INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY | Krisana Gallezo-Estaura, Singapore

Former Youtube exec joins an American startup expanding in Singapore

Joining him in Singapore is a former Google executive.

Victorious, a mobile platform that powers superfan communities for the world’s biggest creators, is now expanding its global footprints in more than 12 new countries, including the UK, Japan, and Singapore. To support this expansion, Victorious recently opened offices in London and Singapore and hired a team of former Google and YouTube executives who have strong expertise in dealing with content creators.

In essence, Victorious allows Internet stars from YouTube and Instagram build their own applications. Ranging from individuals to media companies, they can house all of their multimedia content (i.e. photos, videos, memes, GIF, and etc) in their own apps, interact more deeply and directly with their fan communities and unlock new revenue streams.

To date, the platform has launched 50+ mobile communities representing 150M+ fans worldwide. Further, there have been more than 2 million pieces of content created by fans across Victorious-powered apps and they have placed 10 of these apps in the top of the charts on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Victorious bills itself of having an all star team of engineers, designers, product and creative leaders. Its CEO is Sam Rogoway who founded the TripUp, a tech firm which launched the world’s first App show called Braindex. The CTO is Mike Todd who previously acted as CTO and VP engineering of OpenX Technologies, Inc. and senior engineering manager at Google Inc. Bing Chen, the CFO, previously worked as YouTube’s global head of creator development & management. Finally, Victorious executive chairman Dean Gilbert, recently served as management coach and senior advisor at YouTube. Further, two former Google executives will be based in Singapore to oversee the operations in the region. They are: Anthony ‘Tony’ Zameczkowski, VP and Managing Director International, and Jacob Zacharia, the general manager for APAC and the Middle East. Tony was a former director of YouTube Music Asia Pacific and has worked 8 years at Google. Jacob, on the other hand, was former head of sales for Google in the Philippines.

Singapore Press Holdings Media Fund is an investor in Victorious Inc.

Who is Tony?

Tony, 37, holds a global managerial position to build the business globally. He brings more than 15 years of experience in the media industry as he leads Victorious.

Before joining Victorious, Tony spent 6 years at Warner Bros and 8 years at Google. According to him, he has been fortunate to work in four different locations namely London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He was one of the first executive working for YouTube outside of the US and was involved in launching in European and Asian countries including Singapore.

Tony shared with SBR that he resigned as director of YouTube Music for APAC in February to join his former colleagues, Dean and Bing at Victorious to run its international operations.

According to Tony, they have chosen Singapore as their international base for its high mobile penetration, advanced infrastructure for a mobile-focused company and a great environment for international startups. In line with this, they will be launching in the Asia Pacific region with some of the biggest Asia Pacific creators including, Beauty & fashion vloggers, Bubzbeauty and Chloe Morello with their 3.8M and 1.3M fans, respectively; K-Pop star's Jay Park with his 1.2M fans; Singaporean comedy channels, Tree Potatoes and Night Owl Cinematics with 311k fans and 394k fans, respectively; and more to come.

Further, Victorious plans to work closely with the Media Development Authority (MDA) in Singapore to run workshops and enhance the local and regional creative communities.


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