5 Questions With Camilo Paredes, Co-Founder and CEO of Grouvly

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UPDATE: Grouvly will have its invite-only launch party on April 22nd 7-9pm @ a secret location. Here’s how to get an invite. – FULL HOUSE

Grouvly’s Co-founder & CEO Camilo Paredes is a young serial entrepreneur in tech industry with years of experience in emerging markets. Before Grouvly, he co-founded Hellofood.com, a Rocket Internet Venture in Latin America, and Duriana, a C2C Mobile Marketplace in Southeast Asia. His passion for building things from scratch, solving complex problems and the desire of controlling his own fate made him start his entrepreneurial journey.

Having backpacked in Asia for 5 months, Camilo saw a unique opportunity in Asian markets, reason why he decided to stay. After building up Duriana from scratch, Camilo embarked to start the Grouvly concept and launched it in Hong Kong in early January 2015. The company secured US$ 200,000 seed funding from international investors within 4 weeks since its launch.
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5 Questions with Tommaso Tamburnotti, Co-founder of Easyship

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Tommaso Tamburnotti (pictured on the left, Reuben Philip Abraham centre, Augustin Ceyrac on the right) is a Co-Founder of Easyship, a platform that offers on-demand logistics solution to eCommerce sellers. Tommaso started his career in investment banking, working for Nomura, in the equity derivatives team based in London.

After that, he spent 2 years as Marketplace Director at Rocket Internet, setting up the team and operations in Malaysia, and Hong Kong.

Easyship is currently in Blueprint’s first batch.

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Why Bitcoin Should Matter to You and Hong Kong

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Almost everything in our life has been impacted by technology that changes the way we do things to be better, faster, cheaper, safer, and smarter—be it in transportation, architecture, communication, etc.

But, if we truly live in a globally-connected world, why are we still paying high middle-man fees, while our banking transactions still take around 3+ business days to go through (and God forbid if your signature on that bank document is slightly off for some reason that day)? There should be a smarter and safer way to make transactions.

In some ways, Hong Kong’s MTR-issued Octopus card has made daily purchases frictionless and fast. Making payments in bitcoins can be just as convenient, and unlike the Octopus that is only useful within the borders of Hong Kong, bitcoins work pretty much like cash without borders. You can use bitcoins to pay anyone in the world in any amount you desire, instantly—even to reload your overseas bank account or pay off that college loan you took out while studying abroad, at a fraction of the cost of traditional wire transfers. “Huge” would be an understatement when talking about the potential that the Bitcoin protocol has in disrupting the world of finance.

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