Min-Liang Tan’s early career choice was set between two extremes. On the one hand, he was a practicing lawyer in his native Singapore. He was also a passionate gamer with a knack for product development.
Eventually, the law lost out and, in 2005, Tan cofounded computer hardware giant Razer.
Tan's hardware story began a decade earlier, in 1995, when he and future cofounder Robert Krakoff designed what was said to be the world’s first gaming mouse, the Razer Boomslang.
Today, Tan leads one of the world’s largest and most innovative hardware companies, producing, among other things, keyboards, monitors, headsets, and, of course, mouse devices. Razer is proudly grassroots and its products inspire cultlike adoration from fans.
“Our single mantra — 'for gamers by gamers' — has guided us to build a gamer-centric ecosystem for all parts of gamers’ lives,” Tan tells Business Insider. “The global pandemic has cemented gaming and esports as key entertainment options, and Razer continues to be at the center of this trend.”
Tan sees the next frontier for Razer lying in virtual reality. He is a founding member of the Open Source Virtual Reality platform, and earlier this year he announced a $5 million fund to support developers creating content that works across all VR platforms.