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InterviewsWhen you think of SEACOM you think “The company that brought broadband to South Africa.” You think corporate giant. You expect a stiff and businesslike environment where there is very little time for play. Sure they work hard on their public image, but who doesn’t? The largest Internet Cable in Africa has to be run by suits, you think, and then Aidan Baigrie greets you in reception with breakfast bowl in hand…

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InterviewsElzje and I really enjoyed spending time with Bridgette.  What was intended to be a interview for the blog ended up being one of the most enjoyable lunches we had in a very long time. Bridgette is one of those interesting and engaging people that make you want to explore new ideas and possibilities.

Google has a reputation of only employing the best and brightest, and Bridgette is proof of that.

For the better part of two hours we chatted with Bridgette, and afterwards I realized that I have very little interview wise to work with, but a wealth of information. And excitement for geekdom in Africa.

Below follows a loose transcript of something every aspiring geek should do at least once, lunch with Bridgette:?

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Karl Fischer InterviewGeeks love discussing new things. They love discussing new things over lunch even more. I had the pleasure of spending a very informative lunch with Karl Fischer recently. Here is a guy with a real passion for Open Source Software. A father of twins, he has a keen understanding of the FLOSS community in South Africa, and a passion for exposing more people to FLOSS in the country, especially youngsters.

He better have a passion for it, he is the man behind floss.pro…

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INTERVIEWIt is not every day you get to have a chat with someone who has been headhunted by Google, twice. And turned them down.

In the ACM International Collegiate Contest South Africa his team ended second two years in a row. During the International Olympiad in Informatics he was ranked 104 worldwide. Today at 27 years of age he is the Managing Director of Ultimate Linux Solutions, a successful Linux solutions provider.

Jaco Kroon graciously agreed to meet with me on short notice for an interview for SaGeek. Knowing him for more than two years I also knew he would not say no to an offer of lunch and being the sharp analytical mind that he is I knew he would make the ideal candidate for my first interview since I could count on constructive feedback from him to help me shape my technique.

So over a lunch of slaptjips, bread and Coca Cola we had an interesting discussion on VOIP, building your own solution and the sorry state of broadband in South Africa.

On to the interview!

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