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Alexandra Chong

Alexandra Chong is a Jamaican entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Jacana, a global cannabis company. Jacana cultivates, develops and distributes medical cannabis internationally and in a historic move, it was the first company to export Jamaican medical cannabis flower internationally. She was previously the founder & CEO of Lulu, a mobile app for dating intelligence. Business Insider and AdWeek have recognized her as one of the top entrepreneurs in New York. She launched Luluvise in 2011 and Lulu was released in the US by 2013. It was nominated as TechCrunch's 2013 "Fastest Rising Startup". Lulu was acquired in 2016 by Badoo. Chong was born in Jamaica to a Canadian mother and Chinese-Jamaican father, who won the lottery and started a successful tourism company with the money. She grew up in Ocho Rios. In the 1990s, she played tennis in the women-only Federation Cup. She attended Florida International University on a sports scholarship, and Florida served as one of the main sites for Lulu's launch in US. She's a former member of the Jamaica Fed Cup tennis team and has a law degree from the London School of Economics.After graduation, she worked in the legal department of a music licensing start-up. Before founding Lulu, Chong had a position in Upstream, a London-based mobile marketing firm.Lulu has been covered by the New York Times, which wrote that Chong started a "take back the internet movement for young women". Her unique idea to bring the reputation economy into the world of online dating also gained coverage by international media, including People, TechCrunch, Fox News, CNN, The New Yorker, The Next Web, Wired UK, among others. In February 2016, it was reported that Lulu was bought by Badoo, which is the biggest dating company in the world. Chong had known Badoo CEO Andrey Andreev since 2011, which is before Lulu had launched. Chong became Badoo's president as part of the deal and moved back to London. She departed Badoo in July 2016.

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