Christopher C Pinkham

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Christopher C Pinkham
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Born (1967-06-02) June 2, 1967 (age 55)
Singapore, Singapore
🏡 ResidenceLos Gatos, California, USA
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Cape Town
💼 Occupation
Founder of Nimbula.

Chris Pinkham is an entrepreneur and technologist born in Singapore, raised and educated in Britain and South Africa. As of 2015 he is a Vice President of engineering at Twitter.[1]

Pinkham was formerly Vice President, IT Infrastructure, at, responsible for the company's global infrastructure engineering and operations. While in this role, he conceived, proposed and, together with Willem Van Biljon, built Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), the highly successful public cloud service.[2][3][4][5][6]

Prior to Amazon, Pinkham co-created and ran the first commercial ISP in South Africa, TICSA (later renamed Internet Africa), which he sold to UUNET in 1996.[7] The company, now owned by MTN, remains one of the largest ISPs on the African continent.

In 2006, Pinkham left Amazon Web Services and subsequently started a new venture with his long-time friend Willem Van Biljon. The company, Nimbula,[8] was focused on Cloud Computing software and was funded by Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners.[9][10] In March 2013, Nimbula was acquired by Oracle Corporation.[11]

Pinkham has co-authored a couple of patent applications: "Managing Communications Between Computing Nodes"[12] and "Managing Execution of Programs by Multiple Computing Systems"[13]


  1. Twitter Hires Amazon Cloud Creator to Keep Site Running Smoothly, Bloomberg News, 31 March 2015
  2. "Amazon opens Cape software centre". July 19, 2005.
  3. "Amazon opens dev centre in Cape Town". July 20, 2005.
  4. "Amazon's Pinkham quits". Nov 29, 2006.
  5. "benjamin black's blog post about EC2". Jan 25, 2009.
  6. "Amazon's early efforts at cloud computing? Partly accidental". June 17, 2010.
  7. "Chris Pinkham: veteran of the virtual". August 22, 2011.
  8. "Nimbula Homepage".
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  10. "Nimbula Secures $15 Million Venture Capital Investment".
  12. "Patent page on WIPO website".
  13. "Patent page on WIPO website".

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