- SCMP at Web Wednesday HK (V118)
Calling all news aficionados and lovers of digital media disruption! Following on from celebrating its 115th anniversary last year, the South China Morning Post has just launched a new website (scmp.com), employing AI to enrich and personalise content recommendations based on interests, geo-location and reading behaviour. For our 118th Web Wednesday social mixer, we have the pleasure of inviting Malcolm Ong, Head of Product for the SCMP, to discuss all their new offerings, especially the role of artificial intelligence in personalisation, expanded multimedia content (see links below) as well as the challenges of customising content (and user interfaces) for fickle audiences in the age of bite-size journalism. Pre-book your entrance tickets here: http://pelago.me/SCMPAtWebWednesday We're back at Levels, 2/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. Doors open at 6:30pm with the interview kicking off at 7:20pm. Entrance fee of HK$100 gives you one complimentary drink, top quality networking and an insightful (sometimes entertaining) interview! - SCMP Spotlight: https://www.scmp.com/scmp-spotlight - SCMP Videos: https://www.scmp.com/video - SCMP Podcasts: https://www.scmp.com/podcasts - SCMP Infographics: https://www.scmp.com/infographics And my personal favourite, Harry's View: https://www.scmp.com/photos/harrys-view See you on March 6th! Napoleon Biggs Founder & Chief Innovator Web Wednesday Ventures
- Crypto 2019 at Web Wednesday Hong Kong (V117)
Happy New Year! The Year of the Earth Pig is fast upon us and we've dug up some golden truffles for you! We're kicking off 2019 with a double bill, inviting two pioneers to forecast the future of cryptocurrencies, Kris Marszalek, CEO of Crypto.com, Kariya Mike Kayamori, CEO of Liquid Global, who's flying in specially from Tokyo. Kris will share the consumer perspective and how Crypto.com is building out a wide range of convenient services that will incorporate cryptocurrencies into our daily lives. With the lofty vision of "Cryptocurrency in Every Wallet", they have already launched the Crypto.com digital wallet & card app, the metal MCO Visa card (no annual fees) and recently announced Crypto Chain for transacting in any crypto, anywhere, for free. Mike will share the trading side of the crypto business, providing insights on crypto exchanges and the role that blockchain plays in facilitating liquidity in this fast evolving digital economy. NOTE: This event will be hosted in a super cool, new venue, the groovy ground floor of Hong Kong's latest co-working location, Spaces at Sun House, 181 Des Voeux Road Central.[https://goo.gl/maps/32CD917B8rn] In the spirit of celebrating new beginnings, the entrance fee will be waived and the drinks will be generously sponsored by Crypto.com and Liquid Global. Come discover the future of finance and ecommerce on Wednesday 16th January, 2019. See you next week! Napoleon Biggs Connector/Innovator, Web Wednesday Asia
- OnTheList at Web Wednesday Hong Kong (V116)
Calling all bargain hunters! The Christmas shopping season is fast upon us. Just when we've recovered from the mania of Double 11, Black Friday and Cyber Monday...it's now time for Web Wednesday! For our 116th social mixer, we'll be talking flash sales and how a young couple of French entrepreneurs, Delphine Lefay and Diego Dultzin Lacoste, are shaking up the luxury retail industry in Asia. Launched in Hong Kong in 2016, OnTheList has grown from a few pop-up shops to over 150 flash sales and partnerships with over 250 premium brands including Armani, Clarins, Diane Von Furstenberg, Ferragamo, Havaianas and Ted Baker. They have cleared over a million items of previously unsold inventory and have recently launched in Singapore, another shopping haven! Topics will include: - best practices for enticing new members and keeping them coming back - how to use content and social media to built a loyal community of active shoppers - the value and challenges of online-to-offline commerce - how to expand into new markets without putting your business at risk - how to work with global brands that aren't as nimble as startups - effective ways to engage millennials - the role of blockchain in omni-channel retail OnTheList will also be making a special offer to our members so make sure you bring a friend or two along in the spirit of Christmas! Doors open at 6:30pm, with the fireside chat starting at 7:15pm. The entrance fee (HK$100) gives you one complimentary drink and access to top quality networking. We will be donating 10% off the ticket sales to Operation Santa Claus. Book your tickets online: http://bit.ly/wwhv116tickets See you on Wednesday 12th December at The Hive Sheung Wan. Your host, Napoleon Biggs Founder, Web Wednesday Ventures
- Twilio at Web Wednesday HK (V115)
Calling all multi-tasking, multi-channel messengers! You're invited to our next social mixer on Wednesday 21st November! For our 115th Web Wednesday, we have the pleasure of interviewing Angie Bell, Head of Asia Pacific & Japan for Twilio. Known for its simplicity of use and facilitating customer communication across text, voice and video, Twilio has recently boosted its unified offering by acquiring email marketing platform, SendGrid, for a handsome US$2 billion! We will be talking about the appeal of plug & play customer engagement tools in a world growingly dominated by chatbots, virtual assistants and voice recognition software and how rapidly growing startups are expanding their operations using their cloud-based offerings, such as Flex, Autopilot and Pay. There is more to Twilio than meets the eye as they provide the "intelligent omni-channel plumbing" to the likes of Uber, Zendesk, Didi, Grab, Gojek, Bytedance, Dominos and Marks & Spencers. Hosted at The Hive Sheung Wan, 3/F Hillier Building, 33-35 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan. Doors open at 6:30pm with the hot seat interview kicking off at 7:15pm. An entrance fee of HK$100 gives you one complimentary drink, a captivating talk and high quality networking. Twilio has some super cool gifts that we will use for the lucky draw! Open your APIs and share the invite! Napoleon Biggs Founder, Host & Digital Entrepreneur Web Wednesday Ventures
- The Fight Nation at Web Wednesday Hong Kong (V114)
Feeling physical? Enjoy a good punch up? Mark your diaries for our next social mixer on 29th August. Our special guest speaker will be Matt Eaton, Group Publisher and CEO of Tap Media. We'll be talking about how to build and monetise a cross-media sports empire under his new mixed martial arts (MMA) brand, The Fight Nation. Topics include tapping into the passion and excitement of live MMA fights, embracing streaming video, launching new pay per view models, addressing mobile viewing habits, cracking ecommerce opportunities and building fully engaged fan bases in an omni-channel world. Doors open at 6:30pm with the hot seat interview kicking off at 7:15pm. An entrance fee of HK$100 gives you one complimentary drink, a captivating talk and high quality networking. Reserve your tickets online: http://bit.ly/wwhkv114tickets Venue is the Hive Sheung Wan, 3/F, Hillier Building, 33-35 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Matt is kindly offering our members a HK$200 discount off the inaugural Asia MMA Awards, to be held on 14th September at the Qube at PMQ 元創方. Use the code "webwednesday" when you register via the event website: http://bit.ly/asiamma2018 The fight is on! Napoleon Biggs Call/WhatsApp: [masked]
- NexChange talks Blockchain at Web Wednesday Hong Kong (V113)
"To ICO or not to ICO?", that is the question! There's so much buzz (and froth) around blockchain, crypto-currencies and initial coin offerings that we decided to debunk the myths by inviting Juwan Lee, the co-founder and Director of the Blockchain Centre of Hong Kong to the Web Wednesday hot seat. Mark your diaries for our 113th social mixer at a cool new venue, the Hive Sheung Wan, 33 Hiller Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. After 30 years in the finance world, Juwan's primary enterprise is now NexChange, a venture innovation platform that builds ecosystems around fintech, insurtech, blockchain, AI, healthtech and smart cities. In just two years, his organisation has launched influential communities for "Fintech O2O", "Block O2O" and "Healthtech O2O". Come join us at theHive, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan on Wednesday 25th July, 2018. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the talk kicking off around 7:15pm. Entrance fee of HK$100 includes one standard drink. Happy hour drinks until 9pm. Napoleon Biggs Call/WhatsApp: [masked] Founder - Web Wednesday
- Goxip at Web Wednesday HK (V112)
We all know that ecommerce has shaken up the world of fashion retail and marketing. Oddly enough, we've returned to an era of celebrity, where each purchase decision is highly influenced by the people whom you follow and adore, dahling! Our guest this month is Juliette Gimenez, Founder of Goxip, a Hong Kong-based online marketplace that uses image recognition to help buyers find their desired items. Goxip was previously a winner at RISE in 2015 and raised a US$1.6M seed round from Ardent Capital, which at the time was one of the largest seed-round fundings in South East Asia. In February this year, Goxip secured US$5 million from a group of investors including Meitu美圖 and high society stars, Sabrina Ho and Chryseis Tan. Along with her boundless energy, Juliette has a successful track record in ecommerce, driving multi-million dollars sales for uBuyiBuy (Hong Kong) and LivingSocial (Thailand) and was involved in Cdiscount Thailand’s IPO in November 2014. As you can imagine, we have plenty to talk about! Come join us at Levels on Wednesday 30th May, 2018. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the talk kicking off around 7:15pm. Entrance fee of HK$100 includes one standard drink. Happy hour drinks until 9pm. Spread the good word and see you there, in your glad rags! Napoleon Biggs Call/WhatsApp: [masked] Market Accelerator at Web Wednesday - Hong Kong
- The Rebirth of Digital Advertising at Web Wednesday HK (V111)
Now that Mark Zuckerberg has testified in front of the US Congress and Sir Martin Sorrell has resigned from the helm of WPP, the world's largest advertising group, we thought it would be the perfect moment to discuss the rebirth of the advertising industry at our 111th Web Wednesday Social Mixer. I've invited two speakers from the cutting edge of online advertising: - Dominic Powers, CEO of CtrlShift, whose mission is "to fix a broken industry and give control back to brands and publishers" - Adrian Teh, GM of iPinYou International (品友互动, China’s largest programmatic ad buying DSP provider We'll be talking about how data is changing the way that people trade our attention and where it is all going in a world of increasing privacy awareness and consumer empowerment. Come join us at Levels. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the talk kicking off around 7:15pm. Entrance fee of HK$100 includes one standard drink. Spread the good word and see you there!
- Huawei Mobile at Web Wednesday HK (V110)
After a short break, the godfather of all tech and digital media networking events, Web Wednesday is back in action! Mark your diaries for 6:30pm-9pm on 21st March, where we'll be talking about Chinese brands expanding overseas with Tan Rahman, the former Global Head of Digital & Media for Huawei Consumer Business Group, the 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. We have a sparkling new venue - Levels in On Hing Terrace. Entrance fee of HK$100 includes a fascinating talk, quality networking and a complimentary drink.
- Grow uP eSports at Web Wednesday HK (V109)
Yipee! We have a venue confirmed for our next social mixer (http://www.webwednesday.hk/2017/06/grow-up-esports-video-game-tournaments.html) on 5th July - Eaton House (http://www.eatonhouse.com.hk/), 5/F, Champion Tower, 3 Garden Rd, Central, Hong Kong. (Just behind the Bank of China Tower - see Google Maps (https://goo.gl/maps/8h6kvuhX4J92)). We'll be talking about the video game craze - mobile, console, AR, VR, edugames, advergames, healthgames etc. with Fernando Pereira (https://www.linkedin.com/in/fernandoxpereira/), President of Grow uP eSports (http://growupesports.com/), a non-profit Association that is developing and promoting the eSports industry in Macao, creating exciting international tournaments. In her recent "Internet Trends 2017 Report" delivered at the Code Conference (https://www.recode.net/2017/5/31/15693686/mary-meeker-kleiner-perkins-kpcb-slides-internet-trends-code-2017) in California, Mary Meeker stated the growing importance of video games, "crawling into nearly every facet of our lives online and offline". She added that "gaming is more engaging than Facebook and twice as time-consuming as Instagram". Over 161 million people watch eSports every month and, in China, they are building three new a eSports townships! Apart from the huge influence of mobile in gaming, we will also cover topics such as how to reach the increasingly fickle millennial and why female players are a force not to be ignored! Doors open at 6:30pm and we will kick off the fireside chat at 7:20pm or so. HK$100 entrance fee buys you one complimentary drink, high quality networking and the chance to win a ticket to their Esports Industry Conference on September 1st and to go and watch international pro teams compete at video-game tournaments in Macau. Vejo todos vocês em breve!