SaaStock Lands in Hong Kong May 14-15 to Showcase Software-as-a-Service Startups

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With SaaS eating the world its time to make sure you know what the market opportunities are and how, if you’re a SaaS startup, to up your game.

SaaStock is a huge European conference that is kicking off their first Asia conference right here in Hong Kong – and so we wanted to make sure you all knew about it and had a chance to get involved.

We sat down with founder and CEO Alex Theuma to get a little more insight into his conference and why you should go.

Hi Alex, tell us about about yourself:

Hi StartupsHK, I’m the Founder and CEO of SaaStock. In 2015, while working in SaaS sales, I decided to start a blog and podcast that would help SaaS founders and execs to grow their businesses. I began by interviewing key influencers in the SaaS space, hosting SaaS meetups, and building relationships that would later be crucial when he launched the first SaaStock conference in Dublin in 2016.

What is SaaStock?

SaaStock is a global community of SaaS founders, execs, and investors. Now in its fourth year, our flagship conference is the largest SaaS gathering in Europe with 4,000 attendees over 3 days. In May 2019 we are bringing this experience to Hong Kong with the first edition of SaaStock Asia.

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Hong Kong’s 2019 Budget Allocates Big Budget to Startups

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Thanks Paul Chan! For the first time since we started StartupsHK, the Hong Kong government is really coming up with the cash to support our ecosystem.

Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan delivered his third Budget Speech yesterday with a raft of new monetary sweeteners aimed at promoting the city’s innovation and technology development. We refuse to call it “I.T.” – lets just call it “tech!”

$5.5 billion for the development of Cyberport 5 to accommodate more technology companies and startups. The expansion project is expected to provide about 66,000 sqm of floor area, and include facilities such as offices, co-working space, conference venues and data service platforms.

The budget raises the maximum annual funding under the Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities from the existing HK$4 million to HK$8 million—for each university—starting from 2019-20 to better nurture university start-ups.

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Appedu reveals how it fights the war for talents

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Appedu aims to make learning easier than ever. By providing a crowdsourcing mobile app that allows students to ask any question in one click, Appedu is creating an accessible and high quality learning environment to encourage curiosity and nurture a questioning mind.

As a young start-up, most expect our major challenges to be funding-related, and are often surprised when we reveal that our biggest obstacles lie in attracting top talents. Idea matters, money matters, and execution matters, but behind it all, it is people who drive progress. In our first two years of operation, we have observed a common but worrying recruitment trend: the war for talents is raging in ever greater intensity between well-established, multi-national firms and local start-ups. Hiring the right people to join a start-up has always been as challenging – if not more – as raising funds. Compared to those big guys, we are nobody. Candidates and their family are often sceptical of our business, while some may even question our legitimacy.

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