Rob Stokes is an investor and entrepreneur focused on the technology and education sectors. In his first innings he founded award-winning digital agency, Quirk, in 1999. He built Quirk into one of the largest agencies on the African continent before selling it to the London listed global leader, WPP, in 2014. Today, Rob is Chairman of the Red & Yellow Creative School of Business and serves as non exec director at Brandseye, Openbox and

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#BizTrends2019: 5 tech trends that will disappoint in 2019

Beyond the lip service, I feel like we are in a trough of disillusionment on so many pivotal technologies. In particular, there are five emerging fields which have garnered tremendous excitement...

By Rob Stokes 30 Jan 2019

[2011 trends] Turning digital interest, momentum into action, ROI

2010 saw digital really hit the map in South Africa. It's now fully on the radar of any competent marketer and 2011 is about taking that interest and momentum and turning it into actions which deliver real business returns. Here are a few trends which I believe should elevate our industry beyond the hype and onto the top table of marketing.

By Rob Stokes 21 Jan 2011

[2010 trends] Year of the Tiger for digital

The Year of the Tiger, 2010, is going to be a beast for those involved in anything digital. Here are my top 10 picks for the changes we'll see this year. No doubt half are obvious and the other half will be wrong, so feel free to add your two cents in the comments.

By Rob Stokes 18 Jan 2010

[2009 trends] eMarketing: exciting times, surprises predicted

In such turbulent times, who would dare make a prediction on what the future holds? Interestingly, I find a great deal of similarities between the world today and the world we faced in 2001 with the dotcom bubble burst.

By Rob Stokes 13 Jan 2009

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