Tristan Owen


With over 13 years of industry experience, I consult to businesses running their own development projects, providing technical project management, user experience design, e-commerce strategy, CRM automation and WordPress development services.


I’m a director and co-founder of Clickshape, a User Experience focused Web Development agency based in London & Cape Town.

I’m also a director at TravelBud, a teach English and volunteer abroad organisation and CultureRoute, an online education organisation offering accredited online TEFL and culture courses.


I graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2005 with a bachelors degree in Film and Multimedia (BA) and a postgraduate diploma in Enterprise Management (PDEM).

As an enthusiastic graduate, I did a short internship with Quirk (now Mirum) before co-founding my first company MyVideo, which was then a South African video sharing website. Thereafter, I acted as the Chief Operating Officer for my next startup MEDIAS, which developed turnkey web and mobile video-on-demand solutions and attracted customers such as Samsung, LG, Nokia and Vodacom.

After leaving MEDIAS, I founded Blue Note Media and offered web development and consulting services to a range of brands and clients including SACamera, NHU Africa and Warner Music Group.

In 2011, I co-founded Clickshape and in our first year of operation won a Bookmark award for our work on the ZANews website and video portal.

Now situated in London and Cape Town, our team has worked around the globe, and with a wide range of local and international clients including Red Bull, NedBank, SysPro, WebAfrica, Bio-Oil, Getaway and Mobile Guardian.

Clickshape has also provided services to foundations such as Slum Dwellers International, The Put Foot Foundation, RescuePaws Asia and Project Isizwe.

In 2017 I became involved in TravelBud, an exciting teach English and volunteer abroad organisation helping people experience unique and rewarding cultural adventures abroad.

I’m also a director at CultureRoute, an online education organisation offering internationally accredited online TEFL courses.

I’m an aspiring blues guitarist and love all things space. I particularly enjoy Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy column and Niel de Grasse Tyson’s Startalk Radio podcast.

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