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Vinny Lingham

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Co-founder & CEO, Gyft (acquired by First Data - August 2014). Previously Advisory Board Member, Rodan + Fields Dermatologists.

Co-founder & CEO, Gyft (acquired by First Data - August 2014). Previously Advisory Board Member, Rodan + Fields Dermatologists.

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Involved In


The Silicon Cape Initiative


The Silicon Cape Initiative


Co-founder & CEO Gyft January 2012 - present
Advisory Board Member Rodan + Fields January 2012 - August 2014
Advisory Board Member November 2012 - July 2013
Founder & CEO March 2007 - December 2011
Co-founder & Board Member The Silicon Cape Initiative October 2009 - December 2010
Founder & Chief Executive Officer incuBeta June 2003 - June 2007
Founder & Chief Executive Officer Clicks2Customers June 2003 - June 2007
SEM Manager Osiris Trading November 2001 - June 2003
Business Analyst Dimension Data February 2001 - October 2001
Business Analyst Commerce One October 2000 - February 2001


Unisa E-Commerce 2001 - 2001
University of Cape Town (UCT) Information Systems 1997 - 1999
Hudson Park High School High School/Secondary Diplomas and Certificates 1992 - 1996

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Financial Services
  • • Smart Home
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Payments

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Keith Teare
Founder & CEO, Inc. and Founder, Archimedes Labs.
His sense of humor
Bruce Bower
Member of the Waterford Research Institute Advisory Board, Waterford Institute and Advisor, Wonder Technologies, Inc.. Brown grad.
Serial entrepreneur, always at the cutting edge. High energy, wicked smart, great ability to tap critical resources. Great and broad persp ... ective on emerging trends in payments and consumer.
Catherine Lückhoff
Founder and CEO at NicheStreem.
Catherine Lückhoff
Founder and CEO at NicheStreem.
Chuck Hamrick
Vice President, RMAMA and Moderator,
Vinny has been in online marketing for over a decade and has launched several companies.
Durjoy (Ace) Bhattacharjya
Mentor, Blueprint Health LLC and Founder and CEO, Boston grad.
Vinny is a serial entrepreneur, a thought leader and cooler than most people I know. He's even part of the Shark Tank-like TV show Dragon's ... Den in South Africa (where he's originally from), though I have never actually seen it. The guy is awesome.
Noah Kindler
Head of West Coast office (CEO, Plia Systems, Inc.), Plia Systems, Inc. and Author and blogger, John Wiley and Sons (publisher).
George Burke
Co-Founder, FreshPay. Previously Advisor, Songzini -- free daily music downloads.
Vinny has built and sold a very successful payments company and is deeply entrenched in the digital currency and B2C fintech space.
Jonathan Simkin
Co-Founder and CEO, Swyft. Previously Director of Product, Rafter, Inc..
Vinny has been an amazing investor / advisor for Swyft. He has a ton of experience building technology companies and is able to offer meanin ... gful product and business advice. He has been extremely helpful and I am thrilled to have him as both an investor and advisor. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Pierre-R. Wolff
Member of the Board of Advisors of several early stage companies. Mentor at YNext Incubator. Consultant to VC funds.
As founder of Yola and then Gyft, Vinny has unique insights into various world both in the social and loyalty/gift certificates markets. No ... w that Gyft is part of the First Data family, he can provide unique insights to other entrepreneurs on his experiences both as a startup and one that was recently acquired and the challenges of such experiences.