Interview with Leemon Baird – Prof. of Computer Science & Founder of Hedera Hashgraph, The Alternative To Blockchain Consensus

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Dr. Leemon Baird is the inventor of the hashgraph distributed consensus algorithm, and is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of Hedera. Hedera is the only public ledger that uses hashgraph consensus, a faster, more secure alternative to blockchain consensus mechanisms. Hashgraph works efficiently to verify transactions while ensuring the highest standard of security to prevent malicious attacks. Dr. Leemon Baird is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda openbusinesscouncil citiesabc YouTube Podcast Series.

Leemon Baird Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you – background, academic background education… 

2. Can you tell us the history and about Hedera Hashgraph company / companies, organisations and focus?

3. What is the difference between Hashgraph and most of the other blockchain solutions

4. What is the difference between the public ledger of Hashgraph and other traditional blockchains?

5. You have some impressive network of global corporations and organisations using you that includes from the first fourteen Hedera Governing Council Members include: Boeing, Deutsche Telekom, DLA Piper, FIS (WorldPay), Google, IBM, LG, Magalu, Nomura, Swirlds, Tata Communications, University College London (UCL), and Wipro. Can you tell us about the ecosystem and some case studies?

6. One of your council partners DLA Piper is leveraging the Hedera Hashgraph to create a tokenization solution. Can you tell us some of what has been done in these areas, especially on related solutions like NFT and related?

7. Ethereum created a big community of developers that made it a massive platform and leading blockchain. How are you fostering your community?

8. Can you tell us about HBAR https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/hedera-hashgraph/ is the native cryptocurrency of the Hedera public network. How is Hbars used to power decentralized applications and protect the network from malicious actors?

9. Hedera will host an auction for two physical HBAR coins, represented by NFTs on the Hedera network, with all proceeds going to the Women’s Homeless Shelter in Dallas. Can you tell us about this?

10. Can you tell us about the sustainable marketplace for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) you have been working on? When it comes to the Hedera Consensus Service (HCS), will it be leveraged to facilitate the creation of secure, public token sale applications with an unmatched degree of sustainability?

11. How do you see Society 5.04IR and all areas of digital transformation?

12. What are your views on our society, technology and digital transformations?


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Andrea Bonaceto – NFTs And Collaboration with Sophia the Robot, Artist, Founding Partner at Eterna Capital

Dinis Guarda Interviews David Hanson; Top World Roboticist And The Creator Of Sophia The Robot

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Explaining Wholistic Wellbeing: Dinis Guarda Interview RoundGlass CEO Sunny Gurpreet Singh


About Dr. Leemon

Dr.Leemon Baird is the inventor of the hashgraph distributed consensus algorithm, and is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of Hedera. With over 20 years of technology and startup experience, he has held positions as a Professor of Computer Science at the US Air Force Academy and as a senior scientist in several labs. He has been the Co-Founder of several startups, including two identity-related startups, both of which were acquired. Leemon received his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and has multiple patents and publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences in computer security, machine learning, and mathematics.

About Hedera

Hedera is a decentralized enterprise-grade public network on which anyone can build secure, fair applications with finality in a few seconds. The platform is owned and governed by a council of the world’s leading organizations including Avery Dennison, Boeing, Dentons, Deutsche Telekom, DLA Piper, eftpos, Électricité de France (EDF), FIS (WorldPay), Google, IBM, LG Electronics, Magalu, Nomura, Standard Bank Group, Swirlds, Tata Communications, University College London (UCL), Wipro, and Zain Group. Hedera Hashgraph is a platform that presents itself as a faster,  and more secure alternative to blockchain.

It sidesteps energy-intensive mining by using a technology called Directed Acyclic Graph.

In most blockchain-based projects, the verification process relies on mining, an energy-intensive process requiring computers to work through fiendishly difficult computations to verify transactions. Can Hedera Hashgraph sidestep that problem by removing mining entirely and using an entirely new ledger structure? We find out below.

What is the Hedera Hashgraph?

Hashgraph is not a blockchain in the sense that it’s built on a chain of blocks. It’s best to imagine it as a graph, whereby the speed of verifying transactions goes up as more transactions are added to the network. The name for the technology it’s based on is, in fact, known as a DAG , short for Directed Acyclic Graph.

This technology is designed to help Hedera Hashgraph achieve more than 100,000 transactions per second, making it a true competitor to Visa and other mass-market payment systems.

The Hedera network currently performs 6.5 million transactions per day with an average transaction time of 5 seconds—easily surpassing Ethereum’s 1.2 million and Bitcoin’s 300,000 transactions put together.

How does Hedera Hashgraph work?

A council of 19 multinational corporations from around the world govern the platform and the software that will run on millions of nodes globally. To reach consensus, instead of mining, nodes on the Hashgraph “gossip” with each other, comparing notes on the transaction history of the network.

As the nodes gossip, they select a few “famous witnesses.” Each witness is an event or a transaction and they become famous because they are communicated to the nodes early in the process. The chosen nodes then compare the gossip about these famous witnesses in the majority of nodes.

