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#EP43 STEPHEN LARKIN – 50 SHADES OF CROWDFUNDING

Stephen Larkin is a penchant of mathematical algorithms and innovative funding methods with a dream to provide electricity to the people in Africa.

He co-founded Africa New Energies in 2012 with a simple vision – to write an algorithm to find natural gas to generate electricity cheaply enough to give 600 million Africans affordable power for the first time.

He is the co-founder and CEO of Africa New Energies and has experience running multiple companies, venture capital, raising funds and using crowdfunding and tax breaks in innovative ways.

Steve and his team has raise 6 million Pounds in a period of 3 years through crowdfunding only.

Thanks to StartUp Grind Cape Town.

Links:

Africa New Energies(ANE) website: http://www.ane.na

ANE on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/africanewenergies/

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EP#42 THE UNICORN FILES. LESSONS FROM THE GREATS

As I was going through a tough week of no drive and motivation. I returned to my archive to find interviews, talks and videos that inspires and motivate me. I remembered that I had been cutting snippets from my favorite interviews. I then decided to share it with you.

Let me know your thoughts and favorites.

The list of people quoted in this podcast:
– Chris Sacca
-Will Smith
– Steve Jobs
– Larry Ellison
– Mark Cuban
– Beyonce
– Aliko Dangote
– Steve Distante
– Peter Thiel
– Gary V

Much love from Grey.

EP#41 BRADLEY STILWELL – MAKING ANIMATED FILMS

Bradley Stilwell is a South African digital artist. Currently based in Australia, working for Animal Logic. He has worked on such films as Lego Batman, Mad Max Fury road, Legend of the Guardians just to name a few.

Topics covered:
– How Grey learnt about Brad.
– How he got started.
– His experience working on Lego Batman.
– How to create opportunities and work overseas.
– The current state of animation in South Africa.
– How to learn.
– The challenges or work+travel

The book he mentioned: http://www.audible.com.au/pd/Business/Pitch-Anything-Audiobook/B00FLVHVBE

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EP#40 JEFF WHITE – HOW THEY CREATED KONG SKULL ISLAND.

While the movie Kong Skull Island is still in Cinemas, I managed to get hold of one of the major contributors to the film, all the way from Industrial Light & Magic(ILM)

Jeff White is the visual effects supervisor of Kong, he has also worked on other big films such as Avengers, Warcraft, Transformers and Starwars just to name a few.

In this episode, we covered:
– The experience of making Kong
– Working at ILM
– His story
– Other films he has worked on
– Team building
– What he looks for in an artist
– Life/work balance
– Advice

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Kong trailer:

Avengers Trailer:

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EP#39 ROBYN FARAH – Kick Ass Technology – Obviously!

SHOWNOTES:

Robyn Farah, CEO of KATO is an Entrepreneur, speaker & people connector in tech & innovation.

Her company focuses on product development to solve real world problems in order to create a better world. She also founded and run some of the most influencial tech events and communities in South Africa which create exposure to and connect people who are pushing the boundaries of tech, as well as bridging the class and gender gap. These include #TechTalkCPT, Arduino Cape Town, Modern Alchemists and Women in Tech Cape Town. She’s a partner in Curiosity Campus, which taught people all sorts of tech skills from Python, building a robot to creating VR environments.

In 2016 she was listed as one of Mail&Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans and granted a Shuttleworth Flash Grant. In 2015 she was invited to be a guest lecturer at MIT and to attend the World Maker Faire in New York. She completed her Masters in Interactive Sound Installations at the Sonic Arts Research Center at Queen’s University.

Links:
Robyn’s website:
Home

KATO website:
https://www.kato.global/

Curiosity campus website:
http://curiositycampus.co.za/