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David Jacobson, Co-Founder & Technical Director at SYNAQ

David Jacobson is the co-founder and Technical Director at SYNAQ, leading provider of business class cloud based messaging and communication services for South African big business.


In 2004, he co-founded SYNAQ. In 2010, SYNAQ was ranked by AllWorldNetwork as the 6th fastest growing company in South Africa and has gone on to acquire the business of several blue chip brands and SA chapters of multinationals to become the leading provider that they are today. In 2012 SYNAQ was ranked by Forbes as one of the top 20 Tech companies in Africa.

David demonstrated a semi-obsessive passion for Linux and flair for Open Source software from the age of 13, only months after the first Linux kernel was released. He was well-known as a formidable hacker in his early days, breaking into some of the biggest corporations in the world. This was just the beginning of his digital journey which would see him convert to the corporate path.

After leaving school David went to the UK and was involved in deploying and building one of the worlds most sophisticated IPTV platforms for 5 star hotels, now in over 50 countries across Europe. David is a Red Hat Certified Engineer and a member of Endeavor South Africa, an organisation that boasts some of the most influential high-impact entrepreneurs in the world. He is passionate about innovation and curating talent in the field of technology.

David is proudly South African, passionate about technology and entrepreneurship. He enjoys travelling, as well as playing squash and a bit of poker in his spare time.