• Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Gearburn
      Incisive reviews for the gadget obsessed
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!

All posts by Joe Botha

Joe Botha
Joe is a serial entrepreneur, a (super)dad and a photographer, currently living in Cape Town, South Africa. He co-founded and sold his shares in three technology businesses by age 33. He likes walks around Lions Head , swimming, running, Debian, Cape Town in the summertime, tea, Chardonnay, Dvorak (the keyboard layout) and design. Maybe not in that exact order. Also, fast convertible cars on winding coastal roads, the beach at sunset, food, fun and friends. He's been known to be a bit fanatical about a few topics and he seems to enjoy analysing the obvious. Some people say he's an impatient idealist. He figures his job is to convince people of the truth. His philosophy of life goes something like this.. wealth is a side effect of passion. His role models are: Elon Musk, Matt Mullenweg and Han Solo.
  • Three meals a day is the new tobacco: one geek’s guide to losing weight

    The geek’s guide to rapid weight loss: 10kg in four weeks, while sitting at a desk in office hours. In summary: this is a sure way to to make your body run on just fat for a full three days per week. Intro I've tried low carb and paleo diets over the last two years, maybe eight weeks at a time, on and off, and I’ve gained some muscle in the gym, but I never really felt that I was seeing real impact and results. I see results as dropping a jeans size and/or losing 10kg. So, I did a bit of...

  • What if the emperor had no spectrum?

    I've been more than a bit annoyed at how African mobile giant Vodacom's network quality has degraded in South Africa in the last few weeks. The last few months have been pretty bad, but the last few weeks have been painful. Dropped calls, calls taking forever to connect, periods of silence and noise in the call, iMessages sent as SMS after a few retries. You get the idea. Its Twitter support people have been giving me answers like: "As per the feedback in the SR logged to Networks, our Network Engineers are still busy with upgrades in your area" (in...