Today's entrepreneur: Brian Wong

Meliza Solan Surdi · January 28, 2011 · Short URL:

No.1 mistake: Hubris

Entrepreneurs embrace being at the forefront of change. And, just by being there, they make a difference.

We've recently created new profiles, specifically for innovators, to express themselves by sharing their interests, lessons learned, as well as bits and pieces of their unique journey.

Today's entrepreneur is Brian Wong, founder and CEO of Kiip.

One of the lessons 19-year-old Brian mentioned is to always use your gut.

Recently, the Wall Street Journal named Brian the "youngest person to ever receive funding by a venture firm."

I Am: An Entrepreneur
Name companies you've founded or co-founded:


Name startups you worked for:


If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I want to change the world.

List your favorite startups:

Greplin, Airbnb,, Context Logic, Crowdbooster, Hipmunk, Kickstarter

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Fundraising is both frustrating and rewarding. But in all seriousness, everything along the journey is rewarding. What's frustrating is not doing it all soon enough.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?


What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

Most of what you expect is half of what actually happens.
Be ready to use your gut. A lot.
Vision and direction is crucial early on.

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Kiip lets premium brands provide rewards to casual mobile gamers for in-game achievements. Their platform is designed for in-game engagement via a universal game moment: the achievement moment. Catch the user while they are the most engaged, happy, and attentive. They're the first solution to help premium brands reach the exploding casual mobile gaming market using real estate in meaningful moments. Currently the network reaches just over 20 million smartphone players worldwide.

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