Regulation, Blockchain and Smart Contracts – with Nerushka Bowan

Nerushka Bowan is the summary of how the world has changed. As a trained laywer, she brings a fresh, practical experience to the world of emerging technology. She focuses on technology, law and a new way of doing things.
 
She has a strong focus on education and helping people understand the current shifts. Nerushka lectures on Blockchain for the Blockchain Academy. The current courses are evolving as fast of the Blockchain. Nerushka outlines how they are working on developing the depth of her area of focus.
 
Nerushka has recently launched a new created approach called L.I.T.T. This stands for law, innovation, technology and tomorrow. And thats about sums up the focus of this conversation.
 
I enjoyed digging to smart contracts and how they look going forward. A smart contract is a piece of self executing code that sits on top of the blockchain. And, as we know, this is still early stages technology and there is a lot will happen going forward.
 
We chat about how the legal fraternity is changing and the challenges that they are facing. The big challenge is law firms charge by the hour – most of which can be automated through new technology and AI. The model has to move to a value based approach. It’s a bigger picture than blockchain.
 
 
 
 

The Privacy, Big Data Issue – With Kelvin Jonck

The manipulation of data is a global issue right now. We are seeing crazy stuff happening – from fake news, to twitter bots all the way to the manipulation of the American elections.

To get a better handle on this we spoke to Kelvin Jonck from YouKnow. He set up his agency with view to understand data better and help brands make better decisions from that data.

He has several social media tools that he offers to his clients and has been on the edge of many of the changes that are happening.

Recently Crimson Hexigon – one of the products he supports and licences to clients – was accused of abuse by a 3rd party and Facebook dug into the platform. The good news is that it came out better and stronger than before.

There is a lot to discuss about the future of privacy, trust and the manipulation of data in the coming years as we grapple with the idea.

We would love to know your thoughts about where you see it going? Leave us a comment below.

The Disruption of Comedy – With John Vlismas

We had the opportunity to chat to John Vlismas at Leaderex and we were not turning that down. We were not to sure where the conversation would go but this was a really enjoyable chat. John is one of the hardest workers you would ever meet. His refreshingly honest perspective is a real antidote for all the bullshit that’s flying around today. Do yourself a favour and go listen.

More About John

You can find John on the following social media platforms: Facebook | Twitter

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Insurance. Disrupted. Nakedly. With Alex Thompson

Insurance. Disrupted. Nakedly. So says Alex Thompson of Naked Insurance. And after chatting to him – we agree.

Digital Disruption Through 1st Principles

Alex and his Naked team started with the foundation of why insurance exists. They looked at how they create value that means something. That adds value to customers, and after that, to their shareholders. Alex and team had the benefit of starting with a white sheet. They were able to fill in the details by iterating on what would work. The result is a redefined business model with some great insights. If you want to disrupt yourself then this podcast will give you an idea of what it takes.

More About Alex

You can find Alex on the following social media platforms: Linkedin

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What is Devops and Where Is It Going – with Josef Langerman

In this Leaderex chat we talks with Josef Langerman about dev ops and what it means in large organisation.

What’s Digital, What’s Dev Ops?

Josef’s thoughts around what a digital business is was quite novel. When I asked him what a digital business is he asked me what digital actually means. For him it’s about flow and getting things to flow through the system without any bottlenecks and hiccups. And more importantly it’s about how you feel. You are winning when you feel alive and excited about being part of a team that builds really good stuff. It’s what Google calls uncomfortable excited.

We chat about the immune system and what it means in your organisation. He breaks down the idea that corporates are about running a marathon (with a thick skin) – and a start up is a sprint and we need to balance the ups and the downs.

He shares how well standard bank and how the culture of dev ops is changing and redefining how people work

The Ecosystem of Coding

Josef was at Leaderex to talk about coding – but rather than talking about coding he spoke about the ecosystem of coding. He shared his insights into our current education status around STEM and how well we are actually doing. Things are looking good from a skills set perspective. In short the stats show that efforts are paying off.

He talks about resilience and how do you code and manage for this. It’s something that we do not plan for and prepare for it.

He talks about the primacy of code and building a customer journey. This thinking is a big shift from the project or process approach of the past. This is a bit cultural shift.

And he recognises the fact that Brett is not just a squirrel but rather an energiser squirrel.

