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Interview with Enrique Alcazar Co-Founder and Blockchain Architect at NutraSign

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Enrique Alcazar, he is Cofounder & Blockchain architect in NutraSign

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you share with us what NutraSign is?

Nutrasign is a new application that leverages distributed protocols, (IE, blockchain and IPFS) to fix some of the biggest problems food supply chain for both the user and seller:

The first one is focused around the user, and it’s food provenance, we all like to know where our food comes from, and some of us even make choices based on it, for example, you may like to buy from free-range farms. The problem is that, with the current food supply chain, that information can be easily faked, the good news is, thanks to nutrasign’s mobile app you’ll be able to scan every product you buy and see it’s full provenance.

The second one is related to every member in the chain. Currently many buyers have to trust each other on the product’s provenance, and in catastrophic events such as a product carrying a disease, it’s really hard to identify, we can barely determine the country, for example where a particular batch of peppers came from, forcing all farmers in the country to seize production, or mislabeling where they came from and expose more people to the disease. This exact example happened to Germany with some Spanish peppers which ended up not being Spanish.

Can you tell me How blockchain can improve food traceability?

Let’s say we have a supply chain with 3 participants: 2 is selling to 3, then 3 has to trust 2 with everything that happened before him, barely any information is kept right now and is not directly associated to the products.
One the only other solution would be for 2 to openly disclose all information about 1 and let 3 check that information, but that’s really time consuming and could be a horrible business decision, we propose a much better one:

Use blockchain and take advantage of its traceability and easy tokenization:
1. We create identities for all members, and every authorized participant, can create claims about them, IE: John’s farm is free range and has X license.
2. Every time a new product is created, we create a token representing it, every change made to the product is represented in the token, even morphing into new ones. IE: sugar tokens from John and lemon tokens from Ana were used by Alice to produce lemonade tokens.
3 We limit the information that we want to be accessible. IE: as a lemonade manufacturer, maybe I don’t

want the next buyer who my supplier’s are, then I can only register in that product the properties I want to expose instead of the full identity.

Will Blockchain bring trust back to the food industry?

I think it blockchain tech will bring new levels of trust to markets we are not expecting, and certainly, the food industry is one of them where we need it urgently, not only to fix all the scams that are happening right now,

but to improve our health, reduce risks, and give better visibility to all products that come from better sources.

How do you feel of being part of top 100 SouthSummit Startups finalist?

I’m ecstatic, it was a team effort, but certainty we have Abraham (Nutrasign’s CEO) to blame for this. Thanks to everyone, here we are, working on a great idea that aims to improve a part of the world for everyone, and at least for me, that’s the dream.
We are really thankful to the organization for seeing the potential of our product, and we will keep working on it to put it on everyone’s hands as soon as possible.

What are the 5 things that most excite you about blockchain and crypto? Why?

Only 5, that’s hard, I’ll go with the classics and give my own take.

  1. Scam prevention: I know this seems almost paradoxical nowadays with tons of ICOs being scams,

    but, if well used, thanks to the transparency it provides, it can clear up many processes, and you can

    be sure of who is executing them.

  2. No middle-man: For a very long time in most business we have the figure of the middle man, some

    entity that’s just putting 2 people in contact and takes a cut for it, it helps because it eases the trust, it’s easier to trust one person, but at the end of the day, that’s still one person hence a point of failure because of many reasons, one thing we can trust is code, and the more we perfect the behavior of blockchain code, the less middle man we’ll see.

  3. Global identities: wouldn’t it be nice if we owned our own identities instead of governments? Of course they and everyone could attestate things about it, but having an international identity could ease tons of things (private communication, access to resources, voting, identifying people in risk such as refugees).
  4. Decentralization of processes: From payments, to services like Uber, in some years, we’ll move to use Dapps, or at least I hope so, I think this could really help everyone, would reduce costs, give opportunities to people in risk of exclusion, delete inefficiencies… Basically just define a set of basic rules, and everyone that abides and has connection to a node can play, blockchain will make sure those rules are applied.
  5. The internet of value: This is the biggest one for me, and only enabled thanks to free micro payments: being paid for add consumption, paying to delete adds, pay tiny amounts to your favorite creators, being payed for the time you spend on your videogame… This basically means an internet where we stop being the product, instead we get rewarded for the value we contribute to the network.

