Biography of mark SHUTTLEWORTH
He currently lives in London and is an active member of the Ubuntu community and is committed to creating a universal, free, high-quality desktop software environment for everyone. He provides funding for HBD Venture Capital, a South African investment firm, and the Shuttleworth foundation, a non-profit group that aims to accelerate social innovation in Africa, with particular focus on education.
Born in the dusty gold mine town of Welkom, South Africa, mark grew up in beautiful Cape Town. His passion for technology was first shown in his love of computer games. During his degree in finance and information systems business science at the university of Cape Town (UCT), he first encountered the Internet and quickly became interested in changes in business and society.
In 1995, his last year at the university of Cape Town, mark founded Thawte as an Internet consulting business. The company’s focus quickly shifted to the Internet security of e-commerce. Thawte became the first company to produce a fully secure encrypted e-business web server on sale outside the U.S. This brings Thawte into the world of public key infrastructure, the basis of all encrypted and authenticated Internet transactions. Thawte was one of the first companies to be recognized as a third-party site by Netscape and Microsoft, and it quickly established a leadership position to help businesses around the world accept secure transactions through the web. By 1999, VeriSign was acquired, and Thawte was the world’s fastest-growing Internet accrediting agency, the leading certification body outside the United States.
It is believed that South African entrepreneurs are likely to start their own businesses around the world, and Mark has formed a new venture capital team called HBD. The name is a reference to the term “here is the dragon,” which was used to describe unknown territory on an earlier map. HBD seeks to invest in South African startups, but it is likely to serve global markets. HBD has invested in software, pharmaceutical services, electronics and mobile phones in many South African companies.
Hope venture capital is equally important for social development and economic development, and mark has created a non-profit organization that supports Africa’s education social innovation. Projects funded by the shuttleworth foundation are likely to make significant progress in some aspects of the education system and hope to improve the quality and coverage of education in Africa. The foundation works in nine provinces in South Africa, funded by teachers, small businesses and individuals. The foundation is a catalyst for accelerating civil society change. It seeks to identify ideas that could create great changes in civil society and to fund implementation in South Africa. These ideas may have originated in South Africa, but the foundation is also trying to identify global trends and bring new ideas to South Africa, which is doing well in other countries.
Mark realized his lifelong dream of flying in space in April. He spent a year in working on this project, including the star city in Russia for formal training for seven months, in the medical inspection, scientific planning and has also spent considerable time negotiations. The first African space project is undoubtedly the most challenging and exciting project, and any geek might wish. He was a member of the alliance tm-34, launched from baikonur, kazakhstan, and docked with the international space station two days later. The mission involves working on the international space station for eight days, carrying out scientific experiments in South Africa, enjoying a weightless environment and then returning to earth. Since then, he has been sharing the experience in roadshow, as well as his excitement about science, math and technology and students across South Africa. More than 100, 000 students from nearly 2,000 schools saw scientific and mathematical performances. It has given rise to a number of initiatives under Hip2BSquare’s brand, aimed at making students who are choosing high school subjects feel maths and science sexy.