Mr Tan Min-Liang
Outstanding Achievement Award, 2018
Min-Liang Tan, a former lawyer, turned his passion in IT into starting the gaming devices company Razer in 2005. He is the co-founder, CEO and creative director of the company. Min-Liang has been hyper-focused on developing some of the best and most innovative tech, directing and overseeing the design and development of all Razer products. Since 2005, the company has acquired a huge global following and sold millions of gaming laptops, mice, fitness bands and tablets.
Under Min-Liang's leadership, the company has grown from a small startup to one that was included in Fortune Magazine's Unicorn List (private companies valued at US$1 billion or more) in 2015. With backers like IDG-Accel, Temasek Holdings, Intel and Li Ka-Shing's Horizon Ventures, Razer was listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange in November 2017.
"Do the best that you can" and "drive to be the best" are his personal mantras which are clearly manifested by the company's achievements. In 2011, Razer won its first official "Best of CES" award at the prestigious Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and has walked away with the award every year since, making it the only company to win the award six times consecutively.
In recognition of his achievement, Min-Liang was awarded IT Young Professional of the Year award by SCS two years after founding Razer. Min-Liang has been named one of "The 25 Most Creative People in Tech" by Business Insider. He has also been ranked one of the "Top 10 most Influential Leaders in Tech" in 2015 by Juniper research and ranked No 1 of the 30 top South-east Asia Tech Founders by TechinAsia. In 2011, he was awarded the Outstanding NUS Innovator Award by his alma mater, the National University of Singapore and was recognised as one of their Outstanding Young Alumni in 2015. Tan was also named as one of the 40 most powerful people in gaming by Kotaku in their "The Kotaku Power 40" list.