April 17, 2018

Rebirth of Digital Advertising at Web Wednesday HK

Now that Mark Zuckerberg has testified in front of the US Congress and Sir Martin Sorrell has resigned from the helm of WPP, the world's largest advertising group, we thought it would be the perfect moment to discuss the rebirth of the digital advertising industry at our 111th Web Wednesday Social Mixer on 25th April, 2018.

I've invited two speakers from the cutting edge of online advertising:

- Dominic Powers, CEO of CtrlShift, whose mission is "to fix a broken industry and give control back to brands and publishers"

- Adrian Teh, GM of iPinYou International (品友互动, China’s largest programmatic ad buying DSP provider

We'll be talking about how data is changing the way that people trade our attention and where it is all going in a world of increasing privacy awareness and consumer empowerment.

Come join us at Levels Club, 2/F On Hing Building,  No. 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the talk kicking off around 7:15pm. Entrance fee of HK$100 includes one standard drink.

Spread the good word and see you there!

April 12, 2018

A meeting of the bays! Silicon Dragon is back in Hong Kong (April 19th, 2018)

Over the past eight years, Rebecca Fannin has been linking up the venture capital investment community across the globe and has built a network of 15,000 startups, emerging companies, venture capitalists, angel investors and startup stakeholders under her publishing and events group, Silicon Dragon Ventures.

This year, I'm thrilled to be interviewing Soul Htite, the Founder and Executive Chairman of Dianrong, China's leading peer-to-peer lending platform (recently valued at US$1 billion) along with his early investor, Figo Zhang, Partner at Northern Light Venture Capital.

The tickets are not expensive (under US150) but you can save 25% using discount code "SDHK2018WebWed" when you register for the event. See you there!

Some recent tweets from Dianrong:

March 19, 2018

Huawei Mobile at Web Wednesday (V110)

After a short break, the godfather of all tech and digital media networking events in Hong Kong, Web Wednesday is back in action! (Woohoo! Yeehaa! Ole!)

Mark your diaries for 6:30pm-9pm on 21st March 2018 at Levels Nightclub, 2nd Floor, On Hing Building, On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. (find on Google Maps)

Our guest speaker is Tan Rahman, the former Global Head of Digital Media for Huawei Consumer Business Group, the 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer in the world.

We'll be tackling the question of Chinese brands expanding overseas and the lead in technology that companies like Huawei, Lenovo, Alibaba, Tencent and Meitu are now taking on the global stage.

Doors open at 6:30pm with the talk kicking off at 7:15pm. We wrap up around 9ish.  HK$100 entry fee gives you a complimentary drinks and high quality networking.  Bring a friend as this is going to be a good one!

See who else is coming and, if you haven't already, join our groups on Facebook, MeetUp and LinkedIn.

January 29, 2018

Retail's Cutting Edge - Discount Tickets (31st Jan. @ HKCEC)

Firstly, let me wish you a Happy and Digi-venturous 2018!

At the end of last year, the Web Wednesday Tesla slowed down slightly but we are back up to speed, preparing our next set of networking events and incisive interviews with leading digital media and technology entrepreneurs.

We are also planning to launch a new podcast, beyond the usual interview recordings that you can find on SoundCloud.

And here is an early Chinese New Year gift. As part of InvestHK's StartmeUp Festival, we brokered a special deal with Inside Retail for their "Retail's Cutting Edge Forum" on Wednesday 31st January at HK Convention and Exhibition Centre :  20% off (save HK$300). Use code "WW20" for discount tickets (available until 6pm on 30th Jan) on live.insideretail.hk

Speakers from HKTV, Lazada, Strawberrynet, Yoox Net-a-Porter Group, Jardine Restaurants, Tofugear, J.Crew, Geox, Bluebell and ActiMirror.

Plus six pitch fest finalists: Boutir,  CloudbreakrConnectAR, 3DNA, HK Pharmacorp, MobiJuce and Snap Pop.

November 14, 2017

Hong Kong Tech Unicorns at Silicon Dragon Awards 2017

For the fourth year in a row, I've been invited to grill a promising tech startup at the Silicon Dragon Awards.

My unwitting prey will be Reeve Kwan, co-founder of GoGoVan, which has become Hong Kong's first  "unicorn" - worth US$1 billion -  having recently merged with China-based 58 Suyun (58速运). Both firms are backed by Alibaba funds. [See TechCrunch's unicorn leader board].

Now they have ambitious plans "to become the number one intra-city logistics platform in the world".

Hosted at KPMG's plush offices in Hysan Place, Causeway Bay 5-9pm on 16th November 2017, the event promises to draw a good crowd of promising tech startups, deal-hungry investors, sharp consultants and curious media folk.

Use code "SDAwards17Napoleon" to enjoy a US$10 discount off standard tickets (US$55) when you register here.

The run down is: 3 tech chats, startup pitches, tips from top VCs, awards for the Top Founder, the Top VC and the Best Pitch, followed by a cocktail reception.

Tech Chats

Venture Dealmakers: Panelists and Judges

Moderators and Presenters

July 7, 2017

Video - Grow uP eSports

Ladies & Gents, we present to you the raw, unedited video of our fun fireside chat with Fernando Pereira, President of Grow uP eSports!

Recorded at Eaton House, using Mevo, for our 109th social mixer. (Warning: some rude jokes!). We tried streaming live but the local wifi wouldn't allow us. Enjoy!

Photos - Grow uP eSports

A niche but very inquisitive gang of gaming experts and senior executives from InvestHK, PR companies, investors and curious entrepreneurs attended Grow uP eSports at Web Wednesday HK (V109).

A big "obrigado" to Fernando Pereira for an enjoyable and truly educational conversation and to his partners, Dik Inho Yashmash Jr. and Jens Janssen, and the original Portuguese founder, Telmo Emanuel Ferreira Silva, for being there to support the event.

Our new venue, Eaton House, received an all-round vote of confidence. So "多谢" to you too!

If you're curious as to how we got so many great photos, drop a line my long-term supporter and talented photographer Bronney Hui.

Grow uP eSports at Web Wednesday HK (V109)