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My name is Yolinda van der Linde. I am a Custom Programmer by heart, but currently the Managing Member at iWits, while working on 4 other business ventures with my partner.

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I started my career as a Graphic Designer working for a (what was then small) Advertising Agency, working my way up to a Project Manager of one of the first custom Web Development firms of its time. While some may think things came easy to me in life – it did not – I was driven from the day I left school. My main aim was to soak up as much information and guidance as possible, in order to open up my own web development company one day.

In my last job interview I was asked the typical question, where do you see yourself in 5 years? I smiled at the manager and answered – "In your chair."

Exactly 5 years later my partner Rudi Esterhuysen and I opened iWits. Since then we’ve been striving for Service Excellence, growing with our clients. Even with 12 + years of coding experience, I get as excited today as I did on the first day when starting on a new project.

While I am currently putting all of my energy in iWits, it is not the only venture I am running with my partner. We have 4 other smaller ventures and when ready we will share with the world.

Skills

  • 90%
    Client Management
  • 80%
    Microsoft Word
  • 60%
    Pastel
  • 75%
    Online Advertising
  • 75%
    Social Media Man.
  • 80%
    Project Management
  • 85%
    Digital Conceptualisation
  • 80%
    Website Analysis
  • 75%
    Custom Development
  • 70%
    Technical Support
  • 75%
    Marketing Strategy
  • 80%
    Front-End Programming
  • 80%
    Back-end Programming
Resume

More of my credentials.

Here is a bit more about my Professional Career.

Work Experience

Managing Member

October 2012 - Present

iWits

Upon returning from Thailand I decided to pursue my lifelong dream and opened iWits. While finalising the documentation and getting paperwork in order, I provided Freelance Development services to a couple of clients in and around Windhoek.

Once the paperwork was finalised I ventured out to find clients. Soon I started developing Custom Online Presences. During the day my full focus was on iWits and at night I researched new technologies and methods to improve user experiences online and the products and services offered at iWits.

By the end of 2013 I joined forces with my current partner. During 2014 we launched the iWits Blog which is used to share interesting and important internet related information with our clients and the public.

We also ran an "Online Scavenger Hunt" which was aimed at teaching online users the importance of Terms and Conditions. We spent countless hours researching new methods of programming, solutions to solve business problems for our clients, and new methods and solutions which will allow our clients to further market their businesses online.

Combining all the knowledge and experience gained throughout the years we started producing Custom Developed Business Solutions for our clients.

Today, we offer our clients a range of Online Solutions and Services, including but not limited to:

  • Conceptualization of Online Solutions to solve business problems, both external and internal;
  • User Interface Design;
  • Custom Programming;
  • Web Development;
  • Custom Content Management System (CMS) Creation;
  • Online Advertising & Marketing;
  • Social Media Management;
  • Online Company Reputation Management;
  • Digital Marketing;
  • SME Solutions;
  • Hosting & Email Management;
  • Online Presence Performance Analysis and Reporting; and
  • Information Automation.

Each day we strive towards service excelled and to provide our clients with innovative solutions – to solve problems they didn’t know they have.

Digital Media Manager

February 2012 - July 2012

XploreAsia

In 2011 I decided it was time for a sabbatical. I hoped on an airplane and off I went to teach English in Thailand. Not knowing what to expect I first decided to complete a TESOL course at a company based in Hua Hin, Thailand – XploreAsia.

While busy with my TESOL course, I provided the host company with a lengthy analysis document regarding the position of the online presence – I also mentioned a couple of ways we could improve on it. Upon reading the document I was offered a permanent position and immediately joined the XploreAsia team as the Digital Media Manager.

Each month I not only focused on the Digital Presence of the company, but I assisted in a variety of other aspects of the company. I assisted with the organising and facilitation of the monthly Non-profit English camp as well as the cultural excursions.

Photography was another exciting part of the job description; I was responsible to record each cultural excursion for posts on various Social Media platforms as well as the website.

