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Social Confoes 052 – Let the Book Games Begin

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Diego and Jean-luc talk about some stuff to look forward to and claim their Book Games token from Gary Vee. Episode Overview 0:00 – Watch the RAW videos on YouTube. The Hosts Diego Ameerali Jean-Luc van Charante Feel free to join our Discord Server. Full Transcript

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Social Confoes 051 – The Millennial Mindset in 2022 w/ Rheyna Wijsman

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Diego and Jean-luc start of 2022 with Rheyna Wijsman about her millennial journey. Episode Overview 0:00 – Watch the RAW videos on YouTube. The Hosts Diego Ameerali Jean-Luc van Charante Feel free to join our Discord Server. Full Transcript

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Social Confoes 050 – Farewell 2021, Metagaming and Pack Openings

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Diego and Jean-luc close of 2021 by sharing some pack openings of games and NFTs projects they enjoyed in 2021. Episode Overview 0:00 – Watch the RAW videos on YouTube. The Hosts Diego Ameerali Jean-Luc van Charante Feel free to join our Discord Server. Full Transcript

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Social Confoes 049 – SaaS It Up, Local to Global /w Saswat Sahu

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Diego and Jean-luc talk Saswat Sahu all the way from Bangalore, India. Episode Overview 0:00 – Watch the RAW videos on YouTube. The Hosts Diego Ameerali Jean-Luc van Charante Feel free to join our Discord Server. Full Transcript

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Social Confoes 048 – Consulting, Freelance and Coaching /w Ashween Achaibersing

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Diego and Jean-luc talk Ashween Achaibersing about his journey abroad and how he got into consulting and came back to Suriname. Episode Overview 0:00 – Watch the RAW videos on YouTube. The Hosts Diego Ameerali Jean-Luc van Charante Feel free to join our Discord Server. Full Transcript

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Social Confoes 047 – Looking Towards 2022

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Diego and Jean-luc talk about what they are looking forward to in 2022. Episode Overview 0:00 – Watch the RAW videos on YouTube. The Hosts Diego Ameerali Jean-Luc van Charante Feel free to join our Discord Server. Full Transcript

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Social Confoes 046 – Opportunities and Activities

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Diego and Jean-luc talk about what opportunities they encountered and are looking forward to. Episode Overview 0:00 – Watch the RAW videos on YouTube. The Hosts Diego Ameerali Jean-Luc van Charante Feel free to join our Discord Server. Full Transcript

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Social Confoes 045 – Talking DeFi w/ Mitchel Pawirodinomo

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Diego and Jean-luc talk with Mitchel about the DeFi space. Episode Overview 0:00 – Watch the RAW videos on YouTube. The Hosts Diego Ameerali Jean-Luc van Charante Feel free to join our Discord Server. Full Transcript

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Social Confoes 044 – Metaverse, Tokens and Airdrops

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Diego and Jean-luc continue the conversation from the previous week about the metaverse. Episode Overview 0:00 – Watch the RAW videos on YouTube. The Hosts Diego Ameerali Jean-Luc van Charante Feel free to join our Discord Server. Full Transcript

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Social Confoes 043 – Enter the Metaverse

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Diego and Jean-luc talk about the Metaverse Episode Overview 0:00 – Watch the RAW videos on YouTube. The Hosts Diego Ameerali Jean-Luc van Charante Feel free to join our Discord Server. Full Transcript

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Social Confoes 042 – Social Media Conference Suriname 2021 Edition

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Diego and Jean-luc are joined by Rafael Jantz and Rajiv Hieralal (Episode 003) to talk about their experiences during the Social Media Conference Suriname 2021.

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 2:34 – Initial impressions as a first-time speaker at the conference
  • 6:03 – Things that stood out for Rajiv during the conference
  • 8:13 – How much networking actually happened online?
  • 10:46 – Rafael explains the Hero’s Journey in storytelling
  • 14:05 – Developments in the e-commerce space
  • 17:04 – Does the online environment simulate the feeling of being at a conference?
  • 23:48 – Community and gamification
  • 27:41 – Things you are looking forward to in the rest of the conference
  • 34:16 – Why is Rafael not in Dubai for the country expo?
  • 36:17 – Jean-luc shows his panda drawing and talks about art and NFTs
  • 43:04 – Conference logistics (can skip this part)
  • 45:56 – Social media on the blockchain
  • 52:00 – Recap and closing off

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Social Confoes 041 – All About Podcasting 3.0 w/ Jennifer Navarrete

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Diego and Jean-luc are joined by Jennifer Navarrete. She’s a Podcast & Virtual Event Producer, the founder of #NaPodPoMo, a content strategist, speaker and community builder.

Connect with Jennifer on Twitter (@epodcaster)

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 3:35 – What is ePodcasting?
  • 12:23 – What should new podcasters look for when starting?
  • 16:41 – At what point do you start monetizing your podcast?
  • 20:26 – Making the shift from radio to podcast
  • 23:04 – How has data analytics in podcasting developed over the past 15 years?
  • 27:59 – Preparing your podcast
  • 40:42 – Overrated or underrated
  • 50:25 – Podcasting on the Hive blockchain
  • 57:30 – National Podcasting Posting Month Challenge
  • 1:08:59 – Closing off

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Capital Confoes 4 – Teaching as a Finance YouTuber w/ AJ from StraightTalks

In this podcast we take you with us on a journey about economics and investing. By being equipped with different perspective we strive to make better and more informed financial decisions. Welcome to Capital Confoes!

