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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)

Anthony Delgado (born February 6, 1986) is an American software developer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a professional hacker in the developer community. Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

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Ambassador Charles Kelechi Anyanwu aka 7 Figure Boss

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Ambassador Charles Kelechi Anyanwu popularly known as 7 Figure Boss. A Nigerian serial entrepreneur, author, speaker, business coach and internet personality.

7 Figure Boss is best known for his work in business consultancy/coaching, digital marketing and social media, leading Nigerian based companies Shockwave Films, Discount Mall Naija and the 7 Figure Boss brand.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

While growing up I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur because I always come up with ideas to make money around me. Like when I started my photography business in my secondary school. Most of my mates then were probably thinking of provisions and stuffs like that but I saw life differently. I knew I wanted to be who I am today and the only way to achieve it is by constant innovation and persistence. So if I am to answer this question  literally I would say my Ambition to become a billionaire and I also care about helping people and making an impact and this career allows me to do that  and today I have trained and mentored over 3000 entrepreneurs and most of them are doing very well in their field.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?

Everything! The highs and the lows have all been interesting. But I will always give it up to my first 3 years, it was really the most interesting as I watched the businesses I started with nothing grow into a big brand with thousands customer base. That’s really interesting for me!

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Well, truth is that I really don’t consider any business move I make a mistake. Because what some call mistakes I call lessons. So I’d say the greatest lesson I learnt was quitting! There was a time it wasn’t just working I had to quit and one year after, I realized I had made a wrong decision by quitting. I had to pick up from where I left off and today that same business pays all my bills and funds my luxurious lifestyle. If I gave up completely I wouldn’t be here today and you probably wouldn’t have been interviewing me by now.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

In today’s world, transparency, integrity and honesty is really hard to find. And over the years, my company has offered that to our clients. They know that we can be trusted to deliver as agreed at all times no matter the volume of transaction.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Don’t quit!!! Put in your best! Be creative and never ever cheat your clients even when they might not be able to find out. Honesty keeps the biggest paying clients.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

My mom! She’s such an amazing woman! Even though she wanted me to go to school and then get a job and live a comfortable life she still supported me through my days of trial and error! She bought me my first laptop which I used to start my graphics design and print business before I ventured into video editing using that same laptop. She’s really my biggest fan and my greatest motivation.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

Over the years, I’ve done a lot of business coaching and trainings which have helped to groom great entrepreneurs scattered all over the world. I currently have over a thousand plus young entrepreneurs that are under my mentorship and most of them are doing great in all their endeavors.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.” – Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield. This quote always has a way of bringing out the spirit of excellence in me. You can hardly find me doing half-baked jobs. I always put in my very best in whatever I do, no matter how small the project is. If I can’t do it well or better than anyone else then you can never find me doing it.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

I will start “Entrepreneurship in Schools Movement” for me the education system we have right now is not doing much for us. Thousands of people graduate from universities every year but most of them don’t get to get jobs.  I feel if “entrepreneurship” is introduced to the schools the world will be a better place. Those who want to be lawyers will go ahead and study law and those who want to be entrepreneurs will study entrepreneurship instead of having someone read law for 6years and then jump to entrepreneurship. That’s 6 wasted years! So if I can lead a movement it will be for the government to include “Entrepreneurship” as one of the courses offered in our tertiary institutions.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

I always prefer instagram: www.instagram.com/7figureboss (@7figureboss)

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

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Karan Singh AKA Loner With A Phone

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Karan Singh AKA Loner With A Phone who is a Social Media Genius, an Influencer and also now a Podcast Host called “4 Questions with Social Media Famous” which now have around 20K downloads in less than a month. 


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what you do and how you started on Social Media and became an influencer?

I did my social media-marketing course in 2013 and my ecommerce brand got a lot of success through influencer marketing so I educated myself with how it works and their best practices. I never wanted to become an Influencer neither I call myself one as its huge responsibility to Influence people in the right direction. I just try and make few people laugh or try to entertain them showing them some of my life stories it keeps me busy outside of work. Also, it’s really fun.

Can you share the best thing that happened to you since you started on social media?

Well, it made me feel a little more confident. I did things last year which I would have never done offline like around 15 solo trips with random strangers. I get to meet and hangout with the coolest people I know (also started dating one of them 😉 ) . Oh, the best thing would be I started taking fitness and nutrition seriously because mostly I use to go to gym twice a day to find interesting content and I didn’t like being so unfit on camera.

Who are your favorite Influencers and Why?

Fitness: Roshni Sanghvi(obviously), Nidhi Mohan, Dana Linn Bailey, Hypertrophy Coach. 

Because these people stories and posts keeps me on toes.

Humor: David Dobrik because he knows how to work hard and make it fun as well.

What do you think makes your podcast stand out? 

First, I am the host. So yeah, you know its going to kill it. Okay seriously its different because its not scripted. It tells the exact culture for social media influencers in India and thanks to so honest guests, they give a honest advice no matter how harsh it may sound. 


What tips will you give to a person who just started on Social Media and want to make it big?

1. Listen to the podcast. All episodes. All of them.

2. Don’t obsess over the number of followers. It’s a dark path and I have been there. It’s not pretty.
3. Do it if you actually want to create. Don’t do it because someone else did it or you think its easy or you might be able to make fame or money out of it.


How have you used your social media to bring goodness to the world? 

