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About Us

Finding Inspiration in Everyone we meet

It is not what we do, but rather who we are. It's a way of living that we bring to everything we do. We've learned that people will forget what we said and what we did, but they will never forget how we made them feel.

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Our Story

Turning dreams into actions, solutions, and strategies

Sitting on a harbour wall in Panama City in early 2017, a decision was taken to start providing services to customers with quality, easy-to-use solutions customized to their needs.
Based on our technical, project management, development, and marketing skillsets we believed we could make a difference and bring value to our prospective customers. Home automation technologies and IoT requirements immediately presented themselves in two of our client businesses which we decided to create solutions for.

We were blessed to have been able to create a set of simple but powerful circuit control products to convert, essentially dumb electrical switchgear to smart, wifi-controlled units. The design, development, manufacture, test, and installation of these units started our business from where we received orders from various homeowners. Helping them manage electrical systems and automating their offices and homes. Our flagship project at that time was completed in Llandudno, Cape Town, South Africa which showed that there is no job too small, too big, or too prestigious to take on for 80degreeswest. As we progressed other opportunities in the form of wider IoT and SAAS platform centralized dashboard and control system deployments started to present themselves. 80DegreesWest during this time has proudly also widened its ability to consult, develop and design across platforms catering for the digital transformation of our clients.

Friendships are the bonds in life we must treasure forever, for they provide the moments for introspection, self-improvement, adjustment, learning, and the nurturing of new opportunities. After a 2.5 -hour consultation phone call in 2018 with the managing director of a construction supply company in the USA, we were certain that we had to and felt destined to do something for businesses to manage their operational data and sales cycles more effectively. We used our experience and also did intensive industry research on ERP, CRM, and IMS systems, asking about what it does, what it is supposed to do, and what pain points it does not address. We had 2 options, create our own or take available open use systems to cater to obvious requirements. Due to timeframes and operational pressures within the customer business, we decided on the latter. In 2019 we very successfully integrated, Axelor together with new in-house developed functionality a system to cater for CRM, IMS, and HR management for the customer in the USA. We aptly named it “explorer” The system helped us to identify what’s required in the market and provided us with the knowledge of what "not" to place in front of business users to be able to make their lives easier and simpler. With this in mind and with the support of our clients, we started to develop from scratch “explorerBi” to hone in on what we learned with Axelor and implement our footprint and version of a Business Intelligence cantered CRM for sales-based businesses. explorerBi today has grown into explorerBi – Realtor and explorerBi – Hospitality to provide our customers solutions to their specific needs in their industries. These SAAS platform-based solutions with the slogan of
“ Your reality – Made Simple” are today the core SAAS offering to 80DegreesWest customers. Our customers benefit daily from the learnings we have from deployments in our globally deployed footprint. ExplorerBi - Realtor is an integral part of the explorerBi software-as-a-service customer relationship management platform. It changes the way that property developers take control and have quick and easy insights into their investments. When we make a positive impact on people, businesses and industries then we feel happy and proud about our progress. Although 80DegreesWest has grown and evolved from technology hardware and business software development, from which we have learned a lot, we do consult, design, assist and develop daily for many other digital transformation strategies as well. We showed we can stand up to the best in the business and it is our core belief of placing the customer first that has made the difference for us.

“Your positive future” as our slogan means more than just the words, but every day we are thankful for our abilities, opportunities, relationships and for our health. Thankful to provide our customers with the best possible service and solutions available. We build our future based on trust and always first create the best customer experience possible.

Meet the Team

We are driven by the customer experience

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Kobus OJ Botha

Co-Founder & CEO

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Michael JA Botha

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Co-Founder & CTO

From a tender age, I have loved to tinker, take apart, build and develop. This, coupled with my interest in mathematics and algorithms has made designing and building tailor-made electronic solutions my passion, drive, and interest. Challenges give me an interest in what I am doing, as they enable me to think outside the box and utilise new technologies to solve them. My professional Electronics Engineering background provides me with the ground laying principles needed to provide professional products and services. Driven to be ahead of the curve with new emerging technologies and solutions enables us to have your business equipped with the latest and greatest in technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Wide-band communications, Business process management, SAAS platforms, and machine learning. By using our knowledge and creativity of not only software but hardware and communications as well, we can help you get the most out of your business.

I am an experienced Marketer with a rich history in the dynamic world of information technology and services. My skill set encompasses Brand Management, Brand Activation, Creative Concept Design, Strategy, Campaign Development and Management, and I 𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘺 𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴' 𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴. Having navigated the ever-evolving landscape of technology, I have witnessed firsthand its transformative power. Technology empowers businesses and individuals to operate smarter and faster. It affords me precious time to focus on delivering high-quality and invaluable service to my clients.
It is more than a career for me – it's my lifelong dream. I am doing what I love, coupled with a passion for aiding others in achieving their business goals and dreams. Today, I stand proudly as a Marketing Professional, driven by a steadfast belief in 𝗤𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆, I𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆, and S𝘆𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆.
Embrace the future of innovation, where dreams are not just envisioned but transformed into reality. Together, let's create impactful narratives and embark on a journey of success!

My passion is to assist companies and their business owners by creating value for their customers, essentially crafting a comfortable environment to work in. Dealing with corporate clients, small businesses, and individuals we built up the experience to take care of the clients’ challenges and concerns which prepares them to discover greater focus, well-being, and performance in their business. Whether I am supporting others navigating through problematic project issues, planning for future growth, or simply looking for new ways of working, I believe my focused and engaging style facilitates practical change for our clients. Focussing on the development of long-term relationships coupled with 30+ years of business experience we become very effective at assisting our clients in identifying new opportunities and possibilities. Through understanding and practicing the bodies of knowledge for business analysis, project management, business coaching, and change management, we are successfully helping customers to identify their path toward profitable growth. My drive with the services we provide to our clients has the explicit intent of finding maximum impact and value for their business.

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Carla Vorster

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CMO & Operations

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Our Clients

The Green Housing Company

We strive every day to create Raving fans from our customer base. Our unique and sometimes different approach to finding solutions to our clients' requirements is what sets us apart. Our proven promise to exceed on delivery of customer service each and every time the customer deals with us. Our customers know that they can count on us again and again

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