In episode 4 we had a conversation with AJ who runs the StraightTalks YouTube channel. He is CFA charter holder and CFP professional working in wealth management as a financial planner.

Check out his content:

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Getting AJ on the Podcast
  • 5:01 – CFA and CFP explained
  • 10:16 – Do these certifications translate well into non US markets?
  • 13:22 – Sending out 172 job applications
  • 17:35 – Getting your foot in the door
  • 20:21 – Why wealth management?
  • 22:47 – 401k and other accounts explained
  • 25:30 – Entering the market as a non US individual
  • 28:34 – Stock, bonds and portfolios explained
  • 34:41 – The importance of psychology in investing
  • 41:03 – How do wealth managers generate income?
  • 47:16 – Is there a future for financial planners?
  • 52:26 – Day trading and red flags
  • 57:07 – Starting a YouTube channel
  • 1:04:58 – What academic programs are there for people interested in finance?
  • 1:09:59 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 040 – The Life of a Digital Nomad w/ Saif Bechan

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Diego and Jean-luc are joined by Saif Bechan. He’s a Full Stack Web Developer with professional experience building websites and web applications. However, he also did this remotely for a year in 12 different countries. In this conversation he tells us what his experience living as a full time digital nomad was like.

Connect with Saif (all his handles are @saifbechan) on:

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 7:04 – Working in the Netherlands as a Full Stack Developer
  • 11:37 – Using a CMS instead of building from scratch
  • 17:26 – Erasmus and web development
  • 20:11 – Switching jobs
  • 24:15 – The jump to full remote work
  • 35:51 – For who is remote working NOT for?
  • 37:27 – The remote work itinerary
  • 47:11 – What was social life as a digital nomad?
  • 48:57 – Returning to normal
  • 56:40 – What would it cost
  • 1:00:38 – Overrated or underrated
  • 1:09:37 – Closing off

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Creative Confoes 012 – Building an Independent Career in Music w/ Jason Herkul

Fresh episode of Creative Confoes with Jason Herkul from Herkules Rekords. He’s a music producer based in Paramaribo, Suriname. Herkules Rekords is a music production entity involved with recording and marketing original releases, corresponding videos and audio engineering services for various platforms, mediums, emerging technologies and digital networks.

Listen to his music here and connect with Jason:

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 2:07 – Starting a music production studio
  • 8:07 – How do you see the landscape of music developing?
  • 10:21 – Monetizing music and sustaining yourself
  • 17:57 – What’s missing for artists to get more international exposure
  • 24:52 – Doing it yourself or outsourcing
  • 29:44 – Collaborating with other artists
  • 32:26 – How would you describe your sound?
  • 35:55 – What’s the best investment you made in the studio?
  • 37:44 – Walk us through your creative process
  • 40:30 – Iconic sounds in other media
  • 43:55 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 039 – Chasing Curiosity w/ Ananta Khemradj

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Diego and Jean-luc are joined by Ananta Khemradj. A curious heart by nature, she always asks questions and often have her nose buried reading something new. Her curiosity led her to become a journalist and filmmaker with a high interest in politics. Listen to her journey journey has been full of surprises, where one thing is certain: She will always be guided by her curiosity, inquisitiveness and strong desire for learning and telling stories!

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Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 6:36 – Are you a filmmaker or journalist?
  • 9:44 – How did you end up working at a bank?
  • 16:52 – What from the Dutch system could work in Suriname?
  • 24:01 – How do previous projects and career paths impact you now?
  • 27:04 – How to overcome the fear of transition
  • 30:28 – Overrated or underrated
  • 43:24 – How come no one likes economists?
  • 46:54 – What documentary are you working on?
  • 50:05 – If you could interview anyone in the last 2 centuries, who would it be?
  • 54:52 – Closing off

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Capital Confoes 3 – Data Analysis in Finance w/ Kevin Hinds

In this podcast we take you with us on a journey about economics and investing. By being equipped with different perspective we strive to make better and more informed financial decisions. Welcome to Capital Confoes!

In episode 3 we had a conversation with Kevin Hinds, a Data Analyst who works at one of the big banks in Barbados. We kicked it off with some backstory from Kevin on how he ended up in Data Analysis and then went straight into the relationships data analysis has in the wider economy, especially in the banking sector he works in and how small nations like Barbados and Suriname play their role.

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introductions
  • 1:51 – Coronavirus situation in Barbados
  • 11:39 – Day-to-day work and responsibilities
  • 29:29 – Can we even keep up with the exponential technological developments?
  • 35:58 – Separating correlation from causation
  • 40:36 – Comparing Suriname to New York
  • 44:30 – Maintaining robustness as data becomes more complex
  • 49:01 – Making predictions through the Covid-situation
  • 54:13 – Has security scaled as much as the technology?
  • 57:33 – Attracting investors to Barbados/Suriname
  • 1:07:36 – Scenario: Pension fund liabilities increasing as life expectancy increases
  • 1:13:02 – Closing remarks

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Social Confoes 038 – Talking with Ineffable Interns

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Diego and Jean-luc are joined by some of the Interns of the Ineffable Digital Internship to talk about their experiences so far.

