On Friday, StartupsHK hosted the legendary Walt Mossberg — former principal technology columnist at the Wall Street Journal, creator of AllThingsD and the co-executive editor of Re/Code. Casey Lau, known in the Hong Kong circles as the ‘Startup Morpheus’ quizzed Walt on everything from the fall of Gigaom to his thoughts on what makes a good founder. It was an inspiring, no-bullshit sharing session for an audience of journalists, techies and startups from one of the most influential technology journalists of our time.
Before launching his Personal Technology column, which ran from 1991 to 2013, Mossberg covered national and international affairs for almost two decades at the Wall Street Journal. Despite being lauded by WIRED as ‘The Kingmaker’ due to his incredibly influential reviews, Mossberg is as humble as they come. “The first half of my career, I felt lucky to cover giant historical events in the geopolitical realm. I got to be at the Berlin Wall a couple days after it fell, got to do cool things like that. In the tech part of my career, I got to know people that were also going to be written in the history books as well. It was as if I got into a time machine and could write about the people that invented the car… it’s been a lucky thing for me,” he said.