Okay, too much pressure. I don’t think I have done something that to mention other than making few people smile but yeah if I get a chance to give back or change something for good through my social media, I would definitely do it.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I made my started on social media” and why.

1. You can’t change your Snapchat Username.

2. In 2 years or so you will be in an actual relationship and Loner with a phone will sound awkward.

3. You jokes are not that funny as they sound in your head.

4. Everyone wants to see 2 girls kissing. Everyone.

5. Never compromise work for content.


You are a person of great influence. What advice can you give to our readers to a happy life?

Party Every Weekend. Hydrate yourself next morning. Work really really Hard. Workout everyday. Stay away from toxic people surround yourself with people who make your feel good about yourself. Don’t miss a chance to travel. Laugh On Lame Jokes. Read a book every once in a while. Black color looks amazing on you no matter who you are. Timberland Boots are the only pair of shoes you should own. 


How can our readers follow you on social media or Listen to the podcast?

Instagram : @instaakaran 

Snapchat : RandomizingK

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lonerwithaphone

 

 

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Knowledge Cee Interview

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Knowledge Cee. He started his website www.knowledgecee.com with the intentions of offering technology services for individuals but with the focus of working with the entertainment industry. Knowledge’s company offers services like Youtube interviews, Hardware troubleshooting, web design, graphic design, photography, album covers and much more in one place.

 

 

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I always was into technology and making videos. Since the age of 12, I began to troubleshoot computers, edit videos, pictures and breaking into things I was not supposed to online. That lead to my making of Youtube videos and going to college for Network Security with the goal of starting my own company.

 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?

 

The most interesting story that happened to me  since I began leading my company is that I got a gig with www.recoverysolutionsnj.org to record videos on people who suffered from substance abuse. It was a paid gig that lasted three days. It was a great experience to hear different people’s experiences . On September 17th, I got to meet people who seen my videos in Atlantic City at the 2018 Recovery Month Summit by Recovery Solutions. After my gigs, I would walk around Atlantic City like a tourist while I waited on my Greyhound. I explored a place I had never been and got paid to do what I love.

 

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

 

When I first started my company, I was dropshipping products from China. My seller was from Amazon and I was selling on Ebay. The toy I was dropshipping was one of the best selling  toys of 2017. I advertised the product on Ebay and made over $1700 in three days so as a normal person I made the purchases on Amazon to ship to my clients. The sellers were all a scam so I got scammed as well as all of my customers. Now I do not have an Ebay account.
I learned that you must research the company that you want to dropship from. Make sure they are reliable and have excellent communication. If not, it is not worth the risk.

 

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

My website is a good place to go to if you are ready to start a company. We provide advertisements, graphic design, website development and remote technology services. My prices are below most contractors or retail  prices and I am even willing to lower my price to match your price range. There was many times when people did not have enough to book myself but I let them slide because I remember when I did not have enough money to pay for services.

 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

You must always know your limit. Do not overwork yourself because that is the fastest way to get lazy. Always take a day off during the week to rest fully and always get a good rest every night. Manage your task in priority order.

 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

I would like to thank Mallah Divine Mallah. He is the reason I get most of my contracted jobs now and the reason I got hired by the Department of Education. Mallah came into my life and helped myself develop character by telling stories of his life.
It all started my last semester of my Associate degree. Mallah and I were acquainted with each other because we sat in the same row in a computer class. He seen that I knew my stuff with computers, cameras and other topics which we can relate too. One day we hung out after class and spoke on our values and the reasons why we do things. After that, we began to work on computer projects together, share information and then started to build our credibility together. We struggled together and now we are eating together.
Check out his website on www.mallahdivinemallah.com

 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?  

I provide free services for people who I have faith in. If I see that you are motivated doing what you are doing in order to help the world, I would help you. All you have to do is ask.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

“It takes money to make money”. In order to build my website it took money. In order to buy a camera it took money. In order to get Sony Vegas and Adobe Creative Suite it took money. Everything took money even to get website traffic.

 

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

If you are selling a product make sure your supplier is not scamming you
I sold over $1,700 worth of goods online but my supplier scammed me so I lost good credibility and profit.
2) when creating a website try to have words that match what you do in the domain because it increases your chance of ranking higher on Google.com
Example: if your website is about cats your website and would be catsworld.com

3) Even when you are working for yourself you are working for someone. The person you are working for is your client that you want to please so they come back and refer others to you.

4)” You have to be ready for the tough times ahead and know that failure will always be the easy way out. There are no shortcuts to success and you have to work harder and put in more sweat equity than you ever could imagine to make the venture you are embarking on a success. “ – @themarshan1
5) “It is not as hard as people make it seem to be your own boss and move away from the employee title. As long as you put your best foot forward and always remember to be gracious and positive good thing with only come.
OUT OF 100 NO’S THERE WILL BE 1 YES AND ALL YOU NEED IS ONE.” – @Kha.Rin

 

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement  that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

Gathering people together who lived in New York for 10+ years to sign a petition protecting from landlords who are rapidly increasing the rent, trying to evict people for less than $1000, landlords who are paying tenants to move, slumlords, and to increase the amount of affordable housing in New York.

 

How can our readers follow you on social media?

www.instagram.com/knowledgeceeallah
www.knowledgecee.com
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYbokqxTbD1mE4zZ94_XH3Q

 

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

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