Meet Justin Stanford
Justin is an 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 start-up attempt at the age of 18, Justin has been involved in tech start-ups 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 a 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. He is also co-founder and Managing Director of 4Di Group, a diversified investment management group and family office.
As co-founder and original Steering Committee Chairman of the non-profit Silicon Cape Initiative in 2009, designed to highlight and catalyse South Africa's nascent emerging tech start-up 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.