Wai-Lun Hong – Snaptee

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Wai-Lun Hong is co-founder and CEO of Hong Kong-based Snaptee, a mobile design app that empowers everyone to design their own unique T-shirt with a few taps of their smartphone.

Motivation

Always try to contribute to something bigger than yourself. Remember that you’re being given an awesome opportunity to do something different and new and with that comes a wonderful responsibility to bring about change. So whenever you face doubts or challenges, remind yourself that you can benefit another person or another group of people or even society as a whole with your efforts.

Hack

I think any success we have will be due to hard work and a good attitude. At the start of every day, we gather for a meeting and the first thing we ask ourselves is: “In what area does the possibility exist for us to achieve more than 100% improvement?” Even though the ideas that come up are rare and difficult to achieve, we go after those goals wholeheartedly, knowing that failure is likely but the best way to learn.

Genesis

Being an entrepreneur (or a builder) has always been a dream of mine and of my co-founder Gary Lee every since we met on our high school basketball team. I spent 2 years at Microsoft and Razorfish, working on someone else’s ideas, until I realized that I could make a bigger impact by working on my own ideas. The shift is a natural progression if you are hungry to contribute.

Funding

We closed a seed round of $600k in early 2013. More details can be found here onTechCrunch.

Traction

We ran a closed beta for a few months so we had a chance to prepare well. We launched to the US, Japan, and Western Europe. TechCrunch coverage and being chosen to be featured in the App Store helped with momentum. We also ran over 10 social media campaigns simultaneously.

Demand

The demand is natural since T-shirts are a staple in most people’s wardrobes and many of them have wanted to be able to create their own T-shirt at some point. We have simply built the tools and services that fulfill this need in a unique way. As a startup and a new product, the bigger challenge is to build awareness quickly. Once users know about Snaptee, they happily join us in this creativity revolution.

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