April 15, 2014

Style by Asia at Web Wednesday (V84)

Mark your diaries for our next social mixer on 7th May at Club 18 with Sandra Smedhall, Founder & Managing Director of Style by Asia.

Style by Asia is a web community based in Hong Kong, gathering individual bloggers who all are connected to the "style space" in one way or another; be it fashion, design (interior and industrial), architecture, photography, graphic design and all kinds of art - basically anything visual which serves as an inspiration to people! Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Sign up on Facebook or MeetUp.

April 14, 2014

Silicon Dragon Breathes fire into Hong Kong's Startup Scene

For a third year in a row, Rebecca Fannin (@rfannin), author, journalist and interviewer of technology start-ups all across world, brings her conference for venture capitalists and budding entrepreneurs, "Silicon Dragon", to Hong Kong on April 15th, 2014 in Cyberport.

Web Wednesday members are begin offered 20% off the registration fee. When booking your tickets on Eventbrite here, don't forget to enter promo code, "SiliconDragonHKpartner", to enjoy the discount. It's worth it!

We were lucky enough to have Rebecca take the hot seat at a previous Web Wednesday gathering back in April last year. Listen to the full interview below:

Last year, I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Vicky Wu, Co-Founder of Zaozao, who then moved her business HQ to New York and is thriving in the Big Apple. She also graced the stage at Web Wednesday and you can hear the interview below:

This year, I will be interviewing Ilissa Howard, Co-founder of Milk and Honey Shoes, where women design their own stilettos and pumps with the click of a mouse. The are getting plenty of press and were recently covered in the New York Times.

You can find them on FacebookInstagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Google Plus. (No Chinese aspirations as yet!).

If you're still not convinced, here is the full rundown for the event this Tuesday...

Registration & Networking: 4PM

Welcome Remarks: 4:30PM
Rebecca Fannin, Founder/Author/Journalist, Silicon Dragon
Susie Ho, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (ICT)
Herman Lam, CEO, HK Cyberport

Keynote Talks: 4:45-5:15PM
Zach Smith, Founder, Makerbot, 3D printing, (New York, Shenzhen)
Ron Cao, Managing Partner, Lightspeed China, (investor in Bitcoin exchange BTC China), Beijing

Tech Chats: 5:15-6:15PM
Elsa Chan, Co-Founder, Jetlun, cleantech (Silicon Valley, Hong Kong)
Jonathan Buford, Founder, Makible, 3D printing (Hong Kong)
Rex Sham, Co-founder, Insight Robotics, robotics technology (Hong Kong, Pearl River Delta)
Patrick Leung, Co-founder, eNano Health, biomedical nanotechnology (Hong Kong)
Ilissa Howard, Co-founder, Milk and Honey Shoes, fashion (Hong Kong, global

VC / Dealmaker Panel: 6:30-7:30PM
Edith Yeung, Partner, Right Ventures  (Silicon Valley)
Jack Jia, Partner, GSR Ventures   (Silicon Valley, China)
Mae Wong, Venture Adviser, Focus Ventures  (Silicon Valley, China)
Cyril Ebersweiler, Venture Partner, SOS Ventures and founder, HAXLR8R  (Shenzhen, Bay Area)
Felix Lam, Managing Director, Red Chapel Advisors  (Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)
Patrick Loofbourrow, Partner, Cooley (China)
Tytus Michalski, Managing Director, Fresco Capital Advisors (Hong Kong, Silicon Valley)
Xing Liu, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital China (Hong Kong, China)

Cocktail reception, dinner and networking 7:30PM

Moderators: Casey Lau, StartupsHK; Egidio Zarrella, KPMG; Morgan Lewis, Nest Investments; Napoleon Biggs, Bolei Digital / Web Wednesday; Rebecca Fannin, Silicon Dragon

March 28, 2014

Battle of the Apps VI - Hong Kong Startups


Calling all entr-app-reneurs!

