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Saffer in Silicon Valley, Chris Pinkham, on being a top Amazon, Twitter exec

Saffer in Silicon Valley, Chris Pinkham, on being a top Amazon, Twitter exec

JOHANNESBURG — When thinking about top South Africans in San Francisco's Silicon Valley, the first names that may come to mind are the likes of Elon Musk and Vinny Lingham. However, there's another South African connection who has literally worked at the top levels of major tech giants in the US, building out there engineering systems and helping to create the cloud platforms that the modern business world benefits from today. Chris Pinkham, who was born in Singapore but moved to South Africa when he was 9 years old, was behind South Africa's first ever internet service provider Internet Africa. He also helped pioneer the first-ever internet connections in South Africa while studying at UCT. He went on to lead engineering teams at Amazon, working in Seattle - and even briefly in Cape Town - eventually becoming Amazon's VP of engineering. He would also go on to become VP of Engineering at Twitter, helping to solve some of that company's biggest technical challenges while also selling an

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