9GAG, GoGoVan and AfterShip Discuss the Challenges of Hiring Developers in Hong Kong

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Let’s be honest – it is not an easy task to hire developers in Hong Kong. If you have tried with different job listing sites (jobsdb, recruit.net, angel.co, WHUB) but still could not be able to hire a fit developer – you’re not alone.

Startups getting funded do not mean they do not face challenges in recruitment. With a shortage of (startup friendly) developers, I have interviewed Alex Wang , VP of engineering at 9GAG, Steven Lam, CEO & Co-Founder at GoGoVan and Teddy Chan, CEO & Co-Founder at AfterShip for their experience of hiring developers in HK.

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Hong Kong Startups Come Together to Bring Relief Items to Nepal

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On April 25th, the worst earthquake in over 80 years struck Nepal, killing over 7,000 people. The death toll continues to rise. Hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless. Aftershocks continue to rock the country, further damaging already weakened infrastructure and buildings. People need our help.

donatefornepal.org is a project to raise critical relief items (tents, tarpaulins and water purifiers/ water purification tablets) for Nepal from the Hong Kong community. We’re working with many Hong Kong startups to bring the relief items quickly to the people in need. [Read more…]

Here They GoGo Again: Hong Kong’s GoGoVan Raises US$10 Million in Strategic Investment to Enter China

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GoGoVan, Hong Kong’s homegrown success story, has raised an additional US $10 million from RenRen Inc. “The Facebook of China” took a 10% stake in the logistics tech startup, becoming a minority shareholder.

Since their launch in July 2013, GoGoVan has been in the fast lane and have established the largest logistics fleet in Hong Kong, having signed up over 20,000 registered commercial vehicles. After successfully testing the expansion waters in Singapore and operating a fleet there with more than 3,000 vehicles, GoGoVan has moved onto Taipei and plan in expanding to Sydney, Melbourne and Seoul by the end of this year.

Remember our post back in February where we named GoGoVan co-founder Steven Lam one of the ‘Top 3 Hong Kong Founders to Watch?’ Back then, GoGoVan already had 12,000+ drivers downloading the app and over 100,000 user downloads and now they’ve scaled up to 74,000 registered drivers and over 500,000 user downloads. And just three months ago, GoGoVan raised a huge series A round of $6.5 million and have now added an additional $10 million to their account to fund their expansion into China. Talk about pedal to the metal.

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