Leemon Baird Links and sources

https://www.linkedin.com/in/leemon-baird/ 

https://twitter.com/leemonbaird 

https://www.swirlds.com/about/

https://www.crunchbase.com/person/leemon-baird

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashgraph

https://hedera.com/about

https://blockchain.news/insight/hedera-hashgraph-chief-scientist-dr-leemon-baird-defeating-byzantine-generals-bringing-layer-of-trust-to-the-internet 

https://hiddenforces.io/podcasts/leemon-baird-hashgraph-consensus-whitepaper/

https://cointelegraph.com/magazine/2020/04/24/journeys-in-blockchain-leemon-baird-hedera-hashgraph 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffkauflin/2018/03/13/hedera-hashgraph-thinks-it-can-one-up-bitcoin-and-ethereum-with-faster-transactions/?sh=38ede791abcb

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/inno/stories/news/2021/02/11/hedera-hashgraph-launches-tokenization-service.html 

What Does NFTs Mean For Businesses? The NFTs Business Live Event Provided A Masterclass On NFTs

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The NFTs Business Live event featured worldwide blockchain and industry experts like Eric Ma, Patrick Tan, Prashant Surna and Javed Khattak. The live roundtable, where the experts talked in-depth about NFTs marketplaces, trading opportunities and characteristics and the future of the NFTs market can be watched on Dinis Guarda Youtube Channel.

NFTs are taking the world by storm, especially in digital artwork and collectives, revolutionizing the production and distribution of these. New marketplaces are being created, allowing designers to distribute their digital artwork in a more democratic and fairer way for all parties, thanks mainly to blockchain technology. But what do NFTs mean for businesses and how can businesses jump into this trend and embrace this revolution?

To explore this area in more depth, openbusinesscouncil and citiesabc CEO Dinis Guarda hosted an event featuring leading blockchain and industry experts. The live event focused on this trend and turned out a masterclass that answer key questions arising around NFTs, including:

1.The holistic power of NFTs business

2.NFTs solutions

3.The current state of the NFTs market

4.NFTs trading and where to find NFTs markets

5.Trading properties of NFTs

NFTs Business Live Speakers

Dinis Guarda 

Dinis Guarda is an author, CEO, and founder of the companies ztudium, techabc, and open business council platform. Dinis is a world-renowned thought leader, strategist, futurist and speaker, an International Bestselling Author, and a media personality who covers the present and future of business, technology and society.

Eric Ma

Eric Ma is the CEO of BTCU. In this position he got his project management capacities and foundations of working with teams and strategy. After this experience he worked in human resources and managed a big network of education in a major group out of Taiwan. Between 2018-2019 Eric became Community Manager for CoinMarketCap – the world’s leading platform source for crypto market capitalizations, pricing and information. 

Patrick Tan

Patrick Tan is the CEO of Novum Alpha, an all-weather digital asset trading firm that uses Deep Learning tools to deliver dollar-returns in all market conditions. Patrick is a lawyer and was called to the Singapore Bar in 2005. Specializing in blockchain technology law, he was previously with one of Singapore’s top blockchain technology law firms. He analyzes and manages legal risks related to cryptocurrency trading and his writing is regularly featured in leading publications.

Prashant Surana

Prashat Surana is a serial entrepreneur in AI and Blockchain. He is a Crypto Advisor for the Government of Montenegro and the Co-founder of Snapper Blockchain. “Snapper is India’s Most Promising Blockchain Tech and Innovation Startup” – CIO Review.

Javed Khattak

Javed Khattak is a London based business consultant who advises start-ups, small businesses and large companies worth over £100 billion on strategy, finance, and technology. He is a  qualified actuary (FIA), an award winning C-suite executive, a board member and a successful serial entrepreneur with a breadth of experience, including advising and working with senior management of FTSE100 companies and global household brands like HSBC, Thomson Reuters, GSK, M&S, Aviva, PwC and PA Consulting Group.

Established brands are joining the NFT market, including the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Sotheby’s auction house. For instance, Christie’s sold a digital artwork for $69 million in JPEG form by an artist called Beeple, called “Everydays – The First 5000 Days”, which turned out to be the third most expensive artwork that has ever been sold by a living artist.

If you want to know more about NFTs, watch the roundtable now on Dinis Guarda YouTube Channel.

About Dinis Guarda YouTube Channel

Dinis Guarda is a fast growing Youtube channel that features thought leadership interviews focused on profiling global leading inspiring people, leaders, CEOs, authors, technologists, academics. The channel also features academic-based short videos where Dinis Guarda highlights the ideas, products, inventions, software, books & solutions to the multiple challenges / opportunities faced in our cities with the advent of Society 5.0, Digital Transformation 4IR AI Blockchain Fintech IoT disruptive tech.

Nam Vu & Nghia Tran, CEO And Founder at tMonitor.live – IoT and ML To Monitor Air Quality In Vietnam

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Nam Vu & Nghia Tran are the CEO and founder of Vietnamese based tech company tMonitor. A company trying to solve air pollution using the latest IoT, ML and AI technology, they tell us in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series all their solutions and offerings to create a cleaner world.

tMonitor Interview Focus:

1. Can you tell us from you and your background?

2. Can you tell us about tMonitor and focus?

3. Can you explain the product and services offering and how do you work?

4. tMonitor pioneers innovative air monitoring products, services and technologies that lead to improved air quality indoors. Can you tell us about the way your offerings work?

