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Alpesh Patel, Zmbizi, Creating a World Where Cell Phones Pay You!

Alpesh Patel, Zmbizi, Creating a World Where Cell Phones Pay You!

Update: 2020-02-17


Smartphones may never be the same. Alpesh H. Patel, CEO of ZmBIZI, is an award-winning global entrepreneur with yet another ground-breaking idea. Cirina Catania, the host of OWC RADiO talks to this very special guest about his new product and shares his incredible entrepreneurial story.

Alpesh Patel's latest revolutionary project (more info at is an Android-based smartphone that pays you when you use it and comes with its own rewards wallet and debit card. The ZmBIZI was announced at CES 2020 and will be available in April 2020.

A veteran in the telecom industry, Alpesh generated $500m for Motorola in the eighties and went on to create the first African tech hardware startup and the world’s first Afro Emoticon character brand. That business was successfully sold to a $5B South African conglomerate and helped Alpesh launch a new wave of innovation.

Alpesh specializes in market strategies, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, results-orientated sales solutions, and emotional intelligence. He has been featured in more than 50 media outlets including CNN, CNBC, BBC, Forbes, GQ and Huffington Post. He is credited as one of the first tech innovators to come out of emerging markets and has worked with industry giants such as Visa, Vodafone, Western Union, and Uber.

Alpesh is also the author of “Tested” a published narrative on the trials of entrepreneurship. The book was nominated for “The best book of the year UK, 2018” and has received critical acclaim, wide press and multiple 5-star reviews on Amazon. 

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In This Episode

00:12 - Cirina introduces Alpesh Patel, CEO of ZmBIZI. 04:57 - Alpesh shares how he treasures his family values growing up in Indian culture where everyone in the family respects all family members, especially the elders.11:45 - Alpesh shares how he became a millionaire at the age of 24 years back in 1990.16:41 - Alpesh shares how he had a wakeup call when he moved to Africa in 1999.21:45 - Alpesh shares how he started creating the brand Mi-Fone and how it expanded quickly into Africa.25:21 - Alpesh shares how he lost his passion, causing an entrepreneur burnout, and ended up selling Mi-Fone to a large conglomerate.29:48 - Alpesh shares his goal of making his new company called ZmBIZI, a new category on smartphones' evolution.34:41 - Alpesh explains ZmBIZI’s innovative and interactive audio and video player.39:38 - How much is the ZmBIZI phone?43:28 - Visit to checkout ZmBIZI, the first smartphone that pays you for your on-screen interactions. And checkout Alpesh Patel’s book, Tested on Amazon.

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This is Cirina Catania with OWC Radio. I met a very interesting dynamic person when I was at CES recently, Alpesh Patel, and we call him Alpesh P. He's the founder of a company called ZmBIZI, which actually is producing phones that pay you to use them. But I want to backtrack a little bit if you'll allow me, Alpesh, and talk about you and where you come from and what took you on this amazing journey that you're on. How are you today?

I'm fine. Thank you, Cirina. And first of all, thank you for having me on your prestigious show. It was a great pleasure to meet with you in Las Vegas randomly so that we could see, and I'm really glad that a couple of weeks later we're actually chatting again, those connections are always important to foster and grow as you go along.

We talk a lot about instinct on the show and when you follow that little voice inside of yourself, and I mean, we just happened to be sitting next to each other at a counter in the restaurant at the hotel,
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Alpesh Patel, Zmbizi, Creating a World Where Cell Phones Pay You!

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