Candice Goodman

November 3, 2014 in Entrepreneur, Profiles
Candice Goodman, Mobitainment

Candice Goodman, Mobitainment

Name: Candice Goodman

Designation: MD of Mobitainment ; Chair Emeritus and head of Education & Training at Mobile Marketing Association of South Africa

Company: Mobitainment

What do you do every day? I see myself as a translator: I translate technology into marketing results. Which usually means 3 – 4 meetings a day, 300 emails, and a long ‘to do list’ usually taking me into the next day…

How did you get into the tech space? I have always been a techie from when I saved up for my first 1MB hard drive at the age of 15!

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? To listen! Listen to your customers, colleagues, mentors and the solution will come…

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Be prepared to evolve just like technology does.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? A desire to help others and bring happiness into their lives.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? Young at heart!

Find me on:
Twitter: @candicegoodman
LinkedIn: za.linkedin.com/in/candicegoodman/

Kirsty Sharman

September 26, 2014 in CEO, Profiles
Kirsty Sharman, Retromedia

Kirsty Sharman, Retromedia

Name: Kirsty Sharman

Designation: CEO at Retromedia, founder of GeeksDoingStuff.com, one of the girls behind @GGDJHB.

What do you do every day? My mom tells people I ‘do stuff’ on the internet and she isn’t far off. On a day to day basis I oversee the paid media accounts across our current portfolio of clients, and in my down time I campaign for new business and keep myself up to date with the latest digital trends.

How did you get into the tech space? Almost three years ago I ran an online campaign that kicked off my career in digital. #WeWantKirsty caught the eye of @MikeSharman (no relation) and the rest is history.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Google it.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? I think the tech sector is one that allows self-learners to thrive. I’ve taught myself most of what I know via YouTube and online forums. If you want to move into the tech or online space your first step is just to get yourself into a position where you’re surrounded by industry people you admire – even if that position isn’t where you want to be right now. Then listen to those industry people. Listen and learn.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? Besides my bulldogs? 😉 I’ve been lucky enough to work with some awesome people. I don’t think we’ve ever had a day without laughter in the office. That environment makes it easy to come to work every day.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? Lara Croft.

Find me on:
Twitter: @KirstyCarrot
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=45272088&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile
Website: www.retromedia.co.za

Suhaifa Naidoo

July 16, 2014 in Digital, Marketing, Profiles
Suhaifa Naidoo, Realmdigital

Suhaifa Naidoo, Realmdigital

Name: Suhaifa Naidoo

Designation: Digital Marketing Manager; Chairperson of Girl Geek Dinner CT

Company: Realmdigital

What do you do every day? I am responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring the marketing strategies for Realmdigital as well as managing our clients’ brands. There is no typical day for me as I am never working on the same thing for long periods of time. Being flexible and dynamic is one of my key requirements. Daily activities range from producing marketing reports to managing social media to developing strategy.

How did you get into the tech space? I have an academic background in the Social Sciences. I graduated with an undergraduate degree from UCT majoring in Politics and Religion and a post-graduate degree in Religion. I initially did not have any interest in the tech or marketing industries and believed I would end up working for the government.

I started off as a PA at Realmdigital and instantly fell in love with the online industry. Technology is constantly evolving and every day comes with different challenges and things to learn. I loved being challenged, it has forced me to learn new stuff each and every day, and this is one of my biggest sources of inspiration at work which led me to my current position as Digital Marketing Manager for two successful tech companies.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? You’ve got to work extra hard if you want to be noticed; do not be lazy! Far too often I see many people who are in similar positions not aspiring to do more than they are told. If you are given a task to do, own that task and make it yours. Complete it with the best of your ability and then try to perfect it even more.

Laziness can be the death of your passion and sadly your career. We all fall into phases where we “come to work to get our job done” but the quicker we get out of that, the better for us. Go beyond what is expected of you and work hard. Hard work does not go by unnoticed.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? I stumbled across this industry by absolute chance and I fell in love with it. I have no relevant marketing qualifications, but believe that regardless of the qualifications you have or do not have; passion for something is one of the greatest things any individual can possess. If you are passionate about technology and marketing then you can turn that passion into a career.

Women should not think that the tech industry is a ‘boys only club’, there are passionate and innovative women revolutionising the way we perceive technology in Africa. Women are crucial to the development of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. We need more women in tech!

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? The uncertainty of not knowing what the day is going to bring. I am excited by creating new memories and simply living a meaningful and positive life.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? An older, wiser and richer version of myself 🙂

Find me on:

Twitter – www.twitter.com/suhaifa
LinkedIn – http://za.linkedin.com/in/suhaifanaidoo
Blog – http://www.realmdigital.co.za/blogger/suhaifa-naidoo/