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This is the first episode of a UNAJUA Series focused on distilling a handful of global Web3 buzz trends like crypto, NFTs, the metaverse and even AI— reflecting how they are unfolding within an African context. Offering minimum viable insight in this series is the inimitable Kate Byrne.

Kate has served as a C-Suite executive leader at blue chip brands such as Katapult X, SOCAP Global, Inc, Fast Company and the George Lucas Education Foundation. She is currently the Chief Impact Officer of PopVenture— a new financial system enabling everyone to invest in entrepreneurs and innovations that will impact all our lives. She is an experienced, strategic self-starter intent on channelling her many years of hands-on experience in traditional and new media, fintech, and tech community building to create useful products people need and love.

Kate is also the host of two great podcasts worth checking out, Women Advancing and Rebels with a Purpose.

So, then... Are NFTs over? Listen in for Kate's nuanced international take.

Click here (or on the microphone icon on the right of your screen) to leave us a 60-sec voice note with your reactions to any of the topics raised in the UNAJUA Series. (We will include some of your audio takes in future follow-up episodes.)

Useful References:

REPORT: Banking is only the beginning: 65 big industries blockchain could transform by CB Insights

EXPLAINER: What's the Environmental Impact of Cryptocurrency? by Nathan Reiff (Investopedia)

BLOG: Top 6 Cryptocurrency Trends in 2022-2023 by Tezro

PODCAST: Rebels With A Purpose S1 EP8: Catherine Berman by Katapult X

PODCAST STORYTELLING SPECIAL: Gqom: The Babusi Nyoni Story by African Tech Roundup

OP-ED: Africa's biotech industry can deliver social and economic returns by Sona Mahendra (African Tech Roundup)

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