About SME Pals

SME Pals was started in 2008 by David Mercer as a companion blog to the many technical books on Web development and programming he was writing at the time.

Later on it evolved into a blog/resource to help people (in particular entrepreneurs and small business owners) cope with the ever changing world of technology. It has grown to become a recognised and recommended free entrepreneurial resource to inspire new startups and help them grow to become profitable.

It's also been featured on many leading tech, news and business websites including:

  • Forbes
  • VentureBeat
  • Entrepreneur
  • GoDaddy
  • Business Insider
  • USA Today

About David Mercer

David Mercer

I help startups by investing the time and skills they need to solve problems and get up and running efficiently. Effectively, companies work with me to deliver solutions to unique and complex problems that they don't necessarily have the skills to manage in-house, in return for a small equity share.

For example, I have recently completed a hybrid ACO (Ant Colony Optimization) solution to the mTSP (multiple Traveling Salesman Problem), with constraints, for a leading international vehicle tracking firm.

I'm also a best-selling author of programming, development, eCommerce and marketing books and a serial entrepreneur specialising in Web and eCommerce startups.

A bit more about me...

I am one of the most experienced technical authors in the world today, having contributed to in excess of 30 technical titles published by many of the world's major publishers, translated into many of the world's major languages.

I have been working in IT ever since I spent a month (in the late nineties) dismantling various old computers in order to construct a Beowulf cluster high performance computing system. Memories of which haunt me to this day (that's a reflection of my hardware mangling abilities).

After co-authoring several successful books on any number of programming topics, including shell scripting and PHP, I became interested in business and its online implementations.

I have founded several Internet startups, and continue to be involved in new ones.

When not writing or working on my own enterprises, I provide strategic, technical, analytical and marketing consulting to large businesses (and some SMEs) and organizations.

I founded SME Pals to help individuals and organizations fully leverage the power of the Internet. It has a dual mandate: to both educate and to alleviate the intellectual burden of entry into the online market for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

I hold a cum laude science degree with a dual major in Applied Math and Math from the University of South Africa.