More About Josef

You can find Josef on the following social media platforms:

Linkedin | Twitter | Website

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Growing South Africa Through South Africans With Matsi Modise

Matsi Modise an entrepreneur and entrepreneurial activist. She has spirit and the can do attitude to change South Africa for the better.

She is the founder of Furaha Afrika Holding (Pty) Ltd, a Pan-African advisory company that focuses on enterprise and business development solutions.

I enjoyed putting Matsi on the spot – she was game on. We spoke about the the growth of job, the relevance of digital and its impact on employment,. The big challenge is the right education and upsklillong South Africans so that they stay relevant.

Brett had the best idea of all – what does sa stand for – what are we known for what does SA offer.

She is the past Managing Director of SiMODiSA. This is an industry association with the mission to accelerate entrepreneurship by collaborating with policy makers. The goal is to enhance the success rate of high impact, high growth entrepreneurs. She is the former National Executive Director of the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF).

She joins us with her Sidekick (or as she says sidechick) Haneefa Motani.

 

Benjamin Schoderer – Yums Digital Marketer of 2018

We had a sit down with Benjamin Schoderer, the IAB 2018 Marketer of the year. Ben is an experienced digital marketer and is currently the digital manager at YUM and he looks after the KFC brand.

Building A Digital Platform From The Ground Up.

I have worked on the KFC brand before digital marketing really got going at YUM. Ben joined there just after I moved on and I know how much work he had in front of him. I can tell you he had a few digital challenges that he needed to get on top of and manage. To say that he has done an amazing job is to undersell the effort he has put in there and the value he created for the brand.

As a digital marketer, he’s done an amazing, innovative job of building the back end systems, done some very clever creative campaigns and his work is agencies to deliver real brand value to the brand.

Ben shares his experiences and what he has had to go through to get to where he is. He also shares the challenges that he has faced. For anyone who is looking at a career in digital marketing, this podcast is worth listening to.

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More About Ben

You can find Ben on the following social media platforms:

Twitter | Linkedin

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Joel Stransky on how AI is Redefining Recruitment

The Future of Work is a massive topic. Twitter abounds with crazy stats where about 45% of all jobs will be lost in the next 10 years. Who knows what the real number is and what the full impact will be thanks to the Gig Economy. But what happens when you put AI and Recruitment together? How will that disrupt things? 


Pivotal Capital Disrupting AI and Recruitment

But to get a better idea we spoke to Joel Stransky from Pivotal Talent (part of the Pivotal Group) about how they are redefining the recruitment industry using AI and recruitment!
 
What Joel and the team are doing is really helping companies pair up the right employees for the right jobs – and that is a good thing, right!
 
As an employer, you want to know that the person who you are employing is the best possible fit for the job. That they are competent, they have the capacity and the ability to grow into the job.
 

Happy Employees Is Profitable for a Business

As an employee, you want to know that you are being hired for the best job fit possible. Happiness is important, which is often defined by a job. It’s implied meaning and doing tasks within your abilities. Also that you have the capability to grow into.
 
AI allows this all to happen. This is early days for Joel and the team and the future looks very exciting.
 
What I find interesting is that this is redefining how recruitment is being done but it also creates a huge amount of efficiencies that a human cannot do. And this is a good thing.
 

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Nomad Now and The World of Freelancing

What do you do when you run a successful permanent staff recruitment that does not place freelancers? Well, you go digital and launch a Freelance Portal called Nomad Now. You connect your traditional customers with thousands of highly qualified freelancers.

And you then throw so much value at the equation that it is a no-brainer for both parties to jump in and use the platform.

This is what Ross Paton, founder, and CEO of Paton Personal did, with his Nomad Now co-founder Christel Bezou.


The Power of Freelance Platforms

Nomad Now real power lies in connecting people quickly and cheaply to solve real problems.

From a clients perspective, they are able to log in and find qualified freelancers. These are people who the necessary experience to get things done and to support the business.

The freelancer gets the benefit of simplification, no procurement process, and complex administration issues. They also get to focus more time on paid work. Ross says that they have currently in excess of 1600 freelancers. Clearly, the value is seen by freelancers.

The idea is still very new for many clients. To help drive this, Ross and the team are pushing very hard on educating their clients.

Sexy Front End – Heavy Duty Backend

What Ross and Hugo do share with us is hard work that has gone into the back end of the platform. A sexy front end is pretty useless without a strong, functional engine. Nomad Now is built with a very strong backend. It is key to connect the right freelancer to the right client. This is why a very strong search function has been built into the back end.

