5 Questions With Martin Haigh, CEO of Ticketing Platform ‘Ticketflap’

Created by Clockenflap founders Mike Hill and Pete Gordon, Ticketflap was the ticketing platform answer to their epic music and arts festival. After listening to Hill’s investment pitch at a bar in Soho, angel investor Martin Haigh (pictured middle) signed on as a seed investor in Clockenflap and was brought on as Ticketflap’s CEO to handle operations full-time.

Before leading the charge at Ticketflap, Haigh traded emerging market equities for the likes of HSBC and Merrill Lynch and has worked in London, New York and Hong Kong and has started and angel funded a number of startups. Besides a background in finance, Haigh also has a serious case of wanderlust. He’s travelled to places such as Antarctica, Colombia and Ethiopia, and believes that his globetrotting adventures have contributed to his entrepreneurial spirit.

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Hong Kong’s Self-Storage Startup ‘Boxful’ Raises US $1.5 Million in Seed Funding

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Despite being home to some of the world’s smallest living spaces, shopping is still the local and expat Hongkonger’s favorite pastime.

Unfortunately, according to real estate broker Colliers, approximately 820,000 Hong Kong households do not have access to a storage room. This bizarre mismatch of accumulating things without the space may be a problem for the consumer, but spells opportunity for the many self-storage startups that are cropping up.

Among them is Boxful, who has just raised a seed round of US $1.5 million from a group of investors in Greater China for their on-demand storage service. The idea is simple: The customer pays HK $49 a month for one storage box, then Boxful provides a free door-to-door pickup service. Each box can fit about 20 pairs of shoes, so if you have larger items such as luggage, golf clubs and sports equipment – Boxful can also accommodate. Of course, all of this can be done via your mobile device whether it’s arranging a pick-up or visual cataloging.

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Startup Saturday Video Recap: ‘Wake Up With Dave McClure,’ With 500 Startups’ Alum 9GAG and Shopline

2015 is off to a speedy start as we featured Dave McClure, founding partner of 500 Startups, at our very first Startup Saturday of the year. The last time McClure was in town was back in May 2013, so we were glad to have him back. If you missed the event and are more visually inclined, we’ve got you covered with a full video.

After Dave’s candid talk on startup ecosystems from around the world (where he said Beijing was second to Silicon Valley in terms of global tech hubs), we also heard from his Beijing-based colleague Rui Ma who gave a talk on the Chinese startup system. Although data from her presentation was only a few months old, Ma said some of the figures were already outdated because of how quickly China’s startup scene has evolved.

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