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Charl Norman
Works at OnNet
Attended Netscope
Lives in Cape Town, South Africa
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Co-Founder, Ops Manager
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  • OnNet
    Co-Founder, COO, 2011 - present
  • Blueworld Communities
    Co-Founder, 2007 - 2011
  • Touchlab
    Operations Manager, 2010 - 2011
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Founder at OnNet Pty Ltd.
Introduction

I’m an award winning consumer internet and digital media entrepreneur.

Currently Founder of OnNet - an internet technology company that builds web and mobile publishing tools. OnNet has extensive experience in providing content through web, mobile (off deck and apps), sms and USSD channels.

Previously, I managed operations for Blueworld Communities (BWC), a company I founded with partners. BWC operates online communities in the entertainment, motoring and dating space and was acquired by Media24 (Africa's biggest media corporate owned by Naspers) in 2008. 

BWC also created Afridoctor, the Award winning J2ME application that won the $85.000 Nokia Application Innovation Award.

In 2011, I was a founding member of Touchlab, an award winning mobile division within Naspers, that builds applications and tablet publications for iOS and Android.

I also own a publishing network including BandwidthBlog.com, an opinionated tech and internet news blog which has hit the homepage of Digg (back when that mattered), been referenced by ReadWriteWeb numerous times and has won awards such as a silver pixel at The Bookmarks and best technology blog in the SA Blog Awards. Other titles include CarBlog.co.za, SportBlog.co.za and Fintalk.co.za (acquired by Finweek).

I have 12 years of digital experience and started my first online community (Zoopedup.com) while still in high school. 

I was also runner up for the ICT Young Entrepreneur of Africa Award in 2008, included in Mail & Guardian's top 200 young executives and nominated for 'Top 30 entrepreneurs under 30' in Africa.

Specialties: Online Publishing, Product Management, Project Management, Development Manager, Business Development, SEM, SMM, Public Speaking, Affiliate Marketing, Mobile (mobile web and native apps), Branding, Hiring, providing content through USSD and PRSMS.


http://www.linkedin.com/in/charlnorman

Bragging rights
2011 Silver Pixel winner at The Bookmarks, 2011 Best Technology Blogger, 2008 Young Entrepreneur of Africa runner up, M&G's Top 300 Young South Africans, Africa's Top entrepreneurs under 30
Education
  • Netscope
    MIT, 2004 - 2005
  • City Varsity
    Multimedia Design, 2003 - 2004
  • Harvard Business School Executive Education
    Executive Program, 2009 - 2009
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Exited stealth mode and did an interview for the first time in years. 13 years of wins and fails packaged into a 40 min video.

http://grantvanzyl.com/charl-norman-interviewed-grant-van-zyl
Charl Norman shares his story of success as an award winning consumer internet and digital media entrepreneur. With 13 years of digital experience, starting his first online community (Zoopedup.com) while still in high school, he discusses the the ins and outs of the tech world as well as sharing beneficial business advice to all entrepreneurs. Charl is a firm believer in hard work and determination and it has truly paid off for him. He is curren...
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Awesome interview Charl, congrats on the growth of OnNet too! I know some great developers who could build your site if needed ;) 
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About time they brought free WiFi to the Bosch!
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Nokia dropped off my Lumnia 800 today in a locked briefcase. I had to tweet them to get the unlock code. #WindowsPhone7 http://instagr.am/p/GtufbRBcb-/
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Today Facebook launched a pretty great new tool to hype up the new Timeline view, simply called Timeline Movie Maker. They built the app with Definition6, and could not be easier to use:
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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note – Is it a Phone or a Tablet? http://www.bandwidthblog.com/2011/12/15/review-samsung-galaxy-note-is-it-a-phone-or-a-tablet/
OK, so another month, another best Android phone out there. This is partly to blame on the massively quick development with Android and the constant competition between the manufacturers. In recent mo...
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This "phonlet" looks amazing but I have rather small hands. The thought of using this giant phone is intimidating...
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Makes me want to take a Disprin!
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Crowd funding at its best
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Seems carrier app stores have legs
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Our hands on review of the new version of most popular BlackBerry of all time
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The latest gadget review on BWB: BlackBerry Curve 9360
http://www.bandwidthblog.com/2012/01/25/hands-on-review-blackberry-curve-9360/
The new BlackBerry Curve 9360 replaces the older BlackBerry Curve 9300, and aims to still keep its cheap price. But can it convince users to not jump ship to other brands?
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Hope this one its batery will last a litle bit longer than the last one!!!
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