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Author: Grey Jabesi

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A podcast about exploring new ways to win in the 21st century.
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On October 24th, 2020, my YouTube channel Hardcore Crypto was mistakenly terminated by YouTube for violating community guidelines. The channel is the largest Cryptocurrency channel in Africa and loved by many. One would hope that YouTube would help content creators in this kind of situation but it turns out that they don't care. I've appealed and reached out on Twitter and got no help. Imagine years of work wiped out in a whim for no reason. Just like that. The sad part is that YouTube will never assign a human being to attend to your appeals or complaints, they force you to deal with robots. The mistake I made was overleveraging myself by trusting a third party to host my content. This is a major flaw when using media as leverage online. In this episode, I use this story as an example to discuss the concept of leverage online. Enjoy!
As the world is coming out of lockdowns and economies are opening up after months of so much uncertainty and severe economic contraction. The coronavirus has destroyed lives, wealth, and opportunities which have left none of us unaffected. It's a new world now, the normal is demanding a change in how we approach all aspects of our daily life and this is no easy task for beings who are conditioned for a certain way of living. Most are hurt, fearful, uncertain, or confused. I decided to catch up with my friend Llewellyn Devereaux, an author and entrepreneur to find out how he coped during these difficult times. I reached out to Lui not only because he has a company which was directly impacted by the lockdown, but also because he is a high energy individual who always has an interesting way of looking at life.  We recorded a series of short episodes focusing on tools we can use to not only survive this season but to thrive too.  Lui recently published his book; The Mastery Code which you can find here.   Enjoy!
Dr. Sindi van Zyl is a General Medical Practitioner, Broadcaster, Author, Social media activist, and Public speaker. With over 200K followers on twitter, she's very known for discussing mental health.  Dr. Sindi is also a renowned public speaker, with a passion to inspire and educate through the power of her diverse experiences. From dealing with tragedy, medical advancements in primary care to mental wellness, she has extensive experience in driving both public and corporate messages through clearly and effectively. In this episode we discussed: - What is mental health - Depression - The ideal mentally healthy person - Where do you draw the line between pushing oneself and being mentally ill - Can you build mental health - Parenting - Work and the rat race  
Timothy Maurice(@timothymaurice) Webster is the author of four brand leadership books, one leadership memoir and consults & speaks on the science of Human & Brand Behavior.  His research and focus are based on three influence pillars; Brain Potential - Behavioral Science and Brand Influence.  Timothy has worked in Africa and emerging markets for the past decade. Timothy’s education is in Business Management, Branding, Psychology, and Applied Neuroscience from Brookstone College in the US and Massachusetts Institute of Technology- MIT.  In this episode, we discussed: - Personal branding - Authenticity - Cancel culture - Social media and more This episode is proudly brought to you by Crypto University:
In this episode, Grey Jabesi sat down with Claire Mawisa. A tv producer and presenter for Carte Blanche, a South African investigative journalism television series that airs on M-Net during prime time Claire has a solid track record in the media industry spanning from when she was a teen. In this episode, we discussed Her career, how she started with Carte Blanche, Investigative journalism, relationships, marriage, and parenthood.  Video:  
Since I started The Survival Skills Podcast 5 years ago and it has been a great success. I became very used to the process of creating to the point that I forgot how much of a challenge it was to start because I had no idea. I did not know how or what equipment, hosting, editing software or distribution to use.  In this episode, I share the tools I recommend for you to get started with nearly zero budget. Tools I recommended: Irig Lavalier mic: TakeAlot link:  Amazon link: Recorder: Zoom  H1n recorder Takealot link: Amazon Link: Hosting Anchor: Libsyn: Blueberry: Cameras: iPhone  GoPro Hero Nikon D800
Ever since the music icon and entrepreneur; Akon made a public announcement for his own cryptocurrency project called AKOIN. The world paid attention and there has been a lot of anticipation from within the Blockchain/Cryptocurrency industry and the world at large. The Akoin project is meant to be a token based ecosystem powered by a marketplace of tools and services fueling the dreams of entrepreneurs, innovators, social activists in Africa and beyond.  In this episode, I had a chance to discuss the project with both the President and COO; Jon Karas and Lynn Liss respectively. They shared an overview, technical aspects, vision and how the project will affect the rising economies of Africa. They also shared a little bit about their upcoming Token Generation Event(TGE) which will mark the official launch of Akoin after a few years in the making. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Make sure you subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast App to keep up to date with what’s going on in the Akoin ecosystem. Links; Akoin: Akoin Foundation: Akoin Twitter: @AkoinOfficial
  In this interview, Grey Jabesi sat down with William Le and Brian Reavey from C-Labs and Appen respectively to discuss Celo. Celo is an open platform that makes financial tools accessible to anyone with a mobile phone, quite similar to Facebook’s Libra. The difference is that Celo is already up and running. They are backed by some of the most reputable VCs, organisations and individuals including, Andreessen Horowitz, Jack Dorsey(Founder of twitter), Polychain Capital, Coinbase ventures and more.    In this episode, we discussed: The origin of Celo The problem they're trying to solve Facebook failed, why will Celo succeed Artificial Intelligence and micro-work Celo Auction Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Links: Celo Auction - Appen micro-work:   This episode is brought to you by Nexo. The World’s First Instant Crypto Credit Lines. Get instant crypto loans by local bank transfer using crypto as collateral without selling it.  
