Ivan Yuen and Allen Lau

Founders, wattpad

Toronto Life - - The Fifty Most Influential 2018 -

the brain trust be­hind the ama­teur fic­tion start-up had a smash­ing 2018, grat­i­fy­ing in­vestors who’ve poured $147 mil­lion into the plat­form so far. The Kiss­ing Booth, a schlocky Wattpad orig­i­nal, was turned into a Net­flix spe­cial and peaked as the fourth most-searched ti­tle on IMDB in June. In Oc­to­ber, Yuen and Lau, evinc­ing a do-gooder streak, part­nered with Na­tional Ge­o­graphic and asked writ­ers to sub­mit en­tries on the global plas­tic cri­sis. up next: De­vel­op­ment of Un­der Glass, a novel by a Wattpad con­trib­u­tor named Sam Mars­den. The TV and film rights were just snapped up.

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