What are the 5 things worry you about blockchain and crypto? Why?

Unfortunately, is also hard to list only 5
1. Lies on reach: Blockchain won’t cure cancer, and neither will solve other problems some of them are

claiming to fix, there are too many people spurting lies about almost everything, and obviously, users don’t have the time to check every detail that comes out, and that leads to misconceptions about how far this tech can go.

  1. Marketing: Tons of screaming with no substance, lots of projects just “put in a blockchain” for marketing purposes. Virtually 0 times is absolutely needed, rarely is used properly and most of the time is there just for show, that only gives it bad repo.
  2. Fake know-it-alls: I’m really not sure if they like to fake it, or it’s the Dunning-Krugger effect, but I’ve met tons of people that claim to be experts and then don’t even know the most basic stuff, everyone that claims to be an expert is either a liar or one of the “creators”, an even then that’s questionable and we can see it in the:
  3. Internal wars: This is a really young tech, and doesn’t have one single leader, this results in many discussions about where should blockchain go, and right now, they are doing more bad than good to the technology.
  4. Scams: Yes, right now there are too many scams, they tend to be consequence of adding all the points, some bad apples take advantage and create scams to trick people and steal their assets, fortunately right now, there are tons of people working on fixing this.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

I don’t tend to be very active on social media, but I can be found on most places by my internet’s nickname, kikoncuo.
At the end of the day, if you want to contact me or the project the easiest thing to do would be to try @Nutrasign in the main social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn)

Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Disrupt Magazine Anthony Delgado, is a Puerto Rican American software developer, businessman, activist and philanthropist. Delgado is also the host of the Disrupt Podcast where he interviews the most disruptive business owners, leaders and change makers in the world. Delgado is best known as the founder, and chief executive officer of The Disrupt Foundation, a social impact movement to grow Puerto Rico’s technology ecosystem and host of the semi-annual Disrupt Puerto Rico Conference. Delgado has also helped mentor thousands of students, all from the comfort of his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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The diaspora is key in the reconstruction of Puerto Rico

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If it has ever been more than evident that Puerto Ricans who have left the island do not forget their homeland, it is just now during the emergency caused by Hurricane María passing through Puerto Rico.

Long and wide across the United States and the world, Puerto Ricans have activated their networks in spontaneous solidarity-based operations of collecting donations and sending aid to the Island. They are living proof that Puerto Rico is more than 3.5 million. of inhabitants of this small Caribbean archipelago.

Puerto Rico is present and active in every corner of the globe. Some more visible than others, that so-called diaspora has given glory to the country and put its name up. After the devastation caused by the powerful hurricane María, on September 21, the aid efforts of these thousands of Puerto Ricans living abroad are crucial drivers in the present struggle to rebuild the country.

Sports, art and entertainment celebrities have put their fame at the service of efforts to collect and bring aid for the victims. Among them, Jorge Posada, the former receiver of the New York Yankees in the majors, who has made at least three trips with supplies to distribute through the United for Puerto Rico initiative.

Like Jorge and his wife Laura, the stellar receiver Iván Rodríguez, recently exalted to the Baseball Hall of Fame, has brought more than a dozen containers with aid.

They are joined by Carlos Beltrán, Bernie Williams, Roberto Alomar, Carlos Arroyo, Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi, Lin Manuel Miranda, Benicio del Toro, Jeniffer López, Marc Anthony, Chayanne, Nicky Jam, who have somehow attracted American attention and international towards the pressing needs in Puerto Rico after the scourge of the hurricane.

The list continues with many names that we did not hear before and so many others that we will not get to know, but that are equally committed to the common mission of raising Puerto Rico.

In cities across the United States, unions, groups of friends, restaurant owners, municipal government officials, state, congressmen, have said theirs present. To mention a few, in Washington DC, the Puerto Rican community filled four trucks with some 78,000 pounds of supplies that will be integrated into the United for Puerto Rico campaign.

