October 22, 2019

Tech Titans of China at Web Wednesday (V120)

All of us who work in tech in Asia know that China is fast becoming the powerhouse that is driving much of the digital innovation, especially in ecommerce, fintech, drones, news and entertainment.

There are disputes as to whether it leads in artificial intelligence, which has become the new battlefield for global dominance.

To help us look under the hood and uncover some stirring truths, we've invited veteran tech journalist, media entrepreneur and China watcher, Rebecca Fannin, to speak about her new book, "Tech Titans of China".

Rebecca has drawn her conclusions from interviews of the top executives from China’s venture and tech ecosystem, including bustling incubators, accelerators, workshops, and networking events. She will share her findings on why she believes China has leapfrogged the U.S. in key areas. One of her sources claims that “China is going to eat Silicon Valley’s lunch.”

Our hosts for this special event will be LinkedIn who's super cool offices are located on 38th Floor of Hysan Place, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. (Find Hysan Place on Google Maps).

Doors open at 6:30pm with the interview beginning at 7:20pm. We wrap up at 9pm.  Space is limited so please pre-register here.

NOTE: The usual door charge will be waived, thanks to our event sponsors at LinkedIn, but all guests will be required to pre-register via the form below in order to attend. See who else is coming via our communities on LinkedIn (1,620 members), Facebook Group (4,888 members), Facebook Page (1,552 likes) and MeetUp (892 members).

July 15, 2019

China Internet Report at Web Wednesday (V119)

Want to peek under the hood of the Chinese Internet? Understand why C2C no longer means Copy-to-China? Learn why BAT is being usurped by MTD?

Join us for our 119th Web Wednesday social mixer, where we have the pleasure of grilling Edith Yeung, the creator of the China Internet Report, and a highly acclaimed cross-border venture capitalist, formerly China Head of 500 Startups, now Managing Partner of Proof of Capital.

Hosted at Levels Nightclub, On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong on Wednesday 17th July. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the talk starting at 7:15pm. The HK$100 entrance fee gives you an incisive interview, high quality networking and a complimentary drink.

We will give 10% of the entrance fees to Edith's favourite charity.

See who else is coming via our communities on:

For those of you who missed Rise, here is their 15 minutes of glory:

And a punchy promo on my LinkedIn profile:

We will be donating 10% of the entrance fees to Edith's favourite charity, The Hub Hong Kong, who's mission is "To give children in our society who are experiencing difficult circumstances an equal opportunity to become valuable members of the community".

May 31, 2019

Payment Landscape Hong Kong 2019

After interviewing 1,000 shoppers, the resourceful team at Tofugear have just released an insightful report on the latest payment trends in Hong Kong.

Sample findings for top payment methods:

  • in-store: cash (88%), Octopus (85%) and credit card (81%)
  • online: credit card (82%), digital wallets (55%) and cash on delivery (24%)

Unlike China, it looks like Hong Kong is moving towards a future with multiple payment options rather than a fully cashless society.

Register here to download the full report (in collaboration with Rakuten Insight and Wirecard).

March 1, 2019

South China Morning Post at Web Wednesday (V118)

Calling all news aficionados and lovers of digital media disruption!

Following on from celebrating its 115th anniversary last year, the South China Morning Post has just launched a new website (scmp.com), employing AI to enrich and personalise content recommendations based on interests, geo-location and reading behaviour. [See the official announcement by the Editor-in-Chief, Tammy Tam].

For our 118th Web Wednesday social mixer, we have the pleasure of inviting Malcolm Ong, Head of Product for the SCMP, to discuss all their new offerings, especially the role of artificial intelligence in personalisation, expanded multimedia content (see links below) as well as the challenges of customising content (and user interfaces) for fickle audiences in the age of bite-size journalism.

We're expecting a good crowd. Save time at the door by pre-booking your entrance tickets here.

Malcolm oversee SCMP’s Product department, which includes product management, product design (UI/UX), engineering, and partnerships across our entire portfolio of brands: SCMP.com, Abacus, Inkstone, Goldthread, and more.

We're back at Levels, 2/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. Doors open at 6:30pm with the interview kicking off at 7:20pm. [Find on Google Maps]

Entrance fee of HK$100 gives you one complimentary drink, top quality networking and an insightful (always entertaining) interview!

Their special sections:

SCMP Spotlight

SCMP Videos

SCMP Podcasts

SCMP Infographics

And my personal favourite, the political cartoon, Harry's View.

Sign up via our communities on social media:
- Facebook Page (1,537 followers)
- Facebook Group (4,900 members)
- LinkedIn Group (1,602 members)
- MeetUp Group (879 members)

See you on March 6th!

