Interview with Selena Le, Founder & CEO of WSAFE Impact Venture – Investing In A More Sustainable Future in Vietnam And The World

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Selena Le is the Head of International Village; Executive Director of WSAFE – Science and Technology Incubator for the aim of long-lasting development and the Founder/Director at No Waste Vietnam – A Climate and Environment Organization.

 Selena Le Interview Questions

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

2. Career highlights

3. About WSAFE 

4. How do you see the Vietnam startup ecosystem?

5. How do you see ESG, Sustainability in the nature of your work with No Waist Vietnam?

6. Can you tell us some examples of startups from Vietnam?

7. What are your views on our investment and innovation on sustainability, society, technology and digital transformations?

8. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?

9. What are your visions for the present and future?


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Selena Le Biography

Selna Le has more than 10 years of startup experience and more than 15 years working with B2Bs, both domestically and internationally with leading brands. She has joined the Innovative Startup Ecosystem for more than 6 years since Vietnam officially joined in supporting startups along with the world.

She is also a Speaker/Judge/Coach/Mentor for Start-up Technologies/Entrepreneurs from pre-seed to Series B. In addition, she also assists businesses in scaling up tissue, internationalization, fundraising and increasing revenue. Her passion is working to promote sustainability that delivers sustainable solutions to the climate and the environment. Her background is Business Development, Economy, Language, Nutrition…

WSAFE

When Selena Le founded No Waste Vietnam, she aimed at reducing plastic waste, CO2 Emission, and the damage from negative climate impact. They built an Impact Venture Builder called WSAFE, to support, help, create the-stronger-the-better-solutions from these tech startups – from food, Agriculture, new material, medical, health care, education, energy, construction, fashion,.. ,scientific, NPO, NGO, social Enterprise together solving the existing problems. Her role in this organization is building a better team, strategy, investment for startups, finding the best and suitable partnership among the innovative startup Ecosystem.

“After 5 years, even though we are not as big as Silicon Valley but we know each other, we always try to be better than yesterday. The innovation ecosystem in Vietnam is growing and well connected. We are going through a time of great changes and opportunities,” she said.

About the importance of Techfest Vietnam. “Every year Vietnam has around 1000 more start-ups. Vietnam government is slowly becoming more open-minded and giving investors better opportunities to invest in and to establish start-ups.”

Selena Le Links And Resources:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/selenale/ 

https://medium.com/@pierre_43982/interview-with-selena-le-the-solution-comes-through-empowering-people-5447855ac897 

https://www.soulsofsociety.com/2017/02/15/selena-le/

Interview with Widy Medina, Innovator, Tech Entrepreneur And CEO of Telebionix

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Widy Medina is an innovator and tech entrepreneur. Widy is the founder and CEO of two technology companies with vast experience ranging from robotics, product design, fabrication, automation to electronic assembly of consumer products, food and beverage tech, biotech, medical devices, and pharmaceutical industries.

Along with Aghiath Chbib, he co-founded Telebionix, a MedTech innovation company headquartered in California. The company’s central objective is to develop industry standards for intelligent and interconnected medical devices while providing their customers with simple, effective, life-saving products and healthcare technologies.

Widy Medina is a bi-lingual professional and passionate for quality in every customer touchpoint, user experience, and transformative technologies for a higher quality of life.

Widy Medina Interview Focus

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

2. Career highlights

3. About Telebionix, what is it? What do you try to solve? What are your main solutions?

4. How do you see the MedTech sector?

5. How do you see Society 5.0 – 4IR and all areas of digital transformation?

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

7. What are your goals and how do you see the future of work and the main trends in tech and society?

8. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?

9. What are your visions for the present and future?


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Widy Medina Biography

Summary

Widy Medina is an innovator and tech entrepreneur. Widy is the founder and CEO of two technology companies with vast experience ranging from robotics, product design, fabrication, automation to electronic assembly of consumer products, food and beverage tech, biotech, medical devices, and pharmaceutical industries.

Biography

Widy Medina has over 25 years of experience with program management, product  design/development, software development management, NPI, engineering design management, fabrication, automation, and full system integration. Cross-functional team management on projects including consumer products, medical devices, manufacturing, pharmaceutical process, food and beverage manufacturing, biotech and electronic assembly. 

