Hong Kong’s Spincle Launches at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco

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The Spincle team just launched their app at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco making them the second HK-based team to launch there after MailTime 2 years ago!

You can read the full article here and watch their pitch video and download the app for iOS here.

Launching today out of TechCrunch Disrupt SF’s Startup Battlefield, Spincle is aiming to bring VR content capture to mobile in a way that’s highly shareable.

Quite a few apps have tried their hands at being the Instagram for 360-degree content. They’ve failed for the pretty obvious reason that 360 capture devices are only in the hands of VR nerds and particularly adventurous photographers. The connectivity of 360 cameras and the smartphones people are using to post content often requires multiple apps and way too much patience on the part of the user.

The rebirth of the panorama as a 360 photo has been a bit of an odd rebranding brought about by Google’s Cardboard platform and the proliferation of cheapo headsets. This evolution has also brought about something called the “magic window” or headset-less VR, where you can spin the phone around you and have a bit of a virtual reality experience.

Very excited for this team – they have come a long way in the past year. We will await their return to follow up with them to learn more.

Cyberport Sending Startups to Bay Area from 7-13 September for ‘HKICT Delegation to USA’

Silicon-Valley The Bay Area’s startup scene is like a well-oiled machine that startups in the east often look up to.

While Hong Kong-based startups have the unique advantage in hardware, logistics, finance and eCommerce, our entrepreneurs can certainly learn a great deal from an established ecosystem like Silicon Valley. As our young tech startup scene turns an estimated five this year, Hong Kong entrepreneurs need to continually educate themselves in order to build a sturdy foundation for the years to come.

Which is why Cyberport will be sending a batch of startups to Silicon Valley from 7 – 13 September in the ‘Hong Kong ICT Delegation to USA’ to facilitate this.

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Will Your Startup Represent Hong Kong at TechCrunch Beijing this August?

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After kicking tail and taking names at two Singapore-hosted tech conferences this year, our startups have yet another opportunity to make us proud.

At the upcoming TechCrunch Beijing 2014 themed ‘The Red Hardware’, Cyberport is offering a one-day booth (valued at RMB $5,000) to their subscribers for free. Besides showcasing their products, startups will also have a chance to enter into ‘Startup Competition.’ More details on that here.

In terms of eligibility for ‘Startup Competition,’ they’re looking for companies specializing in the technology, media and telecommunications field (TMT) that are in talks to raise a Series A round and are launching for the first time to the public and the press. Preference will be given to innovative, new model ideas (not copied into China), and while hardware products are favored, software is certainly welcome.

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