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Discovering Bitcoin Through the #EndSARS Movement, Feat. Yele Bademosi & Akin Sawyerr

The Breakdown

Yele Bademosi is CEO at Bundle social payments app and the founder of investment firm microtraction. Akin Sawyerr is involved across the industry and leads operations at BarnBridge.  Over the course of October 2020, the world’s attention became firmly fixed on a growing movement in Nigeria. With the hashtag #EndSARS, the movement was, on the one hand, about addressing police brutality. On the other hand, as our guests discuss, it was a broader awakening and a demand for generational economic opportunity. At one point, even Twitter founder Jack Dorsey called for people to donate bitcoin to help the movement.  In this conversation, Yele and Akin discuss: The state of the economy in Nigeria leading into the protests Generational differences in political action  Why the #EndSARS protests exploded into action in October Why the movement turned to bitcoin to avoid bank confiscation  How crypto can play a role in a brighter future Find our guests online: Yele Bademosi - twitter.com/YeleBademosi Akin Sawyerr - twitter.com/AkinSawyerr

52mins

12 Nov 2020

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BREAKDOWN: Discovering Bitcoin Through the #EndSARS Movement, Feat. Yele Bademosi & Akin Sawyerr

CoinDesk Podcast Network

When the Nigerian government shut down protestors’ bank accounts, bitcoin and crypto became a way around. This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.Yele Bademosi is CEO at Bundle social payments app and the founder of investment firm Microtraction. Akin Sawyerr is involved across the industry and leads operations at BarnBridge. Over the course of October 2020, the world’s attention became firmly fixed on a growing movement in Nigeria. With the hashtag #EndSARS, the movement was, on the one hand, about addressing police brutality. On the other hand, as our guests discuss, it was a broader awakening and a demand for generational economic opportunity. At one point, even Twitter founder Jack Dorsey called for people to donate bitcoin to help the movement. In this conversation, Yele and Akin discuss:The state of the economy in Nigeria leading into the protestsGenerational differences in political action Why the #EndSARS protests exploded into action in OctoberWhy the movement turned to bitcoin to avoid bank confiscation How crypto can play a role in a brighter futureFind our guests online:Yele Bademosi - twitter.com/YeleBademosiAkin Sawyerr - twitter.com/AkinSawyerrSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

52mins

11 Nov 2020

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Unpacking the emerging DeFi vertical within cryptocurrency with Akin Sawyerr

The Global Startup Movement

Akin Sawyerr is the Strategy lead for Decred, where he leads strategy and governance functions, and supports the proliferation of Decred across Africa. Decred is an open and progressive cryptocurrency with a system of community-based governance integrated into its blockchain. He's also an early investor and director of Splash Mobile Money, the largest mobile payments company in Sierra Leone. Akin is a long time executive and entrepreneur operating in mobile money, remittances, and payments in sub Saharan Africa.On this episode you'll learn: What use cases within Decentralized Finance (DeFi) is Akin most excited for and why? [3:20]What aspect of DeFi does Akin think will have the biggest impact across Africa? [10:48]What are the best assets to peg a stablecoin's value to? [14:05]

19mins

18 Aug 2020

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Unpacking the emerging DeFi vertical within cryptocurrency with Akin Sawyerr

The Global Startup Movement - Startup Ecosystem Leaders, Global Entrepreneurship, and Emerging Market Innovation

Akin Sawyerr is the Strategy lead for Decred, where he leads strategy and governance functions, and supports the proliferation of Decred across Africa. Decred is an open and progressive cryptocurrency with an system of community-based governance integrated into its blockchain. He's also an early investor and director of Splash Mobile Money, the largest mobile payments company in Sierra Leone. Akin is a long time executive and entrepreneur operating in mobile money, remittances, and payments in sub Saharan Africa.On this episode you'll learn:What use cases within Decentralized Finance (DeFi) is Akin most excited for and why? [3:20]What aspect of DeFi does Akin think will have the biggest impact across Africa? [10:48]What are the best assets to peg a stablecoin's value to?[14:05]

18mins

11 Aug 2020

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Decred’s Akin Sawyerr: Governance Reimagined

The Delphi Podcast

Host Tom Shaughnessy talks to Akin Sawyerr a Strategy and Governance Lead for Decred. Akin discusses getting involved with the Decred platform, governance, and community-building. Key Points Decred is unique for its transparent, token-holder led governance. A community mindset of searching for the best solution to a problem increases transparency and decreases contention. Decred wants to build incrementally and develop iteratively in order to maintain a strong community and culture. Episode Highlights Africa is the most expensive area to move money. The free, open-source tech isn’t the issue, but the government network. Anyone in Decred’s network can propose, vote on, and debate ideas and feedback. There are pitfalls to token-holder governance, which is why Bitcoin doesn’t have it, but Akin sees it as giving the people with economic stake in the network and a stake in governance. Decred is working towards being a DAO, and using their cryptocurrency Politeia and technology built for Politeia in new implementations and new use cases. Decred is one of the only cryptocurrencies that hasn’t had a major PR scandal or problem arise. Decred’s biggest goals looking forward are to launch lightning support and a split-ticketing system. Akin believes Decred isn’t in the top 10 coins because it requires a bit of a learning and participation curve to get involved. Decred has the highest voter turnout for governance issues of all cryptos. Decred has a consistent philosophy about their protocols, down to having a constitution Resources Mentioned Delphi Digital's Research Chain Reaction Twitter Tom Shaughnessy Twitter Decred website Decred chat Decred Twitter Akin Sawyerr Twitter Previous Episodes Decred’s Co-Founder Jake Yocom-Piatt: Governance-First Crypto Aims to Challenge Bitcoin Noah Pierau on Blockchain Governance: Decred, Bitcoin, Dash, Ethereum Support The Show: $50 Off A Helium Hotspot Visit Delta Exchange For A $10 Welcome Bonus! Check out eToro to Create Your Perfect Crypto Portfolio Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host may personally own tokens that are mention