Widy Medina has extensive expertise in product design and development, industrial automation, industrial controls, tool design, machine design, and prototype development. Experience in Cad design (Autodesk/ Pro-E/ SolidWorks), PLC Programming, Motion Control, Robotics, machine /plant level automation.

In 2019, Widy founded Burgundy Tech, a tech company for Automation Engineers. “We have been in the fire, we have gone through the pain and decided we will change the Automation world forever. Burgundy Tech is the partner you always wanted to have at the product representation and distribution side, we are and will be an extension of your design and development team. We will never be a product catalog and will never leave a customer alone in the dark of unlimited and unclear alternatives. Our mission is first to understand your application in detail and then work together on a viable, affordable and elegant solution,” Widy Medina mentioned about Burgundy Tech.

In January 2020, and along with Aghiath Chbib, he co-founded Telebionix, a MedTech innovation company headquartered in California. The company’s central objective is to develop industry standards for intelligent and interconnected medical devices while providing their customers with simple, effective, life-saving products and healthcare technologies.

Milestones

+ Tesla Motors*: Lead for Main electrical motor inverter unit Automated

manufacturing line $3.2M.

+ Tesla Motors*: Lead for Battery pack assembly line $2.8M.

(NDA protected): Lead Automated Mobile device camera assembly

line $16M+.

+(NDA protected)*: Lead Automated line for Ultra-thin Keyboard

Manufacturing Line $12M+.

+CR Bard*: Lead Automated line for Hernia patch production line

$1.9M.

+Amgen*: Lead Auto injector production Line $4.7M.

Widy Medina References

https://www.openbusinesscouncil.org/wiki/telebionix/

https://telebionix.com/

https://telebionix.com/remosense/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/telebionix/

https://www.apollo.io/companies/Telebionix/5f484e489958bf00011355f0?chart=count

https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/telebionix

Power Wholistic Wellbeing and Corporate Wellness – Sunny Gurpreet Singh in conversation with Thomas Power on ClubHouse

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On Wednesday, June 2 at 10 am PST, leading social media author and influencer Thomas Power will interview Sunny Gurpreet Singh, founder of RoundGlass and the visionary behind the W-holistic Wellbeing (whole + holistic wellbeing) concept and a Corporate Wellness leader. The event will be live streamed on ClubHouse Special.

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Leading author and social media influencer Thomas Power will host and interview Sunny Gurpreet Singh the founder of RoundGlass and Edifecs on Clubhouse Special next Wednesday the 2d May 10am Pacific 18h00 BST on a special session.

The interview will profile Sunny Gurpreet Singh a serial entrepreneur and a corporate wellness leader. Sunny Gurpreet Singh is the founder of RoundGlass, a wellbeing and wellness platform, app and community that is fast growing.

Sunny Gurpreet Singh has made wellness and wellbeing his life career. Corporate Wellness is a concept that has been around for some time now and it refers to activities and educational tools offered to employees on-site to help them with stress management, nutrition. Something that Sunny Gurpreet Singh and RoundGlass is aiming to achieve.

Sunny Gurpreet Singh Interview Focus

In the ClubHouse Special event, Thomas Power and Sunny Gurpreet Singh will discuss the growing wellness digital economy. Wellness and wellbeing are two concepts that aren’t intangible anymore and have become measurable, opening the door to a so-called new wellness digital economy, giving way to different solutions, like Wellbeing-as-a-Service (WaaS) and WellTech. This thriving wellness digital economy is worth $2.2 billion in investment, much of it allocated to WellTech. And this is just the beginning, the market is forecasted to be valued at $4,377.95 millions by 2027. This sector is part of the growing $4.5 Trillion Wellness business, driven by the pursuit to merge with the healthcare industry, into a whole new market.

Besides the wellness digital economy and corporate wellness, the ClubHouse interview will also focus on the following topics:

1. Childhood, background, overview, education…of Sunny Gurpreet Singh;
2. Moving from India to the USA
3. How did Sunny Gurpreet Singh build edifecs.com to become a unicorn?
6. The process of building edifecs.com, how did Sunny pivot the company from failure to a unicorn?
7. How did Sunny Gurpreet Singh discover wellbeing and wellness?
8. How Sunny built RoundGlass around the concept of “how to live”.
9. Wholistic wellness is an approach that looks at a person’s health in a holistic way. This considers their body, mind and spirit. The attention to all these three is needed to stay balanced. Sunny created the concept of “wholistic wellbeing”. Can he elaborate in a summary way?
10. Corporate Wellness is something very dear to Sunny. Can Sunny tell us about how he sees this concept?
11. Sunny is building RoundGlass in a 20 years vision and journey. Can he tell us how can we do that in actionable steps?
12. Sunny has been doing a powerful work on RoundGlass sustain and with the RoundGlass foundation in India. His social impact work has helped more than 700 villages. Can Sunny tell us about these initiatives?

