7 February 1979
|Residence||San Francisco, CA|
University of South Africa
Gordon Institute of Business Science
|Title||Founder and CEO of Yola, Inc. (2007–present)|
|Term||2007 – Present|
Board member of
|Awards||World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders (2009), Top Young ICT Entrepreneur in Africa Award (2006), Endeavor High Impact Entrepreneur (2006)|
Vinny Lingham is a South African Internet entrepreneur who is the co-founder & CEO of Gyft - a mobile gift card company, backed by Google Ventures. He was also previously the founder and CEO of Yola, Inc. (formerly known as SynthaSite), a San Francisco-based Web 2.0 start-up that provides free website building, publishing and hosting services. He is also the co-founder of SiliconCape.com, an NGO based in South Africa that aims to turn Cape Town into a technology hub. Lingham was previously the founder and CEO of the global search marketing firm incuBeta and its subsidiary Clicks2Customers.
Lingham lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.
Lingham was born on 7 February 1979 in East London, South Africa. He finished high school at the age of 17 and went on to study Information Systems at the University of Cape Town but did not complete his studies there.
In 2003, Lingham founded incuBeta, an investment holding company that engages in the ownership, management, and support of online marketing companies in various stages of development, with offices in the US, UK and Cape Town. Also in 2003, Lingham founded Clicks2Customers, a subsidiary of incuBeta that provides search engine marketing software and services. Lingham served as the CEO of both companies.
In 2007, Lingham founded Yola (formerly known as SynthaSite), a proprietary web development platform for individuals, small businesses and organizations. To date, Yola has received $25 million in funding from Johann Rupert’s Reinet Fund.
Vinny Lingham is also the co-founder of the Silicon Cape Initiative, a South African-based organization which aims to turn the Western Cape into a high-tech startup hub.
Lingham’s industry accolades include:
- World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders, 2009
- Endeavor High Impact Entrepreneur, 2006
- Top Young ICT Entrepreneur in Africa Award, 2006