Startup Saturday Video Recap: ‘Wake Up With Dave McClure,’ With 500 Startups’ Alum 9GAG and Shopline

2015 is off to a speedy start as we featured Dave McClure, founding partner of 500 Startups, at our very first Startup Saturday of the year. The last time McClure was in town was back in May 2013, so we were glad to have him back. If you missed the event and are more visually inclined, we’ve got you covered with a full video.

After Dave’s candid talk on startup ecosystems from around the world (where he said Beijing was second to Silicon Valley in terms of global tech hubs), we also heard from his Beijing-based colleague Rui Ma who gave a talk on the Chinese startup system. Although data from her presentation was only a few months old, Ma said some of the figures were already outdated because of how quickly China’s startup scene has evolved.

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The Flipter Story: Born in Hong Kong, Grown at Cyberport, Sold to Silicon Valley


Flipter, one of Hong Kong’s startup pioneers (and voted one of HK’s Hottest Startups by HK Business), has been acquired by Silicon Valley’s 1World for an undisclosed sum. The deal was announced last week at the annual ‘AlwaysOn OnMedia’ event hosted by NYC’s NASDAQ offices.

While 1World is a top engagement applications and consumer intelligence company with offices in the US, Europe, India and now Latin America, Flipter is a social polling micro-blogging site for users around the world to share and gather opinions. Taking Flipter under their wing will help 1World develop a suite of tools to better understand consumers while upping the ante on engagement and traffic for their digital clients.

Now operating under the 1World Latin America moniker, Flipter’s founder and CEO Salvador de la Barrera (pictured middle in below image) will be heading up growth and sales as the region’s general manager. Besides offering continued support to product teams, de la Barrera will help transition Flipter customers over to 1World’s multi-lingual publisher platform.

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Hong Kong Design Startup RUBIX Launches Kickstarter Project, Giving Your Smartphone Battery a 60% Boost

Augment We kicked off 2014 with a sold out Startup Saturday event on crowdfunding, and ever since, this year has been bustling with cool news from the community.

While crowdfunding for equity platform Bigcolors fully funded two startups ‘Oddup’ and ‘Verxigo,’ multi-faceted social network Fund2.Me has helped fund seven projects with US $170,000 since their launch in December 2013. In the Kickstarter realm, two Hong Kong projects received full support from backers in the month of March alone. All in all, it’s been a busy time for crowdfunding. See our story on all of these updates.

On our radar is yet another Hong Kong Kickstarter project called AUGMENT from independent design house RUBIX. This campaign particularly piqued our interest because it’s a smartphone battery solution that promises a boost of up to 60%. We had a chat with founder and industrial designer Will Matters to learn more about his startup.

Click here to view and support the AUGMENT campaign

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