From Startup Founder to Book Author: An Entrepreneur’s Journey from Wall Street to Business in China

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I remember Startup Mondays hosted by StartupsHK back in 2010/2011 days in the Hong Kong startup scene.

Each week awesome stories from awesome entrepreneurs.

I was invited to speak at one and was so nervous.

I was known as the “Shenzhen guy in Hong Kong” hopping back and forth in across the China / hong Kong border. I spent time making a full powerpoint slide deck showing how I came to Asia knowing nothing, hustling at the Hong Kong trade show and Canton fair. Learning how to hire, to setup a company, deal with Chinese fapiao receipts.

Discussed the factory quality control problems, the attempted law suits. It was an edge of your seat 2 hour chat I shared with the audience of about 30 people (quite a few for those of you who know how small the BootHK coworking space was in Wan chai! After the sharing session, a lot of people really enjoyed the talk and I was asked to present it in other events in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and eventually in Los Angeles, Florida, and Shanghai at various events.

This became the outline of the book I published today – Destination: China is a book about my story quitting my day job working at a trading assistant on Wall Street in 2007 and moving to the other side of the world to do factory sourcing and e-commerce full-time.

Here is an outline of the book and what to expect:

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Hong Kong’s First Google Digicamp at ArtisTree

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ArtisTree hosted Hong Kong’s first ever Google DigiCamp on Wednesday.

If you’re having trouble visualizing this, think 20,000 square feet of sensory overload: larger than life 3D brand logos (YouTube, Maps, Google+ etc.), mounted TV screens with real-time product demonstrations, projections of interactive games on the walls and of course, a giant domed Android head in the corner.

Basically, it was the amusement park equivalent for Google fans where attendees gave new and existing Google tools a whirl. In the Android corner, the delicious mascot KitKat stood next to fans eagerly waiting to design their own Androidify character for customized tote bags. At the interactive games wall, attendees got to simulate the Google Maps experience by using their body to navigate through the streets of Hong Kong, while others tried out the skydiving emulator; both were created exclusively for DigiCamp.

Exhibits for Art, Copy & Code (a 60 second film build out of code, personalized based on the viewer’s location, the weather and time of day) and 500 Chrome Experiments (showcase of web experiments written by the creative coding community) were also a couple notables.

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Startup Commune: Hong Kong Startups Need A Down-To-Earth Co-Working Space

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We’ve been visiting several collaborative workplaces in Hong Kong recently, and are really excited to see that more people are joining to serve the startups and help develop this community. We had 1,000 square feet of co-workspace in January 2012, and look at us now with almost 20 spaces all over the city –  and we will have 150,000 square feet by the end of this year. The community is growing and we need more offices and venues to get things done. Today we stopped by another one locating at Fo Tan industrial area - Startup Commune, which according to its founder offers the Lowest workplace rent in Hong Kong.

First built up in 2011 by the founder of Lakoo Games, this place has always kept a low profile, which is maybe the reason why most people have never heard of it before. (Don’t worry – with us you won’t miss anything like this) Startup Commune currently has 18 tables in 1200 square feet and offers a HK$980(negotiable) monthly rent to the startups and entrepreneurs. Yes, you read this right. This is definitely the lowest rent for workplaces in Hong Kong as far as we know. [Read more...]