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Brian Wong

Brian Wong is the founder and CEO of kiip (pronounced “keep”), a mobile rewards network, backed by True Ventures. Kiip has raised over $4.4 million ... More »Brian Wong is the founder and CEO of kiip (pronounced “keep”), a mobile rewards network, backed by True Ventures. Kiip has raised over $4.4 million in funding to date and is redefining the advertising industry through a “moments”-based value model, versus the traditional attention based screen estate model. Very recently, Kiip was listed by Forbes as one of the “4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List”. Brian was also recently listed to AdAge’s Creativity Top 50. Techcrunch and the Wall Street Journal called Brian the “youngest person to ever receive funding by a venture capital firm”. He 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. He was recently lauded in Mashable as one of “The Top 5 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch”, and the Vancouver Sun called him “a budding internet visionary”. He was also recently a recipient of the Top 20 Under 20 awards in all of Canada. 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, adding to the company’s rising mobile presence.

Mobile Rewards Startup Kiip Upgrades Its User Contests With New “Challenges” Product

The “Target Breach Flood” Is Already Appearing On The Carder Black Market; Target Reacts When Kiip announced last week that that it’s powering rewards in Zepto Labs’ popular Cut the Rope mobile games, co-founder and CEO Brian Wong said it didn’t share one of the key details (because, uh...

Mobile Rewards Startup Kiip Gets A Strategic Investment From Ad Giant Interpublic

Brian Wong, the startup’s co-founder and CEO, said the investment was actually included in the $11 million round that he announced last year, and it’s part of a partnership between the two companies. Kiip and IPG were still working out the details of the partnership, so they couldn’t ...

Kiip Is The Perfect Company To Show Off The Potential Of Apple Passbook. Take A Look.

After I heard about Passbook, I immediately reached out to Brian Wong, CEO of Kiip to find out what the company had planned. Kiip is the reward platform that works with both developers and advertisers to bring app users rewards for meeting certain milestones in a game or other app on ...

Kiip Raises $11 Million To Erase Advertisers' Frowns

Kiip CEO Brian Wong inspects his new headquarters. When we met with Brian Wong, the CEO of mobile-advertising startup Kiip, to hear about the $11 million funding round he planned to announce Wednesday morning, we found him dealing with a pressing issue that had his team in a ...

Kiip Will Power Rewards In Yahoo Japan’s Mobile Apps

... startup that delivers real-world rewards to app users when they perform desirable tasks and reach key milestones, is announcing its integration with Yahoo Japan — marking the first time Yahoo Japan has integrated a third-party service into its app, according to Kiip co-founder and CEO Brian Wong...

“In the Studio,” Kiip’s Courtney Guertin Keeps His Midwestern Ethic

Guertin landed in San Francisco and started working at Digg, where he met his current cofounder, Brian Wong. Through a series of discussions, Guertin and Wong oftentimes ended up talking about a rewards layer for the real world — and Kiip was born. The idea they’d been noodling on ...

Welcome To The Game: Amazon’s Working With Activision On In-App Offers

It’s nothing new, but Kiip has been on the bleeding edge and I reached out to its CEO, Brian Wong, to discuss what Amazon showed off today: TechCrunch: What are your thoughts on Amazon’s in-app offers for real-world rewards as shown off during its event today? Brian Wong: I’m ...

Kiip Inks Its First Intl Deal For Its Reward Network, UK’s Yo! Sushi

In a meeting this past weekend in a little coffee shop in London, CEO and co-founder Brian Wong told me this is just the beginning of many as it ramps up its growth, on the back of a recent $11 million Series B round of funding. The expansion comes at a time when Kiip is competing ...

Mobile Rewards Network Kiip Raises $11M Led By Relay Ventures, Plans Its Own ‘Kiipsake’ App

Co-founder and CEO Brian Wong says that expansion is one of the main goals with the new funding. Another goal is turning Kiip into more of a consumer brand. Unlike most mobile ad companies, Kiip doesn’t just sit in the background — it’s very visible to consumers during the rewards ...

