Greg Tseng, CEO of Tagged Inc., an Innovator Featured at SXSW
Greg Tseng, CEO and co-founder of Tagged Inc., is an Internet entrepreneur, start-up adviser and infamous growth hacker. Tagged is best known as the social network for meeting people. He holds an B.A. in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics from Harvard. Tseng has worked at the MITRE Corporation, Stanford University, and Harvard University as a nanotechnology researcher. Greg was the Director of the Harvard Entrepreneurs’ Club for 3 years during his undergraduate years and also co-authored several Science journal articles.
Tseng spoke a couple weeks ago on the “Always Be Innovating: Thinking Like a Startup” panel at SXSW, moderated by Mike Isaac. Tseng was an ideal panelist for this particular session, as he has consistently innovated on both personal and professional levels. He is known to many as the Godfather of the growth hacking movement in San Francisco. Other panelists were Hetal Pandya, co-founder of EasilyDo, and Ryan Magnussen, founder and CEO of Grail Inc. The panel discussed what innovation means to large and small companies how to keep the original ideas flowing as companies grow and develop. They also talked about ways to add originality to your company no matter how big or small it may be, about acquiring companies and being acquired, and how to maintain your startup mentality and keep your independence during this process.
In the fall semester of 1999, Tseng and two classmates launched flyingchickens.com whereby Harvard students could comparison shop for textbooks. The site would soon merge with Limespot.com in 2000 and expand to cover over 80 other colleges, and Tseng became the COO. Later that year Tseng along with three other college entrepreneurs would be interviewed for The New York Times and Fast Company. Tseng also co-founded Jumpstart Technologies which was an Internet business company that created other sites and applications such as Matchmaker, hi5, and Crushlink.
In 2004, Tseng created Tagged with co-founder Johann Schleier-Smith, his friend and business partner. With that they were both named Tech’s Best Young Entrepreneurs by BusinessWeek. Tagged is now world’s leading social discovery network providing a platform for meeting people to over 330 million people in 200 countries across the globe and still growing and innovating to this day.
A true innovator himself, Tseng captured the audience attention at this panel and provided valuable insight to folks both at the panel and across the Twittersphere.
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