Justin Stanford

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Full name: Justin Stanford

Twitter link: JustinStanford,

Linkedin link: http://za.linkedin.com/in/justins

Summary: Justin is a 31-year old entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist from Cape Town, South Africa. He is founder, MD, board member, advisor, or investor to a wide variety of companies in the global technology sector. Having grown up on a farm, he decided not to complete high-school and instead made the move to the city of Cape Town, to pursue his dreams of being an Internet entrepreneur. Having founded his first startup attempt at the age of 18, Justin has been involved in tech startups and entrepreneurial endeavours ever since. Despite years of struggles and false starts in the wake of the dotcom crash in 2001, he ultimately went on to successfully launch and grow a pan-African Internet based software company from a garage in the suburbs of Cape Town. He is today the co-founder and MD of 4Di Group, a diversified investment management group and family office, and co-founding General Partner of early-stage technology venture capital firm 4Di Capital, as well as an active angel investor in Africa and around the world. As co-founder and original Steering Committee Chairman of the Silicon Cape Initiative in 2009, designed to highlight and catalyse South Africa's nascent emerging tech startup ecosystem, Justin fully believes in South Africa’s potential as a global technology innovation hub. In 2011, he was listed by the Mail & Guardian for the 'Top 200 Young South Africans', in 2013, listed by Forbes for '30 Under 30: Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs', and in 2014, listed by the Institut Choiseul for the 'Choiseul 100 Africa: Economic Leaders for Tomorrow'.

Justin Stanford's Experience

4D Innovations Group

November 2001 - Present (14 years) | Cape Town Current position
Position: Co-founder & Managing Director

4D Innovative Capital

March 2009 - Present (6 years 8 months) | Cape Town Current position
Position: Co-founding General Partner

4D Innovative Capital

2009 - Present (6 years 11 months) | Cape Town Current position
Position: Founder & Angel Investor

ESET Southern Africa

January 2003 - Present (12 years 10 months) | Cape Town Current position
Position: Co-founder & Managing Director


September 2012 - Present (3 years 2 months) | Cape Town, Zambia, Malawi Current position
Position: Non-executive Director

4Di Privaca

June 2014 - Present (1 year 5 months) | Cape Town Current position
Position: Co-founder & Director

The Silicon Cape Initiative

September 2009 - June 2011 (1 year 9 months) Resigned
Position: Co-Founder & Inaugural Steering Committee Chairman