The Wealth Room


Charl Norman interviewed by 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 currently a Founder of OnNet, a digital agency with a technology focus helping brands like Media24, Shoprite Checkers and Cell C reach their customers across all platforms.

Charl also managed operations for Blueworld Communities (BWC), a company that he 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, Charl was a founding member of Touchlab, an award winning mobile division within Naspers, that builds applications and tablet publications for iOS and Android.

Charl also owns a publishing network including BandwidthBlog.com, an opinionated tech and internet news blog which has hit the homepage of Digg, 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.

Charl has enjoyed some recognition for his hard work, being the 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, he has many hours of experience, many tips to make it big and key attributes for being a successful entrepreneur.

You can follow Charl on twitter here.



October 8, 2014


Grant van Zyl

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