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Colin Daniels
Colin is currently Head of Digital at the Trader Media Group (South Africa), part of Europe’s largest specialist multimedia publishing group jointly-owned by the Guardian Media Group and Apax Partners. He is responsible for managing a commercial department, which includes both sales and technical staff, who work on TMG’s flagship brand (AutoTrader.co.za), and sell digital products and services to the automotive industry in South Africa. Prior to joining TMG, Colin was Publisher of The Times Online (Times LIVE), the online home of The Times and Sunday Times newspapers, where he helped conceptualise and launch both these brands and was responsible for ensuring their commercial success. In 2007, he established Avusa’s first digital innovation R&D unit, the Avusa iLab, which in a very short period of time launched many successful projects. Before embarking on a career in the corporate world, Colin was a new media lecturer at the highly-respected New Media Lab, a division of the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies, where he taught digital theory and production to post-graduate journalism students. Colin currently serves on the Board of the South African Advertising Research Foundation (SAARF) and is Head of Research for the Online Publishers Association (OPA).
  • The Stuart Ntlathi story: A hope-filled prophecy for entrepreneurs in Africa

    High profile speakers, animated presentations, and the occasional F-bomb on stage all characterised the proceedings at what is fast-becoming one of South Africa’s hottest tech conferences. Net Prophet, a free one-day conference established by the RAMP Foundation last year as a means of social investment to debate and grow the local Internet economy, attracted about 800 people from all walks of life. This year’s line-up included Erik Hersman (Ushahidi), Vinny Lingham (Yola), Adriaan Pienaar (WooThemes), Stefan Magdalinski (Mocality), Richard Mulholland (Missing Link), Patrick Kayton (Cognician), Sarah Lacy (TechCrunch), Stephen Newton (ex-Google SA), Stephan Ekbergh (TravelStart), Stuart Ntlathi (SNSET), and Arthur...

  • Why PayPal sucks and Kwedit doesn’t

    One of the biggest factors, apart from bandwidth and audience size, that’s restricting the development of the internet and the emergence of startups in South Africa is the lack of a safe and convenient method for consumers to buy goods and services online. The recent announcement that PayPal have officially entered the country through a partnership with FNB could help to solve this problem, but it still comes at a price and only...

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