5. You use IoT and ML to highlight best solutions to air control and data driven sustainability initiatives. Can you tell us about it?

6. Both ambient (outdoor) and household (indoor) air pollution are responsible for about 7 million deaths globally per year; in the Western Pacific Region alone, around 2.2 million people die each year. In Vietnam, around 60 000 deaths each year are air pollution-related. Can you tell us how tMonitor uses artificial intelligence to understand pollution and how these insights can work to improve cities and countries?

7. You have strong case studies around your product. Can you tell us some main case studies?

8. Can you tell us how you are expanding internationally and how can people find you?


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Dinis Guarda Interviews David Hanson; Top World Roboticist And The Creator Of Sophia The Robot

Interview with Ben Goertzel Founder SingularityNet, OpenCog – Benevolent And Open AI, What Kind Of Evolutionary Mind Can We Engineer?

Explaining Wholistic Wellbeing: Dinis Guarda Interview RoundGlass CEO Sunny Gurpreet Singh


tMonitor Interview Highlights

tMonitor is a smart hardware and software air quality monitoring solution to enable the short & long term control of all factors affecting community health, ensure safety, boost labor productivity, and ensure the compliance to both international and Vietnamese regulation standards.

In addition to helping people troubleshoot airborne pollution in their homes, tMonitor has empowered organizations to safeguard occupant health and champion data-driven sustainability initiatives. tMonitor deals with a sudden and significant negative event, effectively handles the air quality crisis regardless of the scale with pre-planned scenarios to do the right escalation, limiting the damages and even preventing further damages.

tMonitor provides you with the most advanced technology designed to help you make the right choices and improve your well-being. The 13 air quality parameters we monitor use safety thresholds indicated by the EPA and WHO.

tMonitor doesn’t just tell you what’s bad. It detects toxins and tells you the exact air quality parameters that are unhealthy all in real time. Imagine having a small box of 6x3x3 inches powered by IoT and Machine Learning to build resilient and sustainable businesses by creating healthier indoor workspaces for everyone with better air quality and safety, thus improving productivity.

Links & Sources

tMonitor

 

Dinis Guarda Interviews Sunny Gurpreet Singh – Wellness Visionary, Founder RoundGlass, and Creator of Wholistic Wellbeing Concept

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“Wholistic wellbeing is something that everyone should follow because it makes one feel better; it is all about becoming a better person. Mentally, emotionally, and physically. The wholistic wellbeing notion explores all the verticals, channels, ways that one finds wholeness. This includes meditation, yoga, physical exercise, et cetera. Achieving wholistic wellbeing is like getting a degree in life,” Sunny Gurpreet Singh.

Combining technology, meditation techniques and innovative initiatives, the successful entrepreneur and wellness leader Sunny Singh has made his life mission to bring wholistic wellbeing to the world. An ambitious goal that he is fully committed to through his company, RoundGlass. 

And Sunny Singh tells us his journey in the latest global thought leader guest for Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series. The interview starts with a fascinating and detailed description of Singh’s early life experiences and the inspiration behind his later work. Further, the two discuss the idea of wholistic wellbeing, which is a concept that Sunny aims to popularise, and his work for RoundGlass.

“Everything that happened in my life up to this point, has been in preparation for RoundGlass. The same way, I was destined to become an entrepreneur. Some people are lucky to find their calling in life early. But for the majority of us, as the journey of life unfolds, we are continuously soul searching. The time spent soul searching is, however, not lost. It prepares you for what your real life purpose is, it shapes you, and it shapes your character”.

Singh comes from a humble background. He grew up in a lower middle class family. His father was a sportsman, a hockey player; one of the best Indian hockey players at some point, something that he achieved through sheer perseverance and hard work, as he did not even have proper shoes to begin with. 

Later on, he received a scholarship to study in the United States. After graduation, Singh had worked at three different companies, realising very quickly at each that none of the jobs fulfilled him. He wanted to use his expertise solving supply chain and enterprise integration problems for a profitable organization that was making a meaningful difference.

So he set about trying to tackle one of the knottiest challenges facing American business—health-care costs. Singh believes making the industry more efficient by managing information in real time at the lowest possible cost would save enough to cover all uninsured Americans.

Edifecs was started using his consulting money, and his credit cards. At the time, he did not know about venture capital, or about investors

When he launched the Bellevue-based Edifecs in 1996, he set some ambitious goals: no venture capitalists and no debt, but instead, growth and profit every year. He has guided the company through economic downturns and the recession and accomplished his goals: Edifecs is a profitable, self-funded, employee-owned company with no debt—as well as one of the fastest-growing health-care technology companies in the United States.

Edifecs helps improve the ways health-care organizations manage and leverage the information they exchange. It also streamlines and automates manual business processes such as enrollment, claims and payments management. The result? Greatly reduced administrative costs and on-target regulatory compliance without the risk, time and cost of replacing existing IT infrastructure.

Starting RoundGlass

RoundGlass aims to revolutionise people’s wholistic wellbeing through a combination of technology, world class expert-driven content, and immersive experiences. They are committed to expanding wellbeing opportunities to everyone in every stage of their life’s journey.  

