So, yes, I’m off to 24.com and moving southwards, down to Cape Town.
I’ll be officially joining in September as the “GM of Publishing and Social Media” for the operation. It’s something I’m really looking forward to. The numerous 24.com sites rake in a combined local and international readership of around 3,5-million monthly users and 65-million page impressions (Nielsen//Netratings). It’s the mac daddy of local internet and it’s hard to argue with the impressive numbers, which also stack up to some big international online operations.
I’ve known Russell Hanly (CEO), JP Farinha (CE) and Tim Spira (former Finweek publisher, now Bus Dev at 24.com) for a while via the OPA and the Mail & Guardian Online relationship, but also stretching as far back to our days at iafrica.com and Metropolis during the late 1990s. It’s going to be great to work with them again.
I already know a few of the 24.com people I’ll be working with quite well — and I’ve have been amazed at the emails and messages of support I’ve received from 24.com’ers when the announcement was made/rumours were swirling about.
New chapter. New city. New company. New challenge!