StartupsHK: Taking Old Hong Kong to New Hong Kong

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My presentation on Startups Monday (20.06.2011) featuring Snapshock, Hiwave Dry Seafood, and more...

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StartupsHK: Taking Old Hong Kong to New Hong Kong

  1. 1. Taking Old Hong Kong to the New Hong Kong Peter Choi @snapshock / @hiwavesg / @meepoll
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>My startup history – lessons learnt </li></ul><ul><li>Hiwave Dry Seafood – the Google experience </li></ul><ul><li>Snapshock – 3D photos </li></ul><ul><li>Networking beyond startups </li></ul><ul><li>Mingle time! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Peter Choi <ul><li>MSc MBCS PMP CISA CISSP </li></ul><ul><li>7 jobs in 8 years (“strategic” hopper…) </li></ul><ul><li>Committee member, BCS (HK Section) </li></ul><ul><li>First startup: 2004 (newsy) </li></ul><ul><li>Taekwondo coach for 16 years </li></ul>
  4. 4. 2004 : newsy.com <ul><li>Web based RSS reader </li></ul><ul><li>Cause of death: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too young </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lessons learnt: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UX > functionalities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Domain name trading is something! </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. 2007 : iPhoto.org <ul><li>Syndicate of photography blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons learnt: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No automation for e-marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not rely on advertisement income </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 2005-2006 : SayiLove & StarryGift <ul><li>A place for love declaration </li></ul><ul><li>Cause of death: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Job security (team psychology) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>QC on outsourcing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Too slow (morale issue) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lessons learnt: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Train to manage your emotion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ditch “perfection” </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. 2008 : Hiwave Dry Seafood <ul><li>http://hiwave.starrygift.com </li></ul><ul><li>Family business for 3 gens </li></ul><ul><li>Physical store at Sai Kung </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese wedding betrothal gift </li></ul><ul><li>iPhone apps – soup recipes “ 日行一膳 ” </li></ul><ul><li>Featured in Google market report “The Connected Harbour” </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.connectedharbour.hk </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Video? </li></ul>
  9. 9. 2008 : Hiwave Dry Seafood <ul><li>Minimal setup cost: blog, open source, social media, SEO </li></ul><ul><li>Secured inventory and supply chain </li></ul><ul><li>Google added: </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive network </li></ul><ul><li>Press and PR (a lot…) </li></ul>
  10. 10. 2008 : Hiwave Dry Seafood <ul><li>Lesson learnt </li></ul><ul><li>ENDURANCE </li></ul><ul><li>不死才 是硬道理 - 馬云 , 阿里巴巴 </li></ul>
  11. 11. 2010: _____________ <ul><li>http://www.snapshock.com </li></ul><ul><li>Photo slideshows </li></ul><ul><li>Transform 2D photos to 3D </li></ul><ul><li>Universities collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution independent </li></ul><ul><li>Coming soon: iPad, iPhone, Android apps </li></ul>
  12. 13. 3D? Do we need glasses?
  13. 14. <ul><li>Lesson learnt </li></ul><ul><li>FAITH </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain unwavering faith; </li></ul><ul><li>Confront the reality </li></ul><ul><li>- Stockdale Paradox </li></ul>2010: _____________
  14. 15. Networking Beyond Startups
  15. 16. To Conclude… 三十而立, 四十而不惑, 五十而知天命, 六十而耳順, 七十而從心所慾矣。 《論語‧為政》 - 孔子
  16. 17. <ul><li>Peter Choi </li></ul><ul><li>Co-founder and CEO, Snapshock </li></ul><ul><li>(852) 95285565 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@peterchoi </li></ul><ul><li>@snapshock / @hiwavesg / @meepoll </li></ul>

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