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 11:56 – Favorite part of the internship
  • 18:20 – Has the internship changed their Social Media perspectives
  • 25:52 – Viewer questions
  • 46:33 – Overrated or underrated
  • 55:45 – Favorite quotes
  • 1:10:46 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 037 – Compounding on Opportunity w/ Moreno Jackson

This week on #SocialConfoes, Moreno Jackson will be joining us to talk about topics as part of the theme, compounding on opportunities: – Finding and applying for scholarships and grants✍🏼 – How to make and maintain professional relationships🤝 – NGO’s vs Businesses💼 – Learning from travel – and we closed off with some NFT talk with overrated or underrated💎

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Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 3.29 – What it means to be an entrepreneur
  • 12:56 – Engineer by day
  • 15:58 – Applying for exchange programs
  • 25:21 – Compounding on opportunities
  • 34:30 – Practical networking
  • 39:43 – Following up on new connections
  • 45:25 – Overrated or underrated
  • 1:01:36 – Closing off

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Capital Confoes 2 – Universal Basic Income

In this podcast we take you with us on a journey about economics and investing. By being equipped with different perspective we strive to make better and more informed financial decisions. Welcome to Capital Confoes!

In episode 2 we touch a bit on Universal Basic Income (UBI)

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Intro and defining UBI
  • 3:22 – Where does UBI money come from?
  • 9:37 – The rich and the poor have equal rights to UBI
  • 14:35 – Eliminating unskilled labor
  • 19:49 – Can UBI work in developed and developing nations?

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Social Confoes 036 – From Music Artist to Influencer w/ Shaq.sr

In this episode of #SocialConfoes we talk with Shaquille “Shaq.Sr” Marcus. He is an artist and influencer from Suriname and is signed to the record label Music Steroidz which features other local acts like Benjamin Fayah & BClazic. Shaquille is mostly known for his Rap skills but he also has a more smooth urban commercial sound. Furthermore, he’s an commonly known for his sense of humor in the influencer and marketing space.

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Listen to his music: Music Steroids

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 4:24 – Taking time off from social media
  • 11:30 – Dealing with haters
  • 16:33 – Perceptions and misconceptions of being an influencer
  • 26:15 – Comedy, music, counseling
  • 33:12 – Putting yourself in a state of discomfort
  • 49:36 – What it means to make it in music
  • 58:48 – Overrated or underrated
  • 1:04:52 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 035 – A Storyteller’s Journey w/ Ramiro.me

In this episode of #SocialConfoes Ramiro, creator of the Story Legacy podcast, took us through his journey on becoming a storyteller.

Connect and book a session with him at Ramiro.me

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 4:00 – Ramiro’s relationship with Suriname
  • 16:57 – Where does the ability to make clear and snappy decisions come from?
  • 23:01 – Where does one start finding their inner-self
  • 28:30 – Seeking discomfort
  • 34:36 – Storytelling for companies
  • 38:59 – Developing personal storytelling
  • 46:48 – Underrated or Overrated

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Capital Confoes 1 – Minimum Wage

In this podcast we take you with us on a journey about economics and investing. By being equipped with different perspective we strive to make better and more informed financial decisions. Welcome to Capital Confoes!

In our very first episode we explore: Minimum Wage

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 4:56 – Project based pricing vs hourly rates
  • 7:19 – Benefits of minimum wage
  • 12:30 – The state of minimum wage locally
  • 16:37 – Minimum wage and unemployment
  • 24:14 – Maslow’s hierarchy
  • 28:10 – Closing remarks

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Social Confoes 034 – A Career in and after Sports w/ Dion Brunings

In this episode of #SocialConfoes we are joined by Dion Brunings to talk about his career in sports, both on and off the court.

Make sure to check out the Loeki-Di Show if you’re in to sports.

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Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 17:31 – Teamwork and communication in sport teams
  • 23:27 – Winning the Caribbean Volleyball Chanmpionships
  • 29:44 – Commercializing sports
  • 37:27 – Volleyball in Suriname vs in the Netherlands
  • 44:49 – Overrated or underrated
  • 1:00:04 – A career after sports
  • 1:11:11 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 033 – Going through Change from Corporate to Independent w/ Chandèl Hermelijn

In this episode of #SocialConfoes we are joined by Chandèl Hermelijn to talk about going from corporate to burn-out to change, which will undoubtedly lead to the discussion whether or not change management is under or overrated.

Learn more about here business ChangeCo Consultancy.

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Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 5:31 – A traditional corporate journey
  • 13:44 – Underrated or Overrated
  • 22:49 – What’s it like working for a “Big Four” company
  • 32:25 – Office politics in corporate
  • 35:36 – Reaching a point of burnout
  • 43:41 – Starting an entrepreneurial journey
  • 49:34 – Scaling up and the bigger vision
  • 55:00 – Academic career advice for an 18 year old
  • 1:00:15 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 032 – Business, Weed, Crypto and a Children’s Book w/ Dave van Aerde

In this episode of #SocialConfoes we chat with Dave van Aerde, host of De Dave Podcast. Additionally, he’s a well-known businessman in Suriname who’s had his toes dipped in a wide range of industries, such as waste management, hospitality, cannabis, crypto and theatre. Tune in and find out how all this is interconnected in him finally writing a children’s book that will be published in the very near future featuring Bolly the Otter.