January 16, 2019

Live stream - Crypto Predictions 2019

We'll be streaming the fireside chat live onto our Facebook Page (facebook.com/webwednesday) for tonight's 117th social mixer, "Crypto Predictions 2019 at Web Wednesday Hong Kong". If you can't be there in the flesh (free entry + free drinks), you're welcome to join the live video stream.

Hosted at Spaces Sun House, doors will open at 6:30pm and we'll aim to start the streaming video at 7:30pm.

You're welcome to post questions to the live stream and I will select some to fire directly at our two speakers, Kris Marszalek, CEO of Crypto.com, and Mike Kayamori, CEO of Liquid Global.

We'll close off the video around 8:30pm and post it to the Facebook Page.

See you this evening! 今晚見!

January 10, 2019

Crypto 2019 at Web Wednesday (V117)

Happy New Year! The Year of the Earth Pig is fast upon us and we've dug up some golden truffles for you!

We're kicking off 2019 with a double bill, inviting two pioneers to forecast the future of cryptocurrencies, Kris Marszalek, CEO of Crypto.com and Mike Kayamori, CEO of Liquid Global (Quoine), who's flying in specially from Tokyo.

Kris will share the consumer perspective and how Crypto.com is building out a wide range of convenient services that will incorporate cryptocurrencies into our daily lives.

With the lofty vision of "Cryptocurrency in Every Wallet", they have already launched the Crypto digital wallet and card app, the metal MCO Visa card (no annual fees) and recently announced Crypto Chain for transacting in any crypto, anywhere, for free. (Download their mobile app: iOS or Android).

Mike will share the trading side of the crypto business, providing insights on crypto exchanges and the role that blockchain plays in facilitating liquidity in this fast evolving digital economy.

NOTE: This event will be hosted in a super cool, new venue, the groovy ground floor of Hong Kong's latest co-working location, Spaces at Sun House, 181 Des Voeux Road Central. [Google Maps]

In the spirit of celebrating new beginnings, the entrance fee will be waived and the drinks will be generously sponsored by Crypto.com and Liquid Global.

Come discover the future of finance and ecommerce on Wednesday 16th January, 2019.

Register via any one of our online communities:

- Facebook Group (4,900 members)
- Facebook Page (1,506 members)
- LinkedIn Group (1,594 members)
- MeetUp Group (876 members)

Here is Crypto.com's promo video (great energy)!

Their CEO summarising the "roller coaster ride" of 2018 with a teaser preview of what's to come in 2019 with Crypto Pay, by their CMO, Sean Rach:

And a talk given by Eric Anziani, SVP, Group Strategy and Bobby Bao, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Monaco addressed delegates at Consensus 2018 in New York City.

Formerly known as "Monaco", the company raised US$25 million from on ICP in June 2017. According to TechCrunch, around US$10M was used to acquire the "crypto.com" domain from Matt Blaze, a professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania who sits on the board of directors of the Tor Project.

Dive into this intro to Liquid Global:

And an "Ask Me Anything" (hashtag #AMA) session with Mike Kayamori:

November 29, 2018

OnTheList at Web Wednesday (V116)

Calling all bargain hunters!

The Christmas shopping season is fast upon us. Just when we've recovered from the mania of Double 11, Black Friday and Cyber Monday...it's now time for Web Wednesday!

For our 116th social mixer, we'll be talking flash sales and how a young couple of French entrepreneurs, Delphine Lefay and Diego Dultzin Lacoste, are shaking up the luxury retail industry in Asia.

Launched in Hong Kong in 2016, OnTheList has grown from a few pop-up shops to over 150 flash sales and partnerships with over 250 premium brands including Armani, Clarins, Diane Von Furstenberg, Ferragamo, Havaianas and Ted Baker. They have cleared over a million items of previously unsold inventory and have recently launched in Singapore, another shopping haven!

Topics will include:

  • best practices for enticing new members and keeping them coming back 
  • how to use content and social media to built a loyal community of active shoppers
  • the value and challenges of online-to-offline commerce
  • how to expand into new markets without putting your business at risk
  • how to work with global brands that aren't as nimble as startups
  • effective ways to engage millennials
  • the role of blockchain in omni-channel retail
OnTheList will also be making a special offer to our members so make sure you bring a friend or two along in the spirit of Christmas!

Hosted at The Hive Sheung Wan, 3/F Hillier Building, 33-35 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan.

Doors open at 6:30pm, with the fireside chat starting at 7:15pm. The entrance fee of HK$100 gives you one complimentary drink and access to top quality networking. We will be donating 10% of the ticket sales to Operation Santa Claus.

Pre-book your tickets on Pelago.

See who else is coming from our diverse communities across social media: Facebook GroupFacebook PageMeetUp Group and LinkedIn Group.