Strengthening the relationships between brands and their customers

Innovative mobile experiences empower brands to connect, engage, and transact with customers. We make those experiences possible.

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For 20 years, Clickatell has been a global technology company and innovator in mobile messaging, engagement, and commerce.

Today, we’re powering the chat economy with smart solutions that bring brands easily into the chat apps their customers use and love. Mobile consumers can now interact with business on demand, at their convenience, using the channels of their choice, such as SMS, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.

We cover more than 220 territories, 1000+ networks, and 85% of the world’s population, with an SMS reach of more than 5 billion users.

A big idea. A tiny apartment.
In a tiny apartment in Cape Town, our (now) CEO Pieter de Villiers, his twin brother Casper, and two friends Danie du Toit and Patrick Lawson embarked on creating an application programming interface (API) between cellphones and computers. They did it! They created a world’s first: four lines of code that created a way to send SMS from the internet to cell phones.

The team then introduced Clickatell’s chat capabilities in developing countries, including South Africa. Here, limited transportation infrastructure makes it difficult to shop and bank at stores and financial institutions, and a cell phone is the primary communication device. Brands were in search of a mobile messaging, engagement and commerce solution to conduct business with these mobile-based customers. We delivered.

Today, Clickatell’s solutions are utilized by companies around the world and across industries for customer care, commerce, customer acquisition, customer retention, and customer expansion.

A big idea. A tiny apartment.

In a tiny apartment in Cape Town, our (now) CEO Pieter de Villiers, his twin brother Casper, and two friends Danie du Toit and Patrick Lawson embarked on creating an application programming interface (API) between cellphones and computers. They did it! They created a world’s first: four lines of code that created a way to send SMS from the internet to cell phones.

The team then introduced Clickatell’s chat capabilities in developing countries, including South Africa. Here, limited transportation infrastructure makes it difficult to shop and bank at stores and financial institutions, and a cell phone is the primary communication device. Brands were in search of a mobile messaging, engagement and commerce solution to conduct business with these mobile-based customers. We delivered.

Today, Clickatell’s solutions are utilized by companies around the world and across industries for customer care, commerce, customer acquisition, customer retention, and customer expansion.

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Company milestones

2017

Developed proprietary technology for natural language understanding and in-chat application delivery as part of its Touch platform.

2000

Introduced the world’s first chat banking solution: ABSA.

2019

Became the premier enabler of chat commerce in emerging markets.

2019

Became the first to bring chat commerce capabilities to the telecom sector: MTN South Africa.

2000

Became the first to connect internet businesses with consumers on mobile using SMS that could be implemented with four lines of code.

2012

Pioneered global SMS API offering and award-winning mobile payments and distribution platform Transact.

2017

Developed proprietary technology for natural language understanding and in-chat application delivery as part of its Touch platform.

2000

Introduced the world’s first chat banking solution: ABSA.

2019

Became the premier enabler of chat commerce in emerging markets.

2019

Became the first to bring chat commerce capabilities to the telecom sector: MTN South Africa.

2000

Became the first to connect internet businesses with consumers on mobile using SMS that could be implemented with four lines of code.

2012

Pioneered global SMS API offering and award-winning mobile payments and distribution platform Transact.

2017

Developed proprietary technology for natural language understanding and in-chat application delivery as part of its Touch platform.

2000

Introduced the world’s first chat banking solution: ABSA.

Connect across the globe

Our extraordinarily team is globally connected through our worldwide network of offices.

  • Silicon Valley Headquarters, USA

  • Cape Town, South Africa

  • Lagos, Nigeria

  • Toronto, Canada

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Our leadership

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Pieter de Villiers

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Pieter is a South African-born, Silicon Valley-experienced entrepreneur and industry veteran with a passion for mobile technology and the empowerment it leads to.

Glen Braganza

Chief Financial Officer

Glen has 20 years' experience driving finance, strategy, and performance in private equity and public markets with a strong emphasis on fintech and payments in high-growth companies.

Zan Chivell

Chief HR Officer

Leading Clickatell’s people agenda, Zan’s experience in HR management has spanned a variety of different industries and sets her apart as an authority in her field.

Jeppe Dorff

Chief Product and Technology Officer

Jeppe is a senior executive with an excellent track record in creating value for businesses in product strategy and development.

Hannes van Rensburg

Chief Commercial Officer

Founder of Fundamo, Hannes is an accomplished executive with a solid track record as a pioneer and leader in the mobile payments industry.

Jennifer Shambroom

Chief Marketing Officer

Jennifer has an extensive marketing background and is a veteran of the mobile ecosystem with substantial insight and leadership to position the company for further growth.

Our customers

85% of global population

5 billion users

200 countries

Our investors

All believers in the future of Clickatell, our investors are some of the most forward-thinking people and companies on the planet.

Our founders

Pieter de Villiers

Casper de Villiers

Patrick Lawson

Danie du Toit

One of the four original founders of Clickatell, Danie was the custodian of our brand and product offering until 2005. Sadly, after a long battle with leukemia, Danie passed away August 16, 2005. We recognize his vision and contribution in establishing Clickatell as one of the leading mobile enablers in the world. We continue to track the “footprints” Danie left in the company that are inspiring until this day.

Goodbye, good friend!

Let us answer your questions. We are with you in this journey, every step of the way.