Allen Lau

Allen Lau
Co-founder & CEO and co-founder, Wattpad

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Allen Lau is the co-founder and CEO of Wattpad, the world’s largest community of readers and writers.

With years of experience building successful mobile tech companies, Allen first started prototyping a mobile eReading app in 2002 on a grey-scale Java phone that could only display 5 lines of text. He wanted to solve a problem he was facing – how to read while on the go. So for the past 10 years Allen has been exploring the power of mobile/social collaboration, online communities, and user-generated content.

Wattpad now serves 13 million people a month and with over 10 million stories uploaded, Allen is leading a team that’s revolutionizing the way people share and discover stories on the web and across every mobile device.

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Workshop
Location: Soho Complex
Kristen McLean (Bookigee), Kat Meyer (O'Reilly Media, Inc. ), Joe Wikert (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), Porter Anderson (Porter Anderson Media), Jason Allen Ashlock (Movable Type Management), Amanda Barbara (Pubslush), Eve Bridburg (Grub Street), Laura Dawson (Bowker), Cory Doctorow (craphound.com), Rob Eagar (WildFire Marketing), Amanda Havard (Immersedition), Scott James (Red Hat Project), Mark Jeffrey (Glossi.com), Elizabeth Keenan (Penguin Group), Allen Lau (Wattpad), Sabrina McCarthy (Argo Navis & Perseus Distribution), Libby Johnson McKee (Amazon), Dana Newman (Dana Newman), Kate Pullinger (Bath Spa University), Mark Lefebvre (Kobo Inc), Tarah Theoret (NetGalley LLC), Tim Sanders (Net Minds)
This one-day conference-within-a-conference from the thought leaders at Tools of Change and Publishers Weekly is designed specifically for professional authors, content creators, agents, and independent author service providers who want to move beyond "Social Media 101" to a more robust dialogue about the opportunities in today's rapidly shifting landscape. Read more.
Location: Soho_Complex
Moderated by:
Jacob Lewis (Figment )
Panelists:
Amanda Barbara (Pubslush), Scott James (Red Hat Project), Mark Jeffrey (Glossi.com), Allen Lau (Wattpad)
Join this eclectic panel of innovators as they explore the implications of a publishing future driven not by traditional gatekeepers, but by communities of readers and writers curating and interacting with content in many forms. Read more.

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