About Dave Blakey

I like to call myself a developer, but I guess I'm more of a startup guy.

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Startup CEO, programmer, gamer, cryptonerd

Dave Blakey founded Snapt in 2012 and currently serves as the company’s CEO. Under Dave’s leadership, Snapt achieved a 400% annual growth rate in 2014. Snapt now provides load balancing and acceleration to more than 10,000 clients in 50 countries. High-profile clients include NASA, Intel, and various other forward-thinking technology companies.

A self-made, serial entrepreneur from Johannesburg, South Africa, Dave previously launched Opteq International, a global hardware networking company.

Dave received his A+ computer technician certification at age 11, the youngest candidate certified globally at the time. At age 13, Dave was certified as a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), the youngest person certified at the time in the southern hemisphere.

Today, Dave has evolved into a leading open-source software-defined networking thought leader, with deep domain expertise in high performance (carrier grade) network systems, management, and security solutions. He is a passionate advocate for advancing South Africa’s start-up ecosystem and expanding the global presence of the country’s tech hub.

Giving back

I try to spend as much time as I can helping South African charities with their online presences. If you quality, please get in touch.

Making things better

I'm a vegetarian and passionate about making the world a better place. You might say eco warrior, or you might just say annoying.


I spend the rest of my time playing and watching video games, and am a huge DotA nerd. I often blog about MMOs, games, etc.

Professional Life


I am the founder and CEO of Snapt, the perfect ADC / load balancer company for nerds. If you want an application delivery controller that's customizable, software-only, and build by a bunch of nerds (including myself) then try it out!

Snapt ensures your website or service is always online, performing quickly and safe from threats. We provide load balancing, web acceleration, caching and security for your critical services.

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