Pieter de VilliersCo Founder and CEO at Clickatell
Pieter de Villiers, co-founder and CEO of Clickatell, is a South African born, Silicon Valley experienced entrepreneur and angel investor with a passion for chat commerce and the empowerment of people. Pieter is also one of the youngest mobile industry veterans with over 17 years of experience in global telecoms, mobile messaging, and mobile payments, backed by top-tier Silicon Valley VC firm Sequoia Capital. Pieter spent nearly 10 years in San Francisco where he successfully grew Clickatell into a multi-million dollar company operating across multiple continents. Since its launch, Clickatell boasts one of the largest messaging-as-a-service footprints globally, as well as one of the fastest growing mobile payment networks serving thousands of businesses across more than 224 countries and territories.
Pieter has been recognized for his leadership and achievement in the mobile industry by many industry organizations including Global Technology Business that named him as one of the “top 40 under 40” executives who will likely “run the telecoms industry in 2020.” Along with his work with Clickatell and the mobile industry, Pieter is also an active participant in socially responsible organizations and programs such as SiMODiSA.org working on enabling entrepreneurship in South Africa and Africa.