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Asian Blockchain Podcast – Episode 28 – Barry Levett – CEO SmartPesa – Making Cash More Convenient

Barry Levett has a background in Finance and maintained a successful career in Investment Banking and Mergers and Acquisitions. A trained accountant, he has an in depth understanding of capital markets and a strong overview of how money flows impact financial inclusion. Working across disciplines and geographies allowed him to be adaptable in many circumstances.

An experienced investor with an interest in technology, Barry naturally gravitated to angel investing in FinTech startups. He founded Elticap as a vehicle for institutionalizing his investment thesis and this entity has had several successful exits.

Barry believes that a great entrepreneur will ask and answer three fundamental questions:

  1. Where are we now?
  2. Where do we want to be?
  3. How do we get there?

Through his involvement in Elticap, Barry was introduced to SmartPesa and was convinced that it was solving some of the most fundamental problems in the financial transactions space, particularly as they relate to those that are not effectively connected to the existing financial system.

We had an eye-opening conversation about making cash more convenient to use and creating a blockchain based system called Credible, Credible is a project to make trustworthy credit data easily accessible to third parties and lenders to help close an estimated $5.2 trillion funding gap for SMEs globally.

Asian Blockchain Podcast – Episode 28 – Barry Levett – CEO SmartPesa – Making Cash More Convenient