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JUN 22, 2016

How Lawrence Ng Built a $200M Company Before He Turned 30

By Stephen Liu

Occupation: Serial Entrepreneur, Investor

Based in: Taipei, Los Angeles

Last Education: University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

 

When others retreat, Lawrence Ng fearlessly advances - and gets results.

When the dot-com bubble collapsed in 2000, investors quickly fled the wreckage. At that time, building an internet-based company wasn’t an attractive prospect.

Lawrence Ng, however, wasn't deterred. He understood how to convert internet traffic into profit, using the search engine optimization and marketing strategies he learned at his previous job at Smartpath (one of the victims in the dot-com collapse).

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JUN 1, 2016

Jason Wang Rules a Xi'an Empire

By Stephen Liu

Occupation: Restaurateur

Based in: New York

Last Education: International Culinary Center (Formerly French Culinary Institute)

 

It takes hard work to run an empire. And Jason Wang has a large one, at that. He’s the CEO and President of Xi’an Famous Foods, a New York City Chinese fast-food chain that currently has 11 locations - and expanding - in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Xi’an Famous Foods has quickly become iconic for its fast, hip, and inexpensive Xi’an fare, with its famed lamb burger starting at just $3.50!

One of those locations is Biang!, an upscale version of the Xi’an brand, named after the sound the noodles make when the dough is slapped against the counter. Just this year, Biang! became a no-tipping establishment, instead giving its employees a wage increase and 15% of the revenue share.

In 2017, Xi’an Famous Foods will have a coveted spot in the upcoming Bourdain Market, a mega food hall by Anthony Bourdain, opening on Pier 57 in Manhattan, fashioned after Singapore’s famed hawker centres.

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MAY 18, 2016

For Toni Ko, Perversion Lies in the Eyes of the Beholder

By Stephen Liu

L'Oreal thought Toni Ko was worth it.

In 2014, the internationally renowned cosmetics company acquired Ko's beauty powerhouse NYX for a rumored $500 million dollars, enough for a lifetime of margaritas sipped at the beach, if Ko had chosen to coast into an early retirement.

But ambitious Ko, who founded NYX at age 25 and established her makeup line as one of the most highly regarded beauty brands in the industry, craved a new reason to drive herself up every morning. Her unique skill set is undoubtedly bridging the gap between high quality products and low price points. So the innovator immediately dove into Round 2.

And PERVERSE was born.

Debuting at Coachella Weekend 1 this year, PERVERSE instantly attracted influencers Kylie and Kendall Jenner, and models Chanel Iman, Suki Waterhouse, Ashley Benson and Olivia Holt at the festival. During Weekend 2, PERVERSE hosted an official meet-and-greet with Arden Cho of “Teen Wolf” and Katherine McNamara of “Shadowhunters”.

Other celebrities spotted framing their faces with Ko’s sunglasses include Jessica Alba, Cara Delevingne and Rihanna.

As for brick-and-mortar stores, coming soon are five physical locations, including Topanga Canyon Mall, Hollywood Boulevard, Culver City Mall, and a flagship store in Downtown LA. On Saturday, May 21, PERVERSE opened their first store in Larchmont Village.

If history repeats itself, we know Toni Ko won’t rest until PERVERSE has all eyes on it.

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JAN 6, 2016

Privy’s 7th Annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, 2016 Edition

By Privy Concierge

Privy Rockin' Eve 2016

Privy swung into 2016 with full ferocity.

Privy had a thriving 2015, so we are all excited about what ambitious milestones are inevitably in store for 2016 - and we have the inside scoop that Privy is revealing first-class surprises in the new year! Last year, we hosted elaborate Rémy Martin and Hennessy Tasting Dinners, a Perfect Pairs Wine Dinner with event partner Chase, a Drinks ‘n’ Chatter night benefiting Nepal's devastating earthquake, a sophisticated Mooncake and Tea Pairing in San Francisco, a Halloween Monster Masquerade Ball benefiting the National Asian Breast Cancer Initiative, a Charity Poker Event hosted by Joe Hahn of Linkin Park, and a special night of Bach at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It was only fitting that Privy ended 2015 with a night of gold-and-white-themed splendor.

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APR 2, 2015

Jenny Wu: A Good, Bad, & Fab Woman

By Privy Concierge

Gallery All

Jenny Wu is a force to be reckoned with. So much, in fact, that the Privy member, fashion lawyer and blogger of good, bad, & fab  was eyed by CBS and subsequently cast on The Amazing Race. This season, The Amazing Race has put a hefty spin on the usual partner dynamic that so many of its viewers identify with today: each contestant on the show is set up with a random partner of the opposite gender. The gorgeous and intelligent fashionista flexed some serious muscle this season by roughing it out in different challenges and navigating difficult communication with her teammate.

We had the privilege of interviewing this good, bad, and fab woman about her life leading up to this monumental moment on national television, her thoughts on love and dating, and what she’s up to next:

PEOPLE

MAR 27, 2015

Gallery ALL: An Artistic Fusion of East Meets West

By Privy Editor

Gallery All

Gallery ALL isn’t your typical art gallery. East meets West in a unique art setting, and with one location in Los Angeles and a second in Beijing, Gallery ALL introduces Chinese and international artists to a steady stream of curators, artists and designers through special events that highlight art and design. The founders of Gallery ALL personally select and showcase the talents of Chinese art both in Beijing and abroad, and recently held an event featuring designs by Naihan Li and Zhoujie Zhang.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with two of the creative minds behind Gallery ALL: Co-Founder Yu Wang, an architect/designer and real estate developer (who founded the gallery with business partner Qingyun Ma, an internationally renowned architect and Dean at the USC School of Architecture), as well as Xiao Lu, the gallery's Managing Partner who is an expert in international PR and marketing. Yu Wang and Xiao Lu took time out from jet-setting between the LA and Beijing spaces to talk with Privy about their inspiration, recent events, artists, and the difference between the L.A. and Beijing art scenes.

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DEC 23, 2014

DINNER FOR 300 - Trio of Privy/Chase Chinese Wine Dinners Test Perceptions and Delight Palates in LA, SF & NY

By Privy Editor

In Fall of 2014, Privy and Chase produced PERFECT PAIRS, a trio of bespoke culinary experiences for Privy members and Chase private clients in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco to test the common perception that it’s challenging, even downright impossible, to pair wines with Chinese cuisine.

    PERFECT PAIRS LA - October 11, 2014

    PERFECT PAIRS NY - November 5, 2014

    PERFECT PAIRS SF - November 12, 2014

A Monster of a Good Time for a Good Cause

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NOV 15, 2015

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The Homecoming of Transpacific Star Daniel WU

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NOV 13, 2015

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Privy Helps Raise $5K for Nepal with Drinks ‘n’ Chatter

EVENTS

By Privy Concierge
JUN 18, 2015

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By Privy Concierge   JUN 18, 2015