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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

31 – Solving Africa’s Employment Challenge – with Anish Shivdasani

Employment is a big issue in South Africa – and there are many different approaches and solutions that technology offers. Anish is the co-founder of an job platform called Giraffe. And we had a chat while at Leaderex. Why Giraffe? Well its a memorable African name of animal that has grace, warmth and trust. It’s … Read more31 – Solving Africa’s Employment Challenge – with Anish Shivdasani