Hong Rich


Hong Rich

Software developer, Confide co-founder

Date of birth: 1988

Place of birth:

Company: Confide, Inc

Position: СТО and co-founder at Confide

Rich Hong is the young CTO at Confide that developed the namesake messaging app.

Very little is known about Rich: he graduated from the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA with a degree in Computer Science. During his studies Rich Hong gained experience to support his knowledge. At his alma mater, he worked as a Cluster Consultant and Research Assistant. Then he interned at McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd., where he was in charge of the firm’s network and computer infrastructure. His following internship at NetApp was far more serious, since he got to develop automation scripts.

Long before going to college, Rich started a few portals, namely Cosmorama Studio and Arts Berry. Unfortunately, these projects have been shut down since.

After graduation, Rich Hong was invited to head the Software Engineering Department over at Yext. Rich was responsible for designing and developing the infrastructure of the company’s main products. Moreover, he actually built the original Yext iPhone app. Once Hong met with Howard Lerman, Yext co-founder and chairman, the two found common ground to work on and continued their cooperation, but on equal terms, as the co-founders of messaging app Confide.



At Confide Rich Hong got to work as the company’s Chief technology officer. He is the man to take credit for the quality of work of the app and all its updates.

Initially, the messaging app displayed only one word at a time, but after much deliberation developers decided to open up entire lines of text.

The app has been having problems with speed ever since its first versions came out. Rich Hong decided to make a change and reprogram the application, so that version 2.0 delivers messages to users at lightning speed.

Hong is always on the lookout for new trends and innovations: Confide has already been adapted to the Apple Watch and a desktop version of the app has been created for business purposes.