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 2:50 – Where does your punctuality come from?
  • 8:04 – Defining Dave in business terms
  • 20:16 – Crypto talks
  • 38:18 – Exploring the cannabis industry
  • 46:28 – Becoming a creator and educating through the media space
  • 1:00:37 – Writing a children’s book
  • 1:04:00 – How to start your journey
  • 1:10:31 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 031 – Crypto and The Hive Guide w/ Jon G. Olsen

This week we had an earlier #SocialConfoes with Jon G. Olsen. We talked crypto, the hive guide and creating content on the blockchain.

Learn more about Hive through The Hive Guide by Jon.

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Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 2:54 – Plan B(itcoin)
  • 10:03 – Email marketing
  • 13:50 – How much time do you spend on crypto on a daily basis
  • 22:07 – Criteria for choosing Hive
  • 31:02 – Is 100% decentralization possible and is it good?
  • 38:16 – Areas of opportunities for creators and entrepreneurs on Hive
  • 45:32 – Talking about Splinterlands
  • 56:29 – NBA Topshot and crazy crypto stories
  • 1:01:50 – Affiliate marketing vs multi level marketing
  • 1:08:12 – Closing off with a book

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Social Confoes 030 – A Reverse Virtual Drink w/ Sandrina Hunsel

Do you have a This week on #SocialConfoes we’re having a reverse #virtualdrink with Sandrina Hunsel. Tune in to learn more about her story with volleyball, starting businesses and connecting with people through virtual drinks.

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Intro: Jean-luc forgot he met Sandrina before
  • 3:42 – Not being on the volleyball court
  • 8:08 – Transition from player to coach
  • 19:03 – Sandrina on the Suvobo controversy
  • 22:59 – Getting sport scholarships in the US
  • 26:06 – Moving away from Facebook
  • 30:04 – Starting Virtual Drinks on Linkedin
  • 38:57 – Getting to know people on other continents
  • 41:07 – The do’s and don’t when approaching new people
  • 48:44 – Why the virtual drinks are not recorded
  • 52:12 – Starting a coaching career and a radio show
  • 58:27 – Processing and synthesizing information
  • 1:01:27 – Being a tall woman
  • 1:07:28 – Closing remarks

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Social Confoes 029 – Ask Me Anything: Jean-luc

Do you have a question you always wanted to ask Jean-luc, want to hear his opinion on a topic, or just have a question in general. Feel free to drop it in a comment below, and he’ll make sure to answer it.

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Intro: Locked out of my laptop
  • 7:38 – Developing a good memory
  • 11:52 – What’s the answer to life, the universe and everything?
  • 14:04 – Quickfire 1
  • 19:11 – Tips to improve public speaking
  • 21:35 – Balancing work, life and leisure as a dad
  • 28:36 – Jean-luc favorite influencer at the moment
  • 32:16 – Biggest career goal
  • 35:20 – Is Suriname ready to transition from traditional 9-5 to more independent work
  • 43:26 – The best and worst part of working in the social media space
  • 47:31 – Are Surinamese influencers sending the right message?
  • 52:42 – Stop using Facebook!
  • 55:52 – How has the pandemic changed fatherhood for you?
  • 58:53 – Quickfire 2
  • 1:04:49 – Kaseko and Social Media
  • 1:10:28 – Monetizing on Spotify and what’s a podcast
  • 1:14:36 – Superpowers for each district in Suriname
  • 1:23:07 – Closing Remarks

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Social Confoes 028 – Ask Me Anything: Diego

Jean-luc and Diego have a midyear check-in on the state of #SocialCoTonight, we are doing #SocialConfoes a little differently. Diego Ameerali is doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything), so if you have any questions on creative design, studying abroad, mining #Ethereum, investing in #Veefriends, or something personal instead, this is your chance!

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introduction with fictional characters
  • 4:15 – One concept for a positive impact on humanity
  • 10:56 – Which online platforms does Diego actively use?
  • 12:39 – Earning money online in Suriname
  • 16:12 – Recommendation for people that are ready for financial independence?
  • 18:32 – Things you want to do but haven’t done?
  • 20:08 – If you could turn back time, would you?
  • 22:06 – Podcasting experiences on Social Confoes
  • 30:08 – How do you get guests on podcasts?
  • 32:47 – Making the switch from other platforms to podcasting
  • 38:26 – Stories that people wouldn’t believe?
  • 43:14 – How do you develop the skill to not complain?
  • 45:12 – Where do you get the drive to keep going?
  • 54:36 – What hidden talents do you have?
  • 55:46 – First mobile phone and how often do you switch?
  • 1:02:44 – Biggest success and failures
  • 1:05:33 – What are your values?
  • 1:08:15 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 027 – TEA TIME: Mid-Year Check-in and Confoes Roadmap

Jean-luc and Diego have a midyear check-in on the state of #SocialConfoes and talk about what’s to come in the next half of 2021.

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 1:33 – Things we’ve learned in the first half of 2021
  • 13:50 – Challenges we are currently facing
  • 20:20 – Why do we even have guests on
  • 28:58 – Thoughts on live audio platforms like Clubhouse
  • 36:34 – State of podcasting in Suriname
  • 56:08 – Social Media algorithms and distribution
  • 1:03:31 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 026 – Mortal Kombat, Good UX Design and Working Remotely w/ Pek Pongpaet

This Tuesday on #SocialConfoes we will be joined by Pek Pongpaet. He’s the CEO and Chief UX Strategist at Impekable, a world-class agency that designs and engineers SaaS and mobile applications. Additionally, if you are a fan of Mortal Kombat, you don’t want to miss it.