My responsibilities at XploreAsia included, but were not limited to:

  • Social Media Management;
  • Website Conceptualisation and Design;
  • Website Development using WordPress, a third-party Content Management System (CMS);
  • Photography;
  • Organizing and facilitating cultural excursions;
  • providing guidance to students in regards to acceptable behaviour towards the local community;
  • Client services; and
  • Online Advertising.

Online Programmer

May 2008 - November 2011

ProDG Professional Development Group

In May 2008 I joined the (again) all-male Programmers at ProDG Development and Design cc. During my first couple of months I migrated from Development using Typo3 and Typo Scripting to the custom Design and Programming of both websites and Content Management Systems (CMS) using PHP, HTML, CSS, and a PEAR Framework.

After a couple of short months, I was ready to develop my very first website with a custom CMS. During my time at ProDG I embraced learning new programming techniques and methods - striving towards the improvement of not only my code, but the overall user experience of the end-user.

While at ProDG I worked on projects such as the MTCs Samsung, LG Cookie, and iPhone launch websites, Meatco, Spes Bona, Just Holidays, MTC, and many more.

My responsibilities at ProDG included, but were not limited to:

  • Web Design;
  • Web Development ;
  • CMS Programming;
  • Website Conceptualisation;
  • Social Media Management;
  • Office Administration;
  • Client Account Management; and
  • Project Management.

Web Developer

February 2006 - April 2008

Intertech Progressive Software Solutions

After realising my passion for the Internet and Coding, Interact FCB the sister company of Intertech, moved me to Intertech where I joined the all-male development team.

Intertech provided their clients with fully dynamic websites, designed and developed based on international standards using Typo 3 - a third party Content Management System (CMS). This also meant that there was a lot for me to learn, before I could start coding.

Using my talent to learn new programs I quickly learned both Typo 3 and Type Scripting, the language used to write commands and execute functions within Typo 3 - and developed my very first fully dynamic website.

While at Intertech, I worked on projects like the Bank Windhoek Arts Festival, Capricorn Asset Management, Capricorn Investment Holdings, the MVA Fund, Bank Gabarone, Namibia Breweries, and many more.

My responsibilities at Intertech included, but were not limited to:

  • Website Design;
  • HTML Deployment using pure HTML and CSS;
  • HTML Integration into Typo 3, using Typo Scripting;
  • Technical and Client Support;
  • Office Administration;
  • Client Management; and
  • Basic Bookkeeping.

Graphic Designer

December 2005 - January 2006

Interact FCB

During college I spent 2 weeks doing "practical" work at Interact FCB in Walvis Bay, by the end of my 2 weeks I was offered a permanent position once I completed my course.

Upon my return from South Africa I immediately started working at Interact as a Graphic. The Interact FCB team was filled with passionate Graphic Designers - and the sister company had a couple of passionate Developers - who took it upon themselves to give me in-house training on both Design and Development.

I worked on a range of projects, from designing a vacancy advert for a local newspaper to a new corporate identity for a company.

While at Interact my responsibilities included, but was not limited to:

  • Designing of various artwork - from business cards to newspaper adverts;
  • designing of adverts for a local magazine created by Interact;
  • designing of websites for local companies;
  • Development of websites in HTML and CSS; and
  • Client Services.

During my first couple of months at Interact, the company was awarded the Bank Windhoek Advertising account; which was a brilliant time for the company to move to Windhoek. We were all keen, and within a month both the company and the team where up and running in Windhoek – embracing the wonders of city life.

While at Interact, I spent most of my time in the Intertech office – the sister company of Interact – who specialised in the development of dynamic websites using Typo 3, a third-party Content Management System (CMS).

Featured Projects / Clients

Some projects I've worked on.

It is almost impossible to list all projects completed in a 12+ year timeframe, thus I’ve taken the liberty to select a few projects which I think showcase my abilities.

INSIGHTS

My Insights on iWits

As part of my passion for the Internet I write regular articles which are shared on iWits Insights. These articles range in topics from a useful SME Tool to the sharing of ideas, information and new technologies that can be used in Namibia.

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