“The dream to have a server connected to the Internet”

Brendan Armstrong’s dream in the nineties to “have a server connected to the Internet” paid off handsomely – it was the reason why he started Afrihost with his best friend Gian Visser.

What began as a project in 1997 to register a few domain names and host a handful of websites on their own server grew into the largest independent ISP in South Africa.

Although Armstrong started Afrihost when he was still young, it was not his first job.

He worked part-time at Megaweb as a support agent in the nineties, where he earned R10 per hour.

While tech support is one of the toughest jobs around, Armstrong said he still misses the positive feedback from people whose problems he helped to resolve.

Over the years, Afrihost has achieved many milestones, which include launching the country’s cheapest ADSL products in 2009 at R29 per GB.

The proudest moment for Armstrong, however, was moving Afrihost onto its own network through a partnership with Echo.


Armstrong’s tech and business choices

Indeflate

Linux, Windows, or macOS?

Mac laptop, Windows desktop.

Which smartphone do you use?

Samsung Galaxy S9+.

Which laptop do you use?

MacBook Pro 13-inch.

What is the best gadget you have ever bought?

Indeflate – a device that is used to inflate or deflate two tyres simultaneously, and equalises pressure between the two automatically once connected. It is a big time saver.

What is the worst gadget you have ever bought?

Some Kickstarter device to find my keys. It was total rubbish.

What Internet connection do you have at home?

1Gbps fibre with Afrihost through Vuma, with a 100Mbps Telkom fibre connection through Afrihost as a backup. I also have a 200GB Rain LTE service so I never go without the Internet.

For gaming: PC, PS4, or Xbox?

PC.

What is your favourite game?

FIFA.

What is the best investment you have ever made?

Afrihost.

What is the worst investment you have ever made?

My cars.

What is the best business or IT book you have ever read?

My first MySQL book.


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