Name: Lianne du Toit
Designation: U-Start Business Developer and Silicon Cape Events Liaison
Company: U-Start and Silicon Cape
What do you do every day? I am blessed as it changes daily, from meeting startups, assisting with tech events, liaising with partners and stakeholders, coding with the youth, speaking at events, creating content for sponsors, going to and planning networking events, to researching the industry and implementing our social media strategies. Every day is an awesome and fulfilling day.
How did you get into the tech space? By default, I am secretly a geek wannabe. Though it was my passion for creating engaging events for the community to meet and collaborate that got my foot in the door to the tech space. I was also inspired by a visit to the Google Campus in London a few years ago. It was there that I thought, imagine how cool it would be to have daily tech and startup event in Cape Town! Through Silicon Cape that vision is becoming a reality with the support of an engaged community.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Do what works for you; be the change you want to see in the world; expect less, give more and persistence and determination go a long way. Nothing is no until it is a flat out no.
What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Go to networking functions, research trends, meet new people, give more than you receive, get a mentor in the sector and add value where you can – the break you need will find you.
What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? My novel-thick to-do list.
Who do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be the person my dog thinks I am.
Find me on:
Twitter: @Siliconcape, @barefoot_Binary, @govhackSA, @u-startconf
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Siliconcape, www.facebook.com/UStart1, https://www.facebook.com/lianne.dutoit?ref=tn_tnmn