Angelo Ngai

Angelo is an entrepreneur focused on social technology, particularly technology to improve how we network professionally. An avid sociology student, he remains highly interested in the potential of tweaking social systems to produce better outcomes for both individuals and collectives. Before coming to NYC to start his current project ( he spent a number of years in China working as a translator, assisting local academics with researching the problems that arise in traditional family structures within developing economies.

Describe the Impact of a Project you’re focused on.

Social technology has so much potential to improve how goal-oriented social networks function, but an unfortunate a combination of breakneck development speed and business factors led to the dominance of social media as the only widely successful paradigm of online networks. This has pretty bad consequences ranging from the irritating (useless content) to the frightening (digital cesspools that become echo-chambers for the worst of human tendencies). Our current project ( is trying to create a viable model for running professional networks that deliver efficient communication, relevant content and incentives for helpful behavior .

What results do you hope for when the impact is amplified?

On a personal level we obviously hope our solution can improve problem-solving across many different types of collectives, not just for professional/industry networks but for philanthropy as well. However, on a higher level I think it would do a tremendous amount of good to demonstrate that online human behavior can be coherently and sustainably organized without regressing to a feeding frenzy for the ever-decreasing bandwidth of human attention.

What do you have to offer as a connector? What can you give as expertise to others?

Advice on just about anything related to an early start-up. Particularly on product development and efficiently allocating resources over the course of building new technology, with an expertise in social tech.