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Top 10 Asian Tech Entrepreneurs

Written by Top 100 Arena on 2012-08-23
The startup scene has many respectable entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, innovators and executives. Those people founded many companies which affect our daily lives in many ways than we can imagine. These guys come from all walks of life, from all over the world. In this list, we pay homage to a few top 10 tech entrepreneurs from Asia. Just as a side note, the order of appearance doesn't signify anything as all of them are equally amazing and talented entrepreneurs.

10 Rebeca Hwang

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Rebeca Hwang is a co-founder and CEO of YouNoodle, a San Francisco-based startup which gamifies innovation through competitions. Born in Seoul, Korea, raised in Argentina and received her education in the USA, Rebeca has developed a wide range of interests and skills due to her multicultural upbringing. Formally trained as a chemical, civil and environmental engineer at MIT, Cambridge, she participated quite a few number of initiatives and competitions that promoted sustainable solutions to developmental problems. One of those generated US patents 6 929 236, 6 935 190, and 6 929 235 which was donated to an NGO, Design that Matters. The IP is used by a local busienssman in New Zeland to manufacture a 15 cent clamp that makes cholera treatment much more accessible to the millions of patients annually. Rebeca has also won 1K award at th 50K MIT business competition with a proposal to generate chlorine locally in Haiti, and many other awards. She is now pursuing her PhD degree in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment and Resources at Standford University. More info

9 Jack Ma (Ma Yun)

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Known best for his Alibaba Group in the world, Jack Ma is the first mainland China entrepreneur appearing on the cover of Forbes Magazine and ranks as one of the world's billionaires. His education wasn't in tech but a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hangzhou Teacher's Institute. His company, Alibaba, was listed in the HKSE at the IPO pricee of HK$13.5 on November 6 2007, essentially raising HK$13.1 billion (US$1.7 billion) in the second-largest IPO sale of an Internet company after Google Inc. Currently, he owns Taobao, Alibaba Group and major subsidiaries of Alibaba Group such as Yahoo! China. More info

8 Bill Nguyen

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Bill Nguyen is a second-generation Vietnamese entrepreneur from United States. He founded OneBox.com and Lala.com, which were sold for $850 million and $80 million respectively, and currently the CEO of Color Labs, Inc. If you don't know what Lala is, it's essentially a cloud service that lets users upload their music collections onto the Cloud and stream anywhere in the world. Apple acquired it and later integrated it with their Apple iTunes Store. Bill Nguyen grew up without much of educational success in his parents eyes, with an unpredictable mix of A's and F's, and 1.4 GPA in his senior year. His entrepreneurial spirit can be seen since he was a kid. In middle school, he rented out his lawn mower to other kids for a cut of their pay, instead of doing the lawn mowing himself. At 16, he moved out of his parents' house to sell cars. He actually never graduated from university although he later took classes at Houston Baptist University. More info on Wikipedia

7 Jen Hsun Huang

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Jen Hsun Huang is a native Taiwanese entrepreneur, but received his education in Oregon State University and Standford University. Many of you are using products from his company at daily basis. In fact, for gamers, his company's products are very essential. Jen Hsun Huang is the co-founder of Nvidia and currently serving as its president and CEO. In 2008, Forbes listed him as the 61st highest paid CEO in a list of CEOs from U.S. More info on Wikipedia

6 Guy Kawasaki

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Guy Kawasaki is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and bestselling author. He was also one of the Apple employees originally responsible for Machintosh marketing in 1984. Currently serving as a Managing Director Garage Technology Ventures, he has invested in and started a number of startups such as RSS aggregation Alltop, The Motley Fool and D.llight Design. He is also a well-known blogger. More info

5 Zaw Thet

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Zaw Thet is a notable veteran entrepreneur raised in US from Myanmar parents. He is curently the founder and CEO of 4INFO, one of the largest mobile ads platforms. Business Week named him one of the "Mobile Barons" shaping the mobile ad industry since 2004. In 2011, the United Nations Foundation's inaugural Global Entrepreneurs Council selected Zaw as one of ten entrepreneurs to serve on the Council. Currently, he is a co-founder and an angel investor of plyfe.me and HaulerDeals. More info

4 Alfred Lin

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A venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital and a board member of Stella & Dot, Alfred is Taiwanese entrepreneur with the focus on consumer internet, enterprise and mobile companies. He moved to New York City with his family at the age of six. One of his notable company before he joined Sequoia Capital is Zppos.com, which was acquired by Amazon.com in 2009. Alfred Lin served as the Chairman, COO and CFO of Zappos. He also co-founded Venture Frogs, an incubator and investment firm which invested in Ask Jeeves, MongoMusic, OpenTable and even Zappos.com all of which are now public companies or acquired by giants such as Amazon or Microsoft. TechCrunch stated that Alfred has the "Midas touch" as every company he has worked for has been acquired. One notable thing is that the smallest deal of those acquisitions was $265 milloin. More info

3 Naveen Selvadurai

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Naveen's name is quite big among location-based startups as he is co-founder of Foursquare. Naveen was born in Chennai, India, but received degrees from King's College London in the UK and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the US. He worked with Sony, Lucent, Nokia and Sun Microsystems before he founded Foursquare together with Dennis Crowley. Foursquare has currently estimated value of $600 million, and AOL Small Business listed him in "World's New Young Millionaires". Currently, he has stepped down from his day-to-day operational role at Foursquare but still serving as a board member and adviser. More info

2 Sachin Agarwal

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Sachi Agarwal is an entrepreneur who have never touched Windows PC in his entire life. He is an avid Mac user, and worked at Apple on Final Cut Pro for 6 years before starting Posterous, a platform where you can share pictures, videos and stories. Simplicty and beautiful design are vital to anything Sachin does. On Posterous, posting is a simple business which can be done by sending an email to [email protected] More info

1 David Lee

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David Lee is a co-founder of XG Ventures, which comprises of a small group of ex-Googlers. XG Ventures is now an investment firm dedicated to advising and investing in really talented early stage teams. As founders of XG Ventures are ex-Googlers who were early hires in strategic roles, their early experiences at Google and exposure to its unique culture are one of XG's strengths in creating dynamic and fun enterprises. More info

The world is in need of more startups and innovative entrepreneurs like people in this list. We will strive to bring you more lists of tech entrepreneurs from other races as well as non-tech entrepreneurs in the future. Meanwhile, if you have something to say, don\'t be shy and use the comment form below.

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