Vinny is launching his new startup, Gyft, in May 2012. Vinny was previously the founder & CEO of San Francisco based startup, Yola.com. Yola (previously known as SynthaSite) was established in 2007 and raised $25m in funding from Johann Rupert’s LXE & JSE listed Reinet Fund. Yola is the world’s leading easy-to-use, browser based, website development software for SME’s and groups, and currently has over 2m users worldwide.
Vinny is the recipient of numerous awards, including Top Young ICT Entrepreneur in Africa (2006) & was also a finalist for Men’s Health Best Man (2009) & ICT Personality of the Year in South Africa (2008). He also previously founded Clicks2Customers, which also won the Top Technology Company award in South Africa in 2006, for it’s revolutionary search engine marketing software and services – servicing world class clients such as Walmart.
Vinny has previously served on marketing advisory boards for Nasdaq listed Valueclick & Yahoo, was also selected as an Endeavor “High Impact Entrepreneur” in 2006.
Vinny studied a B.Com (Information Systems) at the University of Cape Town, but his entrepreneurial blood saved him from graduation in his final year of studies. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife, Charlene and he always enjoys a good round of golf or a game of chess or poker.