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

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)

June 30, 2017

William Bao Bean on Camera

If you missed the interview with William Bao Bean, MD of Chinaccelerator at Web Wednesday Hong Kong V108 in June 2017, here's the raw, unedited video recorded on a Mevo Camera. Enjoy and tell us if you'd like more of this type of content?

June 29, 2017

Grow uP eSports - Video Game Tournaments in Macau

Yipee! We have a venue confirmed for our next social mixer (Web Wednesday V109) on 5th July - Eaton House, 5/F, Champion Tower, 3 Garden Rd, Central, Hong Kong. (Just behind the Bank of China Tower, find on Google Maps).

We'll be talking about the video game craze - mobile, console, AR, VR, edugames, advergames, healthgames etc. with Fernando Pereira, President of Grow uP eSports, a non-profit Association that is developing and promoting the eSports industry in Macao, creating exciting international tournaments.

See who else is going from our communities on Facebook (4,920 members), MeetUp (834 members) and LinkedIn (1,542 members).

In her recent "Internet Trends 2017 Report" delivered at the Code Conference in California, Mary Meeker stated the growing importance of video games, "crawling into nearly every facet of our lives online and offline". She added that "gaming is more engaging than Facebook and twice as time-consuming as Instagram". Over 161 million people watch eSports every month and, in China, they are building three new a eSports townships!

Meeker estimates that there are 2.6 billion gamers around the world, up from 100 million in 1995. The gaming industry generated US$100 billion in global revenue last year, with nearly half of that, US$47 billion, coming from Asia. Games are central to defining the overall online experience. In her presentation, Meeker speculated that they may be preparing society for the rise of human-computer interaction.

Apart from the huge influence of mobile in gaming, we will also cover topics such as how to reach the increasingly fickle millennial consumer and why female players are a force to be reckoned with!

Doors open at 6:30pm and we will kick off the fireside chat at 7:20pm or so. HK$100 entrance fee buys you one complimentary drink, high quality networking and the chance to win a ticket to their international tournament and video gaming conference on 1st September in Macau.

Vejo todos vocês em breve!

You can follow Grow uP eSports across the social web, where they have a pretty consistent branding. Couldn't find them on Weibo or WeChat, strangely enough.





LinkedIn (yes, they do take themselves seriously!)

Twitch (watch the live tournaments)