Coupang is often described as the Amazon of South Korea. But it is much more. The company's Rocket Delivery network provides same-day or next-day delivery of more than five million unique items, claiming that 99.6% of its orders are delivered within 24 hours. It's Dawn Delivery service is even faster, promising to deliver anything by 7am that is ordered by midnight of the previous day.
South Korea’s leading online shopping platform was launched in 2010 by Bom Kim.
Kim was born in Seoul but left Korea at the age of 7. At age 13, he went to boarding school in Massachusetts at Deerfield Academy, where he lettered in varsity wrestling and track and later attended Harvard University. He later attended Harvard Business School but dropped out after only six months.
After interning at The New Republic and starting a student magazine called Current, Kim briefly worked at Boston Consulting Group before raising $4 million to start a magazine called 02138, which …