Kiip, The Mobile Ad Rewards Network, Has Raised Another $8-10M To Conquer Games And Beyond

Co- founded in 2010 by ex-Digg employees Brian Wong, Courtney Guertin and Amadeus Demarzi, when Wong was still a teenager, its Series A of $4 million last year came from Hummer Winblad, Path’s Dave Morin, True Ventures and Crosslink Capital. When Kiip emerged out of stealth mode ...

A Rush of Dopamine in the Head: Kiip Raises $11M to Monetize Achievements

Founded by Brian Wong, Courtney Guertin, and Amadeus Demarzi in September 2010, Kiip has expanded beyond an initial rollout of 10 games to over 400 games and apps and is now serving 100 million “moments of happiness,” the company’s new-age term for a mashup of ad impressions and ...

This 21-Year-Old May Have Cracked The Future Of Mobile Advertising

Kiip CEO Brian Wong is 21. He looks about 14. His brain, however, operates like a 28-year-old with an MBA. Kiip is his mobile game and app ad network, which has 30 employees and clients such as Pepsi, Best Buy, Carls Jr, Popchips and Disney. Kiip's business model—which rewards mobile ...

Brian Wong mines happiness (Startup Secret 55)

The concept behind Brian Wong's company, Kiip, is, in my estimation, brilliant. Kiip is a mobile game advertising company, but with a unique twist. It doesn't pop ads up while you're in the middle of a game, or nag you while you're waiting for a level to load. Rather, Brian sells ...

Silicon Valley: the rise of the adolescent CEOs

"I was 9 years old" during the first internet boom, says Brian Wong, 20, who runs reward-network Kiip. He has had his fill of stories about companies that tanked amid the dot-com bust of 2000. The first time he heard the name Webvan, a legendary dot-com failure, "I had to look it up," he ...

Brian Wong, 22 In Photos: 2014 30 Under 30: Marketing & Advertising

Acknowledging these “moments of achievement” is a big part of the future of advertising, at least according to Brian Wong, a child prodigy who cofounded Kiip in 2010, a year after graduating from Canada’s WHATNAMEUNIVERSITY at age 17. “We now track almost half a billion of these ...

Will Mobile Revolutionize Advertising--Or Kill It?

But some folks here, such as Brian Wong, cofounder and CEO of mobile app rewards network Kiip, thought advertising of any kind we would recognize as advertising doesn’t work on mobile devices. People are paying money for the paid versions of apps just to avoid ads, he pointed out. Not ...

Rewards Network Kiip Goes Self-Serve, Announces $100K Developer Fund

Kiip CEO Brian Wong tells me that until now, the company only worked with a “hand-picked” developers because it had to make sure that the growth in developers didn’t outpace the growth in advertisers. Now, however, Wong says he’s confident that there are enough advertisers for ...

Chok! Chok! Chok! ad shakes up mobile marketing

Helping them make that link is Brian Wong, chief executive of San Francisco-based kiip, a mobile app rewards network that connects brands and companies with consumers. He says his startup has found a winning formula - and that people have contacted him to say thank you for the adverts. ...

Silicon Valley: The rise of the adolescent CEOs

"I was 9 years old" during the first Internet boom, says Brian Wong, 20, who runs reward-network Kiip. He has had his fill of stories about companies that tanked amid the dot-com bust of 2000. The first time he heard the name Webvan, a legendary dot-com failure, "I had to look it up," he ...

KIIP Founder Brian Wong joins CrossPacific Capital Partners as Advisor

Brian Wong graduated from the University of British Columbia at the age of 18. In 2010 Brian Wong became the youngest entrepreneur to ever raise Venture Capital in North America. After initial seed contributions by a number of angel investors including XPCP Managing Partner Frank ...

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