22-Year-old Entrepreneur is changing the way we interact in the business sphere

Carl Visagie
Photo credit: Danie Nel Photography

Young, up-and-coming entrepreneur, Carl Visagie is changing the way South Africans are interacting in the business sphere with a free solution, c – a business networking mobile application (app) that can be used anywhere and anytime. Created by Visagie, KnektMe facilitates start-ups looking for investors, recruiters seeking ideal job candidates, as well as general networking opportunities.

“The world’s most valuable commodity is networking. Having the right people supporting you is a key factor in whether your business makes it big or falls flat,” says Visagie. “KnektMe is not just another social networking site or directory of names, it allows you to interact with real people around you, wherever you are, and in real-time.”

Born in Cape Town, Carl spent most of his childhood years between Namibia, the United States of America, and Ireland due to his father’s work commitments. Carl describes himself as ambitious, innovative, and driven so much so that he has completed a diploma in Programming at CTI and is currently studying a Construction Engineering course on a part-time basis through the University College of Estate Management in the United Kingdom. “I believe that every young adult should use their ambition and energy that they have now and not wait for tomorrow to come – read as much as possible, learn from every conversation and keep pushing your mind,” says Visagie.

According to Visagie the best choice he has made was becoming an entrepreneur at the age of 20. “The risk, the failures, the successes and the learnings I have done over the past three years, has made a positive impact on my life so far and I hope to make those changes in people’s lives, not only through KnektMe, but also through my future ventures,” he added.

KnektMe was not an easy task to produce, but was a challenge Carl was ready to take when he realised that networking as a young individual was just as difficult. Five months of intense development has led to the arrival of the business networking mobile app in South Africa. “My proudest moment was at KnektMe’s launch event when I saw guests log onto the app and started connecting with one another. It is still an on-going process as I find more and more ways to improve the app – it can never be perfect, but that will not stop me from trying,” explains Carl.

When asked where he sees himself in the future, Carl stated that he would like to work towards creating one of the biggest technology businesses in Africa and also start up a biotechnology company with his brother which will specialise in solutions to save the environment.

Carl explains, “I look up to Elon Musk, my role model, who is a South African making huge strides towards changing the world for the better, and one of my favourite quotes of his is – ‘I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you have done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.’ So, this is what I will do.”

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