James Seng

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Country: Singapore
Email: james [at] seng.sg

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James Seng (ChingHong Seng) is an Internet Entrepreneur and Investor. He is the founder and CEO of Zodiac, which has applied for 15 Chinese TLDs.[1] Mr. Seng is also a Partner at Tandem Advisors LLP.[2]

In the early stages of his career, James Seng's mentor Dr. Tan Tin Wee inspired him to work on IDNs to curb the digital divide in Asia. With $24 million in investment from Venture Capital firms General Atlantic Partners and Network Solutions/Verisign, James went on to become the founder and CTO of i-DNS.net. During this time, he was working on the standardization of IDNs as the Co-Chair of the IDN Working Group at IETF. He also stressed the need for IDNs at various forums such as ICANN, ITU and IGF and today, his efforts have helped make IDN an Internet standard.

He was a speaker at APNIC 28, held in 2009.[3]

In 2009, James was appointed to ICANN's ALAC. He represents the Asia/Pacific region, and brings a wealth of experience in IDNs and the Internet communities of the multiple Asian countries he has lived in.[4]

Currently, James is the Vice President of 21Vianet Group, Inc (NASDAQ:VNET)

Career History

  • Vice President, 21Vianet Group, Inc
  • CEO, Zodiac Holdings Limited
  • Chief Technology Officer at Shanghai Synacast Media Tech Co. Ltd
  • Partner at Thymos Capital LLP
  • Assistant Director at IDA (Institute for Defense Analyses)
  • Chief Technology Officer at i-DNS.net International Inc.



  • 2004, developed Tomorrow.sg, a popular meta blog in Singapore [14]
  • 1998, founded i-DNS.net and served as its Chief Technology Officer for 3 years.
  • 1995, developed PObox, a web-based email and forwarding service. PObox is licensed and commercialized by Singapore Press Holdings
  • 1994, designed Singapore InfoMAP, the official Website of Singapore
  • 1993, developed a multiplayer role-playing online game called the Heroes of the Lance