Lan Anh Nguyen, reporting for Forbes from Hanoi, where she interviewed Dong Nguyen:
The circumstances surrounding the interview, conducted in
Vietnamese, were as much of a soap opera as his public ruminations
about whether to take down the app. The interview with Forbes took
place in a hotel in Hanoi, with a strict condition that Forbes not
reveal Nguyen’s face. It was delayed several hours, in part
because Nguyen had a sudden meeting with Vietnam’s deputy prime
minister Vu Duc Dam — a remarkable turn of events for someone
unknown a week ago. Nguyen says his parents didn’t even know that
Flappy Bird existed, much less his role in it, until media
coverage spun out of control in the past few days.
The 29-year-old, who sports a close-cropped haircut, appeared
stressed. He smoked several cigarettes over the course of the
45-minute interview, and doodled monkey heads on a pad of paper.