Brian Wong

Social Media Expert; Digital Marketing Guru

Social media expert redefining mobile advertising through innovation.

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Brian Wong is the 25-year-old co-founder and CEO of Kiip. Kiip (pronounced “keep”) redefines how brands connect with consumers through a rewards platform that targets “achievement moments” in mobile games and apps. This innovative approach to mobile marketing creates meaningful engagements between consumers and brands. Backed by Verizon Ventures, AmEx Ventures, US Cellular, North Atlantic Capital, Hummer Winblad, Relay Ventures, True Ventures, and others, the company has raised over $32 million in funding to date.

Kiip has been recognized by Forbes as one of the “4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List,” named on the Dow Jones “FasTech50” and is listed on Fast Company’s “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.” Once the youngest person to ever receive venture capital funding, Brian received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia at age 18, after skipping four K-12 grades.

Brian has been recognized with many awards for his accomplishments and leadership, including:

  • Business Insider’s “Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley,” “30 Under 30 in Advertising” and “18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising”
  • Forbes’ “30 under 30” for three years in a row, and then a judge for 2016
  • Mashable’s “Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch”
  • iMedia’s top “25”
  • AdAge's “Creativity Top 50”
  • Canadian Business’ Change Agents for 2016

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.

Brian launched his first book, The Cheat Code, in September 2016, published by Crown Business / Penguin Random House. The Cheat Code contains 71 bite sized and virtually effortless shortcuts to get a leg up on the competition, garner attention for creative thinkers and their ideas, and to accelerate success. The book has been featured by Forbes, CNBC, Elle, The Telegraph, The Globe and Mail, and many more publications around the world, and is quickly becoming the go-to book for entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial advice for our generation.


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


Keynote | IEG 2017

"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.


— Forbes
— 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..."