fnMentoring functions accelerate your startup and expand your high-tech network through mentoring sessions with founders and featured guest experts. Functions are free to members but require your RSVP. If you are not a member you can apply here. Next week’s featured guest will be:
Name: Vinny Lingham
Background: 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., 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.
Linghman serves on the boards of ChessCube, SkyRove, and Personera and previously served on marketing advisory boards for Nasdaq-listed companies ValueClick and Yahoo.
Company: Gyft is on a mission to digitize the gifting experience for the world. They will change the way you think about gift cards with our secure, easy-to-use mobile platform.
Gyft is a digital gift card platform that lets you manage your gift cards. You can ditch the plastic and use your mobile device to store, send, and redeem cards. For retailers, Gyft creates a meaningful new distribution channel by giving brands visibility into the consumers that hold their gift cards. By using Gyft, merchants can drive customer acquisition, increase shopper interaction and drive social engagement.
fnMentoring is on Wednesday, December 11th beginning at 10:30 am PDT. RSVP here to participate in this event.
Founded in 2011, Founders Network offers lifelong peer mentorship to over 600 tech startup founders globally. Our platform, programs and high-touch service facilitate authentic experience sharing, warm introductions and long-term professional relationships. Additional benefits include over $500k in startup discounts and promotion to 2,000 newsletter readers. Members are located in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, London and other tech hubs. Each month our Membership Committee admits a new cohort of full-time tech founders who are nominated by an existing member.