Mark Shuttleworth is an African entrepreneur with a deep interest in technology.
He funds HBD, a venture-capital company based in South Africa, and TSF, a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the quality of education in Africa.
He currently lives in London when not on assignment, and spends much time travelling in search of new opportunities in global technology.
Thawte ( became the first company to produce a full-security e-commerce web server that was commercially available outside the United States.
This brought Thawte to the world of public key infrastructure, which is the basis for all encrypted and authenticated Internet transactions.
In 1995, his final year at UCT, Mark founded Thawte Consulting, as an Internet consulting business.
The focus of the company quickly shifted to Internet security for electronic commerce.