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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.