In times of great stress and uncertainty,corporate wellness and wellbeing are more important than ever. Corporate wellness programs in particular have become the norm for many US and Global companies. The U.S. The Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that over 80% of companies in the US with over fifty employees offered some sort of corporate wellness benefit. Elsewhere in the world, in the UK for example, it is estimated that only 45% of companies currently offer workplace wellness schemes however this is on the rise with a recent report suggesting that the average number of annual working days per staff member lost to absenteeism or presenteeism has risen from 23 to 30 thus encouraging more companies to invest in wellness.

And Sunny Gurpreet Singh strongly believes in that: “Companies are seeking Corporate Wellness plans because health plans are falling short. Today, a company without a good health plan is at a disadvantage, in the future, the same will be true for companies without Corporate Wellbeing plans. The average person spends 90,000 hours of their life working. Does that take into account our personal wellbeing, our personal happiness? At the moment, the answer is, regrettably, no.

The interview will be live on Thomas Power’s Clubhouse TalkRoom, which currently reaches 146.000 members. ClubHouse is the new hotspot in Silicon Valley, valued at 4 billion USD and 20 million USD. You can follow the interview live on On Wednesday, June 2 at 10 am PST

About Sunny Gurpreet Singh

Sunny Gurpreet Singh is the founder of RoundGlass and Edifecs, and the visionary 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 looks at RoundGlass as his ultimate life project.

RoundGlass offers cutting edge solutions, content, an app and tech for people’s whole + holistic = Wholistic Wellbeing.

Sunny’s impressive world of social impact includes the RoundGlass Foundation in India.  The Foundation among other exceptional projects has been supporting over 700 villages in India and other exceptional work in Wellbeing, Education, Sports and Sustainability.

About Thomas Power

Thomas Power built his reputation for connecting and informing those in the corporate world over a 40 year career, spanning 60 countries and more than a dozen boards. Thomas has worked with household names such as The Apprentice’s Lord Sugar, Mental Health Pioneer, Jay Shetty, and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and global brands. Thomas it is this drive for connecting like minded individuals and sharing nuanced, unbiased information that has led to my position as a go-to for those seeking an Independent Director.

In 1998, he co-founded Ecademy alongside his wife, Penny Power OBE. Together, they built the first online social network for business leaders. Over the following 14 years, they grew a community of purposeful business experts across 52 countries and over 650,000 members. They continue to pioneer this people-first culture originally developed within Ecademy, and it remains at the heart of my own passion for sharing connections and insight with those who need it.

He  currently sits on three boards as the Independent Director, offering guidance, support and the foresight to strategise based on current and ongoing information. He offers his expertise on how people can work with or against changes in the industry and corporate environment to the benefit of the organisation.

About RoundGlass

RoundGlass offers cutting edge solutions, content, an app and tech for people’s whole + holistic = Wholistic Wellbeing. RoundGlass with its products and solutions offers everyday wellbeing, mindfulness, music and Meditation products and collectives for dealing with our times  challenges with Stress, Anxiety, Sleep, Focus, Fitness, mental health and More.

RoundGlass does that through a combination of technology, world class expert-driven content by teachers and experts, and immersive collective experiences. RoundGlass teams are committed to expanding wellbeing and wellness opportunities and solutions to every person at the time and their organisations and businesses in every stage of their life’s journey.

RoundGlass is focused on growing and improving the 7 pillars of the concept of wholistic wellbeing: emotional, physical, professional, community, social, financial, professional wellbeing. This while focusing on nurturing a people’s culture, respect and love for nature and the beauty of the wild by showcasing solutions, tech, content and projects in education, sports,  biodiversity, RoundGlass multiple products, its app, social network and solutions.

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 5.0 – 4IR and all areas of digital transformation?

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


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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 

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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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

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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. 

