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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 is the Project Lead at SA Crypto. He has a passion and skill for communications, and his career has gained him recognition while working at East Coast Radio, and success on his personal Blog which won three South African Blog Awards. James spent a number of years as a pastor, where he and his wife served some of the poorest communities in the world. It was this regular experience with the economically disadvantaged that made him research & write about society's economic landscape, subsequently leading him to the Bitcoin whitepaper back in 2012, where he began his blockchain journey.