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  • Familiar with the professionals in US & UK, I can see the problems that are common to designers everywhere. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I met Kohei back in New York at a US-Japan Innovators network event. I was inspired by his vision and his dedication for the past 10 years! <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> After years of working for large corporations in the US, I wanted to do something meaningful in Hong Kong (and not waste my time & life at another corporate job!) <br />
  • I looked at problems that I care about... and try to work on a solution. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> One of which is how “creators” are so under-valued here in HK! Designers (and IT professionals) are paid 2x to 4x less than their counterparts in the US & UK. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Business owners and managers mistaken themselves as designer! But only care about the bottom line. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Designers are forced work long hours to produce sub-standard crap - a waste of life. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As a result, designers are not connecting directly with the audience / users, so their designs do not directly address the users’ needs. <br />
  • No good designs can come out of tightly controlled Designers, and on top of that, business owners don’t respect Intellectual Properties, they think they can just steal designs from others. For this reason, they don’t think they need to value Designers. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, what is true around the world is that individual designers worry about selling their designs, losing its rights to the manufacturers, or worse, blatantly stolen by them. <br />
  • So what’s the solution? <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing <br />
  • At’s core is its founder, Kohei Nishiyama’s ideal - to help make people’s wishes come true. <br />
  •’s system means that Users work directly with Designers, hence the designs are proven to meet users’ demands. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Designers license their designs to manufacturers through, they retain the rights to their designs. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Manufacturers will handle the production and shipment, CUUSOO will pay designers royalty automatically, so Designers can just concentrate on designing. <br />
  • Since is an established business in Japan, they have historical data to back them up. <br />
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  • Users who submit wishes and users who “vote” for them become “Investors”. <br />
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  • (That’s too bad~) <br />
  • We’re not building a whole new English site for CUUSOO, but rather, we’re putting English contents on the existing Japanese <br />
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  • When the first case has completed its entire life-cycle, we’ll have proven that CUUSOO’s system also works in Hong Kong. We can then move on to duplicate its success by opening to more “wishes” and designs from Hong Kong. <br />
  • There are 2 different levels of Goal. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> For Nick personally, it’s to demonstrate the use of CUUSOO’s system in Hong Kong, prove that it works, market it and get people to come on board. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> For end users, the goal is to have Designers successfully license their designs through, or sell their designs like a “micro business”; Users to get their wishes fulfilled, and manufacturers to sign on and pick up orders from CUUSOO. <br />
  • After the first case is proven successful... <br />
  • Kohei and I also wondered about the risks and other issues that are not foreseen right now... but our thinking is to just take the first step, and carefully navigate our way to make this happen. <br />
  • It won’t be easy, but if we stay our course, endure hardships and work hard, we will succeed. Our struggles will make a good story! <br />
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  • These are my ideals... I think what we’re doing here is very meaningful, and by doing it, I hope to take Hong Kong’s creative industries up a level! <br />
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Bringing CUUSOO style user innovation to Hong Kong Bringing CUUSOO style user innovation to Hong Kong Presentation Transcript

  • CUUSOO in Hong Kong Bringing User Innovation to HK (and the world!) Nicholas Wang
  • Why am I doing this? Unfair Inspired by Kohei Nishiyama A Meaningful Life
  • So what’s the Problem? “Creators” not valued in Hong Kong Suppressed by Business owners No Design Freedom Designs don’t fulfill user needs
  • A Flawed System IPs are not respected Hence Designers are Not Valued Hired Designers are paid for their time Individual Designers sell their Designs
  • CUUSOO to create New World Order!
  • Collect & License Wishes Users Manufacturers Wishes Collect License
  • Designers to Design Designs meet user needs License designs to Manufacturers Designers keep the rights Concentrate on Designing
  • How Good? Best Selling Item in MUJI Annual Sales: €8.2 mil Royalty: €92k MUJI Sofa CUUSOO Index: 100%
  • How Fast? An Idea Became a Product in 18 days MUJI Lamp CUUSOO Index: 100%
  • How Attractive? Users Willing to Pay Double! CEO’s PC CUUSOO Index: 100%
  • Even if not Produced, Idea has its Value 918 customers CUUSOO INDEX: 64%
  • Hypothetical Ideas are listed on CUUSOO
  • User Communities play the role of Investors
  • CUUSOO’s System Evaluates Wishes’ Changing Value Wish Maker License Purchaser
  • Product Development opportunities are Quantified 100% 21% 30% 100% 42% 26% 61% 51% 54% 36% 29% 28%
  • Manufacturers Offer their Estimates Choose plan with Maximum Profit
  • Customers choose their Preferable Price Reserve within Budget
  • But Only in Japan
  • Not Anymore! We’re bringing CUUSOO to Hong Kong (and the World!)
  • We Start Small with just one bag The Kayla Tote bag
  • Complete One Life-cycle On a small scale Designer to act as Manufacturer Once proven, we duplicate
  • The Goal Nick Designers To use CUUSOO’s system in HK License their designs Prove it works Complete Exit Spread the news
  • Dependencies Designers to Submit Designs Users to help Market the Designs Everyone contributes to Growth of Community Manufacturers to Come on Board
  • Risks International Legal issues Payment Issues Trust
  • A Year from Now Our History will become Case Study!
  • Nick’s Wishes Return control to “Creators” Creative Designs Respect IPs Communities to pick ethical manufacturers Manufacturers to keep a clean reputation
  • What You Can Do Participate in design process Marketing - blog, t weeter, facebook... Submit your own wishes and designs Spread the word
  • Feedback? Facebook CUUSOO HK group Nick (cloneofsnake)