Serge Belamant: Blockchain Patent Holder, “The Chip” Inventor

Serge Belamant was born in Tulle, France, and moved to South Africa when he was 14 because his father found work as a tiler there. Not interested in the prospect of tiling for the rest of his life,

Serge decided to look into (or perhaps gravitated towards) computer science and coding. He currently is the Serge Belamant is currently the patent holder of blockchain technology, making him one of the most vital members of our modern technological society. Before the blockchain work, he was working on a more secure technology for financial applications through his company called Net1 UEPS Technologies. So in addition to blockchain technology, Serge Belamant is actually the creator of “the chip” in financial cards which are used everyday by billions of people. Serge was approached by Visa in ‘95 to implement his chip technology in their cards, and Europe was the first market to popularize its use before spreading to the west. Learn more about Belamant at

Right now, Serge Belamant has created a company called Zilch Technologies, as a way to improve financial literacy through improving the spending and saving habits of younger people. Zilch makes its profits by selling customers data to larger companies, and while educating the youth Zilch created a win-win situation for both parties and improves society as a whole. The idea for Zilch was founded from a conversation that Serge Belamant had with his son. When asked about his view on continuing education, Serge was quoted in a recent interview as saying that “…It’s also vital to always continue learning. I think it’s relatively easy to make some money for a period of time, but a sustained level of success over years is more difficult.” Coming from the man who is changing the world as we know it through futuristic financial security elements, it would behoove all of us to take heed of the sage advice about learning and always striving to improve oneself.

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