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Sauder grad at 18, Brian Wong is now the CEO of Kiip and a social media expert who's redefining mobile advertising through innovation.
Only Sauder School of Business alumni can bid on this auction
Brian Wong, in many ways, is like other entrepreneurs: ahead of the curve. Really far ahead. Brian graduated from Sauder at 18, and moved from his hometown of Vancouver to the Bay Area, where he got a job at Digg. At the same time, he was getting his own forward-looking business together. Kiip (pronounced "keep") builds rewards into mobile apps. Brands like Disney, Amazon, and Pepsi partner with Kiip, so when users complete a puzzle, or a rate a show, they gain access to discounts and other rewards. Backed by Relay Ventures, Interpublic Group, Hummer Winblad, True Ventures, Digital Garage, Amex, and others, the company has raised $15.4 million in funding to date.
Kiip has been named one of the world's 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, listed by Forbes as one of the Four Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List, and included on the Dow Jones FasTech50 list. After skipping four K-12 grades, Wong received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia at age 18, and shortly after became one of the youngest people to ever receive venture capital funding.
Brian Wong profiled by This Week in Startups (TWIST)
Brian has been recognized with many awards for his accomplishments and leadership, including the Top 20 Under 20 awards for all of Canada; Business Insider's Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley, 30 Under 30 in Advertising, and 18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising; Forbes' 30 Under 30 in 2011 and 2012; Mashable's Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch; one of the iMedia 25 Internet Marketing Leaders and Innovators; one of AdWeek's Seven Would-be Mobile Titans; and the AdAge Creativity Top 50.
Before starting Kiip, Wong led key publisher and tech partnerships at the social news website Digg.com, where he accelerated the company's mobile presence by launching the Digg Android mobile app.
Bidders on this auction must be able to meet Brian on Mar. 20, from 11:00a.m. – 12:30p.m., in downtown Vancouver.
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Grab a lunch with Brian while chatting entrepreneurship. Feel free to ask him about a typical day at work, how he got started in tech, or what he's most excited about for his company in the upcoming years! This lunch will occur on Mar. 20, from 11:00a.m. – 12:30p.m. in downtown Vancouver.