Anson Tsai: Innovation Never Stops

For serial entrepreneurs, there’s no limit to innovation. Starting up a company, making it successful, and selling it off to larger companies, take a lot of time, patience, hard work, and a steady stream of new ideas. This is something that’s not easy to achieve. One serial entrepreneur who has achieved that and never seems to run out of ideas is Anson Tsai, co-founder of Cardpool, an online marketplace where people can buy, sell, and trade new and pre-gifted gift cards. Cardpool was co-founded by Tsai who served as the company’s CEO until it was acquired by Blackhawk Network in 2011. After the acquisition, Tsai remained with the company and took on the role as Blackhawk Network’s Vice President and General Manager for Cardpool. Tsai stayed with Blackhawk until he left the company in 2013.

Prior to co-founding Cardpool with Timothy Wong, Tsai was already a successful entrepreneur, having already started up his own business. He founded Anywhere.FM, a user-driven online music service. Anywhere.FM users can discover and play music on the web, as well as upload their own music to the site. The company was later on acquired by online music streaming website imeem. Tsai stayed on with imeem as a senior software engineer until the company was acquired by MySpace in 2009.

Before he became an entrepreneur, Tsai honed his skills at Microsoft. At Microsoft, he worked with the Xbox 360 team as a software engineer and program manager. His work with the Xbox 360 team helped revolutionize the gaming and entertainment industry as we know it. Tsai graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree both in Computer Science and in Engineering.

Because of his work with Cardpool, Tsai was able to get a spot on the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Technology list in 2011.


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