Off the Beaten Path Startup Communities

When I gave my Farewell, Hong Kong Startups talk last month I summed up the year running Startups Unplugged, AcceleratorHK, and We Are HK Tech, some things that didn’t work and some suggestions for Hong Kong’s future. The last thing I did in the talk was to commit to a few future pieces of work, […]

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Four simple things that make a better accelerator experience

With a growing number of startup accelerators, bootcamps and incubators out there, here are some tips for having a good experience once you’re in a program. This comes from running two startup accelerators (three-month full-time programs) and three bootcamps (three-month part-time programs). Be Coachable. Disagreeing with feedback is fine and necessary at times but be […]

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How I Tried To Be a Better Startup Weekend Judge

Working with early-stage startups through the Lean Startup Bootcamp and AcceleratorHK, I get to see how lots of people test ideas and build their startups. I also get to see how lots of people want to rush off and build in the beginning, before they know whether their ideas are any good. I’ve also seen […]

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The Recommended Daily Intake Approach to Startup Activities

You’ve probably seen the “Recommended Daily Intake” used as a way to gauge how much of a particular nutrient or substance we should ingest in a given period. I was thinking about how startup people spend their time and ended up writing this table of “Recommended Startup Activity Intakes” for early-stage startups. Reading popular tech […]

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The Two Sides of Demo Day You Might Never See

I loved yesterday’s AcceleratorHK demo day and what the six startups have achieved in a short time. I thought that this would be a good time to talk about the action takes place before and after demo day. As with many things in life, the real story is not where the attention is. There are two […]

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Parental Controls

Hi, Hong Kong university students. Your parents mean well. They want to do what they think is right for you. But when it comes to career choices in Hong Kong, especially when you want to do something less conventional in your work, you face strong parental pressure to take a corporate job. And that may […]

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Startup Weekend Toolkit

Here’s a Startup Weekend Toolkit I put together after mentoring and judging. It’s a lot of info, so it’s best to read this before you go since you will be busy enough (and sleep deprived) during the weekend, but these resources will save you lots of pain. Startup Weekend isn’t a hackathon or a business […]

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Going Gonzo to Build a Better Bootcamp

Hunter S. Thompson practiced Gonzo journalism, a format where the reporter participates in the story. Here’s the start of the Gonzo startup bootcamp. In my experience, if you’re an early-stage entrepreneur and working with someone like me to learn Customer Development techniques, you will have some common troubles. One of the most common ones is […]

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Why Startup Lists Don’t Matter But You Read Them Anyway

It just turned 2013 in Hong Kong and I feel like it’s 2008 in New York. Usually when I say that it’s because the startup growth I witnessed (and hope helped) in New York years ago reminds me of what I’ve seen in Hong Kong recently. This time, however, I’m talking about the latest in […]

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School’s Out

A few years ago when I started working on a social voice service I thought a potential customer segment was college students. I spoke to around 120 students to test the concept. During that time I learned a lot about design and UX but also realized that this segment did not have the problems I […]

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