Biography

My Work

My name is Adrian Marnewick. I’m a Cape Town-based social entrepreneur and business development manager specialising in ecommerce and emarketing strategies for South African startups. I’ve been building online stores since 2004, and building web sites since 1997.

I’ve worked at Amazon.com, EvaluNet and Click2Learn (where I still work), and have designed and built a number of successful, and a number of soon-to-be successful online stores.

I’m a passionate believer in the future of ecommerce and mobile shopping in South Africa and I’m always on the lookout for like-minded companies / startups / entrepreneurs to partner with. If you’d like to talk, contact me.

I’m starting to blog about ecommerce and online shopping and I encourage you to follow me on Twitter – @AdrianMarnewick.

Read the blog.

Adrian and Mikhail

This is me. And my son, Mikhail.

Personal & Education

On the fire line, Vergelegen 2009.

On the fire line, Vergelegen 2009.

I’m a redeemed Christian, husband and father.

For fun, I sing as a baritone-tenor in the Tygerberg Men’s Choir and Ivan Rebroff is my hero.

In my spare-time I volunteer as a firefighter and medic for the Volunteer Wildfire Services and the City of Cape Town Disaster Risk Management. I’ve been doing this for the past 8 years. I believe that giving back to my community through volunteering as a fire fighter is my calling. I previously served as the Marketing & Communications Director, and later the Training Director for the Volunteer Wildfire Services, but now I’m just a regular-Joe fire fighter and get a real kick out of driving the big red fire engines with lights and sirens ablaze.

As a hobby I keep bonsai.

Sport? Not really my thing. I enjoy chess (if that counts as a sport?). But I do love watching my son’s junior soccer matches and swimming galas. He is a real champ. As Chad le Clos’ dad would say in that husky voice of his: “Unbelieveable”.

I love reading, primarily criminology, thrillers/horrors, and then of course plenty of business books.

Anything (well, almost anything) to do with entrepreneurship and ecommerce gets me going. I’ve studied Business Management through the University of Stellenbosch and Louis Group Business Academy, as well as Project Management through the University of Cape Town Graduate Business School and GetSmarter.

I believe in life-long learning and I continuously stay up-to-date on the latest design and marketing trends. In 2007 I was one of the first few graduates of the Quirk eMarketing course and the things I learnt from that course have shaped the way I approach ecommerce to this day.

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