As a continuation of our popular "Battle of the Apps" series, we are once again inviting app creators, developers and publishers to compete in a live contest in the heart of Hong Kong's entertainment area.

Networking will start at 6:30pm, with the battle from 7:15pm on 16th April 2014 [postponed to 23rd July, 2014] at Club 18, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong.

All apps welcome, be it on iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows, Chrome or Symbian (TV, tablet or smartphone).

Submit your app via this web form.

Each contestant will have 5 minutes to present their creation, followed by questions from the floor. Due to time limitations, there will be a maximum of 10 contestants.

At the end of the evening, the audience will vote with their fingers (old fashioned, analogue stickers!).

The most popular app will win great prizes and a full interview slot at a future Web Wednesday Social Mixer with all the associated promotional benefits.

Sign up to see who else is coming via Facebook or MeetUp.

Do help spread the word so that we can attract a wide range of contestants. Use hashtag "#battleofapps".

Bring your game!(To borrow from the HK Rugby 7s which only has one app, "HK7sBestFan", created by Cathay Pacific).

March 25, 2014

Podcast - Bitcoin, Cryptomex and ANXBTC

Want to learn the real story behind Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies?

Listen to our podcast of the recent interview with two crypto-currency entrepreneurs:

Ken Lo, CEO of ANXBTC Bitcoin Exchange and Dave Shin, Founder of Cryptomex.

Hosted by Napoleon Biggs at Web Wednesday Hong Kong at Club 18, Central Hong Kong on 19th March, 2014. Multimedia editing by the talented folk at Radio Chinwag.

March 20, 2014

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Bitcoin - Web Wednesday V83, a set on Flickr.

Crypto-currency conversations captured on camera! Can you locate yourself here?

March 9, 2014

Bitcoin at Web Wednesday (V83)

Now that the father of Bitcoin, Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, has been unceremoniously uncovered - by Newsweek (re)print edition no less! - the time is ripe for us to look deeper into this crypto-currency craze.

Web Wednesday Asia has invited two Hong Kong entrepreneurs to explain how they plan to make real money from a budding virtual currency:

Dave Shin, Founder of Cryptomex, an ambitious alternative for raising company funds via IPOs (initial public offerings) traded in bitcoins.

In June 2013, Dave cut his teeth raising funds via a bitcoin-based equity campaign on a crowd funding platform called, Bitfunder (now closed down). Dave's startup, DigiMex, raised US$2.5 million worth of bitcoin in 7 days with over 300 bitcoin investors from across the globe. The money is being used to finance a publicly-owned, enterprise-scale, bitcoin mining operation, called "IceDrill". The story was covered on CNN.

Ken Lo, CEO of ANXBTC Bitcoin Exchange, a new marketplace for trading Bitcoins that has just opened it's own bitcoin retail trading store in Sai Ying Pun, West Hong Kong.

Their store opening was covered in Channel News Asia as per the clip below:

They're already building support via Twitter (@AsiaBitCoin) - nice name!, Facebook (@ANXBTC) and Weibo (@AsiaNextGen).

This event is sure to attract a wide range of people, from the startup world as well as the financial industry, so do come an join us for an invigorating evening about the future of digital currency.

Sign up via Facebook or MeetUp.

Doors open at 6:30pm with the interview starting at 7:15pm on Wednesday 19th March, 2014 at Club 18, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong.

The entrance fee of HK$100 (or it's Bitcoin equivalent) includes a complimentary drink and the opportunity to mix with fellow entrepreneurs, social media types, investors, bloggers and digital media folk.

Glam-it! Podcast Live!

Did you miss our most recent interview with Jennifer Cheng, CEO of Chief Glam Girl of Glam-it!?

Thanks to the talented sound masters at Radio Chinwag, you can now listen to it below playing from the Web Wednesday channel on SoundCloud. Our podcasts have been listened to over 10,000 times!