In sport, RoundGlass is enabling the development of young talent and passion and the power of teamwork in multiple sports, particularly football through RoundGlass Sports and the RoundGlass Punjab Football Club.  

In environmental and planetary wellbeing, RoundGlass is focused on growing respect and love of nature and the beauty of the wild by showcasing the rich biodiversity of India through RoundGlass Sustain.

The full RoundGlass experience consists of various initiatives:

  • RoundGlass Meditation Collective: A new method to life through meditation leads to more harmony, clarity, confidence, and joy. 
  • RoundGlass End of Life (EOL) Collective: Turning one of life’s taboo conversations into a deeply engaging, insightful, compassionate, and empowering experience. 
  • RoundGlass Sustain: Bringing India’s rich biodiversity to a global audience in a media-rich digital encyclopedia of the species and ecosystems.
  • RoundGlass Sports: Investing in the future of Indian sport through world-class coaching and talent development and a fully integrated Wholistic Wellbeing approach. 
  • RoundGlass Foundation: Driving Initiatives to bring sustainable improvements in wellbeing across all aspects of life in villages and underserved communities. 

The idea of wholistic wellbeing

Singh discovered wholistic wellbeing in his 40’s. By that time, I achieved life success in the conventional sense; turning my healthcare company, Edifecs, from a struggling to an aggressively growing business. 

He realised that:

“Working a lot and hard is never productive. Doing less things, but doing them really well is much more beneficial than working hard. Habits are important”.

With RoundGlass, Singh decided to bring the wholistic wellbeing concepts to life. RoundGlass is a company that gives people the tools to live good and fulfilling lives. 

“Wholistic wellbeing is something that everyone should follow because it makes one feel better; it is all about becoming a better person. Mentally, emotionally, and physically. The wholistic wellbeing notion explores all the verticals, channels, ways that one finds wholeness. This includes meditation, yoga, physical exercise, et cetera. Achieving wholistic wellbeing is like getting a degree in life. It means learning how to live. It gives one tools to answer the following questions: How do I sleep/eat/relax? How do I become a joyful learner for life? How do I give back to nature? How do I give back to the community?”

Achievements

Singh has been honored as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 for the Pacific Northwest in the Technology category.  

An independent panel of judges representing regional businesses, academic institutions, and community leaders selected Singh for the award, which recognises outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses.  

Singh has focused on hiring the best and the brightest of the healthcare industry elite. 

“Edifecs would not have achieved the success it has today without the talented team of experts who are passionate about developing streamlined, quality solutions for the healthcare industry”.

Watch the full interview now on Dinis Guarda YouTube Channel

Read Sunny Singh’s full biography

Read more about RoundGlass

Read more about Edifecs

About citiesabc

citiesabc offers the largest global index of up to 1000 cities and ranks them along the dimensions of smart cities infrastructure and sustainability. Citiesabc seek to inform and empower the citizen in their engagement with their civil authorities, local economy and their community, by providing them with an open-platform for information, 4IR tools and technologies. Cities Civic leaders, via the platform, are able to communicate, educate and engage citizens, citizen groups and the local economy to meet their particular needs utilising Smart City 4IR Technology.

About openbusinesscouncil

The leading digital business Directory and unique Integrated App, Communication and Marketplace for Companies, SMEs, startups and entrepreneurs. openbusinesscouncil provides resources and business information in finance, technology and innovation. openbusinesscouncil is an ecosystem that uses blockchain and artificial intelligence to improve your business, increase your digital visibility, engage with customers, improve your sales and use the best digital, financial and funding tools to grow ROI – return on investment and ROA – return on attention.

About RoundGlass

RoundGlass aims to revolutionize people’s wholistic wellbeing through a combination of technology, world class expert-driven content, and immersive experiences. They are committed to expanding wellbeing opportunities to everyone in every stage of their life’s journey.  

In environmental and planetary wellbeing, RoundGlass is focused on growing respect and love of nature and the beauty of the wild by showcasing the rich biodiversity of India through RoundGlass Sustain. 

Tech lessons learnt from Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Thursday 20th March 2021 marked the tenth Global Accessibility Awareness Day, created to prompt the discussion about digital access and inclusion across technology, digital tools, assets and software around the world.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Following a day of talks and awareness-raising, inclusive user design experts are encouraging organisations to examine their digital products and services going forwards to identify and fix any accessibility issues and embed inclusion deep into their processes.

Hilary Stephenson, managing director at human-centred design agency, Nexer Digital, said: “With more than one billion people across the globe living with disabilities or impairments and society becoming increasingly reliant on digital, it is crucial to raise awareness of digital inclusion so that everyone has equal access to a positive online experience.

“To mark the tenth Global Accessibility Awareness Day, I would urge all digital designers and developers to review their products and services, work with and employ disabled people and consult with accessibility experts to ensure that they are doing all they can to make their resources inclusive.

“There are some simple, easily rectifiable accessibility failures that are still littering webpages, for example a shocking 86% of homepages use low contrast text, which can cause problems for people with impaired vision. Similarly, evolving technologies such as facial and voice recognition used to authenticate users can cause problems for those with accessibility needs if they are not designed and tested with a neurodiverse audience in mind.