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

Sunny Gurpreet Singh, Sunny Gurpreet Singh Interview

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 

Jewel Okwechime, Business Leader, Board Member VFD Group & Abbey Mortgage Bank –  Education, Global Environment & Business in Nigeria

Jewel Okwechime, Jewel Okwechime interview

Jewel Okwechime is a global environmental leader, expert in change management strategies for Oil and Gas companies. Jewel Okwechime is a fellow & chartered engineer with over 20 years’ experience assisting businesses such as Schlumberger, Woodside Energy, BP, Shell and ExxonMobil. Jewel is the Non Executive Director & Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Investor relations for the VFD Group Plc. Jewel is also an Oil and Energy Consultant Business Development Manager for Deltic Energy Limited.

Jewel Okwechime Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you – background, overview, education… UK, Nigeria
2. Education in UK University of Surrey the bridges between cultural background UK, Nigeria
3. Nigerian culture
4. How is it to do business in Nigeria – The country is also named among the top best 10 improving economies globally for implementing regulatory reforms across six of the report’s 10 indicators.
5. How is it to do business in Africa?
6. Career highlights.
7. Working with engineering and oil and gas and energy
8. Working with Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu
9. Your company / companies, organisations and focus: VFD Group
10. How do you see Africa in a time of 4IR and all areas of digital transformation?
11. You have been working on cybersecurity and blockchain. Can you tell your views on these technologies?

Jewel Okwechime Interview Notes

About investing in Nigeria. Nigeria is very optimistic and very welcoming. It is a country that is always open for new businesses and organizations. We have learned over the years how important it is to make sure that new foreign investors and companies have a great time in Nigeria and their image of the country is improved. In fact, Nigeria offers a great cultural background, raw nature, amazing people, etc. It is definitely a great place to go and invest.

The Oil and Gas industry is the most attractive for foreign investors. We are rapidly institutionalizing the industry and making sure that new investors are compliant with the country’s regulations. The opportunities are huge in this aspect and it is growing fast. We still have challenges that we need to overcome, like providing power to the whole country and ensuring that the population can feel the wealth that this industry is bringing.

The World Economic Forum experience. I was tasked to organize our participation in The World Economic Forum in Davos. It was a great experience as I had to push myself to the limits, and learnt a lot about managing top-notch world personalities. It helped me develop my governance and strategist skills.

About VFD Group. Founded by skilled professionals with diverse experience, qualifications and backgrounds, VFD Group is a Nigerian based proprietary investment company that focuses on building positive and socially conscious ecosystems by aggregating potentially viable business with the objective of creating innovative products and solutions that are accessible to the everyday entrepreneur.

Biohacking is about health optimisation and upgrading our body along the way. It follows the same principles as the way we hack digital systems. The goal is longevity. The idea is to take steps to improve our body to make sure we can get the best performance and that includes better productivity, more happiness, less stress, mind empowerment etc.


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Jewel Okwechime Biography

Jewel Okwechime is currently the Non Executive Director & Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Investor relations for the VFD Group Plc. A Chemical Engineer she has 20+ years experience working with the likes of BP, Shell and ExxonMobil, and growing into becoming a global environmental leader.

Jewel Okwechime is a proven environmental control strategist within the global oil and gas sphere, reviewing the best available technologies and providing cost-saving options on-site. In fact, Jewel set up J&R Environmental Services  in 2001, a successful environmental services consultancy and she works in process industry expertise and access to a large network and knowledge base. She – provides businesses and organisations, large and small, with practical, cost-effective solutions for achieving environmental and safety compliance.

Jewel Okwechime is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, the highest level of professionalism in chemical engineering. Jewel Okwechime also helps other engineers to become chartered.

A pioneering female engineer, Jewel OkwechimeI thrives on demanding jobs and overcoming challenges. Jewel Okwechime is always interested in specialist leadership roles within the environmental and oil and gas sustainability arena.

Jewel Okwechime holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology from the Halton College, Cheshire, England and a Masters of Engineering in Chemical and Bio-process Engineering from the University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, England.

