In a recent interview with China Daily Asia Weekly, our Co-founder & CEO Sammy Hsieh explained on living his digital dream from an entrepreneur with visions of founding a marketing and data technology company to now becoming a Nasdaq-listed company.
“Big data is a natural by-product of booming online transactions, enabled by sophisticated technology. The collection of data may be time consuming, but processing the huge amount of raw data and turning it into useful insights is what advertisers, marketing agencies and trading desks need,” Hsieh said.
“We don’t lack data in this day and age. The real issue is how to process the mass of data out there into helpful information and how to monetize it.” Hsieh believes that every business — whether in healthcare, retail, or virtually any other field — can derive benefits and yuan from the data in its sector. And awareness of this is growing. Hsieh is seeing a shift in attitude in the digital realm, especially when compared to around 15 years ago.
The outgoing and adventurous Hsieh thrives on finding opportunities in challenges, which would explain why he left the world of big corporations to pursue his own venture in the midst of the global financial crisis. And it has paid off . Starting from a zero base in 2009, the company now has around 600 employees across seven offices in Asia and maintains a presence inLondon and New York. Hsieh’s decision to list iClick in the US, despite being headquartered in Hong Kong, with a China client base, was partly a personal goal to return full circle to the market where it all began for him.
As a big supporter of startups, Hsieh’s advice to young entrepreneurs and companies is to start working with a big conglomerate to build a network and gain insight into how a big company operates. Many of his colleagues at iClick today hail from his time at Yahoo.
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