The nonprofit group Friends of Puerto Rico began a fundraising campaign that will benefit ten Boy’s & Girls Club centers on the Island. The Alejandro and Orlando Bravo brothers, who established the Bravo Family Foundation two years ago, based in California, they didn’t think twice to bring a plane loaded with provisions that they distributed personally.

In Pennsylvania, Puerto Rican student José Diego Toro launched a campaign on the GoFundMe.com portal to raise $ 10,000 to help victims. Soon other Puerto Rican students joined in more than a hundred universities in the United States, constituted under the name of Students for Puerto Rico. They had already exceeded $ 160,000. Only in that portal there are more than 30 campaigns in order to help the victims in Puerto Rico.

More Puerto Ricans have established dozens of known collection centers in Florida, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania. And even if they don’t all transcend, there must be a collection center in every state.

The extended hand of the diaspora has not limited itself to collecting, sending or bringing aid to the Island. Many groups have redoubled their lobbying to ensure that the federal government responds quickly, effectively and sustainably to the magnitude of the disaster and efforts. of reconstruction, just in the most serious period of fiscal precariousness that the country has had in decades.

To all of them, thank you. Today more than ever, Puerto Rico embraces them with pride.

This article was originally published by the Bravo Family Foundation.

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Max Karg Is Making A Killing By Marketing Exotic Vehicles

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Could you imagine getting paid to take pictures with luxury, vintage, and even exotic cars? Well, 21 year old Max Karg has managed to figure out exactly how to do so. 

Max runs a business that basically consists of him helping vehicle owners sell their vehicles faster, easier, and for top dollar through his marketing and advertising methods. Since most people aren’t experts in the space of automotive marketing, Max found his opportunity to take control of that market and absolutely dominate. To date, he’s managed to market millions of dollars worth of vehicles.

What’s pretty interesting about him is that he didn’t come from a wealthy family that had connections to fellow successful individuals, nor did he have any advantage of being taught business strategies at a young age. Instead, he was making minimum wage while working at a Dairy Queen, and he decided to buy a coworker’s car for $800. He washed it, detailed the interior, and cleaned the throttle body. A few weeks later, he sold that same car for $1,400, profiting $600. This is when he realized, “I made in a few weeks what it took me a few months to make working minimum wage. I should do this more.”

This then turned into him dabbling in other areas of the automotive industry, such as detailing cars, mechanical repair, and cosmetic repair. They all had their pros and cons, for they allowed Max to work with cars, but they also each came with a set of drawbacks and difficulties. He eventually landed on something that had no ceiling and required no shop or tools: automotive marketing. 

Max was able to combine his existing skill set of photography with his newly acquired skills such as copywriting, and paired them with his passion for cars to form a highly valuable service that he could be compensated well for.

From not being old enough to drive at all, to now getting paid to drive some of his dream cars, Max has come a long way in just a few years. This is the first year that he is legally allowed to buy a drink, and he already has more experience (and success) in business than most people ever get.

Knowing what’s possible when someone has the skill set and knowledge that Max has, he wants to share this golden opportunity with whoever is looking for that right “vehicle” to go all in on. Through his various social media channels (@maxckarg on Instagram), he will be sharing his best tips and kept secrets with those who want to follow a similar path as him.

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Showcasing The Human Side Of Entrepreneurs Through The Lens Of Hustle Hive TV

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Many people are intrigued by the daily routine of young and budding entrepreneurs. The curiosity of a lot of people is aroused by how young entrepreneurs deal with their daily lives. Plenty of individuals are asking how they started their business or the challenges they’re facing as young entrepreneurs. People want to learn the steps that they take, the habits that they’ve adopted or the things that they did in order to be successful in their business endeavors.

This is the goal of the Dickens brothers of California. Eriksen and Soren Dickens are the founders of Hustle Hive TV, which is an educational platform on YouTube that shares knowledge about the different facets of entrepreneurship. Through their lenses, they want to document the lives of young entrepreneurs and share it with a wide range of audiences to inspire others with similar mindsets. The content they produce hopes to humanize and humorize the entrepreneur lifestyle while adding educational value to the lives of others.   

