CEO of Privy.net
Stephen Christopher Liu is a social entrepreneur. Over his career, he has been successful at spawning, building and scaling a number of innovative enterprises -- both online and offline. In his latest venture, he serves as the CEO and “Chief Social Capitalist” at Privy.net, a private global network and online/mobile travel platform for a select group of Asia-focused executives, entrepreneurs, artists, celebrities and other influentials.
Prior to Privy, he founded and was President of one of the early streaming video-enabled B2B digital marketplaces catering to the global film and television distribution industry called Reelplay.com, a Forbes-recognized Top 200 B2B Company. At Reelplay.com, Stephen was personally responsible for raising close to $6 million in venture capital from a number of Silicon Valley and Hollywood heavyweights, including Softbank Venture Capital and WaterView Advisors, run by Frank Biondi, Jr.
Moreover, Stephen was able to convince a large portion of the industry (over 25,000 film/tv professionals representing over 30 territories worldwide) to join the Reelplay.comcommunity.
While working a full schedule, Stephen founded the Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) in 1993, served as the organization's founding President from 1993 to 1997, and led the organization from a concept on a napkin to one of the largest Asian Pacific American organizations in United States, now with over 10,000 members. Liu still remains active in APEX today serving as Chairman of the Board. In addition, Stephen is an active commentator on technology, media and Asia -- having spoken at such events as the Luxury Marketing Council, Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF), Red Herring on Hollywood, IFP, eMediatainment World, Digital Media Wire, CalTech/MIT Enterprise Forum and the Softbank Venture Forum (partial list). He received his MBA from the University of Southern California and lives in Hermosa Beach, California.