Prelude to StartWareHK: Why Hardware Startups Matter to Hong Kong (Again)


PhoneJoy and StartWareHK co-founder Martin Kessler provides this final guest post that leads to tomorrow’s very first start-up hardware meet-up in Hong Kong.

This week, my team’s project Phonejoy is finally starting to ship product to eager Kickstarter backers. Finally— because we are way behind our schedule and because there had been plenty moments of doubt that we would ever make it this far. ☺

Phonejoy Team at Warehouse in Hong Kong: Alex, Martin, Jacques, Leon (from left to right)

We have learnt an extraordinary amount since we first started in early 2012 with the development of Phonejoy. Like every other startup we’ve had our fair share of breakthroughs and of course we’ve, too, committed a ton of mistakes along our journey.

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Hong Kong Hardware Startups Prepare for StartWare HK Meet-up on March 5th at WYND


Are you a hardware startup looking for a home? Three of Hong Kong’s most active founders in the space have joined forces to create StartWare – a community for hardware startups.

Julian Lee of Ambi Climate, Jon Buford of Makible and Martin Kessler of Phonejoy all have one thing in common: they’ve all built successful hardware startups and want to help others in this exciting but often turbulent process.

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The Revolution Will Be Crowdfunded! The Startup Saturday: Crowdfunding 2014 Event Overview


On January 25, 2014, we played host to a sold out Startup Saturday Hong Kong with a very special spotlight on the local crowdfunding scene.

With just over capacity for 150 attendees, the intimate #SUSHK event was catalyst to great synergy between experienced gurus within the crowdfunding realm and those curious about how it works. Simon Chan, a corporate partner with Dorsey & Whitney (one of our sponsors), led the panels with a keynote on disrupting the traditional commercial behavior and legal environment here in Hong Kong. He noted that the crowdfunding community will need to band together in order to embrace this new phenomenon.

In case you missed it, here’s an overview of the dynamic and disruptive ideas that were shared by a symposium of panel speakers from three groups: crowdfunding on Kickstarter, hardware manufacturing in South China, and crowdfunding capital for startups.

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