Looking Back to the Future on the Hong Kong Startup Scene

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As a startup ecosystem champion and connector I get asked to do many interviews about startups in Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific (i’m in fact going to be talking about this at the East Meets West 2016 conference in Hawaii next week) I know I have been extremely lax on blogging about the ecosystem so when asked to do an interview I pick ones that will hopefully reach out to the audience intended and generate more awareness for the startup ecosystem.

I was interviewed recently by the Alibaba Morning Post South China Morning Post recently, only to find 1% of it made it into the story that had not much to do with what the story was pitched to me as. So I’ve decided to post the full email interview here in its entirety so you can read my thoughts.

No, nothing controversial just some thoughts that you might like to read in their entirety. Full of typos and all.

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The SCMP Launches New Entrepreneur Magazine; Features WHub and Ambi Climate in First Issue

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We told you about Jumpstart magazine – Hong Kong’s first entrepreneur magazine with a first issue devoted to tech startups and a second issue on foodpreneurs, now the South China Morning Post is stepping into the ring with their version called Inside Entrepreneur which will see both a print version as a supplement in their newspaper and a more reader-friendly online version – which you can download here and throw onto your iPad and read anywhere.

This inaugural issue features 2 of our favourite startups: Ambi Climate and WHub. And check out our cool full-page ad as well as.

Project Startup: Hong Kong’s Digital Community is Launching Start-ups to Rival Other Silicon Centres

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We’re excited to have the South China Morning Post Money supplement publish the story on the Hong Kong startup scene today!

The story by Jenni Marsh and photo by May Tse, covers some of the leaders in the start-up ecosystem in Hong Kong from angel investors to startups to the connectors. It’s a great read and you can try and grab a copy today or have a look at the Scridb document embedded below or follow this direct link to SCMP.com:

Now, tech angels excited by the Tumblr sale for US$1.1 billion to Yahoo! last month and Instagram being acquired by Facebook for US$1 billion last year, want to know, can Hong Kong produce a global tech star?

American entrepreneur Paul Orlando believes so. He saw the city’s “silicon” potential during a trip in 2011. Impressed by its techpertise, digital innovation and attractive taxation laws, all at the gateway to China, the founder of Chatfe and Inticiti Consulting relocated from New York to Hong Kong, positioning himself on what he hopes was the brink of a breakthrough. “I saw the city was ready to grow. A lot of what I experienced reminded me of New York’s tech community in 2008.” What it lacked, he says, was the infrastructure to connect venture capitalists with the right outfits.

Essentially, Hong Kong needed a “scene” – an answer to London’s Silicon Roundabout in the East End or New York’s Silicon Alley in edgy Flatiron and Chelsea (Google’s stomping ground) that would enable like-minded entrepreneurs to network, and give investors a portal to find projects. Casey Lau – a charismatic, social-media man about town – spotted the same weakness several years earlier, and made it his mission to connect the dotcoms.

Have a read of the story and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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