesses (power, water, mining, oil & gas, transportation, healthcare, aviation) with financing solutions across sub-Saharan Africa. Toure received a distinction as “New Leader for Tomorrow” by the Crans Montana Forum in 2011. He was selected in 2012 as of one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by the New African Magazine. In 2013, Toure was ranked among the “25 Faces of the new Africa” by BRICS Business Magazine.

– His work experience(General Electric, World bank)
– Africa 2.0 Story
– His educational background(Education system)
– Work
– Values in technology
– Society and Critical thinking
– Decentralization

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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”


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#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

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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, Micheal is Africa’s most innovative banker.

Follow Michael on twitter: @michaeljordaan

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

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