Its all about Freelancer Trust

The key to Nomad Now’s success of this is Trust. The client needs to know that the freelancer can delivery on whats required and promised. The Freelancer also need to trust that client will be fair, pay on time and not move the goal posts and scope creep (which always seems to happen!).

Built within the platform is the rating system. Both parties are rated. And its important as both parties need to have confidence in each other and to trust the mechanics.

The Collaboration of Freelancers

Ross and Hugo also explained the power of the Nomad Now freelancer team. So, let’s say that I am a freelancer specialising in digital strategy. I can now pull together a virtual team that will allow me to deliver on the bigger project. I can get a project manager, a web designer, a social media specialist, a content expert and so on. Each team member is on the platform but we operate as a unit.

It’s an interesting idea and it will be worth seeing how it develops.

The Future is Freelance

The Nomad Now platform offers the best of both worlds. It is disrupting a traditional business and redefining the recruitment industry.

For more info on the platform, please go visit the website at Nomad Now.

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Ripples CTO, Stefan Thomas on Ripple and the Internet of Value

Stefan Thomas is the CTO of Ripple. In this podcast we deep dive into what Ripple is, the pain that they are solving and their focus on the Internet of Value through Interledger.


The Pain That Ripple is Solving

In his words here is what Ripple is all about:

When you send money or move money around the world these days wire you have no idea what happened to it. You have no visibility of it and it costs a lot. A LOT!

Ripple set out to fix this problem.

Ripple’s focus is on transparency, lowering the cost, and increasing the speed of transfer. In more practical terms, what Ripple is doing it to make sending money around a lot less of a headache!

Banks, Blockchain and What It All Means

Of course, you cannot talk about money without talking about banks. Stefan gave some great insights into why banks are looking at the blockchain as a solution.

Alternative financial services are potentially a banks biggest challenge. These startups have no baggage. They are super agile and free of bad ways of doing things. They create cultures that designed to capture a banks customers.

To help solve this challenge Ripple has created an alternative banking technology. It can help a bank create a better customer experience and stay ahead of the unseen competition.

Disruption of the Old. Welcome the New

Of course, no conversation is complete without talking about disruption. Andrew Keys Podcast digs nicely into this. But back to Stefan!

The internet as we know it exploded thanks to Interoperability.

One of the payments world bigger limitations is the lack of interoperability. This changes when I can move money between different format and system. Everything opens up and get redefined.

Defining Ripple

Released Ripple in 2012. Ripple’s goal is to enable “secure, instantly and nearly free global financial transactions. Irrespective of any size and no chargebacks.

Ripple supports tokens representing fiat currency, cryptocurrency, commodity or any other unit of value. A good example can include frequent flier miles or mobile minutes.

Ripple core is based on a shared and public database or ledger. This uses a consensus process that allows for payments, exchanges, and remittance in a distributed process.

Getting Into The Payments World

Stefan shares his motivation to fix a very broken payment system. As he points out – it was a seemingly impossible problem for one person to fix. The release of Bitcoin changed that. The door opened where individuals could have a massive impact. This lead Stefan to Ripple.

Africa integration into Ripple

Ripple has a very strong Asia Middle East and has yet to penetrate into Africa. Stefan makes the point that Africa is a very different market. You don’t go blindly into a new market. To penetrate the African market you need to build a presence here with local insights.

There is a way to go. But we have no doubt that with the with speed the world is moving at this won’t take long.

Interoperability, Interledger and The Internet of Value

TheInterledger conversation got us very excited.

Interledger is about move value around. It is currently working to create a generic protocol so you can move money without any pain or hassle.

But the next step is moving value around. This will allow you to convert one thing of value to another. You will be able to build any kind of app that relies on moving value on top of this protocol. Stefan calls this exchange of value “the internet of value”.

The difference to Ripple goal, to be a global settlement network. A platform to allow anyone to transfer money in any currency to any currency in a matter of seconds.

We dig deep into the world of Micro-payments and building an internet of value.

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The Blockchain Africa Conference

Blockchain Africa Conference
Blockchain Africa Conference

The WTF #ThinkDigital Podcast spent two days interviewing many of the groundbreaking speakers at the Blockchain Africa Conference (#BAC18). The big topic was inter-operability and how the blockchain is maturing.