StartupsHK Podcast: Norman Cheung of Boxful Talks About Raising Money in Hong Kong and the Future of Logistics Startups

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This is what hopefully will be the first of many podcast interviews by myself with startup founders talking about things important to startups.

I sat down with Norman Cheung, co-founder and CEO of Boxful.com (beautiful site BTW, and done IN HOUSE!) for lunch this week and recorded this 22-minute interview on his recent Series A investment. I learned a lot from Norman who I met in Shanghai last year when he was in another startup, and I’m impressed that he’s done quite a lot with Boxful since January of this year.

The US$6.6 million he raised from non-traditional investors has given me hope for HK’s startup investment scene. Not only did Norman raise from non-VC’s but non-tech companies. This again proves a main talking point of mine that if you want to do a startup in Hong Kong you need to play to its strengths which is finance, logistics, retail/manufacturing/trading and property.

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Founder to Founder: Shopline Shares Startup Story with Asia Venture Club [AUDIO]

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Introducing Dennis Grady, founder of Asia Venture Club – a new member to the StartupsHK community. Dennis publishes a podcast on startups and entrepreneurship and we are happy to have him as one of our new ongoing columnists. His first piece delves into his interview with Raymond Yip of Shopline.

Raymond Yip got a $50HK gift from his boss on his 10 year anniversary at Citibank. His entire team had been fired and he was unfulfilled with the work he was responsible for doing. It was time for him to jump ship. He had been working on his own side development projects which helped to create a bridge for him to transition out and a way to assess market needs and thats how Shopline was born.

Shopline is a DIY e-commerce platform built specifically for Asian markets.  They have a top tier team and have built a big presence in a short time with over 16000 customers already on the platform (thats just in HK and Taiwan).  They are a mobile ready platform that allows small and mid-sized businesses to manage their own online stores on the go.

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