Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) March 1, 2007
Wattpad, the global leading story-sharing community for mobile users, is pleased to announce today the appointment of two mobile industry veterans, Matt Golden and Kenny Chan, to its Advisory Board.
Since co-founding Tira Wireless in 2001, Matt Golden has been a driving force behind the company's successful visionary approach to mobile content deployment. As SVP Corporate Development, Matt heads the team responsible for building and maintaining strategic relationships with all participants in the mobile content value chain, and leads corporate merger and acquisition activity. Under his guidance, Tira has grown to become a recognized industry leader, consistently delivering strong year over year revenue growth through strategic mergers, acquisitions and industry partnerships.
Matt came to Tira from Brightspark Ventures LP, Canada's leading early stage venture capital firm. As Director of New Ventures, he applied his entrepreneurial skills to building financial networks, raising capital, striking alliances and forming partnerships for the Brightspark group of companies. He also developed extensive knowledge of the emerging J2ME technologies market, which laid the foundation for Tira Wireless's vision and direction.
Prior to Brightspark, Matt practiced law at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, one of Canada's premier law firms specializing in business technology, general corporate, financial services and mergers and acquisitions.
As an expert on mobile content deployment, distribution and business development, Matt is a frequent speaker at business schools and industry events, including CTIA, Games & Mobile Forum, MECCA, Mobile Entertainment Summit and Always On Innovation Summit. Matt is a graduate of the University of Ottawa's LLB/MBA program.
Kenny is co-founder of Cherrypicks, a leading mobile solution and service provider in Asia, where he has served as Chief Operating Officer, VP of Business Development, and VP of Professional Service. Under Kenny's leadership, Cherrypicks became an award-winning mobile software solution provider that provides the first integrated mobile marketing application platform in Asia. Cherrypicks is a pioneer in turning mobile marketing, a marketing and customer relationship management concept, into a proven business. Headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in Taiwan and Korea, Cherrypicks is invested by world-class investors including Far Eastern Group, FarEasTone Telecommunications Ltd., KTB network, SK Telecom, SOFTBANK Asia Infrastructure Fund (SAIF) and STIC Venture Capital.
Prior to Cherrypicks, Kenny was a Manager with the Communications Industry Practice of Deloitte Consulting Asia Office focusing on license bidding, business planning and development, market research and project management. Kenny has consulted companies in Asia, Europe, and US on various business start-up issues such as market entry analysis, competition, regulation, technology, financial planning etc. Kenny developed in-depth project management experience in multi-cultural environment through managing large multi-disciplinary project teams. Kenny holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Kellogg-HKUST and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering in the University of Waterloo.
"Matt's and Kenny's experience in the mobile industry speaks for itself. We know their experience and contributions as Advisory Board members will help take Wattpad to new heights," said Ivan Yuen, Founder of Wattpad. "We look forward to having Matt and Kenny in an advisory role as Wattpad's user-generated story sharing community continues to grow exponentially."
"I'm very excited about having the opportunity to serve on Wattpad's Advisory Board. Wattpad's revolutionary story-sharing community makes it truly unique in the mobile content industry," said Matt Golden.
"Wattpad is a prime example of the power of a supportive and motivated community to spur creativity and innovation," said Kenny Chan. "I'm pleased to participate in Wattpad's mobile user-generated content community."
Matt and Kenny joins existing advisor Allen Lau, CTO and Co-founder of Tira Wireless.
In January 2007 Wattpad introduced its service for mobile users worldwide to discover, read, and share stories on their mobile phones with highly optimized user experience.
With mobile phone being the electronic device most people carry all the time, these stories are instantly accessible by anyone anytime anywhere - whether you are lining up in the bank, commuting in the underground, waiting for the dentist or reading at bedside.
To download Wattpad's mobile application, go to get.wattpad.com on your mobile phone's browser and follow the link to download. Wattpad works with most mobile phones from major manufacturers such as Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG, Sharp, Sanyo, Panasonic and Blackberry.
More information about Wattpad is available online at http://www.wattpad.com.
Wattpad was founded in 2006 to lead the revolution of mobile user-generated content. According to research published by Informa Telecoms and Media and the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF), the market for mobile user-generated content will be worth US$13.2 billion by 2011. Wattpad was the first company to provide a platform to discover, read and share stories on mobile phones. Wattpad now has the largest selection of stories available for mobile users. For more information, please visit http://www.wattpad.com.