Dr. Michael Jordaan, MCom, Ph.D., is the Founder of MonteGray Capital. Dr. Jordaan serves as a 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. In this episode, Michael shares his top 5 survival skills for leaders. My previous episode with Dr. Jordaan:
There should be someone behind the scenes controlling Bitcoin right? I mean, it cannot just run and maintain itself right? I'm just stating what you've always been thinking after you heard that Bitcoin is not controlled by an institution or government.  In this episode, we're going to be demystifying that very question. Grey Jabesi connected with Riccardo Spagni(@flufflypony) AKA Fluffy Pony, a member of the Monero Core Team, who are stewards of the Monero Project, and is also the lead maintainer of the Monero project.  Monero is an open-source cryptocurrency created in April 2014 that focuses on fungibility, privacy, and decentralization. It's currently valued at $992M.  In this episode, we discussed: Who founded Monero How Fluffy Pony got involved Responsibilities as a lead maintainer Who controls or update Bitcoin code How Monero is maintained Law enforcement (The CIA and Interpol) Best tools and practices for personal privacy Success His favorite Apps His concerns with using Whatsapp for messaging Tari project Tools he recommends for privacy: Matrix Riot Wire App Signal VPN Wirecard TOR Email: Tutenota, Protonmail  
The last few weeks have been very difficult for the whole world, Covid-19 shocked all of us and has disrupted our pattern of life forever. I think the world will never be the same again. As bad as things are right now, I appreciate how equal and skin in the game proof this pandemic is; we share the upside of globalization but we also got to share the downside.  The Coronavirus crisis has taught me a lot of things in a very short period of time and I share them in this episode. This episode is brought to you by Nexo. The World's First Instant Crypto Credit Lines. Get instant crypto loans by local bank transfer using crypto as collateral without selling it. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, or on your favorite podcast platform. 
This Podcast is brought to you by Nexo In this episode, Grey Jabesi interviewed Gareth Grobler. Gareth is an Internet Currency Entrepreneur. Speaker & the Founder of the Crypto Exchange A Founding Member of the UK Digital Currency Association. Gareth provides consulting to financial institutions wanting to apply Bitcoin technology to their current development roadmap. Gareth has over 15 years of experience in IT Infrastructure & Architecture development, and has held positions at Investec Bank, UBS, BNP Paribas and Lloyds TSB. In this episode, we discussed: His background Banking and money Bitcoin Wealth creation Ice3x AIC token Listen, love and share
In this episode, Grey Jabesi interviewed Nitin Gajria, the Director at Google for Sub-Saharan Africa. He has been at Google for more than five years and led the YouTube business in India, as well as Google’s teams in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Google is building its brand in Africa on a mission to get more Africans online and to offer users relevant local content.    Nitin is looking to build on what Google South Africa has done. He’s passionate about the power of the Internet to change lives for the better and help fine-tune Africa’s technological future. We discussed the following topics in this interview; His early childhood. How built a successful life and career. His defining moments. His roles at Google as a director. Projects and initiatives he’s most excited for the year 2020. His five survival skills and many more.