“When reexamining their design, organisations must not be tempted to add accessible features, such as closed captions on videos, on top of an otherwise non-inclusive service as this will perpetuate the notion of accessibility as an afterthought. Designers should regularly audit their content, scrutinise accessibility, seek user feedback and make changes wherever necessary.

“In the modern-day with technology advancing at such a rapid pace, it is critical that those with disabilities are considered throughout every step of the digital products and services creation process so that no one gets left behind. This includes everything from the systems used to host digital services, the content within and the overall design. With all our modern innovations, there is no excuse for poor, exclusive, inaccessible digital design.”

Chainlink Becomes First Blockchain Company to Join Hedera Governing Council

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Chainlink Furthers Enterprise Focus, Joins Hedera Governing Council. Companies To Explore Enterprise Use Cases, Including Bridging Traditional Finance to DeFi.

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Chainlink, the industry-leading oracle solution, has joined the Hedera Governing Council, which oversees distributed governance of the Hedera network. Chainlink and Hedera will implement a series of initiatives aimed at helping traditional, centralized financial services and other organizations harness the distributed computational trust, visibility, and control that decentralized applications offer.

Chainlink, which serves as a secure blockchain middleware for powering a wide variety of enterprise users, will be the preferred oracle partner for the Hedera network and will collaborate to provide Chainlink integration with the Hedera Token Service (HTS).

David Post, Managing Director of Business Development and Strategy for Chainlink Labs, said, “As enterprise adoption of distributed ledger technology continues to advance, decentralized oracle solutions become critical for every vertical – from DeFi and insurance, to gaming and NFTs, and more. We’re continuing to expand our suite of smart contract-related services to power a vast array of secure, feature-rich applications, so it is a very natural progression for us to join the Hedera Governing Council and work with the leading enterprise-grade public network and their other Council members to make Chainlink the default oracle provider for enterprise applications.

Mance Harmon, CEO and Co-founder of Hedera Hashgraph, said, “As the most widely adopted decentralized oracle solution in the market today, Chainlink is already used to secure billions of dollars in assets for applications around the globe. Their potential on the Hedera network, which is already the most used enterprise-grade public network, is limitless. We are excited to be expanding our relationship with Chainlink, which will be the first Web 3.0 company on the Hedera Governing Council, to enable the most robust applications of the decentralized future.”

For more information, visit https://hedera.com/council.

#MentalHealthAction Day: Wholistic Wellbeing Company RoundGlass To Host a Mental Health Livestream In Partnership With MTV

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This May 20th is the first-ever #MentalHealthAction Day, and Wholistic Wellbeing company RoundGlass, in partnership with MTV, is hosting a mental health livestream round table with leading personalities in the field, including Vikram Patel, Global Health Professor at Harvard, and Sian Beilock, President of Barnard College at Columbia University. The live event will start at 10am PT / 1 pm ET and can be watched at MTV’s #MentalHealthAction Day Roundtable.

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RoundGlass, a global “Wholistic Wellbeing” company, aims to revolutionize people’s wellbeing through a combination of technology, expert-driven content, and immersive experiences. And through this livestream, the company hopes  to “encourage and empower people to take the next step.” Something that is more needed than ever.

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered what mental health experts call a second pandemic. Mental health crisis has soared in the last year and though more people than ever are comfortable discussing mental health, finding effective resources and knowing how to get help remains a challenge. That is what RoundGlass, MTV and this livestream is willing to tackle.

Schedule 

The “Mental Health Strategies for Optimal Wellbeing” livestream round table will take place on May, 20. It will be divided into two sessions: one starting at 10am PT / 1pm ET following up by a second session at 11am PT / 2pm ET. 

The round table will be included within the different events planned for the first ever Mental Health Action Day, an open-source movement of more than 1000 brands, organizations, and cultural leaders to drive culture from mental health awareness to mental health action.

Host and Guests  

The event will be hosted by Prakriti Poddar, a global authority on mental wellness, the Global Head of RoundGlass the Managing Trustee of Poddar Foundation / Poddar Wellness. Prakriti Poddar works and focuses on mental health and wellbeing and marries technology and ancient wisdom to deliver contemporary and effective solutions and unleash people’s inner potential and to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

The panel includes leading personalities in mental health worldwide. RoundGlass Global Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Prakriti Poddar, will be joined by Harvard Department of Global Health Professor Vikram Patel, President of Barnard College at Columbia University Sian Beilock, Executive Mental Health Advisor Martin Enault, Co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., Licensed Social Worker, Grief and Trauma Specialist Sharon Coyle-Saeed, and Psychiatrist, Neuroscientist, Mental Health Advocate Dr. Raghu Kiran Appasani.

The panel will explore conversations ranging from a broad overview about mental health to identifying the ways anyone can find opportunities to evolve during these very challenging times.  

RoundGlass’ hope is that conversations like these can serve as resources for education, help to cultivate awareness around important topics, and provide actionable tools to support people.

Register for the event here.

About RoundGlass

Founded in 2014 by serial entrepreneur and wellbeing and corporate wellness leader Sunny “Gurpreet” Singh, RoundGlass is a global Wholistic Wellbeing company dedicated to empowering and enabling people on their personal wellbeing journey.

RoundGlass aims to revolutionize people’s wholistic wellbeing through a combination of technology, expert-driven content, and immersive experiences. They are committed to expanding wellbeing opportunities to everyone in every stage of their life’s journey.

