Startup Grind Opens Hong Kong Chapter; First Event with Founders of StartupsHK on 11 February


Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs, that is now opening a chapter in Hong Kong!

The first event will be on 11 February at the new academy/co-workspace Paperclip and will feature the founders of StartupsHK – Casey Lau, Gene Soo and Jon Buford – in what will be an insightful look back at the beginnings of the startup community in Hong Kong, how it evolved over the past 4 years from 6 people to 5,000, where it’s headed and how StartupsHK helps startups to connect with each other, media, investors and talent and generally insight in the Hong Kong startup scene.

Startup Grind’s Hong Kong chapter heads are Josh Steimle, Amity Wu and Atin Batra – and they will continue on every month with new speakers to be announced on their site and here. We are extremely honoured to be the first guests of this great startup speaker event and we hope to see you there next Tuesday.

The Revolution Will Be Crowdfunded! The Startup Saturday: Crowdfunding 2014 Event Overview


On January 25, 2014, we played host to a sold out Startup Saturday Hong Kong with a very special spotlight on the local crowdfunding scene.

With just over capacity for 150 attendees, the intimate #SUSHK event was catalyst to great synergy between experienced gurus within the crowdfunding realm and those curious about how it works. Simon Chan, a corporate partner with Dorsey & Whitney (one of our sponsors), led the panels with a keynote on disrupting the traditional commercial behavior and legal environment here in Hong Kong. He noted that the crowdfunding community will need to band together in order to embrace this new phenomenon.

In case you missed it, here’s an overview of the dynamic and disruptive ideas that were shared by a symposium of panel speakers from three groups: crowdfunding on Kickstarter, hardware manufacturing in South China, and crowdfunding capital for startups.

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A Hong Kong View of the TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 Conference in San Francisco


I just came back from being totally Disrupted!

As part of my work with SoftLayer Catalyst I just spent 5 days at the biggest startup event in the world – the TechCrunch Disrupt conference from Sept 7-11 in San Francisco. A huge event that starts with a 2-day hackathon over the weekend and then culminates in a rapid-fire series of talks, interviews, panels at the conference with heavy pitching at the Startup Battlefield and most importantly the infamous Startup Alley.

Many HK startups ask me if it’s worth it to go to Disrupt at US$3000 a ticket; plus September is still peak season for flying; and the huge America’s Cup is on driving up hotel prices you are looking at anywhere from HK$40-50K for your 5 day trip there. What you get is a booth for ONE day and access to the conference for the rest. The place IS packed and you meet people from all over the tech industry: potential partners, investors and customers so the validation is great. But it is a gamble as you have to really throw everything into that one day.

I was happy to see one HK startup with deep pockets that got a booth – new startup FoodieQuest – a hot or not food app developed by the people behind Fluid and Nest. I spoke to Simon Squibb and Benjamin Hall and they both said they got some great feedback on the app and good face time with different types of people as well as a front page story on the day that Apple announced the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c!

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