Who’s that baby-faced guy up there? Why, that’s Brian Wong, the youngest entrepreneur ever to receive funding from a venture capital firm. $4.3M from True Ventures at 19 years old, to be exact. What were YOU doing when you were 19?
From Vancouver, Canada, Wong has always been ambitious. He skipped a grade in high school. Then he attended the University of British Columbia and co-founded the web marketing firm Aer Marketing during his last year there. After graduation, he founded followformation, a tool that finds the top Twitter accounts by city and interest, and Rocketkick, a couple of iPhone utility apps. I told you he’s ambitious.
Then came his invitation to Silicon Valley. Digg offered him a business development position. He accepted and gave his mother the worst Mother’s Day present ever: he moved away from home. Cool as I’m sure that opportunity was, it’s hard to keep an ambitious entrepreneur down. Six months later, he left and started Kiip.me, a rewards network for the mobile gaming market. And got $4.3M. Damn son.
If you’re not impressed or jealous yet, he’s also won a few notable awards: Mashable’s 5 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch Award, Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Award, and the Impact Young Entrepreneur of the Year award (couldn’t find any info about that though).
The video is chock full of insightful tips and interesting anecdotes about this up-and-comer’s career. He’s a true hustler. If Wong was a stock, I’d be bullish on $WONG.
Hat tip: AsiansOnYouTube