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.

podcast - S4BB and SkyDrone at Web Wednesday (V86)

Thanks to Patrick Kosiol for taking the "hot-seat" on a last minute request at our 86th Web Wednesday social mixer on 23rd July, 2014. Listen to his experience as a serial mobile app entrepreneur under S4BB and co-founder of a new flying camera, SkyDrone.

August 4, 2014

Thingful - Search Engine for Internet of Things

Thanks to the BBC Click podcast, I learnt about - a search engine for the pubic internet of things ("IoT"). Find them Twitter (@thingful) and use your own Twitter account to sign up and track your favourite IoTs.

Here is a map of all the odd things that are publicly connected to the internet in Hong Kong, from weather and pollution tracking hardware to ships and Raspberry Pies.

July 29, 2014

Uber at Web Wednesday Hong Kong (V87)

Having run a "soft launch" during the Rugby Sevens earlier this year, Uber has officially launched in Hong Kong this June. They are offering members of Web Wednesday HK$100 off for the first booking. Sign up via this special link.

Essentially a private car service managed conveniently from a mobile app, Uber is here to disrupt the closed nature of this city's taxi services. Their base fare is HK $35 + HK$9.32 per kilometer (or HK$2.00 per minute if stuck in traffic or waiting). There is a minimum fee of HK$50 and a cancellation fee of HK$30. A private limousine from Hong Kong Island to the Airport costs H$600. You're gonna want to spoil yourself for those prices!

Originating in San Francisco in 2009, Uber has entered more than 60 markets worldwide. A June 2014 round of funding placed the company's value at an estimated US$18.2 billion.

They've started the PR machine by tapping into actor Carl Ng and socialite Amanda Strang, who took black "secret Uber" sedans during the launch. Read the article in the South China Morning Post.

Join fellow internet entrepreneurs and digital media executives as we invite Sam Gellman, the head of growth for Uber Asia, to take the hot seat at Web Wednesday Asia on 6th August, 2014 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm at Club 18, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. Entrance fee of HK$100 gets you a complimentary drink and the chance to network with Hong Kong's startup community and digital media executives.

Sign up via Facebook or MeetUp.

Spread the word as Uber will be giving away special benefits that night for all attendees. Follow Uber HK on Twitter (@uber-hk)

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June 23, 2014

Podcast: SmartBuyGlasses Spills the Secrets of Successful eCommerce

What a fab Web Wednesday social mixer we had this month! An honest speaker with a good story to share, a live auction for designer sun glasses and loads of laughs! If you missed the occasion, you can capture the gist of it by listening to this podcast of the interview with David Menning, Co-Founder and CEO of SmartBuyGlasses.

June 9, 2014

Podcast: StyleByAsia talks Culture Curation

Listen to Sandra Smedhall tell us about her new start-up, StyleByAsia. Recorded at Web Wednesday Hong Kong on 7th May, 2014. [Apologies for the slightly mad intro, but I had to involve the dowser in the conversation].

Sandra's team also filmed the interview, an edited version of which they posted to the Style By Asia channel on YouTube.