Dot Com Pho – Famous Brian Wong Edition

After taking a break from Pho last week with a Dot Com Nando’s edition, the Dot Com crew went back to Pho Vancouver to meet the famous Brian Wong. Brian is so famous that nearly every Web 2.0 company wants to head hunt him. He recently accepted a position at Digg.com and he knows exactly how to get on the front page every time!

Brian is the kind of guy that just mesmerizes a room. He was the last to show but he took center stage as he talked about social media and his new top secret iPhone app. However, for all his sheer genius, Brian wasn’t smart enough to get his own name for his domain or Twitter account. That’s what happens when you’re famous. Squatter will try to steal your name. Hopefully, Brian will unleash the Digg lawyers on those squatters.

In addition to the famous Brian Wong, this edition of Dot Com Pho includes iPhone Gary’s first anniversary, I am not Tiger Woods, men with commitment problems, really small bowls of Pho and an iPhone app of the week that is so top secret, we can only tease you with it. Anyone is welcome to join us for Dot Com Pho. Follow me on Twitter to find the time and location of the next one.


29 thoughts on “Dot Com Pho – Famous Brian Wong Edition”

  1. nice postt. brian must be good for everything i guess

    1. John Chow says:

      Brian is the best of the best!

    2. Enoch Fung says:

      He is also the famous brain! 😀 j/k

  2. Gary says:

    It was great meeting Brian today, his app is going to sell billions of copies!

    1. Maybe he will sell one to every person on the planet?

  3. Brian Wong says:

    I really admire Brian Wong for being a successful young entrepreneur. Kudos to him for starting Follow Formation and now for getting to work at Digg at the age of 18.

    However, I should point out that not everyone who takes up the domain name or username with your name is a squatter. “Brian” and “Wong” are very common names. Surprise, surprise, but there are other smart “Brian Wongs” out there too.

    I registered and optimized my sites to get ranked no.1 on Google years ago.

    But I am happy that someone else is creating popularity for the name “Brian Wong”. I’ve seen traffic to my personal websites grow a lot recently.

    So thank you very much Brian Wong. Keep up the great work. Hope to meet you in person someday 🙂

    1. Gary says:

      Are you even Brian Wong, or is this another imposter of Brian Wong?

      1. John Chow says:

        Maybe it’s the John Cow version of Brian Wong!

        1. Brian Wong says:

          I’ve been Brian Wong longer than Brian Wong has been Brian Wong. But I’m sure there are other Brian Wong’s that have been Brian Wong longer than I have.

          I wonder, how many other “John Chow’s”, “Gary Ng’s” and “Brian Wong’s” do you think there are in the world?

          1. Brian Wong says:

            Thanks for the kind words John. Really means a lot coming from you. I really enjoyed coming out today.

            Brian, I’m glad I’ve finally gotten your attention. I have a public proposition to make.

            I’ve been (admittedly) careless enough to be shooting my name around without a consolidated web presence. Nevertheless, we look very similar, we do similar things, and we’re both asian. It’s incredibly easy for people to mistake us for each other.

            I have respect for what you do too, Brian Wong, and it’s a plus that I also happen to have a little bit of my heart left in SE Asia. I did an exchange at NUS for 5 months last year and visited KL one too many times =P. Absolutely loved hanging around the Petronas towers.

            Frankly though, I’d really appreciate it if we could both clear the air about the both of us. I propose that we both post something on our web presences (twitter and blog) to direct our readers to the appropriate Brian Wong, if indeed there has been a case of mistaken identity for certain individuals looking for me and have found you, or individuals looking for you and have found me.

            I don’t think you’re an “imposter” or anything of the sort, we’ve just been unfortunate enough to be endowed with the same genetic traits and affection toward the same industries. Let’s clear this up once and for all.

            Oh and Brian, if you want to get in touch with me, please feel free to e-mail me at brian at followformation dot com.

            Cheers all! Gary, John, you rock!

          2. Wow, all this Brian Wong stuff has be confused as to who the real one is.

    2. That’s just wong, man!

      1. oes tsetnoc says:

        wrong what????????

  4. I can vouch for Brian Wong, he’s my Aff Manager for Secrets Of Getting Rich, Bob Proctor stuff and writes at Quanlife.

    He’s a successful entrepreneur as well, so yes, Brian Wong is not fake.

    1. Yea, but which Briam Wong are you talking about?

  5. It’s actually Science Of Getting Rich, not Secrets of getting rich. lol

    1. I think there’s a Secrets Of Getting Rich too, isn’t there?

  6. Having a fairly common name sucks! I managed to secure my twitter name, but my dotcom lapsed, and was snapped up by a cybersquatting concern. Very annoying to say the least….

  7. fas says:

    Why do more Chinese turn out for dot com pho?

    1. John Chow says:

      Because we’re in Vancouver.

      1. Dean Saliiba says:

        I’m guessing Vancouver has a large Asian population so it is just mathmatics.

  8. Kevin Pasco says:

    As if I wasn’t craving Pho enough, John you had to tease me with it some more.

  9. I always like your posts.
    Great work.

  10. Jack says:

    I actually went to the other website when I first read this post. It wasn’t until I saw the dot com pho episode with the real Brian Wong. Don’t get me wrong, I bet both Wongs are very successful and I attempt to learn something from their successes. So what did I learn here? Two Wongs CAN make it right! 🙂

  11. This post is so entertaining. The communication skills from everyone is a lesson in itself,

    Thank you everyone.

  12. abrablog says:

    he is cool. I believe many people want to be like brian wong.

  13. Hubert says:

    Lol…All the time i have been reading the blog i thought it was the other Brian Wong!! the one that works with SGR!! when i was watching the video i was like where is this Brian..and i was like..What ….lol.. i didn’t know this Brian Back then..i came expecting to read about other brian!!! but..

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