Learn more about Impekable on their website. Listen and subscribe to to his podcast “What is UX?” and “Founders with Pek

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 2:15 – A Mortal Kombat Story
  • 8:41: – Naming Impekable
  • 15:38 – Moving to the US and starting a career in UX and UI
  • 25:26 – Quickfire Questions
  • 32:10 – The importance of UX and UI
  • 37:57 – Western vs Eastern UX
  • 43:15 – Changes in UX for the next 5 years
  • 47:55 – Personal privacy in an online world
  • 50:57 – Working remotely from the start
  • 1:03:33 – Government regulation in a tech integrated world
  • 1:07:50 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 025 – Leading in JCI, Networking and Scaling an Organization w/ Tyler Hiranaka

This week on #SocialConfoes we chat with Tyler Hiranaka. He’ll be joining us from an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Tyler served as the charter president for JCI Honolulu from 2015-2016. Professionally, he is active in the fine jewelry space and also serves as a business consultant. We’ll explore what it means to establish and scale an organization, explore different different business avenues and much more…

Connect with Tyler on Linkedin. Here’s a list of the projects he mentioned in the episode:

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Aloha
  • 4:39 – JCI in Hawaii
  • 10:25 – The Spirit of Aloha
  • 13:48 – Starting a JCI Chapter in Honolulu
  • 17:03 – A cool crazy project
  • 18:42 – The impact of Covid on volunteering
  • 27:39 – Global Networking
  • 32:20 – Social Currency
  • 36:45 – Finding your energy to give
  • 40:42 – Scaling Business
  • 46:06 – Our Appreciation for Gary V
  • 54:55 – Facing Self-doubt
  • 58:46 – Tyler’s Long Game

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Social Confoes 024 – Representing Suriname at the IDB, Travel and Opportunities w/ Jade Tjon

In this episode of #SocialConfoes, we have a chat with Jade Tjon. She is the representative for Suriname on the Executive Board of the Inter-American Development Bank Group and serves as the focal point between the Government of Suriname and the Bank, and is dedicated to bringing attention to the needs and opportunities of small and island states. We talked a little about Suriname, about her role as IDB representative, about her traveling experiences and how to leverage opportunities. At the end she also shared for the first time her brand that she is launching in July 2021 called Foreign Exchange, as an effort to raise awareness and action around the Sustainable Development Goals.

Connect with Jade on Linkedin and also check out Foreign Exchange by Jade.

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 2:17 – Transforming the workspace
  • 10:27 – Projects and IDB investments
  • 12:39 – Where does the IDB get funding from?
  • 25:32 – Experiences and perspectives gained from traveling
  • 33:37 – Lessons from dancing ballet
  • 35:55 – Discrimination as a women in the workplace
  • 39:29 – Getting the job at the IDB
  • 43:04 – Key factors for success
  • 51:57 – Investing in yourself and the value of a coach
  • 54:43 – Announcing Foreign Exchange by Jade
  • 58:10 – Superpowers
  • 1:01:26 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 023 – Startups and Venture Capital in Latin America w/ Enzo Cavalie

In this #SocialConfoes, Diego and Jean-luc are joined by Enzo Cavalie. He’s born and raised in Peru but found the startup and venture capital space lacking in the region. With a background in economics he moved to Mexico to start a career in VC. We’ll explore the startup and venture capital space in Latin America and much more. Additionally, he writes about these topics and hosts his own podcasts where he interviews industry leaders in Latin America through his platform Startupeable.

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 2:15 – The biggest excuses that entrepreneurs use when it comes to business
  • 4:48 – The state of startups in Peru
  • 9:34 – Startup and VC opportunities in Mexico
  • 12:36 – How important is it to be good in Spanish
  • 17:34 – What do you need to have in place as a startup to be interesting enough for VCs?
  • 23:59 – Providing solutions for people or providing a workplace
  • 31:14 – Do we even need VC culture in Latin America?
  • 36:16 – How do you identify “pedigree” in people?
  • 40:50 – What happens to the money in a non-performing startup?
  • 43:39 – Are VCs often directly involved in operations?
  • 46:28 – How do VCs deal with political and currency risks?
  • 50:07 – Adopting Bitcoin and alternatives in Latin America
  • 54:21 – Quick fire final questions
  • 1:03:18 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 022 – Meet the Hosts with Memes

Did you know there are there are multiple Confoes Podcast shows? Today, Diego and Jean-luc are joined by Gregory Bainathsah (Co-Host Capital Confoes) and Tevin Morris (Co-Host Creative Confoes) in a bizarre Confoes Crossover Episode.

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Confoes Intro
  • 3:16 – Favorite Episodes
  • 7:56 – Meme Talk
  • 25:25 – Should we create separate channels for each show?
  • 29:08 – Future topics to cover on Capital and Creative Confoes
  • 38:34 – How pragmatic should the Confoes be?
  • 43:36 – Why don’t the Confoes happen more often
  • 53:47 – Closing off: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

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Social Confoes 021 – TEA TIME, VeeFriends and NBA Topshot

After 20 weeks of Social Confoes, it is time to reflect on the past 5 months and make plans for the future. In this episode, Diego and Jean-luc are having a #SocialConfoes Tea Time. In other words we answered any audience question that came in. Of course, we will also talked about why we have invested in different NFTs, such as VeeFriends and NBA Topshot, and what we plan to do with those investments.

