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Africa’s largest Tech & Telecoms conference was held in Cape Town in November 2019, and SA Crypto was an official media partner. At the conference, we caught up with key blockchain and tech influencers about what they foresee in the industry.

In our first interview in the series, we have Ray Youseff, founder and CEO of Paxful. Paxful is a Bitcoin wallet that combines the facility of a marketplace. With partnerships in dozens of countries and officially with exchange giant Binance, they have grown to over 2 million users!

Ray is a native New Yorker, who has been there since he was two years old. Born in Egypt, Ray’s family moved out to the city that never sleeps in pursuit of the “American Dream”. Watching his father closely, he learnt the “art of the hustle”, and stepped into the world of entrepreneurship himself. He partnered with developers on early smartphone internet access in the late nineties and then founded a hugely successful ringtones marketplace in the early 2000’s.

After a number of startup successes, exits and failures, he founded Paxful in 2015 with a software dev friend, seeing the huge potential in Bitcoin. Paxful has since grown to become one of the leading Bitcoin wallets and marketplaces in the world.

In this insightful interview, James explores what excites Ray most about the Paxful product, and what is to come in their unique crypto ecosystem.

Watch the 13 min interview below, bookmark it for later on YouTube here, or listen on Audio further down…

HERE IS THE AUDIO IF YOU PREFER TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ON THE ROAD…

The next interview from AfricaCom 2019 will be online early next week.

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James Preston
James Preston is the Managing Editor of South Africa's first and largest news website for the blockchain industry: SA Crypto. He is a writer and media commentator who has been reporting on how the Tech industry will make the world a better place for 14 years, with a large following on South African radio. He is an early adopter of Bitcoin, and began reporting on its revolutionary capabilities in late 2014. Philosophical by nature, he is intrigued by how the world works, and in turn, how it can be bettered. James believes wholeheartedly that the world can become as close to perfect as we humans can imagine, but it will take a lot of effort (and time) to get there. He believes his life purpose is to inspire people to believe this, and find their place in helping humanity achieve it. James regularly does talks on emerging technology and its impact on society at Universities, global conferences, and events. To invite him to speak at your event, or comment for your media outlet, email info@sacrypto.co.za