Kathy Li, Founder & CEO

Anyone can be an entrepreneur. Anyone can be an engineer. Anyone can be a game changer.

The right resources and a determined mind are good ingredients with which to start. The precise recipe varies from individual to individual.

At least that’s what Kathy believes.



As the saying goes, “Things were different back then.”

Kathy graduated from the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. Her research focus was in Artificial Intelligence / Robotics.

At the time of her graduation, A.I. jobs were few and far between. So Kathy started her tech career in a then-disruptive field — namely, the mobile gaming industry.

Kathy is gratified to have lived and worked in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, London, Hong Kong — and she intends for the list to keep growing, still.

Her past employers include both multinational corporations and pre-funded startups alike. To date, she has published 50+ mobile apps worldwide, most of which are best-selling and award-winning games.

(At Bandai Namco in particular, Kathy led a team of engineers to turn Namco classics into their mobile counterparts. Original games were among her projects as well. Several other games she worked on have been published by companies like Sony Pictures and The Walt Disney Company.)


What Now?

Fast forward to many moons later, the tide has turned — A.I. engineers are all of a sudden in dire demand.

But Kathy is no longer interested in getting paid handsomely to build for Corporate America.

Especially not when automation is forecast to eliminate 50% of all jobs in 20 years…

The silver lining is that new job types will be created just as rapidly, if not more so.

In that sense, people who already have a tech background might be able to contribute something to their communities before it’s too late.

Kathy’s goal now, is to empower the next generation of world changers. Where she can, Kathy hopes to help equip people from all backgrounds with the skill set (and mindset) necessary for the career types that may not even exist yet.

Meanwhile, Kathy won’t stop building Buildiful builds alongside great teams.

At Buildiful, we work with schools, students, and professionals from all around the globe.

You are more than welcome to get in touch to find out more about what we do, or how you can join in on the journey.