startup communities

Hey Hong Kong Startups — You Know That List? It Doesn’t Matter

Two years ago today I said goodbye to friends and colleagues, got on a plane and left Hong Kong. I had spent just a year in Hong Kong focused on working with the growing number of startups there by running AcceleratorHK and an earlier program called Startup Bootcamp. When I gave a farewell talk at […]

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Judging the Judges

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You’re So Vain

While we talk about lean startup and vanity metrics we also often send conflicting signals. Here are some examples that startup ecosystems create or enable. From what I’ve seen, vanity is the major culprit. The Events Problem Speaker Events. You don’t get any closer to your goal by going to hear a speaker, famous or […]

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When Does a Startup Accelerator Succeed?

There’s a lot written about startup accelerators. At least, there’s a lot written by outside casual observers; very little is written about them from the inside. There are reasons for that. In my experience running an accelerator, I wouldn’t share much about the startups until after demo day (more about why in a later post).  […]

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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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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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No Dave, No Matter

Dave McClure is on a tour of Asia that includes Beijing, Seoul, Taipei and Singapore but not Hong Kong. I’m already hearing people say that this is more evidence Hong Kong is not on the tech map yet. Some also want to bring people like McClure to Hong Kong — as if their visits would […]

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Startup Bootcamp 1.0 Demo Day

Startup Bootcamp 1.0 Demo Day

The first batch of startups graduated from Startup Bootcamp 1.0 recently. Their Demo Day, the first ever in Hong Kong, drew a crowd of over 100 people. Each presenter shared what they built, the process they went through and took questions from the audience. The event was also a great introduction for the new group […]

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Mentors From Three Continents

Mentors From Three Continents

Another great set of mentor visits recently, from Jochen Kleef and Tytus Michalski, both of whom also listened to Bootcamp member pitches and gave feedback. Jochen gave a wide-ranging talk covering: There’s a difference in what you can do in Hong Kong, where the environment is relatively open and changing quickly, and in other places […]

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