May 31, 2016

Unless you are part of the prestigious Alpha program at RISE, tickets, like nearly all events, cost money. You are a small start-up with a limited budget. Is it worth going to? Based on our experience last year, and our experience at a number of similar events, here ar...

May 27, 2016

A headline in the FT from 18 May was not good PR for tech firms: ‘Google service books IBM, Citigroup and Microsoft ads to jihadi’s website’.


It turns out that designated terrorist Muhammed Jibril Abdul Rahman has been making thousands of dollars by selling advertising...

May 27, 2016

'The CEO is in town next week and was wondering if you would like to meet up.' These are the seductive words that many tech founders dream of. Do they want to buy me out? How much for? What Ferrari should I buy?


M&A is an established part of the tech sector. Many found...

May 26, 2016

We've all heard about robots taking over the working world. This was wishful thinking until recently, Sure, there had been incremental reductions in the workforce over the years as machines took over, but this was generally in basic tasks relating to the assembly line.


May 25, 2016

With Finnovasia, Hong Kong's leading fintech conference, about to start, it seems like a good idea to look at the future of fintech. After all, every fintech conference asks the same questions: will fintech kill off the banks?


Despite the undoubted benefits of many asp...

May 21, 2016

It may sound completely crazy, but often the hardest part about starting a company in Hong Kong is getting a bank account.


We were told by one very large bank - a bank that promotes itself as start-up friendly - that as we didn't have a trading track record we weren't...

May 20, 2016

 If there's one thing that start-ups worry about more than anything else at the pre-fundraising stage, it's what investors want. 


What Women Want may have been a terrible film, but getting in the mind of people you are trying to attract is exactly what founders need to...

May 16, 2016

There's nothing quite as satisfying as seeing a start-up bloom, especially if you were lucky enough to be part of the decisions and actions that guided it to success.


Whilst tech is my main area of expertise, over the years I have been involved in advising many compani...

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