Dave Blakey founded Snapt in 2012 and currently serves as the company’s CEO. Under Dave’s leadership, Snapt achieved a 400% annual growth rate in 2014. Snapt now provides load balancing and acceleration to more than 10,000 clients in 50 countries. High-profile clients include NASA, Intel, and various other forward-thinking technology companies.
A self-made, serial entrepreneur from Johannesburg, South Africa, Dave previously launched Opteq International, a global hardware networking company.
Dave received his A+ computer technician certification at age 11, the youngest candidate certified globally at the time. At age 13, Dave was certified as a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), the youngest person certified at the time in the southern hemisphere.
Today, Dave has evolved into a leading open-source software-defined networking thought leader, with deep domain expertise in high performance (carrier grade) network systems, management, and security solutions. He is a passionate advocate for advancing South Africa’s start-up ecosystem and expanding the global presence of the country’s tech hub.