Carla Ralph

September 8, 2015 in Digital, Profiles

Name: Carla Ralph (previous Scholtz)

Carla Ralph, Adobe Systems

Carla Ralph, Adobe Systems

Designation: Digital Media Solutions Consultant

Company: Adobe Systems

What do you do every day? I meet with people offering solutions in the design, web and video industries.

How did you get into the tech space? I was a secretary for 10 years with a boss that liked to do his own presentations, so when I got retrenched I thought the best way to get in the computer industry would be to start from scratch on how to build and then network computers, but I found I liked showing others how to do it so I started teaching creative software and when I looked again it was more than 12 years later.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? “Don’t sweat the small stuff” … Remember everything is just small stuff.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Do it because you love it and because you love to learn new things not because you have to, because to be on the cutting edge you ALWAYS need to be up to date.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? To meet new people, learn new things and talk about things that excite me.


Heidi Custers

July 7, 2014 in Digital, Profiles
Heidi Custers, 42Engines

Heidi Custers, 42Engines

Name: Heidi Custers (a.k.a Snowgoose)

Designation: Agency Management Consultant

Company: 42Engines

What do you do every day? 

I manage a tech start-up (currently in incubation) that is designed to improve efficiency and profitability of marketing agencies. I also consult to an agency group on their efficiency.

How did you get into the tech space? I started as a web designer and front-end developer at a large bank, then migrated into digital marketing, and then to a tech start-up accelerator.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? “In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy”. And; “If there are 2 people in a discussion, and both share the same opinion, one of them is redundant”.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Just do it. Don’t fret about your background, your level of ‘tech savvy’ or your experience. All you need is a passion for learning, a good mentor or business partner, and a deep love for the ICT sector.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? Knowing that we are breaking new ground, and making a tangible difference to the businesses we work with.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? Sheryl Sandberg

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Twitter: @SnowgooseSA



Joan Joffe

July 3, 2014 in Founder

It seems fitting to launch this blog by profiling one of the legends of the local ICT sector. Joan has been involved in the sector for years, working for various companies in the US and South Africa, including IBM, Hewlett Packard, Wells Fargo Bank and Standard Oil of California.

In 1977 she launched her own company, Joffe Associates, which was the first organisation in South Africa to import, sell and service the IBM PC. She took the company national, and sold it 10 years later.

She then spent 10 years at Vodacom where she filled the roles of GM Marketing, and Group Executive Corporate Affairs and Communications, and Chairman of the Vodacom Foundation. She retired from Vodacom at the end of 2003.

She is a founding member of broad-based women’s empowerment group, Nozala Investments. She served on the board of IT company, Datacentrix Ltd and was a board member of several non-profit organisations including the Freeplay Foundation, Women and Men Against Child Abuse; and Readucate.

She is a former Businesswoman of the Year and a recipient of the Wits University Lifetime Award for Entrepreneurship. She is a Fellow of the Computer Society of South Africa and a winner of the organisation’s Fellowship Award for 2004.

She currently consults to companies in the ICT sector and represents several offshore technology companies.

Thank you, Joan, for being an inspiration and a role model, and for agreeing to be profiled here. 🙂


Joan Joffe, Joffe Associates

Joan Joffe, Joffe Associates

Name: Joan Joffe

Designation: Founder

Company: Joffe Associates

What do you do every day? Surf the web, evaluate tech opportunities that come my way, mentor others.

How did you get into the tech space? By chance – I met someone who invited me to interview for a position as a programmer at a computer company. I got the job and that set the direction for the rest of my life and I abandoned my plans to become a lawyer.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? There are no limits to anything except those that you set for yourself.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Go for it! Start at the bottom if necessary and don’t ever think you see a glass ceiling because there isn’t one.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? Life’s challenges and opportunities.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? Exactly what I am right now!

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