#11 Vinny Lingham

Name: Vinny Lingham

Position: Co-founder & CEO of CivicKey

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VinnyLingham

Personal Website/blog: https://vinnylingham.com/?gi=ff84e792e876

Age: 39

Citizenship: South Africa



Civic, Co-founder & CEO

Yola, Founder & CEO

Silicon Cape Initiative, Co-founder

Gyft, Founder & CEO

Bitcoin Foundation, Member of Board


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Lingham’s journey in Blockchain began with his startup Gyft, a service offering Amazon purchases using Bitcoin. He is a prominent commentator on Bitcoin and Blockchain, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Top Young ICT Entrepreneur in Africa (2006) and Top 500 CEO’s in the World by Richtopia (2015). Lingham was previously a finalist for Men’s Health Best Man (2009) and ICT Personality of the Year in South Africa (2008). He is also named as one the world’s great advisors.



  1. In November 2016, he invested in a company Augmentors that develops an augmented reality game using bitcoin instead of dollars.
  2. His project Silicon Cape Initiative aims to turn Cape Town into techhub.
  3. Incomplete degree in Information Systems from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
  4. Was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2006 and a Young Global Leader in 2009 with the World Economic Forum.
  5. From 2014 to 2016, Vinny Lingham was one of the investors, or "dragons", on South Africa's "Dragons' Den" reality TV series.



  • It’s very simple - if we had unified the community and not triggered a split, things would have been in a better place but we couldn’t and now we live in a multicoin world where each coin will serve a different need and market.