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.
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).
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.
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.
Baratang Miya is the CEO of GirlHYPE Coders that empowers girls to pursue careers in STEM and had been chosen by the US State Dept’s in 2015 TechWomen program as an Emerging Leader. She was placed at Adobe for mentorship during her TechWomen 2015 award.
She also serve on the Silicon Cape Exco as head of Transformation. She was the 1st runner up for MTN Women In ICT Community Builder Award 2016.
She partnered with organisations like UN Women, Mozilla, TechWomen, SiliconCape and Technovation to develop women’s digital literacy and participating on the web.
In this podcast, we discussed:
– How she got started
– Myths & stereotypes
– Her travels.
Website – http://girlhype.co.za/
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/baratang-miya-1270a99/
Her Inspiring 50 profile – http://www.inspiringfifty.com/zajudges/
Stephen Larkin is a penchant of mathematical algorithms and innovative funding methods with a dream to provide electricity to the people in Africa.
He co-founded Africa New Energies in 2012 with a simple vision – to write an algorithm to find natural gas to generate electricity cheaply enough to give 600 million Africans affordable power for the first time.
He is the co-founder and CEO of Africa New Energies and has experience running multiple companies, venture capital, raising funds and using crowdfunding and tax breaks in innovative ways.
Steve and his team has raise 6 million Pounds in a period of 3 years through crowdfunding only.
Thanks to StartUp Grind Cape Town.
Africa New Energies(ANE) website: http://www.ane.na
ANE on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/africanewenergies/
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This is a part 2 of my conversation with Dr Jonathan Farley. If you haven’t listened to the first one yet, below is a short bio of the Dr.Farley.
Dr. Jonathan David Farley is a well recognized mathematician, traveler, entrepreneur among other things. He has been a Visiting Professor of Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a Science Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University, and a Visiting Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
In this episode, we talk about Math and his professional career. Below is a list of some of the topics we covered:
-When he became interested in Math
-Can anyone learn Math?
-How he applies Math in other areas
-How he would use Math to eliminate ISIS
-How he helps students to get straight A’s
-His thoughts on the current education system
-How math should be taught in schools
-His definition of “smart”
-And all the questions from listeners.
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