Simon Dingle is the CEO of Inves Capital, before that he was part of the teams that started 22Seven, Curve and Luno after which he founded his own company, Inves Capital. He has also been a columnist for Finweek Magazine, Brainstorm, Computing SA and other titles, and hosts a weekly technology show on 5FM in South Africa. Simon is the author of In Math We Trust and has been using and contributing to Bitcoin since 2011. He worked as a communications consultant, podcaster, product manager and entrepreneur. In this episode with Simon, we talked about money.   You can Follow Simon dingle on Twitter @SimonDingle Visit his website:
Reuben Yap is the Chief Operating Officer at Zcoin. He was a corporate lawyer for ten years specializing in institutional frameworks before joining Zcoin. He has played a pivotal role in Zcoin’s strategy and vision, and oversees all operational aspects of the project. He has been an early adopter of cryptocurrencies, being the first merchant in Malaysia to accept them, and gained a holistic view of the space from being involved in mining, educating and contributing to other early cryptocurrency projects. Reuben is a vocal privacy proponent and founded one of the top VPN companies, BolehVPN, in South East Asia in 2007 to combat internet censorship and mass surveillance. He also has a wide knowledge of blockchain privacy protocols and frequently gives keynotes, talks, and workshops worldwide to raise awareness about the importance of privacy.   For more info visit
In this episode, I interviewed Carmelle Cadet , a passionate advocate of Blockchain and Digital Currency Technology for modernization, financial inclusion and economic development efforts. She is the Founder and CEO of EMTECH, a fintech company helping Central Banks in emerging markets modernize their financial market infrastructure. In her 10-year career at IBM, Carmelle led the global business development efforts for the digital currency segment in IBM Blockchain. Through EMTECH, Carmelle is on a mission to transform the financial market infrastructures with Modern Central Bank Platforms, Digital Currency Systems and Artificial Intelligence. This enables regulators to have modern tools to effectively manage digital currency payments solutions.   We Talked alot but the most notable key points includes: Personal background  What is EMTECH and its role The reaction Central Banks in opposing to digital currency Government Regulation to Cryptocurrency The challenges cryptocurrency and blockchain companies facing in emerging markets. Payments How Blockchain can solve the problems of financial inclusion in Africa Follow Carmelle Cadet on Twitter @CarmelleCadet Visit EMTECH:
As challenging as 2019 was for me, the last decade was exceptionally good for me. I can only recall a few unpleasant moments. In fact, if I had to draw a chart for it, it would look like a straight verticle line from a distance. I decided to end the year alone to pause and reflect. I ended up in the mountains where I hiked and made lists of what I did right and where I failed myself in 2019.  This episode is about that experiment. I share some of those lists, I also share some of the new things I identified in 2019 that you can apply in your personal life or hustle.
This is the last episode for the year with Meir Ezra .He’s the most inspiring speaker ,mentor and regular guest on this podcast. I interviewed him at Workshop 17 seminar at Watershed  V&A Waterfront. In this interview, we discussed the following: Definition of success The Concept of being interested instead of being interesting Love and Relationships EffectiveProblem Solving process How to distinguish the state of being still and stone Relationships with Money Follow Meir Ezra on Instagram @meirezraofficial To attend Free sales seminar with Meir Ezra visit Workshop17 Watershed, Watershed, 17 Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa every Friday's Book Free Tickets Online: Trackbacks/Pingbacks #136 Meir Ezra – The Golden Rule of How to Give Criticism | The Grey Ave Podcast - […] To listen to my very 1st interview with Meir, see How to make 100 million dollars. […] #118 Meir Ezra – How To Become Jewish in 10 Minutes | The Grey Ave Podcast - […] To listen to my very 1st interview with Meir, see How to make a 100 million dollars. […] #112 Meir Ezra – The Power of Cause and Effect | The Grey Ave Podcast - […] This is the first part of our ongoing digestible series with Meir Ezra. These are snippets from a long…
Apollo Omer Eric is the founder at Aeternity Hub Africa. He is the driving force behind Aeternity Hub Africa - an entity supporting education and entrepreneurship all over the continent. Its main goal is to encourage developers, entrepreneurs, and designers to build on top of Aeternity blockchain and to turn their ideas into viable businesses. We covered the following key points in this interview: Personal Background How he got started into markets trading His trading style methodology Bitcoin vs Forex trading markets: Understanding The Differences How he discovered Aeternity The role and responsibility of Aeternity Hub Africa Projects implemented by Aeternity and many more You can check out Aeternity : Facebook:  
Ed Latimore is one of the most unique personalities out there. He’s a heavyweight boxer, physicist, author and chess enthusiast. Graduated from the school of hard knocks with a history of alcoholism and despair. He beat the odds and made something of himself. He uses his experiences in the ring, the lab and life to uncover deep truth about the world.  As the best selling author, he’s well know for; Sober Letters to My Drunken Self, The 4 Confidences, and Not Caring What Other People Think Is a Superpower: Insights from a Heavyweight Boxer. In this episode, we explore the inspiration, lessons, and the philosophy behind these books.   We discussed: Confidence Not caring what others think Masculinity Millions of people have learned from Ed's insights and experiences through his writing.He teaches the lessons he's learned via his unique path through life at his blog, at He also delivers daily wisdom and observations at his on twitter @EdLatimore.
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