Sunny Gurpreet Singh, Founder RoundGlass, Edifec – Inspiring People With Wholistic Wellbeing, Corporate Wellness Leadership

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Sunny Gurpreet Singh is the founder of Edifecs, Round.Glass and the visionairy behind the Wholistic Wellbeing concept. Sunny Gurpreet Singh is a serial entrepreneur and wellbeing and corporate wellness leader whose life’s work is focused on sustainability and creating global holistic wellness solutions for humanity.

Sunny Gurpreet Singh mission with RoundGlass is simple, yet ambitious: to “inspire people to embrace a life of #WholisticWellbeing to create a happier, healthier, and more joyful world”. He works to achieve this by investing in and developing new technology, sharing knowledge, and focusing on action for the good of the individual, community, and the wider world. RoundGlass is a company that defines him and his passions.

Sunny Gurpreet Singh Interview Focus

1. You mentioned something very powerful that Life prepared you for that. Can you tell us about you: childhood, background, overview, education…
2. You move from India to the USA, can you tell us about that?
3. Can you tell us about moving to USA to do your studies?
4. When you moved to the USA, you brought the India based spirituality culture, how did you bridge that gap between USA culture and India?
5. How did you Build edifecs.com?
6. During the process of building edifecs.com you somehow went from failure to Unicorn; How did you manage failure and brought it back to its feet? What was your secret for that successful comeback?’
7. How did you discover wellbeing and wellness? And how did you come up with the idea of creating -and using- healthtech data?
8. RoundGlass is a “Concept of how to live”. Can you elaborate on this?
9. Holistic wellness is an approach to being healthy that looks at a person’s health in a holistic way. This considers their body, mind and spirit. Attention to all three is needed to stay balanced. You created the concept of “wholistic wellbeing”. Can you elaborate in a summary way?
10. Corporate Wellness is something very dear to you. Can you tell us about how you see this concept?
11. You mentioned that you see round.glass in a 20 years vision and journey. Your Vision architecture of round glass tribe, is a journey of bringing wellness to the world. Can you tell us how can we do that in actionable steps?
12. You have been doing a powerful work on Round.Glass sustain and with Round.Glass foundation. Can you tell us about these initiatives?
13. Final words – message of hope.’

Sunny Gurpreet Singh Interview Highlights

About vision behind RoundGlass

RoundGlass is dedicated to empowering and enabling people on their personal wellbeing journey. The company works to achieve this by investing in and developing new technology, sharing knowledge, and focusing on action for the good of the individual, community, and the wider world.

Sunny’s mission with RoundGlass is simple, yet ambitious: to “inspire people to embrace a life of Wholistic Wellbeing to create a happier, healthier, and more joyful world”. What is more, he wants “to transform the prevailing reaction-based approach in the healthcare world to one that’s proactive, focused on prevention in addition to treatment”.

RoundGlass is a company that defines Sunny’s life passions:

“The universe has been kind to me, so my idea with RoundGlass was to give back. I found that the idea of ‘wholistic wellbeing’ was the right way to achieve that and to help others, which is what actually drives me every day. ‘Wholistic wellbeing’ is something that everyone should follow because it makes you feel better; it is all about becoming a better person, mentally, emotionally and physically”.

He does not want the clients to think of RoundGlass the same way they would think of any other company. RoundGlass is a way to implement a concept, a concept of how to live. Using RoundGlass is a way of “getting oneself centred again” and “uncluttering one’s life”.

About wholistic wellbeing

With RoundGlass, Sunny decided to bring the wholistic wellbeing concepts to life. RoundGlass is company that gives people the tools to live good and fulfilling lives. “RoundGlass is a North Star, if you join it and follow it, then your life is sorted. Above all, I feel that wholistic wellness is the next big thing”. Soon, Sunny believes that many companies will have wholistic wellness plans instead of health plans, because that is going to be what people find attractive. “Health plan” is a much narrower concept, and thus does not provide as many benefits.

What is more, according to Sunny:

“Wholistic wellbeing is something that everyone should follow because it makes one feel better; it is all about becoming a better person. Mentally, emotionally, and physically. The wholistic wellbeing notion explores all the verticals, channels, ways that one finds wholeness. This includes meditation, yoga, physical exercise, et cetera. Achieving wholistic wellbeing is like getting a degree in life. It means learning how to live. It gives one tools to answer the following questions: How do I sleep/eat/relax? How do I become a joyful learner for life? How do I give back to nature? How do I give back to the community?”

About the modern work environment

In the modern world it is important to remember that: “Working a lot and hard is never productive. Doing less things, but doing them really well is much more beneficial than working hard. Habits are important. The epidemic of our time is the modern lifestyle, not COVID-19. RoundGlass implements a concept of how to live.”

About his relationship with spirituality

“I was brought up in a Sikh family – an open, giving religion. Therefore, I am a spiritual person by lifestyle. My mum’s one advice to me was: Sunny, no matter what you do in life, never be a crook, never cheat anybody”.

About the corporate culture

RoundGlass has a commercial side where they have to make money, however, they also have a social side – which is just as important. Sunny believes that every corporate should take ownership of one world problem. RoundGlass idea is to showcase the biodiversity of India. What is more, they also have a sports programme for children in India.

