Third person bios

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I find writing about myself in the third person a bit awkward. But, Google likes this sort of stuff. And it’s also useful if you are looking for my bio and want to easily cut and paste it. Here’s a selection:

About Vanessa Clark, freelance journalist & copywriter

Vanessa Clark started her digital media career in the last century, before the days of blogs, Facebook and Twitter, when she arrived in London wielding a journalism degree from Rhodes University and some basic HTML experience. This landed her an editorial role at Emap’s news service – the first purely online business publication for the telecoms industry. Fun times, especially when people asked to be sent the print version by post.

Fast forward a few years and a career detour through PR, marketing and branding and Vanessa’s returned to journalism on a freelance basis, writing mostly about technology, but sometimes about marketing, sustainability or food and wine. Her favourite subject matter is found where digital technology intersects with real people to make something awesome happen. This could be a better way for small companies to market themselves more effectively without breaking the bank, or it could be a better way for people to send money home using mobile technology. If it involves mobile innovation coming out of Africa, she is usually hooked. Because she has spent the bulk of her career in the tech industry, she is adept at translating geek speak into something interesting and accessible.

Vanessa has contributed to local and international online publications including: TechCrunch, Memeburn, Ventureburn, African Business Review, and Afrinnovator. She does also write for print, including Brainstorm magazine, and believes it’s less about the medium and more about writing compelling, well-researched, accurate and easy-to-read stories, and then letting readers access these in whatever way works for them.

You can find Vanessa here:, or @vanclark

Vanessa Clark, freelance journalist and copywriter

Vanessa Clark started her career as a journalist in the last century, before the days of blogs, Facebook and Twitter. After a stint as an online tech journo in London, she was tempted over to the dark side and worked in technology public relations and marketing in the UK and South Africa, before striking out on her own. She is currently a freelance journalist based in Cape Town, as well as one of the founders of a mobile safety and security company, Mobiflock.

Vanessa doesn’t like marketing weasel words, but does like making information flow more easily and safely around the world. She especially likes being in the mobile industry in Africa. For fun, she runs on Cape Town’s beautiful mountain trails, surfs in its icy seas and quaffs its world-class wines.

You can find Vanessa here: or @vanclark

Vanessa Clark, Mobiflock co-founder

A journalist by training, Vanessa Clark was tempted over to the dark side by a London-based startup in the early 2000s, and so her love affair with young businesses began. Back in South Africa, she headed mobile messaging provider Clickatell’s marketing department when the company transitioned to Silicon Valley, where it is now based. She is currently a freelance journalist writing about technology in Africa, a copywriter and the co-founder of Mobiflock, a mobile app that gives parents the ability to keep their children safe when they are using their smartphones and tablets.

You can find Vanessa here: or @vanclark