Founded by Endeavor Entrepreneur Vinny Lingham, the South African tech company Yola has just been listed by Forbes Africa (a licensed affiliate of Forbes magazine) as one of the “Top 20 Startups in Africa”: “Founded by South African-born internet entrepreneur Vinny Lingham in 2007, Yola (formerly known as Synthasite) is a website builder which lets you create your own website with easy-to-use drag and drop multimedia features.” Check out the Forbes.com blog post about the list.
Yola has become a valuable resource for small businesses looking for affordable, easy-to-use website solutions. Vinny currently resides in the San Francisco area where he works on growing their North American business as well as angel investing and sitting on the boards of several tech companies. Along with being selected by Endeavor for another venture, Incubeta, he was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2009.
Yola plays an important role in Africa as internet penetration continues to grow exponentially. Currently there are over 110 million users on the continent, a 2,300% increase over the last ten years, and having an online presence is becoming increasingly important for businesses and entrepreneurs on the continent.