Ku Worldwide

Pop-Culture and Publishing M&A, Business Development and Strategy Advisor

Kuo-Yu Liang 梁國瑜 (he/him)

Provide advice on mergers, acquisitions, divestments, partnerships, strategy and business development.

Who is Ku:

  • Focus on anime, audiobook, book, collectibles, comics, distribution, events, games, graphic novel, manga and webcomics.

  • Launched Diamond Book Distributors to sell books, collectibles, games, graphic novels & manga in 71 countries.

  • At Random House published Star Wars, Terry Brooks, Lord of the Rings, Anne McCaffrey, Halo, Major League Baseball, Doctor Who and Garfield.

  • Worked on the global events portfolio at ReedPOP including New York Comic Con, Comic Con Africa, Comic Con Seoul and BookExpo.

  • Serving on the Book Industry Charitable Foundation board supporting book & comic store employees. Also serving on the advisory boards of Shelf Awareness, Sharjah International Book Fair, GeekGirlCon and Reading With Pictures.

  • Served on advisory boards for Bertelsmann, Lucasfilm Licensing, and ReedPOP Global Strategy Group.

  • Have been interviewed by CNN, Project Anime, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal.

  • Have been a speaker at New York Comic Con, Int'l Game Developers Association, Anime Expo Lite, Writer Fest Nashville and World Webtoon Forum.

  • in 2021, launched Ku Worldwide LLC.

  • Have worked in a bookstore, sold video games, led an ebook team. Have done business in Australia, England, Japan, South Africa and United Arab Emirates. Ku has seen the elephant.

Contact me: ku@kuworldwide.com

What I do

Mergers & Acquisitions

Help clients sell whole companies, shares, divisions, or selected assets.

Strategy

Advise companies on strategy, partnerships and joint ventures.

Business Development

Help companies expand into new products and markets.

"A part of good science is to see what everyone else can see but think what no one else has ever said"

Amos Tversky

Business Development Leadership panel for the International Game Developers Association

Watch me on the International Game Developers Association leadership in business development panel, and interviewed by CNN about the 2018 Comic Con Africa launch.

I speak to comic book lawyer Gamal Hennessy about understanding your rights as a creator as part of Project Anime.

At New York Comic Con 2021: I speak to Frank Cho and Erik Ly, about their experiences as Asian Pacific American creators.

News

  • Ku was a guest on the Future of Digital Manga panel at SaturdayCon in January, 2022.

  • Ku was a guest on the Saturday FM podcast in December, 2021.

  • Ku spoke at WriterFest Nashville in November, 2021.

  • Ku has been named to the board of directors at Book Industry Charitable Foundation , GeekGirl Con and Reading With Pictures.

  • Ku was a speaker at Beyond Games 2021, The World Webtoon Forum 2020, The IGDA business development leadership panel 2021, Anime Expo Lite 2021 (as moderator) and Kids Comics Insider 2021.

  • Ku have been interviewed by CNN, Reuters, Comic Con India Geekly, ICV2, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal.

  • Ku attended ComicsPRO, ABA Winter Institute, ALA Booklist webinar on graphic novels & manga, GAMA Expo, SLJ Middle Grade Magic, US Book Show, New York Comic Con, PAX West, Rose City Comic Con, Emerald City Comic Con and Sharjah International Book Fair in 2021.

Press & Publications:

  • Comment in Project Anime on 2022 anime & manga industry predictions (January, 2022)

  • Comment in Publishers Weekly about the return of New York Comic Con (October, 2021)

  • Comment in Project Anime about the Crunchyroll-Funimation unified anime subscription experience (September, 2021)

  • Interviewed by Publishers Weekly about the return of in-person comic cons (July, 2021)

  • Interviewed by Publisher Weekly podcast about Marvel and Penguin Random House entering the comics business together. (April, 2021)

  • Co-wrote an Op-Ed in Project Anime about the future of pop culture conventions after Covid. (March, 2021)

  • Written the 2021 Library Journal annual graphic novel & manga preview. (April, 2021)

  • Interviewed by journalist Rob Salkowitz about Marvel going to Penguin Random House for comic stores distribution. (March, 2021)

''Kuo-Yu is perhaps the most connected, respected, and strategic thinker I've ever met in the pop culture space. He knows and appreciates how the markets operate at a global level, and can piece it all together with a perspective that is unrivaled.

Most importantly though he truly, genuinely cares about people that work in this industry and wants folks to succeed, and will move mountains to help others.''

– Guy ''Yug'' Blomberg, Founder, Game Industry Gathering