According to Forbes, Techcrunch and the Wall Street Journal, Brian Wong, CEO of Kiip, 21, is believed to be the youngest person ever to be funded by a venture capital firm.
Sure, in some clubs, he can’t get even get in but this brilliant young chap owns the stage when he speaks and presents. Don’t miss him for the world at Echelon 2012 on 11th and 12th June at University Cultural Centre in National University of Singapore.
A former exchange student at National University of Singapore, Brian Wong is the Founder and CEO of Kiip (pronounced “keep”), a mobile rewards network.
Kiip has raised over $4.4 million in funding to date and is redefining the advertising industry through “moments” – a based value model, versus the traditional attention based screen estate model.
“I personally believe that rewards and reciprocity are quickly becoming the best way that brands can interact with consumers without interrupting while providing value. Many more companies are trying to figure this dynamic out – we’ve figured it out and are deploying across the mobile ecosystem. Gaming is going to continue to explode.
Audiences are going to continue to explode. Brands are going to need to figure out a way to get in front of those eyeballs in a way that was designed specifically for the intimate mobile experience. Other areas of the mobile industry that I see particularly gathering momentum is the digitization of the wallet. There’s a ton of money being invested in helping build that market out – I’m excited to see who wins the race.”
Kiip was listed by Forbes as one of the “4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List” and AdAge’s Creativity Top 50. He was also lauded in Mashable as one of “The Top 5 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch” and was a recipient of the Top 20 Under 20 awards in all of Canada. The Vancouver Sun called him “a budding internet visionary”.
This Einstein of entrepreneurs was an early Bachelors of Commerce graduate from the University of British Columbia, graduating at the age of 18, after skipping four grades in elementary and high school. Before starting Kiip, Brian was responsible for key publisher and tech partnerships at the social news website, Digg.com. He also launched the Digg Android mobile app.
So, what is his biggest entrepreneurship challenge to date?
“One of my biggest challenges has certainly been properly building in operational systems as growth becomes imminent. This means systems personally and within the company – including productivity and prioritizing (more delegating), and also for the company to tangibly hit its main objectives without letting projects fall through the cracks.”
A celebrated innovator of new media, Brian Wong rocks the digital world by storm by developing social networking apps for Twitter. He particularly developed a very popular app for Twitter, allowing other to identify and follow top users by interest and city.
Brian travels around the world to speak and promote youth entrepreneurship, youth-targeted marketing, mobile marketing, mobile gaming and social networking. He has spoken at the Tweethouse in Los Angeles and in Austin, TEDx Miami, the F5 Expo in Vancouver along with Malcolm Gladwell, Digital Hollywood LA, the Youth Marketing Conference in Singapore, TagMe Medellin in Colombia, and OpenWebAsia in Malaysia.
One advice he would give young entrepreneurs who are thinking of taking the leap?
“Just do it and stop thinking about it. I’m tired of hearing excuses.”
Young, talented and undeniably inspiring, Brian Wong will be speaking at Echelon 2012. Don’t miss him for the world on 11th and 12th June at University Cultural Centre in National University of Singapore.
Brian Wong (Founder & CEO of Kiip) is one of the awesome speakers at Echelon 2012. This tech conference is a two-day, double-track event on 11 and 12 June 2012 with over 1,100 delegates, a demo pit of up to 50 regional startups per day and various workshops. Get your tickets now!
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