Justin Stanford

Justin is a Founding Partner of 4Di Capital, based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Growing up on a farm, he decided not to complete high school and instead made the move to the city of Cape Town alone, to pursue his dreams of being an early Internet entrepreneur at the turn of the century. Despite a few years of failed attempts in the wake of the infamous dotcom crash, he eventually prevailed and successfully launched and grew a pan-African Internet-based software company from a garage in the suburbs of Cape Town, centered around the newly emerging theme of Internet security.

Having founded his first startup attempt at the age of 18, Justin has been involved in tech startups and entrepreneurial endeavors ever since, and has advised or invested in dozens of companies domestically and abroad. 

As co-founder and inaugural Steering Committee Chairman of the Silicon Cape Initiative in 2009, designed to highlight and catalyze South Africa’s nascent emerging tech ecosystem, Justin fully believes in South Africa’s potential as a global technology innovation hub.

In 2011, he was listed by the Mail & Guardian as one of the “Top 200 Young South Africans”; in 2013 he was listed in Forbes as one of “30 Under 30: Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs”. For 2014 through 2017, he was listed by the Institut Choiseul for the “Choiseul 100 Africa: Economic Leaders for Tomorrow”, and in 2017 he was listed in the inaugural “100 Most Influential Young South Africans” by Avance Media. 

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