Brian Wong from Vancouver may be world's youngest-ever entrepreneur to raise venture investment money

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

At 19, you can flip burgers on the side during your first semester at college.

Or you can raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in your first round.

Kiip

Vancouver's own Brian Wong is only 19, but Phil Black of True Ventures (which specializes in early stage capital) has invested $200,000 alone as part of Brian's first round of investment for his mobile advertising platform "Kiip.me," which bridges mobile and gaming realms.

Pronounced "keep me," Kiip is still months away from launching, but Brian is getting attention everywhere. And, despite his youth, already boasts a storied resumé: he's worked at Digg on their Android app, and founded Followformation, a Twitter tool for automated and categorized user discovery.

Just as stunning is the fact that he isn't one of those college-dropout entrepreneurs, or abandons education in eager pursuit to commercialize a genius idea. After skipping four grades in high school, Brian has already graduated from college.

Mark Zuckerberg was 20 when he first raised money for Facebook, and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg raised money at 21 (also with True Ventures). Please let us know if there is anyone Brian's age or younger who has raised investment money for their entrepreneurial pursuits.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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