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Yat Siu

Founder and CEO
Outblaze.com
Hong Kong SAR
Yat Siu
Founder and CEO
Outblaze.com
Hong Kong SAR
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1. What does it mean to you to have been selected as a "Global Leader for Tomorrow"?

That remains to be seen by what opportunities the forum will open up, or what opportunities we can open up through the forum. I certainly consider it important to share some of what I have learned so far, including the importance of education, the value of respect for all persons regardless of ethnicity and sex, perseverance, patience, vision, and so forth.

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2. You have been selected by the World Economic Forum for what you have already done in your life, "holding positions of considerable power, influence and responsability". What are the 3-5 things you are most proud of?

I am proud that the company I founded in 1998 now provides services to several million people who rely on us to deliver their e-mail every minute of the day, every day of the week. The volume of information that we deliver every day allows people to communicate with each other, sharing their experiences and feelings, working, researching, playing, etc. In general, though, I think it is often too easy to feel "proud" about our accomplishments, especially if those accomplishments are sizeable ones. One should try to reflect on his or her achievements with a degree of humility. Aside from the moral argument, when you let something go to your head you are not prepared mentally to do good business.

3. The World Economic Forum is "committed to improving improve the state of the world". You will participate in shaping tomorrow's world. What impact would you like to have?

What we have already started to do: connect the world. Obviously we are not the only messaging company in existence, but I believe that e-mail and similar applications of Internet technology have further shrunk the globe in an affordable and relatively simple manner. One day I hope the whole population of the world will have a chance to be on-line in some form or the other; I think that is a worthy goal.

4. The World Economic Forum is also a forum to discuss the present state of the world economy. What is the analysis you would give?

The present situation is rather nebulous. On one hand we appear to have a global recession, but on the other hand we have an increased appreciation for strong fundamentals of business, a globalizing economy and dissolving borders, and some countries (like China) that appear to be bucking the downward trend. I also think that analysts in general have been quite pessimistic following the tragedy of September 11 2001, and although most businesses are probably not enjoying an excess of cash, things may not be as gloomy as previously announced.


Yat Siu
Founder and CEO
Outblaze.com
Hong Kong SAR

Nationality: Hong Kong SAR

Born: 1973

Personal Profile: Yat is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Outblaze, the first company to recognize and anticipate the massive market demand for community-oriented portal services and solutions.

At Outblaze, Yat pioneered both the development and provision of multilingual Internet Community solutions ("portal solutions") for any web site that wishes to offer its own private label portal services without the hassle of developing or purchasing an expensive platform. These portal solutions turn static web pages into dynamic portals through the turnkey addition of specific applications available directly from the Outblaze solutions web site (http://www.Outblaze.com). The most popular services include personalized e-mail systems, calendars, message boards, chat rooms, and other functions.

As CEO, Yat's responsibility is to set the strategic direction of the company, engage in business development, and ensure that all Outblaze departments operate in concert as the company continues to grow. He is also dedicated to increasing the level of general education in Information Technology by using Outblaze as a vehicle for sponsorships, competitions, public services, etc.

Yat began his career in the technology sector working at Atari Germany in 1990. By the end of 1992, he was a shareholder, director, and head of East Coast operations in Boston for Lexicor, a professional graphics software company based in Silicon Valley. By 1994, he was a co-founder, shareholder, and vice president of Radiance Software, a US software development company that was later sold to Silicon Graphics Inc. to become part of the SGI WebForce.

In 1996, Yat moved to Hong Kong and established Hong Kong Cybercity (later renamed Freenation), the first free web page and e-mail provider in Asia. Under his leadership, Cybercity/Freenation grew rapidly to over 320,000 members and was later acquired by a US based investment group. He joined AT&T Solutions in their Systems Integration Practice in 1997 and left after one year of service to found Outblaze in 1998.

Yat holds a degree in music from the Musik Konservatorium Wien.
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