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Darlene Menzies

Darlene Menzies, TDH/SMEasy

Darlene Menzies, TDH/SMEasy

Name: Darlene Menzies

Companies and Designation: The Development House (TDH) – Founder and Chairman, SMEasy Business Software Pty Ltd – Founder and CEO

What do you do every day? Team role – leader and innovator. I run a business that develops simple scalable software solutions that address gaps in the small business market. I enjoy the risk and challenge involved in taking an idea from concept to commercialisation – going from initial ideation and market research to product design, the development of a minimal viable product, market piloting to demonstrate early user traction and then raising venture capital to fund product commercialisation. In terms of my role in the team I am the ideas person, the team leader as well as the product evangelist. I love my job.

How did you get into the tech space? I started work as a bank teller and got involved in the bank’s IT division through my interest in helping test new IT systems that were being implemented in the bank at the time. I was moved to the regional IT division in KZN in the late eighties, there were no ladies in the division at the time. I worked in corporate IT for 15 years before starting my own software development business in 2004.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? If you don’t totally love what you’re doing stop doing it, immediately…then do everything you can to get started doing what you are passionate about. This one decision will change your whole life.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? I encourage them to do it, it’s the future, the opportunities are endless. I tell them they have to be prepared to work hard, very hard. If they are starting a tech business I usually tell them to be prepared to make big sacrifices and take massive risks, the rewards down the road will far outweigh the sacrifices in the early years. Also that the key to success and growth is your team. If you focus on building your team, your team will build your business.

For people who ask me if I have any particular advice for women wanting to get in tech – I tell them to forget about gender and just do what they are gifted to do and passionate about, that is what will ensure their success. It’s not about gender, it’s about ability, timing, hard work and a bit of luck!

What motivates you to get out of bed every day? I totally LOVE what I do; I would do it even if I didn’t get paid. I wake up on a Saturday and Monday feeling equally excited about the day ahead.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? A mix of Melinda Gates, Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep and Katy Perry… LOL. I think all these ladies are incredible in their own fields! Seriously, I want to be me but with loads more money; I would like to be able to make the kind of social and economic impact that someone like Melinda Gates is making. It’s a privilege to be able to change people’s lives.

LinkedIn: https://za.linkedin.com/in/darlenemenzies
Twitter: https://twitter.com/darlenemenzies / https://twitter.com/thedevhouse

Samantha-Leigh Harper

Samantha-Leigh Harper, Nu Beginnings

Samantha-Leigh Harper, Nu Beginnings

Name:  Samantha-Leigh Harper

Designation: Director

Company: Nu Beginnings IT Career Specialists

What do you do every day? Our number one focus is to assist IT aspirants in advancing their careers – we do this by sourcing IT companies with which to match them up.

How did you get into the tech space? My first position was co-incidentally IT recruitment.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?  That’s a tough one. Best advice I can give – It’s all about attitude. For some reason the younger generation think the world owes them. Study hard, work hard, go the extra mile and do more than what you are paid to do.

What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Technology might be something that is taught, however in my experience, the successful aspirants and happy ones – are passionate about that technology.

They’ve been taking PC’s apart since the age of 10, learning code, doing self -study research and staying on top of new technology. They eat, breathe and live IT. Due to the fact that technology is forever progressing, if you don’t have the passion it’s not the career for you.

What motivates you to get out of bed every day? I work with people 24/7 – there is no reason not to get out of bed.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? Superwoman ideally. 😉 However, I really do admire Adrian Gore. He took an industry that was profoundly broken and turned it into an empire. It’s the exact mission Nu Beginnings has, to change the IT recruitment industry that is profoundly broken into a well-trusted and respected industry.

Find me on:
Twitter: @NuBeginningsSA, @SleighHarper
LinkedIn: za.linkedin.com/pub/samantha-leigh-harper/6/b86/85a
Google+: https://plus.google.com/112938399805856603179
Blog: www.nu-beginnings.co.za

Vanessa Raath

Vanessa Raath, It's About People

Vanessa Raath, It’s About People

Name: Vanessa Raath

Designation: General Manager

Company: It’s About People

What do you do every day? I bling up people’s careers by taking them out of boring jobs and placing them in awesome, challenging roles.

How did you get into the tech space? By default, I was headhunted to join an IT company – the rest came naturally.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? “Carpe diem” – there is no time like the present.

What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Just do it! We need more Female Tech Rock Divas.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? The knowledge that I have the opportunity to change people’s lives for the better.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? A voluntary teacher in third-world countries.

Find me on:
Twitter: @its_about_peopl
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itsaboutpeople
Website/Blog: https://www.itsaboutpeople.co.za
LinkedIn: http://za.linkedin.com/pub/vanessa-raath/15/247/738/