RISE is Not Just a Tech Conference; it’s All About the Networking on the Ferry, Yum Cha and More!

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Isn’t a technology conference featuring ‘startups’ also just listening to seminars or exchanging a few name cards?

Having chatted with Casey Lau, Head of Asia of RISE, we realised that RISE is not only constrained to the exhibition space and that it will bring the hype all over the community – a number of co-working spaces, on the ferry and even in a car. Startups can exchange intelligence and network even during karaoke or yum cha.

Such an exhibition sounds very interesting!

Aiming to facilitate the interaction and communication among exceptional startups, investors, and global media, RISE is an international startup event organised by an Irish team named Web Summit. Now in its third year, RISE is building on its previous successes and expecting 15,000 attendees to join this year. RISE is undoubtedly this year’s most well-known and anticipated startup event in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong’s Advantages over Singapore in the Startup Game

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Having lived both in Hong Kong and Singapore, perhaps this is one of the most often asked question: Which is better, Hong Kong or Singapore? You’ll find loads of blogs and banter, even charts and lists drilling down to which city is better. To me, it’s really whether you like durians or stinky tofu.

When we were working on the Oddup Hong Kong Ecosystem Report and Oddup Singapore Ecosystem Report, this question came up again. So which is better? Hong Kong or Singapore? So this is how it all began. We mulled and stewed over it, and drew out the entire picture of the startup ecosystems in Hong Kong and Singapore the way we saw it. The opportunities, the deals, the exits, the who’s who, the entrepreneurs, the investors, the regulators, and of course – the coffee.

When looking at the ecosystem, we need to look at without any bias.

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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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