Ep. 78: Detecting Counterfeit Hair Extensions in Africa – Shadrack Kubyane (CEO Coronet Blockchain)
Shadrack Kubyane, co-founder of Coronet Blockchain, is a former Deloitte management consultant. He founded the company with his wife, Pretty, to track the supply chain of human hair extensions to salons and individuals in South Africa. Coronet Blockchain leverages IBM Hyperledger technologies to secure the supply chain for human hair extensions.
•Introduction of Shadrack’s background and experience
•Origins of Coronet Blockchain
•Problems that Coronet Blockchain is trying to solve
•Hair market in Africa and globally – supply chain
•Buyers and sellers of human hair
•How can hair extensions improve self-esteem and possibly mental health?
•How is the IBM blockchain eco-system?
•What kind of data is collected in the Coronet Blockchain marketplace?
•Do you need to use blockchain for your marketplace? Why?
•What are the main challenges and opportunities that your company faces today?
•Growth marketing strategies in Africa
•Roadmap for 2021 and beyond
•If it’s not too personal, what would you consider to be your biggest mistake?
•Favorite book that most influenced your universe – Finding a Way to Win by André Olivier
In January of 2021, AstraZeneca in Estonia partnered with data security and blockchain firm, Guardtime, to participate in their VaccineGuard pilot. Iceland, Hungary, and Estonia are the first countires to sign up to the new platform supporting the global covid-19 vaccination program.
Vaccination passports and the idea of immunity passports are hot topics as people try to get back to normal life. This is just one of many types of digital health technologies being used to facilitate the global rollout of the Covid19 vaccines. While this is a great step forward for the world, there are still many questions about how effective the vaccines are against new coronavirus variants. Tune into Health Unchained episode 79 where we do a deep dive into this pilot project with the Chief medical officer of Guardtime as my guest.
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