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Eric Edelstein

Angel Investor & Tech Entrepreneur - Silicon Cape


Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born 22-05-1975 in Durban South Africa

Eric Edelstein is a Financial Analyst turned Serial Tech Entrepreneur, and occasional Angel Investor, based in Cape Town, South Africa.

He has co-founded many of South Africa's largest Internet marketing & product companies such as the incuBeta group (Click2Customers, TrafficSynergy, & Yola), Springleap & evly.com.

He is currently involved with a number of innovative global startup's including Zunguz.com (social payments), RewardReach (social rewards), & DebtLab.co.za (lead generation)

Eric was included in Mail & Guardian's "Top 200 young people to have lunch with", and Old Mutual's "Top 36 South African young entrepreneurs".


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95 Sir Lowry Studio's, Woodstock, Cape Town, 8000


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Current Position(s)

CEO | ZunguZ
Cape Town, South Africa | 2012 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Social Banking is the future of banking.

Zunguz uses the social graph to put people at the center of P2P money transfer and merchant payments for products.

There is also a white label version of the software for financial institutions (banks, credit card companies, wallets) & large corporates.

Information about Zunguz can be found at Zunguz.com


Partner | Global Sunset Investments
South Africa | 2005 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Global Sunset Investments is an early stage investment fund that invests in start-up's primarily in the Internet Consumer space


Previous Position(s)

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Evly.com
Cape Town, South Africa | 2010 - 2012

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

evly.com is a social marketing suite for organisations to engage, grow, and gain business value from their communities & fans. The suite includes a wizard to setup & edit user engagement & crowdsourcing apps on Facebook fan pages within an hour.

As CEO I built up a team of 15+ (including a top-tier development team, sales, and marketing), raised funding, and headed the company's sales operations.

In September 2012, Steve Cope took over as MD.


Co-Founder & CEO | springleap.com
Cape Town, South Africa | 2008 - 2010

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

Springleap.com runs design contests generating exciting products and merchandise sold in branded micro-shops.

I co-founded the company with Eran Eyal, initially acting as an adviser, and then taking on the CEO role.

In August 2011, Eran took over as CEO.


Founder | TrafficSynergy
Cape Town | 2005 - 2008

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

I launched TrafficSynergy while at incuBeta, did a management buyout, and sold it a few years later.


Co-Founder | incuBeta Holdings aka Clicks2Customers.com
Cape Town | 2003 - 2008

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

incuBeta was a holding company I founded together with Vinny & Charlene Lingham & Llewellyn Claasen which started a number of brands, primarily on the Internet, many of which were later spun off into separate companies.

incuBeta has now been renamed Clicks2Customers.com (the name that the company started off as), a specialist Search Engine Marketing agency, focusing primarily on Pay Per Click.

Here is details about when clicks2customers was founded:
http://www.clicks2customers.com/about/company-history.html

Other Brands which were founded and nurtured at incuBeta include:
TrafficSynergy - Affiliate Network
Synthasite (renamed Yola.com) - Website Builder

Some of the brands have been sold off, and I remain a shareholder in some of them.

Educational history

Tertiary

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Completed 1996

Bachelor of Commerce

University of South Africa Graduate School of Business Leadership

Completed 2003

Post Graduate Honours Degree in E-Commerce

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Awards

Technology Top 100 (Top 5) | Business Day

Horizon Award for Innovation | Valueclick, Inc. (Nasdaq: VCLK)

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E&Y Toastmasters Cape Town

President, 2009 - 2010

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