Chalk failure up to experience, then move on to your next idea

Chalk failure up to experience, then move on to your next idea

William Zeckendorf, the American property developer who died recently, is not well known in Hong Kong, but he is credited with literally shaping and transforming Manhattan with his buildings.

Wednesday, 26 February, 2014, 5:20am 1 comment

No matter the trials of living in Hong Kong, dream big and do it

Hong Kong has been a business centre for Asia and the whole world for decades. Photo: Bloomberg

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …" That’s what Charles Dickens wrote about the French Revolution and some people say today’s Hong Kong is more or less in this kind of situation.

2 Dec 2013 - 8:04am 4 comments

Google's Eric Schmidt launches programme to help young Hong Kong entrepreneurs

Executive chairman of Google Eric Schmidt speaks at Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 4, 2013. Photo: AFP

Google chairman Eric Schmidt is visiting Hong Kong today to boost the US technology giant’s ties with local tycoons and the city’s future business leaders.

4 Nov 2013 - 7:38pm 3 comments

Angel investor is really getting started on China

Thinking big comes naturally to Dave McClure, who has already backed some winners with investments by his 500 Startups in Chinese companies. Photo: Edward Wong

Dave McClure of 500 Startups embodies Silicon Valley's famous casualness right down to the frayed hems of his jeans and flip-flops he wears to give a talk at Cocoon, a co-working space for start-ups in Tin Hau. And when he sits down for this interview at the InterContinental hotel to talk about tech entrepreneurship in China, he slips his shoes off under the table and chats with a drink in hand.

7 Jun 2013 - 3:46am

Hong Kong tech start-ups need more active help

Members of the Purpella team with Kevin Yeung (second from left, back row). Photo: Paul Yeung

Studying for his master's degree in 2008 at Stanford University, Daniel Cheng Yuen was struck by how fragmented information was when looking for campus club activities, which run into the thousands.

28 May 2013 - 3:30pm

FringeBacker pulls in crowds and quick funds

FringeBacker website

There was a time when one had to find an angel investor or a private equity fund to translate a great idea into a great business. Now, one can just click a mouse and rustle up millions of dollars by pitching to small-time investors on the internet.

24 May 2013 - 4:40am

Internet proves saviour for traditional bookshop

Desmond Wong says people want a quick and easy way to buy books without having to spend hours shopping around. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

When Desmond Wong Yik-bun came up empty-handed from a search of Hong Kong's bookstores, his quest to find the title he was after took him on the first steps towards a new business. On a trip to Taiwan, he not only found the book but discovered that the island has far more publishers than in his home city. And, crucially for Hong Kong, the island's publishers offer more books in traditional Chinese characters.

20 May 2013 - 4:24am

Generation why

Student Kent Tong launched a marketing firm at the age of 22. Photo: Edward Wong

Kent Tong Ting-hung has one year left for his business administration degree at Hong Kong Shue Yan University and he is already an entrepreneur.

20 May 2013 - 9:52am 1 comment

Hong Kong Club should help innovator group

The HUB (www.the-hub.net) is an association of co-working spaces that currently number 38 globally, including three in Asia - Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo - with another 17 cities approved to open.

19 May 2013 - 3:55am

Incubator company Nest gives budding entrepreneurs their big chance

From left: the Nest team includes Helen Griffiths, Ben Hall, Jake Fisch, Lawrence Morgan and Simon Squibb.

It's Saturday in Sheung Wan and Simon Squibb is explaining the rules of the game for the third time this morning - there will be 15 minutes for the pitch, during which the judges stay silent, followed by a Q&A session and then feedback.

17 May 2013 - 4:55am

Enterprising parents running start-ups from home

Enterprising mums and dads are ditching the corporate grind to run online ventures from home.

Greg Stockdale and his wife Julie consider themselves fortunate parents. They get to have regular meals with their two-year-old daughter Kelly, and take her to the park and swimming pool almost every day.

15 May 2013 - 3:03pm 1 comment

Car-sharing start-up wins investment

Carshare.hk members (from left) Joyce Kan, Thomas Wong, Alfred Lau and Christopher Yeung with their cheque at the CoCoon exchange.

Christopher Yeung and his team said last Friday that they needed investment of HK$620,000 to help get their start-up, Carshare.hk off the ground. On Saturday, they made a small dent in that when they were handed a cheque for HK$20,000.

26 Apr 2013 - 10:47am 1 comment

Few ups, many downs for entrepreneurs

Lisa Cheng Mei-yan, founder and owner of the Sheer lingerie shop. Like many entrepreneurs, Cheng had to overcome obstacles in starting her own business. Photo: May Tse

Many are bitten by the start-up bug in Hong Kong, aka the "world's freest economy". The town celebrates successful entrepreneurs with a fervour people in other cities reserve for film and pop stars.

25 Mar 2013 - 10:24am

Former flight attendant establishes sewing start up in Central

The Sewing Lounge's visual merchandiser Carmen Giraldo (front) and founder Melanie Bell (rear) get down to work. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The Sewing Lounge, based on Lyttleton Road in Central, is a haven for those who want to enjoy a few hours in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with fellow sewers.

24 Mar 2013 - 6:41am

Small is beautiful when it comes to making it big in business

Hongkongers seeking a good living are being offered the chance to become "seed planters, not bean counters" in a university programme aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) account for about 98 per cent of the city's economy and provided 47 per cent of total employment - excluding the civil service - at the end of last year, according to the Trade and Industry Department.

16 Feb 2013 - 3:46am