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Startup Grind Hong Kong Hosts Casey Lau, Gene Soo and Jon Buford (Startups HK)

Startup Grind

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (CST)

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Online booking Ended HK$100.00 HK$1.99
At the door Ended HK$150.00 HK$2.49

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Casey Lau, Gene Soo and Jon Buford, Startups HK

The first Startup Grind Hong Kong event will feature the co-founders of StartupsHK, the foremost grassroots organization for entrepreneurs and startups in Hong Kong.


StartupsHK was founded in 2009 by Casey Lau, Jon Buford, Gene Soo and Daniel Cheng to promote entrepreneurship and to grow Hong Kong as a tech-hub in Asia. It has now grown into one of the most influential startup organisations locally and regionally with its number of members growing daily.

Gene Soo
Soo is a serial entrepreneur and has launched businesses in tech and fashion space. He is a computer engineer by training and has worked in Silicon Valley as an engineer at SanDisk and also at Accenture as a management consultant. Gene has been active in pushing for a better startup ecosystem in Hong Kong and has been involved in technology, mobile, gaming and fashion start-ups space. Gene received his BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineer from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a MBA from Columbia University.

Casey Lau
In addition to being a founding member of StartupsHK and a successful entrepreneur, Lau is currently the Community Development Manager for SoftLayer's Catalyst Startup Program in Asia-Pacific, providing virtual incubator services for startups across the region working with startups in supercharging their efforts from China, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan.

Jon Buford
Buford is the founder of Makible, attempting to change the way products come to market with adaptive manufacturing. In 2010, he also founded BootHK, the first co-work space in Hong Kong. Prior to that, he has a background in robotics, bio-medical, toys, consumer products, and online software where he handled design, development, sales, marketing, and manufacturing.

Agenda   6:30 Networking and Food
7:30 Fireside Chat
8:30 Networking

Hosted By

Joshua Steimle, Director of Startup Grind Hong Kong

Josh is the founder of MWI, an online marketing firm with offices in Hong Kong, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Phoenix, Arizona. He is a contributor for Forbes with a focus on entrepreneurship and startups in Hong Kong, and his writing has also been published in Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Fast Company, TechinAsia, and the South China Morning Post. He holds a Masters of Information Systems Management from Brigham Young University. Josh is also a triathlete, trail runner, and skater. He lives on South Lantau Island with his wife and two children.

Email: josh@mwi.com | Twitter: @donloper

Hosted By

Amity Wu, Director of Startup Grind Hong Kong

Amity is a management consultant in Hong Kong. She has working experience with Accenture and Value Partners. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics & Finance from the University of Hong Kong. Growing up in Shanghai and living in Hong Kong, she has a well rounded point of view of business, social and cultural trends in the region. In her spare time, she is a passionate diver.

Email: amity@startupgrind.com | Twitter: @amityWmm

Hosted By

Atin Batra, Director of Startup Grind Hong Kong

Atin is a branding and marketing professional. A technology enthusiast and a social media fanatic. Armed with an MBA in Communications Management, he set out to work for the world's second largest business newspaper as a Brand Manager. An optimist by nature, he is currently living his dream of being an entrepreneur at the cross-section of his passions: digital media, events and startups. When not working, he's probably watching Indian movies, DJing Indian parties or hiking the trails.

Email: atin@startupgrind.com | Twitter: @batraatin

Local Partners

Paperclip HK

Paperclip is Hong Kong's first dedicated Startup Campus. Paperclip provides space, mentoring and education to innovative entrepreneurs, with a focus on design, technology and sustainability. Our mission is to raise Hong Kong's Startup standards. Paperclip uniquely combines a Startup Academy with Work Space. The academy focuses on the lean startup methodologies and business model canvas tools. The beautifully designed space is 5000 square feet and located in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong's ‘new Central’. It's equipped with office, cowork, meeting, classroom and event space. Paperclip is founed by a Hong Kong born serial entrepreneur, who understands that an entrepreneurs journey is uncertain and success is built on passion and sweat. Paperclip is designed to enable that journey. More information can be found at www.papercliphk.com.

Waffleman HK

Waffleman is a specialty store dedicated to offer authentic Belgian Liege waffles to our customers with freshness, premium quality and customer oriented services. Our products are cooked to perfection in professional waffle machines imported from Belgium, and served with a variety of favours. Waffleman; Shop 407, Stanley, Hong Kong; Tel: +852 3488 2797

Video Cha Cha

Video Cha Cha was started by Stephen Barnes (aka the Hong Kong Visa Geeza) to bring truly affordable website video to the entrepreneur and start up community of Hong Kong. Located next to Coyote restaurant on Lockhart Road in Wanchai, Video Cha Cha studio time costs just HKD999 per hour providing professional quality video footage which you can then produce yourself using readily available Windows or Mac video editing software making high quality website video content finally within reach. We provide all the equipment (camera, audio, lighting, Autocue) and the studio itself allowing you to shoot your footage against a white or black backdrop or on state-of-the-art green stage for chroma key editing if you prefer. It’s quick, convenient and very cost effective. And the best news? By attending the inaugural Start Up Grind Hong Kong event on February 11, you get one hour of Video Cha Cha studio time completely free of charge. No purchase required. It’s just free!

What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

Disclaimer: Startup Grind event ticket sales are non-transferable, non-refundable, and final. If an event is cancelled due to weather, speaker availability, or any other unforeseeable event you will be refunded automatically. If a speaker moves the event date you will have 48-hours to request a refund if you are unable to make the new event date. Please direct any additional ticketing issues to customerservice@startupgrind.com.

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When & Where

Paperclip HK
3/F, Nam Wo Hong Building, 148 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong, 000000

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (CST)

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Startup Grind

Startup Grind is the world’s startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting founders in over 170 cities.

We nurture startup ecosystems in 63 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.

The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Founded in Silicon Valley by Derek Andersen, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010.

To date, Startup Grind has helped 170,000 entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

Startup Grind Singapore was founded in May 2012, we are one of the active grass-root startup communities in Singapore.

More info at http://startupgrind.com/singapore or tweet us @StartupGrindSGP!

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Startup Grind Hong Kong Hosts Casey Lau, Gene Soo and Jon Buford (Startups HK)
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