Funded Startup Seeks 


to help Change the World

Are you a designer? Do you have illustration skills? Have you always wanted to do something huge? If you answered yes, read on!

Our company

Welcome to the world of Personera. We’re a young Cape Town-based startup with big ideas and loads of energy. We’re currently building a disruptive media-technology platform combining the latest innovations in social networking and content publishing. Our market focus is totally international. 

We have funding from angel investors based in Silicon Valley, USA. In January ‘09, we won the FNB Enablis Business Launchpad competition, the largest small business competition in Africa. In March ‘09, we finished 2nd for the SA leg of the HIT Global Entrepreneurship Competition. And we’re just getting started.

The position is based at our office in the well-known technology incubator, the Bandwidth Barn, at 125 Buitengracht Street in Cape Town. 

Personera is the brainchild of Sheraan Amod and Jaco de Wet, pictured together on the right.

We work with some of the very best people locally and abroad.

We might like to work with you too.

Why join us?

You get excited about being part of a small, lean team of ambitious entrepreneurs with serious resources at their disposal. Instead of working or studying for some mundane position, you’re looking to blaze new trails, live on the bleeding edge of technology, and change the world. You feel the need to be inspired by what you do. You’re looking to join a group of people who think differently and apply unboxed creativity and innovation to their work on a daily basis.

We are also looking for the right person to join us. Somebody that we will respect as an equal and include in business decisions. We don't want language zealots, or arrogance. We want people who can take the tools at hand and develop a viable solution - people who are open to direction and know how to give constructive criticism back. We want a creative individual, someone who spends their free time in Adobe CS3, reading international magazines, painting their own home appliances and fixtures , or just sitting around thinking about the K in CMYK.

We know that this may only appeal to select few, but if that’s you, read on!

We are looking for someone who:


  • Relevant Design Diploma or Degree
  • Adobe CS3 Photoshop, Illustrator,     InDesign – other software is a bonus
  • Basic Office programmes
  • Layout design
  • Illustration skills are key
  • Must be capable of working to tight deadlines and still keep attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and proactive

and will receive bonus points for

  • Any Web/Flash knowledge
  • Industry experience.

Questions on our mind

  • What do you do now?
  • Where does your motivation come from?
  • What kinds of projects have you worked on?
  • What sorts of things would you like to work on next?
  • What do you do in your free time?
  • What do you want to learn in the next few years?
  • How old are you? (Don’t worry; we’re not that old either).


Details of position

  • Full-time, 5 days per week.
  • You will receive a competitive salary and other compensation benefits (e.g. performance bonuses).
  • You will be offered an equity stake, giving the position significant long-term upside (based on certain terms and conditions).
  • You will be expected to work hard.
  • You will not be micro-managed.
  • You will be joining the inner circle of a startup that plans to expand rapidly within the next 8 months.
  • You’ll be exposed to other perks like team building, mentorship, role experimentation and fast-tracked advancement.

What if you already have a cool job?

We know what it's like to have things going for you. One of our co-founders turned down a top overseas-based job offer to start this company early in 2008. Another rewrote his plan to start a PhD in 2009. Another still decided to pack it in at a top technical position with one of the country's leading companies. Why? Because we weighed the risks, and this option made tons more sense. Simple.

Think it over. Could this offer be better than your current gig? Maybe. There's only one way to find out! We respect the sensitivity around "testing the waters" while you are studying or employed, and promise to do our utmost to ensure the confidentiality of your application. We won't share your details with anyone. What's there to lose? 

Just talk to us. We'll take you for coffee. We'll share our science fiction library with you ;)  


Tell us why you’re the candidate we’ve been looking for. You’ll be speaking directly with the team, and not a bunch of recruitment agents. It’s still a good idea to drop us your CV, but we don’t believe that CVs are what hiring is based on. If you’ve got the right skills, a brain that works faster than most, and are excited about where this could be going, we need to hear from you.

Send us an email now at We can’t wait to buy you lunch.

How to get a secret advantage when applying

The ability to spread messages and connect with like-minded people is important to us. Tell us how you helped to spread the word about this opportunity and promote this information to those who could benefit from it. Your willingness to share says a lot about you. If we end up liking each other enough to move ahead, it won’t matter how many people applied anyway. Honest.

Lastly, some things to ponder

  • Globally focused startups coming out of South Africa are difficult to find, and fewer still have access to funding and international backing like we do.
  • Our venture hopes to change the world, but it is guaranteed to change your life. Some opportunities don’t come along twice, and some experiences can’t be replicated.
  • With global economic conditions going from bad to worse, this is the best time for innovative startups to emerge and challenge the status quo (The Economist agrees)

Here are two quotes that we like:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” 

Theodore Roosevelt

Apply for an interview today!

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