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Intro and state of the pandemic
  • 4:47 – Financial Independence
  • 15:23 – Starting a business with family or friends
  • 26:43 – Having a personal assistant
  • 32:28 – Office Politics
  • 35:05 – NBA Topshot
  • 42:00 – VeeFriends
  • 51:18 – Ethereum and transaction fees
  • 1:00:04 – What would happen to VeeFriends if the creator were to pass away
  • 1:03:03 – The value of community
  • 1:12:31 – Crypto and video games
  • 1:20:52 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 020 – Swimming in the Olympics and Venture Capital w/ Renzo Tjon A Joe

May 25th, Diego and Jean-luc are joined on #SocialConfoes by Renzo Tjon A Joe, Suriname’s record holder on the 50m and 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly. We will of course talk about swimming, but also about representing Suriname, challenges in the world of sports during Covid-19, and a little about Venture Capital as well.

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Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 7:51 – Life lessons and education from swimming
  • 13:55 – The difference between a top 10 and a top 100 swimmer
  • 20:46 – Making the decision to represent Suriname and overcoming challenges
  • 29:19 – Renzo’s college experience and journey to Harvard
  • 36:08 – Positioning himself for future Olympics in 2024 and 2028
  • 39:16 – Time management in career vs swimming
  • 42:22 – Venture Capital with Kayser Capital
  • 48:02 – Sectors to consider for investments
  • 56:11 – Quick-fire from the comments
  • 1:06:03 – Closing off with a take on the current state of crypto

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Social Confoes 019 – Agile Marketing, GIF Talk and Emojis w/ James Tucker

Diego and Jean-luc are joined on #SocialConfoes by James Tucker. We talked about his journey from the UK to Spain, the process of Digital Content Creation, how to incorporate Agile into Social Media Marketing, GIFs and Emojis.

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Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – A midnight introduction
  • 3:07 – From the UK to a Spanish island next to the Sahara
  • 9:23 – Why is the internet infrastructure in Tenerife so good?
  • 12:01 – Quickfire
  • 17:05 – From software development to marketing
  • 22:01 – Agile (in marketing) explained
  • 32:42 – Memes and GIFs
  • 42:45 – Using agile and Notion in daily work processes
  • 48:27 – All about emojis
  • 50:24 – Advice for content creators afraid to start
  • 57:25 – Closing remarks

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Social Confoes 018 – Practice Active Mindfulness w/ Natasha Fong Poen

Diego and Jean-luc are joined on #SocialConfoes by Natasha Fong Poen. Natasha will take us on a journey from moving to the Netherlands, starting a corporate career, moving back to Suriname, and finally leaving corporate life behind to found Yogini Su.

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Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 3:57 – Why the interest in health?
  • 9:08 – How do you mentally prepare yourself for an intense 30-day challenge?
  • 11:15 – The calm Natasha vs the corporate rush Natasha
  • 15:38 – Takeaways from the corporate world that positioned you to start something yourself?
  • 21:25 – The story behind the yoga pose photo
  • 26:05 – Thought process on deciding what to study
  • 35:08 – The importance of environment in finding yourself
  • 38:14 – Thoughts on the ‘cult’ aspect of yoga
  • 40:42 – A memorable travel story
  • 45:39 – Misconceptions around yoga practice
  • 49:14 – The technical aspects of yoga
  • 57:17 – Quickfire
  • 1:00:27 – How can you use yoga to not get burned out in a corporate setting
  • 1:03:33 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 017 – A Conversation with Chief Philosophy Officer: Anil Sadhoeram

Diego and Jean-luc are joined by Anil Sadhoeram to explore what it means to be a Chief Philosophy Officer and how he went from working at the big corporations like Oracle to working apart together from a tiny island in the Caribbean. We even explore some aspect of the startup world and the role technology plays.

You can also connect with Anil van Maretraite:

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introduction: The Origins of Maretraite
  • 7:18 – The Process of Working at Big Corporations
  • 16:32 – How was the internet in the nineties compared to all the social networks we have now?
  • 21:51 – Government Organizations and the Corporate World
  • 30:15 – What do big companies do not have many big international training programs anymore compared to 20 years ago?
  • 39:17 – Chief Philosophy Officer
  • 51:20 – The role of the CPO at different stages of a business
  • 57:43 – Ethics and Smart Cities
  • 1:18:12 – Capitalizing on Working Apart Together Tribes
  • 1:26:21 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 016 – Storytelling in Corporate Communications w/ Isaac Turner

On episode 16 of #SocialConfoes: Diego Ameerali and Jean-luc van Charante are joined by Isaac Turner to talk about journalism, digital marketing in the corporate world, the importance of brand storytelling with analytics, and some fun other topics.