The Dickens brothers are known for producing documentary films like “Dirty Toes” and “Magic in the Lane”, both documentaries about entrepreneurs who’ve overcome adversity in their lives to get where they are today. The brothers are drawn to making films about young, hustling entrepreneurs because it’s so relevant to who they are. 

“Telling stories through documentary-style filmmaking is our greatest passion. We have been making films since we were 10 years-old. So, now, we want to tell the stories of young entrepreneurs and show the highs and lows that they encounter every day to reach their goals and become successful,” Soren Dickens explains. 

The Dickens Brothers

Eriksen and Soren grew up in the so-called Cowboy Capital of the World – Oakdale, California. It is a small, cowboy town located in the Central Valley of California. 

Since they were 10 years old, they have been fascinated with making films. They started

making home movies using their mother’s VHS recorder and even made their own costumes and props. This love for filmmaking persuaded them to establish their own production company in 2016, called Platinum Peek, while both were still in college at California Polytechnic State University. A year later, they established Peek Wedding Films, a brand that specializes in unique wedding videography.

Founding of Hustle Hive TV

Eriksen explained that as business-minded filmmakers, they are always looking for interesting people to tell stories about and so they looked around them and found the perfect people. The brothers currently live in San Luis Obispo and have immersed themselves within a broad network of young entrepreneurs on similar paths.   

“As young entrepreneurs, we realized that our lifestyle is quite unique compared to most people. Up until this point, all of us had been relatively quiet about our ventures—working hard but working in the dark,” says Eriksen.

They reflected and realized, why not share the successes and challenges that they, and so many other budding entrepreneurs face on a daily basis? “We realized that a central part of being able to retain knowledge, is being able to share knowledge—to educate others,” he added. This reality became the laying foundation for Hustle Hive TV. 

Who is a Hustler?

As defined in the dictionary, a hustler is an enterprising person determined to succeed. They are hard-working people who know how to get around problems and make money. This best describes Eriksen and Soren and their peers. They are a group of normal guys living in San Luis Obispo, California pursuing different goals, but with the same intensity and drive. 

“The cool thing about Hustle Hive,” Eriksen Dickens says, “is that you’re able to get so many different perspectives. Because there’s a handful of us involved, one day you might get tips on app marketing, the next day you might learn something about filmmaking. One day you might learn about the importance of keeping a healthy mind as an entrepreneur, and then the next day you’ll learn about real estate investing. But the underlying theme in all this is centered around what makes us human. At the end of the day, we’re human beings and face adversity like everyone else. By showing this, I think it demystifies the whole entrepreneurial lifestyle and makes it more obtainable for people.”   

Inside the Hustle Hive, they have content creators, app developers, sales professionals, market insiders and serial entrepreneurs who have created several streams of income.

Brett Foreman, the founder of the San Luis Obispo based mobile app called Kick-it-Points and a co-star on Hustle Hive TV, says of the platform: “Not only has it helped grow my business within the community, Hustle Hive TV has allowed us to educate both businesses and young entrepreneurs looking to learn more about digital advertising.”  

What do they do?

Eriksen explained that they peek into the daily lives of young entrepreneurs who experience the highs, the lows and everything in between. “It’s not always sunshine and rainbows on the road to complete financial freedom! There are bumps along the road and sometimes you encounter detours, so we want to show that despite the circumstances, these young entrepreneurs continue to push forward until they reach their goal,” he continued.

Soren added that they will show the behind the scenes of the lives of entrepreneurs which will cover their struggles, successes, and everything that they have been facing in the past several years. “We are going to show it through reality content, value-driven content and a little bit of entertainment,” he noted.

In a nutshell

The Dickens brothers are not only using filmmaking as a platform to tell stories, they’re also utilizing the medium to inspire young entrepreneurs to continue moving towards their dream of financial freedom. Starting a business is not easy. It takes a lot of commitment and dedication, but with that persistence, it is obtainable. This is why they established this educational platform—to inspire young and budding entrepreneurs to not give up on their dreams.

To learn more about the lives of young entrepreneurs, please follow the Dickens brothers on Instagram at @hustlerhousetv, @sorendickens, @eriksenwdickens, and @platinumpeek.

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