“We are building great infrastructure, we are employing great coaches. We are helping kids to become elite sportsmen, or if they do not make it, we will help them get their first job”.


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Sunny Gurpreet Singh Biography

Sunny Gurpreet Singh is the founder of Edifecs, RoundGlass and the visionairy behind the Wholistic Wellbeing concept. Sunny Gurpreet Singh is a serial entrepreneur and wellbeing and corporate wellness leader whose life’s work is focused on sustainability and creating global holistic wellness solutions for humanity. He believes RoundGlass to be the ultimate life project of his.

“Everything that happened in my life up to this point, has been in preparation for RoundGlass. The same way, I was destined to become an entrepreneur. Some people are lucky to find their calling in life early. But for the majority of us, as the journey of life unfolds, we are continuously soul searching. The time spent soul searching is, however, not lost. It prepares you for what your real life purpose is, it shapes you, and it shapes your character”.

“My vision with RoundGlass is to bring wholistic wellness solutions to the world. I want to teach people how to fish, show them how to live fulfilled and happy lives in the modern world”.

Edifecs

When Singh launched Bellevue-based Edifecs in 1996, he set some ambitious goals: no venture capitalists and no debt, but instead, growth and profit every year. He has guided the company through economic downturns and the recession and accomplished his goals: Edifecs is a profitable, self-funded, employee-owned company with no debt—as well as one of the fastest-growing health-care technology companies in the United States.

Edifecs helps improve the ways health-care organizations manage and leverage the information they exchange. It also streamlines and automates manual business processes such as enrollment, claims and payments management. The result? Greatly reduced administrative costs and on-target regulatory compliance without the risk, time and cost of replacing existing IT infrastructure.

RoundGlass

His inspiration to launch RoundGlass came from the time when he was going through a challenging time on a professional level. At one point in the early 2000s, Edifecs started to struggle financially, all of which was exacerbated by 9/11. It was a difficult stage in the company’s history. For Sunny, on a personal level, this was a soul-searching stage. Despite already being in talks with bankruptcy lawyers and his friends insisting he left to work for Microsoft, he chose to persist. By 2005, all of Edifecs debts were paid off. During the financial crisis, the company grew aggressively and further expanded. He regards this as a growth story that could inspire many others: “if they could do it then, anyone could”.

Read Sunny Gurpreet Singh’s full biography on openbusinesscouncil.org.

Sunny Gurpreet Singh Links & Sources

https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2020/12/11/dealmaker-year-gurpreet-sunny-singh-health-care.html

https://www.seattlebusinessmag.com/article/entrepreneurs-year-technology

https://round.glass/about-us/

https://twitter.com/sunnysingh

http://inktalks.com/people/sunny-singh

https://youtu.be/fCOdDrt-rQ8

https://www.edifecs.com/about-us/news-and-events/news-edifecs-ceo-sunny-singh-named-ernst-young-entrepreneur-of-the-year-201 

Uphold Challenge Tesla To Adopt Carbon-Neutral BTC, BitcoinZero

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  • BitcoinZero (BTC0) is an ERC-20 token delivering Bitcoin with net zero emissions; real Bitcoin, net-zero emissions
  • There is no other way to do Bitcoin more sustainably, today, than through BitcoinZero

Uphold, Tesla, Elon Musk, Bitcoin, Carbon, BitcoinZero

Addressing Elon Musk’s concerns over the environmental impact of Bitcoin, multi-currency investment platform Uphold and the Universal Protocol Alliance have offered up their carbon-net-neutral version of Bitcoin, BitcoinZero as an alternative. And Uphold is willing to give away 5 brand-new Teslas to those who get the message to Elon Musk.

Uphold’s carbon-neutral take on BTC, aptly known as BitcoinZero (BTC0), employs carbon credits to mitigate the amount of carbon produced by a single Bitcoin. It does so by combining real Bitcoin with the retiring of 10 carbon credits — equal to retiring 10 tonnes of CO2 from REDD+ rainforest projects.

BitcoinZero was launched by the Universal Protocol Alliance (UPA), a coalition of leading blockchain companies including Bittrex Global, CertiK, Fifth Era, Hard Yaka, Trovio, Ledger, and Uphold.

Uphold is so convinced that BTC0 can alleviate concerns around Bitcoin’s sweeping environmental impact that they’re taking the challenge to Musk himself.

Uphold CEO JP Thieriot said: “We have the solution. If you come to Uphold and buy some BTC0 and allow Tesla to take payment in the form of this carbon-neutral, rainforest preserving bitcoin, Uphold will buy 5 new Teslas and give them away to those Uphold users who do the most to get this message out there.”

Estimates from the University of Cambridge suggest that Bitcoin mining consumes over 149 Terawatt Hours (Twh) annually — consuming more electricity annually than the whole of Argentina.

While hopes remain that Bitcoin miners will switch to sustainable and renewable energy sources, it’s a solution unlikely to tackle the issue any time soon, or in its entirety.

“Rather than waiting for Bitcoin to draw from more sustainable sources for electricity, we’ve gone out and done something we believe is much better,” said Thieriot. “We’ve put the highest-quality rainforest preservation derived credits there to mitigate emissions completely. BitcoinZero is absolutely the only immediately available solution.”