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Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introductions with a conference experience
  • 7:13 – How was the state of Social Media during your Journalism study?
  • 9:55 – Defining corporate communications
  • 14:57 – How important are writing skills?
  • 20:29 – What is a brand voice?
  • 22:26 – Storytelling in corporate communications
  • 28:24 – How would you handle when a company wants to make a 180 on their brand?
  • 32:10 – How relevant is digital marketing?
  • 36:59 – Strategies for solopreneurs
  • 40:24 – How do you get people to buy in and how practical is that?
  • 45:25 – How can organizations inspire their employees to be a brand ambassador?
  • 49:56 – How do you keep up with ever-changing trends in the industry?
  • 54:51 – The impact of Covid?
  • 1:03:49 – What are sought after skills?
  • 1:07:28 – Organic vs paid advertising?
  • 1:09:13 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 015 – Finding Your Passion w/ Suleigha Winkel

On #SocialConfoes episode 15 we are joined by Suleigha Winkel to talk about working on a film set, podcasting, finding your passion and much more! She’s a co-founder and stylist at Margi Lifestyle and also directed the movie Lobi Singi.

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Listen to her podcast: Hoe Duur is Passie (in Dutch)

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introduction with some singing
  • 2:54: – The story behind Lobi Singi
  • 8:10 – Challenges around producing a film in the Netherlands and Suriname
  • 13:56 – Differences in production design, art design and background design
  • 17:04 – An experience in Indonesia
  • 20:22 – How do you decide what to do next?
  • 25:24 – Dancing in Paris
  • 35:11 – Stories behind fashion
  • 40:34 – The thinking behind Suleigha’s naming conventions
  • 45:47 – Podcasting: Hoe Duur is Passie
  • 56:24 – Where can people find the things you’ve created?
  • 1:08:55 – What sets your soul on fire?

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Social Confoes 014 – Wiren, Suriname and the Oscars w/ Ivan Tai-Apin

Ivan Tai-Apin joins Diego and Jean-luc on episode 14 of #SocialConfoes to talk about events, acting and directing in Suriname. We talk about his journey and road to having his movie, Wiren, become the first-ever Surinamese submission to the Academy Awards. Ivan is a Surinamese actor, director, screenplay writer and producer. He is mostly known for his out of the box theater shows & plays. In 2016 he started a camera acting school in Suriname and is the managing director of It Goes Productions & Casting.

Did you know he has his very own Wikipedia page? Check it out for his full biography in film and theater.

You can also connect with Ivan:

Watch Wiren on Amazon Prime. You can watch it on Netflix if you are in the Benelux region.

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introduction with Owru Yari stories
  • 5:36 – How was the film space in the Netherlands compared to Suriname 10 years ago?
  • 9:54 – Acting like in animal before filming or performing on stage.
  • 13:31 – What brought you back to Suriname?
  • 16:53 – What were the challenges you had to overcome?
  • 29:28 – Views on the maturing industry with the limited local scale we have in Suriname
  • 37:51 – How the submission to the Oscars went
  • 47:33 – Production costs and box office results of Wiren
  • 52:55 – What’s the ROI for companies for investing in a movie production?
  • 1:03:08 – How do you put yourself out there to network?
  • 1:10:20 – Closing off with recommendations for the film industry

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Social Confoes 013 – No Code Caribbean, Piedata and Entrepreneur Stories w/ Sergio Pengel

Jean-luc an Diego have a talk with Sergio Pengel about studying and building a business in the US, tech developments in the Caribbean, the importance of basic start-up concepts such as MVPs, and development in the E-Commerce and No-Code space.

Founder of PIEDATA and Co-Founder DevTribe, Sergio discovered his passion for helping entrepreneurs optimize their digital adoption. He is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, unite and solve citizens centric problems. Born in Suriname, Sergio earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management from FVSU and pursued his MBA in International Business at Phoenix State University. He developed his grit and character working with the Government and Private sector adding value to corporations such as Georgia Lottery, Honda, CANTO, CARICOM and more.

Sergio’s impressive career highlights his vibrant leadership and Business network with a track record of overachievement in product development, professional services, and delivery management. Elected by community leaders, Sergio serves as an advisor to many international officials while continuing to promote the advancement of the Diasporic network to adopt STEAM (Science Technology Arts and Mathematics) to Caribbean Boys and girls to the international community.

You can also connect with Sergio:

Learn more about No Code Caribbean.

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introduction to Sergio
  • 4:20 – How Sergio ended up in the United States and studied business
  • 16:34 – What thing you would to see integrated in the Surinamese educational system
  • 20:08 – Stepping into the world of entrepreneurship
  • 25:21 – Almost a millionaire on paper
  • 31:39 – How do you manage risk and did it change over the years?
  • 41:58 – What does Piedata stand for?
  • 55:48 – How do you deal with investors and people that have a stake in your company?
  • 1:03:46 – No Code solutions to actually start a business from home and build an MVP
  • 1:10:02 – Closing off with No Code Caribbean

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Social Confoes 012 – Developing the Caribbean and its Potential w/ Gyanno van Kanten

Our guest tonight on #SocialConfoes is Gyanno van Kanten from the island of Curacao. Gyanno studied in Tilburg and came back to the Caribbean with the ambition to help develop its potential. We’ll talk about studying in Europe, running a business in a small market, social media and online marketing, and most likely touch on sports, national pride and branding the Caribbean as well.

