Moving to Fundamo (Visa) – exiting times ahead.

A while ago I blocked about working for a specific company and that reality has come true.  At that point it was just Fundamo (a fairly small South African company) that operates in the mobile banking space.  I worked for them 10 years ago when they were a real startup tucked away in some corner of the Sanlam Headoffice building.  It was always my idea to return to them in some way.

On 1 July 2011 I will be joining them as a Project Manager supporting one of their big customers at a office that is less than 3 km from my home.  I will be joining a company that I have a lot of respect for and also a lot of friends at .. it is like returning home.  Never in my wildest dreams did I even contemplate that I would be joining a much bigger company called Visa .. if you did not hear, Fundamo was bought by Visa earlier this week.

After leaving IBM last year, I spend some time as a hourly contractor working on a very interesting and technolgy advance project at Old Mutual.  It was great working there and the team was great (one of the best I have worked with) but when the opprotunity came knocking to join Fundamo (Visa), I had to grab with both hands. On the one hand, I am sad leaving the OM project but on the other hand, I am so excited to be joining Fundamo (Visa) particularly with the exciting times that lay ahead after their acquisition by Visa. 

See you all there on 1 July and keep the coffee fresh and warm.  Herman I am looking at you 🙂


The Nokia N8 — first Symbian^3 phone

So the Nokia N8 was officially released as if we did not know what was coming, if you read the rumour mill.  Here is what it looks like:

Yes, from what I can gather, in all the colours of the rainbow.  I have seen pictures of it in red and blue also.  That camera you see can do 12MP stills and 720p videos.

The one negative I have heard was regarding Symbian^3.  This is the first phone that sports it and by all accounts, the people are not impressed with it.  Much the same as Symbian^1 which Nokia currently uses.  There is nothing really new in it.

I will keep an open mind until such time I have it in my hands and can do a proper review of it.

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Nokia N900 — will SA be getting it.

I have just seen that the Nokia N900 is available for pre-order in some countries but South Africa is not on the list.

Be one of the first to get the Nokia N900 mobile computer. Available for preorder from your local Nokia online store, select your country to reserve the Nokia N900 today.
Netherlands, Sweden, UK, Italy, Germany, Finland, France

The more I read about this device (yes, it is more than a phone), the more I want one.  I cannot wait to get my little paws on it and really give it a spin.  Nokia SA, when can I get to play with one :)?

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