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Vinny Lingham

Co-Founder & CEO
Vinny Lingham, who is also the star of Shark Tank in South Africa, is a well- recognized South African Internet entrepreneur who immigrated to California a decade ago and is currently the co-founder and CEO of Civic, a startup that is leading a global digital identity revolution. Civic is spearheading the development of an ecosystem that is designed to facilitate on-demand, secure, and low-cost access to identity verification services via the blockchain. Prior to Civic, he was the co-founder and CEO of Gyft a mobile gift card company founded in 2012 and backed by Google Ventures. Within 2 years, Gyft quickly become the leading player in the space and was acquired by global payments giant, First Data Corporation in 2014, for over $50m. Vinny is an active technology investor primarily in Silicon Valley, focusing on Bitcoin & Blockchain projects in particular. He also partnered with one of his previous co-founders to establish an investment fund in South Africa, called Newtown Partners, where he has led early stage investments into successful an notable startups such as Sweep South and Augmentors. Currently, Vinny is a Shark on Shark Tank South Africa, has also appeared as a Dragon on the South African edition of Dragon’s Den, the longest running UK investment reality show, along with being an "Angel" in the non-profit spinoff of Undercover Boss- National Geographic's Undercover Angel. He is a co-author of “I’m In: Essential Advice for Entrepreneurs.” Vinny now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two sons.