October 12, 2014

Zendesk at Web Wednesday Hong Kong (V90)

For our 90th social mixer on Wednesday 22nd October 2014, the topic is "excellent customer service" with a pioneer in this space, Zendesk. [Follow them on Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus].

Our guest speaker is Michael Hansen, who came to Hong Kong penniless but passionate in 2007. From here, he evangelised Zendesk, a new venture from Copenhagen that was out to "disrupt" the way companies manage customer service.

Described by his CEO as “the big-hearted, big-mouthed so called king of Denmark”, Michael will talk about his many journeys with Zendesk, from home office in Hong Kong to building global teams with a customer centric culture, and to the recent successful IPO on NYSE.

In the first day of trading, the stock leapt 27% valuing the company at close to USD 1 billion!

Michael is an IT sales veteran with more than 25 years' experience in a variety of sales and marketing roles, spanning the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. In 2007, Michael became Zendesk's first 'employee', leaving his executive role behind to begin his entrepreneurial journey - working without a salary for his first two years.

NEW VENUE: Orange Peel, Flat A-C, 2/F, Ho Lee Comm Bldg, 38-44 D'Aguilar Street, LKF, Central. Find your way on Google Maps.

On Wednesday 22nd October, the doors open at 6:30pm and close at 9:30pm, with the talk kicking off at 7:15pm. HK$100 entrance fee, includes one complimentary drink and the chance to mix with the Asian Digerati.

Sign up on Facebook or MeetUp. Be a faithful follower and spread the word far and wide!

Podcast: FireChat talks "off-the-grid" messaging with Occupy Central

If you were too busy protesting on the streets of Hong Kong, here is the podcast of our "fireside chat" with Micha Benoliel, Co-founder of Open Garden who created the peer-to-peer messaging app, FireChat, that was downloaded 500,000 times during the first week of "Occupy Central with Love and Peace" (佔領中環 or 佔中), a civil disobedience campaign more recently coined as the "Umbrella Revolution".

Thanks again to the Internet Society of Hong Kong for the introduction to Micha and to Orange Peelfor providing a last-minute venue with a stage and cosy chairs.

October 6, 2014

FireChat at Web Wednesday Hong Kong (V89)

Venue confirmed for tomorrow's impromptu and highly timely gathering with FireChat co-founder, Micha Benoliel. Follow Micha's recent posts about the Hong Kong protests on Twitter and Instagram, with links to all his social media channels on About.me.

Open Garden is the developer of FireChat, the first off-the-grid messaging app, leveraging peer-to-per mesh networking. News sources state that in a 24-hour period over 100,000 people downloaded FireChat during the Hong Kong #occupycentral #umbrellarevolution demonstrations.

Micha founded Open Garden to make wireless broadband Internet access ubiquitous and deliver a technology for the preservation of Net Neutrality.

Micha also launched Skype In and Skype Out in several European countries so knows his stuff!

NOTE NEW VENUE: Orange Peel, Flat A-C, 2/F, Ho Lee Comm Bldg, 38-44 D'Aguilar Street, Central. Doors open at 6:30pm with the interview at 7:15ish. HK$100 entrance fee, includes one complimentary drink.

Many thanks to Ping Wong and the good folk at Internet Society Hong Kong (ISOC HK) for their introduction.

Admirality, Occupy Central

Podcast: iDreamSky at Web Wednesday (V88)

Returning from a highly successful IPO listing on NASDAQ, Jeff Lyndon joined us at our most recent Web Wednesday gathering to share his experience localising and publishing mobile games in China. His honesty was refreshing and a lesson for many entrepreneurs who get caught up in inflated PR!

Special thanks to the team at Radio Chinwag for mastering the recording.

September 25, 2014

Photos of iDreamSky at Web Wednesday

Good crowd - good chat at last night's 88th Web Wednesday with iDreamSky about mobile gaming in China.  See the photos on Flickr (sample screenshot below)for yourself!

Asian Digerati networking at Web Wednesday

Thanks to Bronney.com for capturing the moment.

September 23, 2014

iDreamSky at Web Wednesday Hong Kong (V88)

It's China Internet IPO time!

So we've invited Jeff Lyndon, former game champion and now Co-founder and President of iDreamSky (乐豆游戏), China's leading independent mobile game publisher, to speak at our 88th Web Wednesday gathering in Hong Kong.

Jeff has recently returned from a successful IPO listing on NASDAQ where they raised US$115M, so will share his story of a Hong Kong entrepreneur helping a Chinese game company to list in the most competitive tech market in the US. Oh yes...we'll also talk plenty about how to design, develop and distribute great mobile games in China.

You can find Jeff on LinkedIn, Twitter and read his favourite clippings on Paper.li.

As for iDreamSky, they are very active on Chinese social media and you can find them on Sina Weibo (303K fans) and Tencent Weibo (17K fans) as well as Facebook (165 likes) and Twitter (25 followers). From these numbers alone, you can see that China is their core market!

Some statistics on their business:

  •  98.3 million active monthly users as of March 31, 2014
  • 40 games but 85% of revenues comes form top three games, “Temple Run” series, “Fruit Ninja” and “Subway Surfers.”
  • Temple Run 2 attracted 30.8 million active users and 10.3 million average daily active users in March this year.
  • Revenue climbed to $40.7 million in 2013, from $3.1 million in 2012, and to $28.0 million in the first three months of this year. It swung to a profit of $5.4 million in 2013, from a loss of $1.5 million in 2012. It earned $5.3 million in the first quarter of 2014. 
And they're obviously continuing in a long line of game developers and publishers by appealing to their male dominated audiences with old fashioned marketing tactics, namely "booth babes"1

Listen to Jeff explain the China market for overseas game developers in the interview below.

Come here the man in person at Web Wednesday Hong Kong on 24th September at Club 18, 18 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. Doors open at 6:30pm with the interview at 7:15pm.

Entrance Fee: HK$100 (includes complimentary drink), HK$50 for students (with proof, fresh from Occupy Central!)

We'll be giving out iDreamSky goodies so spread the word far and wide!

Find out who else is coming via the event invite on Facebook or MeetUp.

August 10, 2014

Podcast: Uber at Web Wednesday (V87)

Uber is the talk of the town! Our last social mixer (Web Wednesday Version 87) attracted over 150 people from all walks of the internet, see the photos on Flickr.

Thanks to Sam Gellman, Head of Growth for Uber in Asia, for sharing the story of Uber and how he has helped launch this disruptive new transport service in London, Stockholm, Shanghai, Singapore and, now, Hong Kong. If you missed the event, listen to the podcast below.