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Vinny Lingham - gyft. San Francisco Bay Area, CA, US

Vinny Lingham

Co-founder & CEO | gyft

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, UNITED STATES

Silicon Valley based Technology Entrepreneur




Fundamental Shifts in Software


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Internet Entrepreneur focuses on Mobile, Online Marketing, Cloud services & SaaS (Software-as-a-Services).

Selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur ( and Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum), Vinny is one of the most recognized technology entrepreneurs to ever emerge from Africa and has successfully raised over $50m in venture capital funding for his various companies over the years.

He has built a string of highly successful technology businesses and has received international acclaim for his efforts in creating "The Silicon Cape", which is a non-profit organization based in Cape Town, with aims to create a high tech hub in South Africa.

Vinny's passion is Internet startups and Entrepreneurship in general, and he often keynotes and speaks about his experiences as an entrepreneur to crowds of people who want to hear from someone who took the road less travelled...

He is also an "Angel" investor in his own right and has backed a number of entrepreneurs to begin and build their own businesses.

Industry Expertise (3)


Consumer Services

Social Media

Areas of Expertise (5)





Small Business

Accomplishments (6)

Men's Health - Best Man 2009 Finalist (personal)

Horizon Award for Global Vision (professional)

Clicks2Customers - awarded by Nasdaq listed ValueClick

Endeavor Entrepreneur (professional) selected Entrepreneur

Young Global Leader (professional)

Selected by the World Economic Forum

Top Technology Company in South Africa (professional)


Top Young IT Entrepreneur in Africa (professional)

Education (6)

Hudson Park High School: Matric 1996

Gordon Institute of Business Science: Diploma, Negotiation 2002

University of Cape Town: Bachelor of Commerce, Information Systems 1999

Did not graduate

Unisa: Honours, E-Commerce 2001

Graduaded Cum Laude

Gordon Institute of Business Science: Diploma, Negotiation 2002

Damelin: National Certicate, Project Management (HC Proj M), Project Management 2002

Affiliations (5)

  • Young Global Leader
  • Endeavor
  • Mensa
  • Alliance of CEO's
  • World Economic Forum

Event Appearances (3)

What it takes to be a successful affiliate

AffiliateDag  Utrecht, Netherlands


Why PPC search marketing is the most powerful tool to drive online traffic

PPC Classroom Live   Orange County, California


Entrepreneurship Keynote

Endeavor Excellerator   Johannesburg, South Africa

Sample Talks (1)

Emerging Market Entrepreneurship

Emerging markets present a whole range of entrepreneurial obstacles which are non-existent in established markets. Entrepreneurs from the US, UK and other markets often gloss over some of the challenges that emerging market entrepreneurs have, from lack of payment infrastructure, Internet, legal and other operational gaps that exist. Having built companies in both Africa and the USA, Vinny is well established as a speaker in this category.



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training


2500 to 10000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee