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IMPORTANT announcement regarding Hong Kong Business Owners Meetup Group

From: Terry T.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:53 AM
Hi everybody,

Thank you for reading this email. If you don't have time, please go directly to item 4.

This is Terry Tong, the organizer of Hong Kong Business Owners Meetup Group (HKBO). I have a few (important) things that I would like to tell you.

1. Again, I'd like to welcome all those members who have joined the meetup group in recent weeks. Thank you for your interest and I wish you will have a good time in this community.

2. I apologize for not having responded to some of the messages that I received earlier. I have done a bit of travel during the past few weeks. So I am sorry guys, I didn't actually check my emails or worked at all during that period (I was 'free'). OK, enough excuses (which are most likely meaningless to you) here. But please make sure you read item 4, which is an important announcement.

3. I'd like to thank the following members for their kind input during the past few weeks:

thank you for your recommendation on the Hong Kong start-up website:

Do check it out if you're interested in HK start-up/entrepreneurship related activities.

@GuyAzn,@Christin, and @ern teo:
Sorry, there were no meetups; sorry, if you were disappointed. Hopefully, we (I really hope that we can have more organizers to help organize the meetups) will have many future meetups in this group. Please make sure that you read item 4.

Thanks for your suggestion. It sounds like a good idea. Although, my short answer to your concerns is: probably the only thing that you really need to care about and that actually matters (when you first start out) is to find customers to generate revenue. For other things, you may pay a professional, such as an accountant, to help you (as long as you have revenue, that's not a problem; if you don't, other things probably don't matter either).

Thanks for your insight. Yes, indeed, it's quite challenging to keep the momentum on the meetup group. But as I mentioned in my previous emails, if anyone who is interested in helping out, she may let me know so that I may assign her as a co-organizer. That way, she may organize meetups easily though the HKBO home page (the mini-meetups idea we discussed before). I think it's very important that we make HKBO a group-dependent rather than a person-dependent (the organizer) community (and that I don't have to feel very guilty when there are no meetups because I know there are other people who will also make things happen. This is what I hoped; now it has become a must as you will see why in item 4).

4. I am looking for a successor to organize the HKBO starting from August because I will leave Hong Kong (being physically absent) for about 2 years. I will attend a business school (MBA) in the US so I am afraid I won't be able to attend any future HKBO meetups during that period whether they're still organized by me or not. So we need a few volunteers to keep HKBO going. Otherwise, it will gradually disappear like some of the other meetup groups. Let's keep that from happening.

Currently we have 162 members (although not everyone is active), so it should be reasonable to say that there are some business owners/aspiring entrepreneurs who are interested to take the challenge and keep on building the HKBO community. Don't worry, with 162 members, it's actually easier to organize meetups compared with 1.5 years ago, when where were only a few members.

Actually, I am also a successor myself. From my personal experience, I would suggest that we have a few organizers (who can actually help make things happen) because the key to running a successful meetup, as I have realized, is passion, (which unfortunately fades away more easily than you might think, especially from the frustration you might have, such as not knowing how to make the meetup better, or simply not knowing what to do when you ask for feedback but get none...). So if there is a group of active organizers, when one gets frustrated, the others can still make things happen; HKBO can still move on as a community. Within in a group, you help/support each other; it feels warmer at heart. As I mentioned, it's important that HKBO is group-dependent so that it's easier to organize the meetup group.

So if you are interested in becoming a successor (ideally, we will have a few), please reply to this message, so that we can keep it as a group discussion.

Thanks and have a nice week,
Email: [address removed]

1. If you think that I am lying about attending business school just to find 'an excuse' for leaving the group as the organizer, contact me. I will give you my school email (which I won't disclose here) so that you may send a test message to it (to which I will reply) to verify it.

2. In item 2, the travel is my personal celebration to being admitted by a top school. I hope you will forgive me for having vaporized during that period. Thanks.

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