Taiwan’s Huang Brothers, Part 1: Changing the face of “Made in Taiwan”

Taiwan’s Huang Brothers, Part 1: Changing the face of “Made in Taiwan”

With their combined expertise in cybersecurity and business, brothers Wayne and Matt Huang proved that a Taiwan startup could succeed in building enterprise software for overseas markets and demonstrated that the "Made in Taiwan" label could proudly be applied to more than just hardware technology.

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Founder Stories: Before Facebook, Taiwan Had Wretch

Founder Stories: Before Facebook, Taiwan Had Wretch

In many ways, Wretch Chien epitomizes the young startup founder of the sort made famous by geeky young entrepreneurs like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. An engineer by trade, he built a product he thought his friends and classmates could use, then recruited those classmates to help turn it into a viable business. In the process, he got a crash course in all the essentials of startup entrepreneurship, including management, finance, and legal lingo, before eventually seeing his company get acquired by one of the biggest names in tech: Yahoo! Inc.

From founding to acquisition, Wretch's story may perhaps sound fairly typical in the startup world. But what makes his story unique is that it didn't unfold in the era of Facebook, Uber, the Apple Watch, and Product Hunt. Instead, it began more than a decade and a half ago, in 1999.

 

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