HealthTech Start-Up Raises $50mil Series A to Scale Across UK and Europe

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Spain’s Impress, the new generation of leading orthodontic chains in Europe, has raised a $50 million Series A round. This marks the biggest Series A round in Southern Europe.

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The funding will be put towards further international expansion across Europe and where Impress already has a presence: Spain, Italy, Portugal, UK, and France. The investment will further accelerate the digitalisation of the orthodontic experience, with the ultimate goal of creating a fully-fledged doctor-led platform that consistently delivers high quality treatment and customer satisfaction.

Impress has reinvented the new generation of orthodontic chains model by offering first-in-class medical treatments directly to consumers. Before Impress, consumers could only access cosmetic teeth alignment treatments or expensive orthodontic medical treatments in conventional clinics. Impress is leading in this new space by offering medically complex treatments at affordable prices to patients and by digitalising the whole process.

Impress co-founder Diliara Lupenko comments:

“We didn’t copy what other companies in the space were doing and approached the market from a different angle from the get-go. We doubled down on the doctor-led digital model which brought us way better conversion rates and treatment quality even though on paper it looked complex in the beginning. It’s still very complex but we were able to crack it and scale exponentially.”

The company’s passion lies not only with quality of treatments but also with first-class customer experience. Its first flagship clinic operations, opened in Barcelona, was recognised as Healthcare Center of the Year 2020 by Frame Awards, and each flagship clinic built ever since is a piece of art and thoughtful design, rather than a place where patients would fear the dentist.
Impress was founded in 2019 in Barcelona by renowned orthodontist Dr Khaled Kasem and serial entrepreneurs Diliara and Vladimir Lupenko, with the idea of combining the best of orthodontic tradition with the most innovative technology in the sector. From the very beginning, the vision of the Impress founders was to introduce a different business model with a strong focus on medical experience and digitalisation. The company is transforming the oral healthcare industry by developing its own chain of orthodontic clinics, which are characterised by their disruptive design and modern patient experience. The founders decided to build a medical company with the personal touch of in-house orthodontists, face-to-face care, and unique clinical expertise, where the proper implementation of business processes and digitalisation are at the core.
Since launch, the company has grown exponentially. In under two years, Impress became the leading European orthodontic player and scaled to 75 clinics in Spain, Italy, UK, France and Portugal and has been recognised as one of the fastest growing health-tech companies in Europe in 2020.

A P A Bindusaran from CareCapital comments:

“Impress has reinvented the orthodontics treatment delivery model by offering cost effective yet uncompromised orthodontic care through its fast expanding modern clinic network in combination with a digitally led approach. We were deeply encouraged by the commitment of Impress to provide X ray, 3D scans and in-person dental assessment by a specialist to evaluate root, nerve and oral health before start of treatment. In addition, it provides unparalleled access to in-house orthodontic specialists through both convenient digital channels and its state-of-the-art clinics. This standout experience and care provided by Impress aligns with the investment values of CareCapital and positions Impress to be the leading Patient Brand and Orthodontic Network of choice.”

Andreas Nemeth, Managing Partner of UNIQA Ventures GmbH comments:

“Impress’s customer-centric focus as well as its demonstrated ability to blitzscale attracted us to the business. Co-founder Vladimir Lupenko and his team leverage technology to create a seamless customer journey for invisible orthodontics and optimised their cost structure in a unique way using software to automate key parts of the value chain. This combination is powerful, enabling Impress to find the right customers and offer them a better experience, at a much lower price. We are therefore delighted and proud to pursue the path towards an ecosystem around dental care together.”

Impress, the revolution in invisible orthodontics

Technology is one of the main pillars of Impress. The company offers medical treatment through a totally innovative experience, using the latest technology in the sector to make invisible orthodontic treatments more precise, quicker and adapted to the lives of patients. It also offers one of a kind digital medical follow up throughout the treatment with 7-day access to customer support and a mobile app to evaluate the treatment progression monitored by medical staff.
Committed to not compromising on health or quality, Impress hires only qualified dentists and orthodontists and goes beyond 3D scans. Its orthodontists always perform and study panoramic X-rays to check nerve and bone health, a necessary test when prioritising the patient’s health and which not all companies take into account before starting orthodontic treatment.
In the medical team at Impress, the professionals are experts in orthodontics and thanks to their knowledge of tooth movement and experience treating thousands of cases, they are able to treat even complex cases related to bite correction and even cases in adolescents with both invisible orthodontics and braces at all ages.
When the digital medical team sees the need for a visit with a doctor, the team will book in-clinic visits.

Dr Khaled Kasem, Chief orthodontist and co-founder of Impress comments:

“Digitalisation helps to better monitor the treatment, offers a safe experience during the COVID-19 outbreak and better customer satisfaction, but is never a substitute for a necessary medical visit. Patient health comes first and we are committed to it.”

Despite the lasting effects of COVID-19, Impress became the fastest growing healthtech company in Europe in 2020. Over the past 15 months, its team has grown 12-fold from 25 to 300 people, including 150 medical staff. During the same period, Impress showed 13x sales growth. Today, Impress is approaching €50 million in annual run-rate and is projected to grow to €150 million of revenue in 12 months.