Jewel Okwechime References

https://www.biznisafrica.com/jewel-okwechime/

https://www.bloomberg.com/profile/person/19951830

https://vfdgroup.com/profile/11/profile

https://soundcloud.com/user-801113867/eur-jewel-okwechime-ceng-cenv-flcheme

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Andrea Bonaceto is an artist, technologist and founder partner at Eterna Capital, an investment management firm focused on blockchain technology. As an artist, Andrea recently collaborated with Sophia the Robot creating digital artwork sold as NFTs.

As an artist, Italian born Andrea Bonaceto is well-known for creating colourful portraits of well-known people. He is also a fellow at the Royal Society of Art in the UK of @thersaorg Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) @niftygateway, @asyncart.

Andrea Bonaceto recently collaborated with Sophia the robot creating NFTs artwork. And as with most of Bonaceto’s work, Sophia’s art is a self-portrait that combines the former’s art history and previous works as well as the robot’s own physical paintings and drawings on multiple surfaces that have been processed by its creator David Hanson.

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Vision

Andrea Bonaceto’s vision on NFTs, the collaboration with Sophia the Robot and digital artwork:

“Art is a very subjective concept, right? I know that there is the metaphysical element of life, of what is the meaning of life? The concept of death… is probably the main inspiration whenever I do something. And someone could argue, an AI does not have that,” he said.

“NFTs will revolutionize many industries, especially the creative industry/economy. We are at the cusp of a paradigm shift.”

About the collaboration with Sophia the Robot: “Her intelligence is a collective of algorithms and humans working together like a hive. For this show, Sophia created the art entirely using neural networks and symbolic AI, responding to her perception of my work, as well as to data from her ‘life’ experiences, under guidance from the Sophia team’s designers and programmers.”

Andrea Bonaceto Links

https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreabonaceto/
https://www.newsweek.com/nft-art-sophia-robot-andrea-bonaceto-nifty-gateway-ai-1575787
https://thenextweb.com/neural/2021/03/25/sophia-robot-nft-artwork-auction-sold-700k-humanoid-crypto-art-bubble/
https://www.techtimes.com/articles/258402/20210325/sophia-the-humanoid-robot-collaborates-with-italian-artist-andrea-bonaceto-auctions-nft-for-nearly-700-000.htm
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-robot/nft-artwork-by-humanoid-robot-sells-at-auction-for-nearly-700000-idUSKBN2BG3GB
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/56525256

Robots and NFTs: Dinis Guarda Interviews David Hanson; Top World Roboticist And The Creator Of Sophia The Robot

David Hanson, Sophia, Sophia the Robot, Robotics Designer, Roboticist
  • Dinis Guarda’s recent interview with David Hanson continues in the tradition of Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series interviews with leading personalities in their fields.
  • David Hanson is a global authority in AI and Robotics, creator of Sophia the Robot and CEO of Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong-based robotics company known for creating robots that look and act genuinely alive. 

Top leading roboticist David Hanson is the latest global thought leader guest for Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series. Conducted by citiesabc and openbusinesscouncil founder Dinis Guarda, both experts talk extensively about AI and robotics and the importance of community, cutting-edge technology advancements and ethics in creating robots like Sophia for the future of mankind.

David Hanson Interview Notes

It has seemed to me that humanizing the machines, making them into human characters [like Sophia the Robot] combining the best of AI, robotics and other technologies with the arts can transform cold technology to something that speaks to the human heart.

David Hanson, Sophia, Sophia the Robot, Robotics Designer, Roboticist
A fragment of the interview with David Hanson for Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series

In this extract from the podcast-like interview, David Hanson explained how robots can radically transform one area that was thought out-of-limits for machines: art. Talking about Sophia the Robot’s latest auction of her NFTs digital artwork, Mr. Hanson added that: “The idea of combining both techniques and technologies with cognitive robotics where the machines are operating under the principles of artificial life, learning, growing and experiment can transform how art is perceived by the consumers and by the artists.

Published on Dinis Guarda YouTube channel, David Hanson provides a masterclass of how new iterations of AI and humanoid robots can support humans in a vast array of ways. Hanson believes social humanoid robots have the potential to serve humanity in a variety of functions and helping roles, like tutor, companion, or security guard. 

David Hanson Biography

In fact, David Hanson is a global authority in AI and robotics. Through his company, Hanson Robotics, David develops robots that are widely regarded as the world’s most human-like in appearance. To accomplish these goals, Hanson integrates figurative arts with cognitive science and robotics engineering, inventions novel skin materials, facial expression mechanisms, and collaborative developments in AI, within humanoid artworks like Sophia the robot, which can engage people in naturalistic face-to-face conversations and currently serve in AI research, education, therapy, and other uses.

