The first time I met Brian Wong I was attending a session at the annual South by Southwest Interactive on Being Young and Rocking It and I completely overlooked him. Not because he is someone that is easily overlooked but due to his unassuming nature. Wong, 20, is the founder of kiip (pronounced “keep”), a start-up focused on mobile in-game advertising, backed by True Ventures.
The session was setup as a round table discussion with all the chairs placed in a circle so everyone could see everyone else. Wong was sitting at the center chatting with a few attendees but I had no idea he was the presenter until the session began. But once Wong started talking he had complete command of the room. His knowledge far exceeds his youth and he is someone others look to for what’s next with gamification.
Wong graduated at the age of 18 from the University of British Columbia, after skipping four grades in elementary and high school. Mashable has named him one of “The Top 5 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch”, and the Vancouver Sun called him “a budding internet visionary”. Before starting kiip, Wong was responsible for 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.
You will get to know Wong through his guest editor posts on Inc. Tech today. You’ll get the opportunity to ask him how he became the “youngest person to ever receive funding by a venture capital firm” (according to TechCrunch and The Wall Street Journal) and how mobile gaming is not just about fun and games in our live chat today at 2:30 EST at Inc. Live. You can post your questions here, tweet your questions to @incmagazine with the hashtag #inclive or tune in to ask directly.