At business, I am a technopreneur (a technology entrepreneur) and old-school developer, over 30 years of experience in IT, as well as a self-taught programmer. Do you remember the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64? Well, that was where I began my fascination with IT.
I grew up in a time just before desktop computers, my parents bought me a Commodore 64, and the IT bug bit me. Now looking back it is very fascinating to see what changes have happened in the world of IT. Throughout my career, I have continued to programme and enjoy the challenge of always learning new software and applications. I have a great love for problem-solving in business and hence my first step into entrepreneurship at the age of 20. Throughout my career, I have been in business development and boast ownership of many successful enterprises.. and some spectacular failures.
Some of my strengths include:
- Tech solutions
- IT Products
- Open Source products
If I had to choose some adjectives to describe myself, I would be inclined to do so as follows:
Creative, positive, enthusiastic, problem solver, speaker, lecturer, entrepreneur, optimistic.
Business Videos Of My Ventures
The following videos were created for several businesses I owned over the years:
Gogga Connect Ad
Wise Touch Tablets
Some private videos
I love the outdoors and do flying, traveling, offroading, adventure biking, mountain biking and rock climbing.
Some of the businesses I have built over the years:
Our Wise group of companies was a very exciting project that included hardware and software.
- Wise Tablets
- Wise Tablets & Kids Themes
- Wise Pets
- Wise Connect
- Wise Kids
- Wise Solutions
- Wise Edubooks (This URL was sold to a customer and is not live anymore)
- Wise Tablet Forum (This URL has been disabled)
The Wise companies were formed in the beginning years of Android tablets and we soon became a household name in tablets, selling volumes just below our competitors being Samsung and Apple.
We built and managed three businesses in the biofuels industry:
Our first business in this industry was Sato Biodiesel in which we built a commercial size biodiesel plant in Hoopstad, Free State. This plant was used for edible oil manufacturing also. Additionally, we became co-owners of Silversand Ethanol and their product range being Safety products.
Gogga was one of the first private wireless internet service provider in SA.
What happened to Gogga?
Gogga was a household name in wireless internet in South Africa. The history of the company is interesting and involves Vodacom, the primary service provider to Gogga, to invest in Gogga. This relationship turned sour after a couple of years and resulted in Gogga and Vodacom fighting it out in the courts as well as in public. Here is a short video that was aired on Carte-Blanche, South Africa, that explains what happened. Needless to say, the business was a great opportunity and showed tremendous growth.