Social Leverage leads seed round for Civic

Social Leverage led a $2.75 million seed funding round in Civic, a digital protection start-up formed by internet entrepreneur Vinny Lingham. Social Leverage will add its founding partner Howard Lindzon to Civic’s board. Lingham is the former chief executive officer of Gyft, an online gift card platform.


PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Vinny Lingham, co-founder and former CEO of digital gift card platform Gyft, today announced the founding and funding of his new startup venture, Civic, based in Palo Alto, California. Civic aims to tackle the problem of consumer identity theft and reducing online identity fraud. Civic is expected to launch in spring 2016.

Civic has just closed a $2.75 million round of seed funding, led by Social Leverage, a notable early stage fintech investment fund. Social Leverage’s founding partner, Howard Lindzon, will also join Civic’s board.

“Consumers need better control of their personal information and their digital identities. Civic will deliver a beautiful and secure consumer experience to solve this problem,” said Lingham. “We believe that consumers should never have to pay to protect their identity from misuse and that’s why we will be offering free identity protection for life when we launch in spring 2016.”

Originally from South Africa and now living in Silicon Valley, Lingham is a serial entrepreneur who has served as founder and CEO of three prior companies (Gyft, Yola and Clicks2Customers) and was recently appointed to the board of the Bitcoin Foundation. He maintains close ties to his homeland where he stars in “Dragon’s Den” (South Africa’s version of “Shark Tank”) and is also the co-founder of the local technology hub, the Silicon Cape Initiative.

After a successful leadership transition period following First Data’s acquisition of Gyft, Lingham recently stepped aside from overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations to focus on his entrepreneurial efforts.

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