September 25, 2014
September 23, 2014
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.
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
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.
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
Thanks to the BBC Click podcast, I learnt about thingful.net - 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
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)