Brian Wong

Social Media Expert; Digital Marketing Guru

Social media expert redefining mobile advertising through innovation.

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30 Under 30 — Forbes

Brian Wong is the co-founder and CEO of Kiip (pronounced “keep”), a mobile monetization network. 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 4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List and included on the Dow Jones FasTech50 List. After skipping four K-12 grades, Brian 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.

Now Brian writes about his experience and success in a new book, The Cheat Code. Brian believes anyone can easily shortcut his or her way to success, simply by going slightly off script; by doing things just a little differently from everyone else. He unlocks the power of the Cheat Code through 71 bite-sized and virtually effortless short-cuts to get a leg up on the competition.

He has been recognized with many awards for his accomplishments and leadership, including: Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2011, 2012 and 2014; 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; Mashable’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch; iMedia 25; One of AdWeek’s Seven Would-be Mobile Titans; IMPACT13's Innovator of the Year and the AdAge CreativityTop 50. He was also featured on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine in September 2014.

Before starting Kiip, Brian led key publisher and tech partnerships at the social news website, where he accelerated the company’s mobile presence by launching the Digg Android mobile app.


  • Co-founder, Kiip, a mobile advertising platform
  •, the social news website
  • Bachelors of Commerce, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia


The Cheat Code

Going Off Script to Get More, Go Faster, and Shortcut Your Way to Success

Brian Wong

Have you ever noticed that there are certain people who seem to get ahead just a bit faster than everyone else? You know, the types who always seem to be a bit ahead of the curve, to get noticed a bit more, and to achieve their goals a bit more quickly than the rest of the pack? And have you ever noticed how much this small edge can matter, and the outsized impact it can have on the trajectory of their careers?

Twenty-four year old entrepreneur Brian Wong is one of these people, having graduated from college by age 18, having raised $24 million in venture capital to start his own company before he turned 25, and having grown that company into a global mobile advertising giant in just 4 years. His secret? The Cheat Code.

Wong believes that most people — even creative people — have a tendency to follow a script; to do things the way others do them simply because that way works. But therein lies the secret at the heart of the Cheat Code: anyone can easily shortcut his or her way to success, simply by going slightly off script; by doing things just a little differently from everyone else. Here, Wong unlocks the power of the Cheat Code through 71 bite-sized and virtually effortless short-cuts to get a leg up on the competition, garner attention for ourselves and our ideas, and accelerate our success. For example:

Cheat #7: Don't Ask – Announce
Cheat #16: Know Your Superpower!
Cheat #32: Make Boldness Your Genius
Cheat #47: Know Who's the Boss
Cheat #55: Focus on What Won't Change
Cheat #71: Imagine, What If?
Cheat 49: Get a Trademark Haircut
Cheat 51: Use Exclamation Points

No matter where you aspire to go in your life or career, The Cheat Code will help get you there — faster.

Crown Business (September 6, 2016)


Brian tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

The future of mobile: gaming, advertising, and more

Defining the new generation of interaction

Happiness is the new currency

Measuring happiness through data

New insights into human interaction

Youth entrepreneurship

Branding Innovation and How Mobile Has Changed Everything

  • Inventing a New Metric: Innovation Around Moments

  • The Connected Generation

  • Way to Engage the Connected Generation


"Cheats" for success | Press Reader

Learning from Building Kiip | creator lab Podcast

Branding Innovation and How Mobile Has Changed Everything | Consumer 360

Leveraging Mobile Engagement to Inform the Next Generation of Retail Marketing | Retail Council of Canada


An audience of professionals in business, non-profits and creative fields:
He was fantastic! Tweets about him galore. Many thanks for making this work.


— The Daily Free Press
— Forbes
— Canadian Business
— MarketWatch
— Forbes
— BW Distrupt
— creator lab Podcast
— LinkedIn
— Tech Crunch
— LinkedIn
— Forbes
— Innovation Crush Podcast | AudioBoom
— LinkedIn
— The New York Times
— MediaPost
— LinkedIn
— Canadian Business
— Hyberlush
— Forbes
— LinkedIn
— Wall Street Journal
— Wall Street Journal
— LinkedIn
— LinkedIn
— LinkedIn
— The Globe and Mail
— Entrepreneur
— iMedia Connection
— Inc.
— The Huffington Post
— iMedia Connection
— LinkedIn
— LinkedIn
— LinkedIn
— ITBusiness
— LinkedIn
— LinkedIn
— Fast Company
— The Next Web
— Business Insider
— Entrepreneur
— Mashable

"After graduating college, Brian Wong (now 19) created FollowFormation, an app to help organize Twitter users and give people an easier time figuring out who to follow. Not long after, he was working in business development for Digg.

Today, Wong is the co-founder of Kiip (pronounced "keep"), a venture-backed stealth startup focused on in-game mobile advertising. While skipping four grades and raising $300,000 in angel funding don't equate to startup success, they are definitely signs that Wong is driven to excel..."