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Born:May 28, 1975
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Current home: Hong Kong
Occupation: Founder & CEO, MWI, currently focused on MWI Hong Kong. Contributor to Forbes, Entrepreneur, and other publications. TEDx speaker.
Hobbies: Family, friends, skateboarding, reading, writing, triathlon, trail running, drawing.
Books: Workin’ on it.
Copy and paste bio (edit as needed): Joshua Steimle is a TEDx speaker and a writer for Forbes, Entrepreneur, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. He is the CEO of MWI, a digital marketing firm he founded in 1999 which now has offices in Hong Kong and various cities in the U.S, and he is a co-director of the Hong Kong chapter of Startup Grind. Steimle is an expert trainer at General Assembly and regularly presents to various business groups and industry associations. Steimle has been interviewed for TV and radio appearances on topics related to technology, and in Hong Kong where he currently resides Steimle frequently consults with leaders in government on topics related to entrepreneurship, startups, and business. He has held various board positions for non-profit entities and is passionately interested in matters related to adoption, education, entrepreneurship, economics, and government policy. Steimle holds a Masters of Information Systems Management from Brigham Young University (BYU). Steimle started his marketing agency while a student at BYU where he won the BYU Business Plan Competition in 2001. Steimle was also named the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 by the Utah chapter of the Small Business Administration. Steimle lives in South Lantau, Hong Kong with his wife and two children, and is an avid reader, trail runner, triathlete, and skateboarder. He is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka “Mormons”) and served a mission for his church to Manaus, Brazil. He is fluent in English and Portuguese.
Brief Non-Marketing Bio: I was born and raised in Arcadia, California, the youngest of four children. My dad was a rocket scientist for NASA and my mother was a public school teacher. Based on results, my favorite activity as a kid was breaking my arms (1 mountain biking, 2 skateboarding). I grew up reading voraciously, doing some creative writing, drawing a lot, and skateboarding. The only thing I thought I could do for a career was art, so I planned to study at Art Center in Pasadena after high school and perhaps a year or two doing general studies somewhere else. But I’m Mormon, and so at age 19 I went to serve a two-year mission for my church in Brazil where I learned Portuguese. Being in the Amazon jungle for two years changed my mind about a few things, and I decided that when I came back to the US I would study business instead of being an artist. I had run a skate shop while in high school and loved the business side of things, but hadn’t realized until I was in Brazil and was looking at a college pamphlet a friend of mine had that you could study business in college.
I ended up getting a Masters of Information Systems Management from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. But two years before I graduated, while working for the startup that would become Omniture, I decided I couldn’t wait to graduate and started a web design firm. That was in 1999 and today that company is MWI, which I still run. It’s the only job I’ve ever kept for more than five months. Today MWI still does web design, although our focus is on the entire gamut of online marketing services. We like to get involved with our clients as their virtual online marketing department and handle everything from strategy to execution. We make it easy by allowing clients to pay a fixed monthly rate, and in return they get everything taken care of that’s related to online marketing, and a nice set of monthly reports that show that everything is going well. MWI is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, but I am currently living in Hong Kong where I’m opening a branch office of the firm.
I’ve been privileged to write for various publications including Fast Company, Business Insider, VentureBeat, South China Morning Post, Entrepreneur, and Forbes, where I write regularly as a contributor. If you would like me to write a guest post for your blog or publication please contact me, I’d love to.
I’m married to a beautiful, smart woman and we have two young children who have replaced our TV as our source of entertainment. I still enjoy skateboarding, reading, and drawing, and have added trail running and triathlons to my list of hobbies.