Past Event: Stanford GSB Chapter of Hong Kong

Cocktail, Monday Evening, 15 June 2015
Speaker Series:
DAWOON KANG, co-Founder & COO, Coffee Meets Bagel
Finding Your True Business Love While Turning Down Mark Cuban on Nat’l TV: How 3 Sisters with 2 MBAs and 1 Dream Created a Revolutionary Dating App, Flipping Conventional Wisdom on its Ear

18:30 Registration
19:00 Remarks, followed by Q&A
20:30 Close
Club Lusitano, 24th floor, 16 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong

Drinks (open bar) & Canapés. Early Bird Credit Card/PayPal Pre-Payment of HKD 380 if made by 23:59 Sunday night 14 June 2015. Post-Deadline/Cash/Walk-In charge will be HKD 580. Please bring exact change if paying in cash/at the door as no change will be provided at the event. No refunds will be provided in the event of no-show/cancellation of attendee reservation.

Registration: To register, please go online and CLICK HERE to RSVP and PAY NOW. Early Bird registration is encouraged. Problems registering or questions?  Please contact Chapter VP Beatrice Wong at

Speaker's Bio
See below

Event Details:

The Stanford GSB Chapter of Hong Kong is pleased to invite you to an evening of cocktails canapés, welcoming Dawoon Kang, a Founding Member of our Chapter based in San Francisco, back to Hong Kong, to discuss her path to co-founding Coffee Meets Bagel (“CMB”) and how she and her two sisters turned conventional wisdom in the dating app industry on its head. CMB today is considered part of the holy grail of the dating trifecta – Tinder, Hinge and, of course, Coffee Meets Bagel.

Founded just over 2.5 years ago, the sisters made waves in the industry only 18 months after founding, they turned down a USD 30 MM buyout from legendary investor Mark Cuban on the television program SharkTank, the largest such offer ever made on the show.  To date, CMB has raised USD 11.2 MM from such investors as WI Harper, DCM Ventures and Lightbank.

The business continues to grow at 20% a week, with 20 million introductions in the USA to date and 80 marriages and has redefined “love on the go”. Despite a crowded market, the Kang sisters felt that the dating app/website rules of the game needed to change. Using a propriety algorithm, the app, leveraging social networks, delivers only 1 match, a “bagel” a day with a 24 expiration window to accept and then a 7 day window to connect. Often teased as the “top graduate” dating site, the app continues to change perceptions and relationships. 

What led a Stanford GSBer from JP Morgan, her sister from HBS from Avon, and a third sister from Parsons School of Design to “leave all that” and take the plunge?  What made them think they could change a widely considered mature industry?  Is it true that Stanford GSBers can still find that perfect match they missed when they didn’t have the courage to speak at the weekly FOAM events on campus? We very much welcome you to hear Dawoon’s experience on building this business from scratch and to join us in welcoming her back to Hong Kong.

Speaker's Bio: 
DAWOON KANG began her career with Avon, prior to joining JP Morgan in its Global Special Opportunities Group. Prior to CMB, she lived & worked in Korea, Japan, 
New York, India & Hong Kong, Dawoon’s undergraduate was at the University of Pennsylvania and she holds an MBA from the Stanford GSB.