Serge Belamant is an expert and patent holder in Blockchain Technology industries. He was born in France but raised in South Africa from the age of fourteen years. His father was a worker in a tiling company in South Africa, so he had to move his family. Serge Belamant studied Computer Science and Technology in Johannesburg’s Witwatersrand University. From his computer science knowledge, he earned an opportunity to work with several companies including financial institutions. He had the skills to code financial transaction software which brought great impact on the banking systems over South Africa and other countries in the world. In 1989, he founded his company, Net1 UEPS Technologies, which mainly focuses on the creation of electronic payment operations. In 1995, he came up with an offline pre-authorized VISA card which is nowadays used as credit and debit cards.
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Serge Belamant’s Net1 also developed a digital system in South Africa where one would be able to transfer grants and welfare funds to places where they were needed. The same method was adopted in Iraq and Russia. Recently, Serge Belamant has established another company by the name Zilch Technologies. The firm was inspired by a discussion between him and his son. They were talking about how social media has taken the attention of many youths around the world. From the talk, they came up with an idea of building a financial product in a language that would be understood by the younger people. From the product, people would be able to track their spending and saving habits. Integrating it with their bank accounts the product would provide data that would guide them towards improving their financial stand.
Serge Belamant believes that word of mouth remains the most powerful marketing strategy in the market. He also appreciates the growth of digital communication programmes especially the online platforms that facilitate the sharing of ideas between people from different fields. He also believes that his success is primarily associated with his ability to understand. He takes problems seriously and immediately starts to think of ways to solve, address or improve it. He advises people to always look up to their mentors or people who have been where they are for guidance.