You can also connect with Gyanno:

EdgeUp Marketing:

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introductions with some apple juice
  • 3:48 – An encounter in Tilburg
  • 8:09 – Things you learned in university that you apply today
  • 16:37 – Why did you choose Curacao?
  • 21:55 – What would you advice future students that will be graduating
  • 30:30 – First impressions of Curacao
  • 34:27 – Why do people want traditional work experience first?
  • 39:06 – Is the education system broken?
  • 45:55 – How did you put yourself out there in Curacao?
  • 52:32 – Should you invest in a drone?
  • 1:03:11 – What do you think is required to build a Caribbean community?
  • 1:17:17 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 011 – Scaling Startups in the Asian Markets w/ Reuben Noronha

Diego and Jean-luc are looking forward to having Reuben Noronha as our #SocialConfoes guest this week to talk about finding opportunities and starting up businesses. This social conversation will touch on different topics ranging from building and scaling businesses in South East Asia to finding opportunities in the crypto space. We might even jump into talking about creating content, productivity and/or even a little bit of music.

Reuben has spent the last few years building and scaling business in Asia. He built his first company, Nivaasa, in 2013 and ran it for two years. After that, he had the opportunity to build and scale multiple businesses at Zilingo. He enjoys the 0 to 1 phase and finding new ways for businesses to monetize.

Check out Reuben’s Podcast where he speaks to people about their experiences and learnings over the last 10 years. From PhDs to Musicians, Consultants to Entrepreneurs, you’ll hear from a diverse set of people who are doing really interesting things, at the same time, and figuring it out along the way.

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Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Good morning from Singapore
  • 3:30 – What should people know about Singapore?
  • 7:40 – Tell us about your first startup in India
  • 21:13 – What does 0 to 1 mean in a startup?
  • 25:55 – Economic vs Cultural freedom in Singapore
  • 41:41 – Transition from your own startup to working at another startup
  • 50:04 – Bootstrapping principles that young entrepreneurs should look at or ignore
  • 55:30 – At what point did you know you were ready to leave the startup?
  • 1:00:03 – Crypto Q&A
  • 1:17:06 – What’s next for Reuben?
  • 1:20:52 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 010 – Emotional Intelligence, MBTI and the Story of Sheetal Sujan

On this very insightful episode of Social Confoes, Jean-luc and Diego are joined by Sheetal Sujan. She is a co-founder of Lybra Training, Coaching and Consulting in Paramaribo, Suriname. She develops and facilitates tailor-made trainings for organizations in areas of self-development, team development, leadership development, customer service, communication, team building and emotional intelligence. Furthermore, she has more than 12 years of experience as a personal and professional development trainer and her goal is to positively motivate individuals to strengthen their true talents and skills, overcome their challenges, and get the most out of their personal and work life.

She is passionate about helping individuals and teams thrive in their personal and work relationships, steering individuals to understand the personal impact they make on their lives and the lives of others.

Check out Lybra and sign up for their next classes.

You can also connect with Sheetal through her socials:

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Introduction with some tears
  • 5:33 – How Sheetal ended up in Suriname?
  • 11:26 – A deeper appreciation of Indian culture through Suriname
  • 23:32 – Making her husband take the MBTI test
  • 30:15 – What did the our results tell you about us
  • 37:04 – A deeper look at perceivers and judgers in MBTI
  • 45:30 – How do you prevent yourself from abusing your powers
  • 53:57 – Taking the business from offline to online during Covid
  • 1:18:41 – MBTI demographics, Is there an age restriction?
  • 1:28:01 – Thoughts on why women cancel more often?
  • 1:33:25 – Closing off

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Social Confoes 009 – Steal His Marketing for TikTok growth hacks w/ Abhishek Kumar

Steal My Marketing, the name of the Podcast hosted by Abhishek Kumar. Diego and Jean-luc talk with him about how he was able to growth hack his TikTok following to over 125K within a year. Furthermore, we expand this to other social media platforms and how to leverage your following to get into a conversation with some of the smartest mind around the world.

Check out his podcast: Steal My Marketing and sign up for his Newsletter.


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Social Confoes 008 – Favorite Moments So Far, Paradigm Shifts and NFTs

Welcome to a special edition of Social Confoes​, featuring your hosts, Diego Ameerali and Jean-luc van Charante, as they look back at the first couple of months of the show. Grab yourself a drink and fire your questions away, as we might answer some ;). One of them even had a power outage during the live recording session. Have a listen and see how that played out.

Episode Overview

  • 0:00 – Basic Introductions
  • 3:00 – Leaving a workshop just to livestream at 9PM sharp
  • 5:25 – Reflecting back to the first 2 months of starting Social Confoes and why we decided to do it in English
  • 10:45 – [Audience] Any plans to start a Surinamese podcast association?
  • 16:00 – Anchor and Spotify available in Suriname
  • 21:50 – Using leverage to earn from platforms
  • 26:35 – Does Jean-luc wear pants during Zoom calls?
  • 30:15 – Exponential development cycles of platforms
  • 32:20 – Rapid Fires with a twist of Power Outage
  • 49:30 – Where is Suriname lacking in the most?
  • 53:30 – What needs to happen for there to be smooth transition to close the gap between generations?
  • 59:25 – Things to expect in the next few weeks
  • 1:03:20 – Why do we podcast?
  • 1:07:55 – Rapid Fire Part 2
  • 1:14:25 – Do we re-listen to our own episodes?
  • 1:27:13 – Officially a tribe! Closing off

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