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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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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.
Lorien Gamaroff is the founder/CEO of Centbee, a blockchain-based remittance solution built on the Bitcoin SV blockchain. He also founded Bankymoon, a blockchain and cryptocurrency consultancy. As Africa’s reputable Blockchain expert,  he has addressed and advised the United Nations, IMF, World Bank, FBI, and Commonwealth Secretariat, the South African Reserve Bank, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, TEDx and a host of professionals in multiple industries and attorney generals throughout the world.    Lorien has been on the show before on episode #116 where we discussed the Bitcoin vs Bitcoin SV debate, we also covered his early beginnings. In this new episode we discuss:   Centbee  Bitcoin and government Why he’s convinced Craig Wright is the creator of Bitcoin Cypherpunks and Bitcoin personalities(Nick Szabo, Adam Buck, Peter McCormack) Why Bitcoin SV is a better chain You Can visit CentBee: You can Follow Lorien on Twitter @gamaroff  
This podcast is brought to you by Divi Project John McAfee is by far one of the most interesting, as well as the most controversial public figures today. He’s a British-American computer programmer and businessman. He founded the software company McAfee Associates in 1987 and ran it until 1994, when he resigned from the company. McAfee Associates achieved early success as the creators of McAfee, the first commercial antivirus software, and the business now produces a range of enterprise security software. The company was purchased by Intel in 2011 and spun back out in 2017 with TPG Capital owning a majority stake, though the software has always borne the McAfee brand name. McAfee's wealth peaked in 2007 at $100 million before his investments plummeted in the financial crisis of 2007–2008. McAfee is also a political activist, who sought the 2016 Libertarian Party nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election, losing to former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson. John McAfee has become one of the best-known Bitcoin supporters but his story goes far deeper than being a crypto expert. He is considered to be one of the most controversial figures in the world of crypto and technology, with countless ups and downs throughout his life. His life filled with fascinating anecdotes, disputed events, drug abuse, several arrests, and return to the public scene as a well-respected crypto soothsayer and surprising twists that have brought him to where he is now.   In this exclusive with John McAfee, we discussed the following: His early life McAfee Antivirus Software The idea of freedom Loss of his fortune following the 2007 - 2008 economic collapse The reason why he moved to Belize for a while Wealth and responsibilities His experience marrying and with living seven wives His allegations about pumping coins His upcoming movie, King of the Jungle. John McAfee Youtube Video: Gringo - The Dangerous Life of John McAfee  documentary movie:
Siya Metane, also known as Slikour is a South African media mogul. He founded and heads SlikourOnLife ,an Online Music Platform that creates & curates music content for the urban market. Currently the largest media platform of this type in South Africa. He’s also a music producer, writer MD. As a thought leader, he has worked with Banks and FSPs to connect with the urban demographic on financial education.  Slikour is also part of Skwatta Kamp, one of the most prominent Hip Hop groups in South Africa. The group has won numerous awards for their work including two SAMA awards for best rap album and a Channel O Best Hiphop Music Video Award. Enjoy the interview with Slikour You can follow Siya Metane on Instagram: @siyametane       Twitter:@slikouron Visit SlikourOnLife website: Youtube Channel:SlikourOnLife
Llewellyn Devereaux Tshesane is the Co-founder and CEO of the Lohocla™ beverages. One of his well known inventions an anti-hangover shooter called Lohocla. He’s also the author of The Mastery Code. In this episode, we discussed; Inventing Lohocla How to become a speaker NDA Writing books Black Tax Money Obtaining life skills You can Follow Llewellyn on Twitter:@Masterlui_ Website links :  
This podcast is brought to you by Divi In this episode of The Grey Ave Podcast, Grey Jabesi interviewed Rocelo Lopes. He is the Founder of CoinBR, CEO of Stratum and CoinPY, Rocelo Lopes was responsible for the first bitcoin vertical operation development in Latin America, from miners to final users. Innovative and pioneering in developing technologies by using encryption and blockchain, the entrepreneur is a reference to the cryptomarket. In this interview we covered some of these key points; His personal background and career How he  got started with cryptocurrency The founding of CoinBR and Stratum The perception of money. How does money make you happy? The consequences faced by crypto investors How to prepare for the worst by securing bitcoin wallets in case of death. You can check Stratum here: Follow Rocelo Lopes on Instagram @rocelo_lopes Twitter:@RoceloLopes
In this episode, Grey Jabesi sat down with Adi Kaimowitz, Co-founder and CEO of Virtual Actuary. What is Virtual Actuary? Simply put; The Uber of actuaries. In formal language, Virtual Actuary is a team of experts offering a comprehensive range of actuarial services, founded on a depth of experience acquired locally and globally.   Already a multi-million dollar company, carefully scaling and involved in a few bidding wars. What's more impressive to me is that the founder; Adi is not an actuary himself. That in itself struck my curiosity and I wanted to meet him.    He invited me to his home and I got to learn a lot more about Adi which you will listen to in the podcast. He ran the business from his home, just a few meters away from the beach where he kite-surf for pleasure. He is truly living in the digital economy. Not only we discussed the founding of Virtual Actuary, but we also covered the following: His early life Modern-day work How to find opportunities Comfort challenges while seeking opportunities How to nurture a network  How to scale without losing your business culture
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