Uber and AirBNB Share their Thoughts on the ‘Sharing Economy’ on 22 September in Hong Kong

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Airbnb, an apartment-sharing platform, and Uber, a peer-to-peer payment ride service, are both startups-turned-global companies contributing to the ‘sharing economy.’ Otherwise known as ‘collaborative consumption,’ the sharing economy is essentially built around the core values of people sharing their resources with one another.

While Airbnb expanded into Asia back in 2011, Uber arrived a little later on the scene early this year and the two companies have been transforming the way we travel and the way we interact with one another since.

Moderated by legislative councilor (IT) and founding chairman of ISOC HK Charles Mok, the event will feature a dynamic panel that will include:

  • Mike Orgil, director of public policy for Airbnb
  • Henek Lo, managing director (Greater China) for Airbnb
  • Sam Gellman, head of asia expansion for Uber

A few questions that the panel will tackle: is Hong Kong an ideal environment for collaborative consumption, and if it is – what is the growth potential? What kinds of challenges (such as regulation) might a startup with a peer-sharing business model have in a place like Hong Kong?

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HK Got Talent: An Event Overview Featuring the Founders of Recently Exited Hong Kong Startups Divide and Cherrypicks

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Internet Society Hong Kong hosted ‘HK Got Talent’ yesterday – an evening of keynotes and panel discussion on the elements of building a successful startup.

As we celebrated almost back-to-back exits of home-grown startups Divide (sold to Google) and Cherrypicks (mobile business sold to NetDragon for HK $236.5 million), we can’t help but feel a sense of pride for our growing tech startup scene.

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Game Hardware Startup Phonejoy Wins First ‘Best Startup Award’ at Hong Kong ICT Awards 2014

This just in – Hong Kong gaming startup Phonejoy wins the very first “ICT Best Startup Award!”

Today’s Hong Kong ICT Awards is one clear indicator that our ecosystem is growing up. For the first time ever since the ceremony launch in 2006, the industry, academia and government backed event added the “Best ICT Startup Award” category to recognize exemplary startup companies in Hong Kong.

We spoke to Ping Wong, secretary-general of Internet Society Hong Kong (also the chairperson of the Organising Committee of the “Best ICT Startup Awards”), the leading organisers for the awards, on the topic. She said that although the startup community isn’t unanimous on the validity of an award concept, 76 startups have applied for the new category this year.

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