Tiana Cline

August 13, 2014 in Content creator, Profiles
Tiana Cline, Hypertext Media

Tiana Cline, Hypertext Media

Name: Tiana Cline 

Designation: Editor of Tarsus Channel, Managing Editor of htxt.africa and Tech Made Easy, and tech consultant to Women & Home South Africa.

Company: Hypertext Media 

What do you do every day? I manage the overall production flow of all of our publications – both print and digital – to ensure that we meet our deadlines and produce top-notch content that people actually want to read on a daily basis. There’s also a lot of research, tweaking, brainstorming, editing, gadgets, gaming and digital stuff that happens along the way…

How did you get into the tech space? I’ve always been passionate about technology, but I actually started my publishing career in fashion at ELLE South Africa when it was still under the reins of Nadine Rubin. One of my (many) duties was to review books and movies for the magazine.

During a press screening I was chatting to a well-known entertainment journalist who asked me what I wanted to do for a living. My response? Play video games. At this point I was in the middle of my second honours thesis as well, and he would often give me research advice. He kindly introduced me to a writer at a student magazine who had a page on gaming and said I could take it over.

The very next day I was driving over to pick up the office PlayStation 2! When my time at ELLE came to an end, my next step was to write for a business-technology magazine – mainly interviewing CIOs and CTOs. I ended up taking over a monthly video game publication at the age of 21 when the editor left, something I did lovingly for four years, and everything just continued to flow from there.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? No one will remember you for being nice, but they will remember you for being good at your job.

What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Learn SEO, social bookmarking – everything and anything digital that you can, while you can. Coding? Try it. Find a mentor. Make connections and network extensively to get your face out there. You could also blog about something you’re passionate about. Most importantly, don’t take your studies for granted. Do I sound like a Hallmark card for ICT here? 😉

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? My family… and the possibility that I might be travelling somewhere exciting at some point. 

Who do you want to be when you grow up? Iris Apfel… or a security analyst at Kaspersky Lab. I’m multi-faceted. 

Find me on:
Twitter: @tianatweets
LinkedIn: http://za.linkedin.com/in/tianacline

Tanya Kovarsky

July 14, 2014 in Blogger, Digital, Profiles
Tanya Kovarsky

Tanya Kovarsky

Name: Tanya Kovarsky

Designation: Editor, writer, blogger, trainer

Company: Self, and Rattle and Mum (blog)

What do you do every day? Each day is different, but my days generally include doing freelance work such as writing and editing, and blogging, trying products for review and attending events.

How did you get into the tech space? Mostly by fluke – I left consumer women’s magazines and started another blog, this time a bit more commercial and a lot less personal. I always had an interest in tech, which strengthened through the work I took on – from writing about devices, to training in digital, to blogging as a business.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Never convey negativity in emails, only positivity. Rather keep the negative for face to face. Another bit of running advice that stands out is “keep moving. Always start to finish”. It’s a good life credo too.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? As with any industry, be humble and work hard. Try to approach things with an open hand to give, rather than an open hand to take.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? Aside from the obvious – like getting my son to school and earning money – it would also be interacting with people, getting creative, and wearing a bright lipstick or sneakers (I have lots of those).

Who do you want to be when you grow up? Writers Nicole Krauss or Marianne Williamson.

Find me on:
Blog: www.rattleandmum.co.za
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TanyaKovarsky
Instagram: @TanyaKovarsky
LinkedIn: za.linkedin.com/pub/tanya-kovarsky/37/622/504