Artificial Intelligence-Powered iPhone Calendar App ‘Tempo’ Launches in Hong Kong

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Tempo AI, makers of an artificial intelligence-powered productivity iPhone app, has expanded to Hong Kong. Since Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures was one of their early investors (they took part in Tempo AI’s seed and series A round), Hong Kong and it’s English-speaking population along with it’s business-focused mentality seemed like the perfect choice.

The Menlo Park-based company has been collaborating with prestigious R&D outfit SRI International (the lab behind Siri) to inject years of AI research and semantic tech into Tempo Smart Calendar – which is focused on improving the daily workflow for business professionals. A few cool features include auto-dialing into conference calls and checking flight statuses – without having to even launch the app.

We interviewed Raj Singh, CEO of Tempo AI, and he told StartupsHK about Smart Calendar and how it’s different from other intelligent personal assistants such as the widely-used Google Now.

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Viss Raises 6-figure Seed Investment for their Hong Kong-based Fashion App


Congrats to Viss – a social media fashion app for iOS and Android based out of Hong Kong and created by Leo Ku.

Viss tells us they have raised seed capital from new angel group 8 plus and will be using the investment for geographic expansion, enhancing on engagement and commerce solutions for brands to capture value on VISS and expansion on media partnership!

Exciting news for app startups in Hong Kong as this is the second big seed funding we’ve seen this year after SnapTee. We are speculating it is in the US$500,000 range. Viss has received quite a bit of traction recently in fashion circles and is looking to bring the fashion photo and merge it with fashion commerce.

Read the whole press release:

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5 Questions with Raphael Cohen, Co-Founder of Hotel Quickly


Raphael is the co-founder of Hotel Quickly.

Raphael worked for Rocket Internet as Managing Director of foodpanda Vietnam and DropGifts Singapore, before joining HotelQuickly as Chief Sales Officer. As serial entrepreneur, he previously founded the online graphic design outsourcing company Corporate Edesign, as well as CGHK Export, a China-focused trading company. Raphael was born and raised in Paris, but lived in Toronto, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong, which is also the reason why he speaks 6 languages and travels so much.

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