9GAG, GoGoVan and AfterShip Discuss the Challenges of Hiring Developers in Hong Kong


Let’s be honest – it is not an easy task to hire developers in Hong Kong. If you have tried with different job listing sites (jobsdb, recruit.net, angel.co, WHUB) but still could not be able to hire a fit developer – you’re not alone.

Startups getting funded do not mean they do not face challenges in recruitment. With a shortage of (startup friendly) developers, I have interviewed Alex Wang , VP of engineering at 9GAG, Steven Lam, CEO & Co-Founder at GoGoVan and Teddy Chan, CEO & Co-Founder at AfterShip for their experience of hiring developers in HK.

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Hong Kong’s AfterShip is Growing Their Development Team After Securing $1 Million in Series A Funding

After raising $1 million in Series A funding from China’s IDG-Accel, Hong Kong startup AfterShip is on a hiring spree to grow their development team.

Currently offering packaging tracking software for online retailers, AfterShip wants to refine its services by providing real-time information for merchants, which will require more technical know-how.

“Right now, we’re focusing on hiring because we only have three people in our team: me, my co-founder and a back-end developer,” said Andrew Chan, co-founder of AfterShip. “We do package tracking for online retailers but we’re missing the data analysis for tracking data to help merchants find out the package delivery times.”

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Hong Kong Startup ‘AfterShip’ Secures $1 Million Investment from Firm that Backed Baidu and Tencent


Hong Kong startup AfterShip has just closed a Series A round of $1 million from IDG Capital Partners (“IDG-Accel”) who has also invested in Mainland Chinese giants Baidu and Tencent.

Providing a platform that improves the package tracking functionality for online retailers, AfterShip has gained serious traction since securing seed funding two summers ago and launching publicly in July 2013. Besides having their tracking APIs and ‘Track Button’ widget integrated with over 180 carriers all around the world, AfterShip has also signed on 15,000 active users including Groupon and Etsy.

Besides its robust customer base and being one of the top apps and extensions on Shopify and eBay, AfterShip is currently tracking 3 million monthly shipments and has reported 25% growth every month.

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