Throughout the interview, Mr. Hanson argues the realism of his work has the potential to pose “an identity challenge to the human being“, and that realistic robots may polarize the market between those who love realistic robots and those who find them disturbing. Many of Hanson’s creations currently serve at research or non-profit institutions around the world, including at the University of Cambridge, University of Geneva, University of Pisa and in laboratories for cognitive science and AI research.

That is why he believes that “for AI to truly become the disruptive technology we expect it has to be seen and developed as a cultural technology. We are developing AI and robots that will help us, that will take care of that and the planet, not to destroy us.

He said: “I had a fascination with art, science fiction, and philosophy, dreaming of what robots could be. I imagined that if artificial intelligence ever did match human intelligence that it would re-design itself to be ever smarter, ever faster, you would have something like a Moore’s Law of super intelligent machines.

Creator of the most advanced humanoid robot: Sophia the Robot

David Hanson, Sophia, Sophia the Robot, Robotics Designer, Roboticist

Mr. Hanson is globally known for creating Sophia the Robot and other robots designed to mimic human behavior. Activated on February 14, 2016, Sophia is considered one of the most advanced robots in the world. Sophia has received widespread media attention, and was the first robot to be granted citizenship.

The character of Sophia captures the imagination of global audiences. Sophia is now a household name, with appearances on the Tonight Show and Good Morning Britain, in addition to speaking at hundreds of conferences around the world.

But David Hanson’s career is extensive, as it can be seen in the interview, and he speaks fondly of other robots designed and created by Hanson, including:

  • Zeno, a two-foot tall robot designed in the style of a cartoon boy, which provides treatment sessions to children with autism in Texas as a result of a collaboration between the University of Texas at Arlington, Dallas Autism Treatment Center, Texas Instruments and National Instruments, and Hanson.
  • Albert Einstein HUBO, a robotic head designed to look like Albert Einstein’s and put it on top of the “HUBO” bipedal robotic frame, and Professor Einstein, a 14.5 inch personal robot that engages in conversation and acts as a companion/tutor.

Other works

As a researcher, Hanson published dozens of papers in materials science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and robotics journals — including SPIE, IEEE, the International Journal of Cognitive Science, IROS, AAAI, AI magazine and more. He wrote two books including “Humanizing Robots” and received several patents.

Some of his cutting-edge publications are:

  • Humanizing Robots: How making humanoids can make us more human, Sep 2, 2017 by David Hanson
  • The Coming Robot Revolution: Expectations and Fears About Emerging Intelligent, Humanlike Machines, Feb 27, 2009, by Yoseph Bar-Cohen and David Hanson
  • Humanizing Interfaces– an Integrative Analysis of HumanLike Robots: David Hanson’s Doctoral Dissertation at the University of Texas at Dallas, Interactive … and Engineering, Ph.D. received in 2007. Jun 4, 2017, by David Hanson

A growing Youtube channel featuring top leaders like Ben Goertzel and government officials like Naokazu Takemoto, former Minister of State for Science and Technology of Japan

Dinis’ youtube channel centres round conducting interviews with global top thought leaders, influencers, experts and people shaping and creating new narratives, solutions, and the tech needed to improve our world, society and business industries. The videos are part of the platform he founded citiesabc.com – a wiki 4IR intelligent Smart Cities tech Digital Platform for Reinventing and Uniting Cities, Universities, organisation and Citizens.

Previous interviewees include, amongst others, Ben Goertzel, the CEO and founder of SingularityNET, a project combining artificial intelligence and blockchain to democratize access to artificial intelligence and ex-Chief Scientist of Hanson Robotics, the company of David Hanson, or Joel Dietz, the founding member of Ethereum, now re-imagining crypto-investing as the founder of Swarm Fund. A respected crypto-veteran, Joel co-founded the first smart contract educational channel (EtherCasts), the Ethereum Silicon Valley meetup, wrote the original AppCoin Manifesto, and built the first decentralized asset and governance platforms on the Bitcoin blockchain.

Watch the full interview now on Dinis Guarda YouTube Channel

Read David Hanson’s full biography

Read more about Hanson Robotics

Read more about Sophia The Robot

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