35mins

6 Jan 2020

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Akin Sawyerr, Team Lead at Decred: How Crypto is Bridging the Gap Between the Banked and Unbanked

The Pomp Podcast

Akin Sawyerr is helping to build the future through Decred. In this conversation, Akin and Anthony discuss the current state of banking in Africa, how consumers are discovering and using crypto there, what Decred is and how it works, and why less developed countries are poised to leapfrog the world's superpowers today with the help of cryptocurrencies.BLOCKFI-----BlockFi allows you to keep your crypto, put it up as collateral, and receive a USD loan funded directly to your bank account. They do loans ranging from $2,000 to $10,000,000, and they're perfect for helping you reach your financial goals of all sizes.Visit BlockFi.com/Pomp to learn more about putting your crypto to work without having to sell it.CRYPTO.COM-----Crypto.com is a pioneering payment and cryptocurrency platform that seeks to accelerate the world's transition to cryptocurrency. With the vision of "cryptocurrency in every wallet", the Crypto.com App offers a full range of financial products with competitive pricing, well designed UX and high security. It is the best place to buy, sell and pay with crypto.COINMINE-----The Coinmine One is like an Xbox that turns your electricity into Bitcoin. You just plug it in, connect to wifi, and tap on the crypto you want. It’s so easy anyone can do it. Everything is controlled from the Coinmine mobile app and the Coinmine keeps getting better with over the air updates that add new coins, features and services to your Coinmine. Visit coinmine.com/pomp to get a Coinmine and earn crypto for powering a new world.ETORO-----This episode of Off the Chain is sponsored by eToro, the smartest crypto trading platform, and one of the largest in the world. Join 11 million other traders and create an account at etoro.com and build your crypto portfolio the smart way.

1hr 26mins

12 Dec 2019

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Akin Sawyerr - DCR Africa + Governance

Decred In Depth

Interview location : USA Interview date : Monday 28th October, 2019 Project : Decred If you enjoy Decred in Depth you can help support the show by : - Subscribing - Share the show and episodes with your family and friends Connect with Akin Sawyerr : Twitter : twitter.com/@akinsawyerr Decred is an autonomous digital currency. With a hybrid consensus system, it is built to be a decentralized, sustainable, and self-ruling currency where stakeholders make the rules. Join the Decred community! Decred: decred.org/community Twitter: twitter.com/decredproject Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/decred Facebook : www.facebook.com/decredproject

47mins

15 Nov 2019

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Base Layer Episode 059 - Akin Sawyerr (Decred)

Base Layer

Akin from Decred joins us on Base Layer for a great overview of the project. Decred forked from the Bitcoin codebase when a proposal for new suite of features to be added to Bitcoin from Company 0 was rejected by the Bitcoin core team. Named btcsuite, these features became the core of the Decred project. Decred’s governance and consensus mechanism relies on a PoW/Proof-of-Stake (PoS) hybrid, which the project regards as a sort of “second authentication factor for consensus” by enabling coin holders to curb potential miner centralization, Decred employs a governance body called the Politeia to guide the project’s direction and fund operations from its treasury. We learn all about their special governance mechanisms and why people are talking about Decred.

34mins

15 Aug 2019

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027: Akin Sawyerr – Transforming Africa’s Remittances and Payments with Blockchain

Young African Entrepreneur

Akin Sawyerr is the Managing Director of Feleman, an investments and consulting firm focused on payments systems, remittances, and blockchain solutions to catalyze growth in emerging markets. You can connect with him @akinsawyerr on Twitter. Akin is also the co-founder of RocRemit, a blockchain remittance company, and is a director of Splash Mobile Money, a mobile payments company in Sierra Leone. Akin is a fount of knowledge on mobile money and payments in Sub-Saharan Africa. We chatted about his early involvement in Splash, why blockchain will revolutionize remittances in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the changing profile of the successful African startup founder. Without further ado, here’s my conversation with Akin Sawyerr.

1hr 10mins

26 Sep 2018

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11: Blockchain in Frontier Markets with Akin Sawyerr of Feleman

Coin Gamma Crypto Podcast

We discuss Blockchain use in Frontier Markets with expert Akin Sawyerr.

32mins

26 Mar 2018