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20-Year-Old Entrepreneur Brian Wong: “Try to Change Shit Up”

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20-year-old entrepreneur Brian Wong didn’t drop out of college; he just graduated at the age of 18. Since then, he’s worked as CEO of Followformation, on business development at Digg, and now as the founder of Kiip, a venture-funded mobile rewards platform. Wong is currently making the rounds in the mainstream media, with features in Forbes’s 30 Under 30 and his hometown’s Vancouver Sun.

“We’re going to make it so people don’t hate ads anymore,” says Wong, who encourages entrepreneurs to disrupt rather than just “fill a hole” with another app. In his appearance at our SXSW #StartupLife Celebration on Saturday, Wong also hits on why you should have high expectations of yourself and misconceptions about young entrepreneurs. Here’s the video:

You can find more of our coverage of the #StartupLife at SXSW here.

Editor’s Note: Thank you to Vitrue, a sponsor of our #Startuplife Celebration and Tech Cocktail’s special SXSW video series. Check out Vitrue’s live daily updates from SXSW!

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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