Last year when I was visiting Hong Kong and met with the Simon Lee & the guys at Bullpoo, they complained that there where not enough web entrepreneurs in Hong Kong. And if there were, they were not aware of each other. I then suggested that the meet up with a few people I had been in contact with and start meeting informally for drinks once a month. Guess what? Today Simon tells me over Skype that the initiative I started have just resulted in the fourth Hong Kong Web Start up Meet up, and they were almost 200! Amazing!
EditGrid hosted the last meetup, Yahoo HK have started to show-up and Catharina Maracke from Creative Commons was there as well. I am really excited about the fact that it was started on my initiative and in one year has grown to such an extent. There is nothing more gratifying than being able to help and connect people with each other.
And of course, what event/group can be taken seriously if they don't have their own Facebook group? Join HK Web 2.0 on Facebook here.
I for sure will come by next time I have an opportunity to join the meetup. Good luck - and thanks Simon for sharing the story.
I had a really good time yesterday hanging out with fellow israeli entrepreneurs and VC's at Herzeliya beach yesterday evening. To my surprise was Om Malik and Andrew Barton (Rocketboom) who I recently spend a few days with at the CRV summit in Phoenix there too. Great vibes, beers and cigars. Networking Israeli style. This is how I really would arrange a conference - By the beach, informal, no stage, no power point,drinks, cigars and cool music. Kudos to my buddy Ouriel and Sagi, Orly and Eyal for arranging it all.
At Web2.0 Expo last month Alex Faaborg, Chris Messina and other Mozilla folks talked alot about Microformats. Alex mentioned how important Browsers are to drive the uptake of it. So here you are guys, Maxthon 2.0 now has a Microformat plugin!
Give me your feedback!
Last week I spend a couple of days on the beautiful Greek island Symi where my father has a little house. Symi i 2 hours off Rhodes by ferry and 40 minutes by hydrofoil.
As probably one of the most beautiful Greek islands, Symi is a mixture between the old & new world. What amazed me was how the majority of the local population still worked in old traditional professions and many of them dependent on the sea.
At the same time, Symi is full of Wifi equipped cafe's and more an more foreigners have started to settle in, at least part time.
The only locals that manages to get a decent education are those that move to Athens or Saloniki. However, the problem is that they usually don't move back to Symi since there is no suitable work for them. This is quite remarkable considering that Wifi is well spread on this little island that still needs to get its water supply by boat twice daily from neighboring Rhodes.
The Greek authorities should invest more efforts to promote Internet entreupreneurism to the people living on the Greek islands. Like this locals could still stay on Symi while running boarder-less businesses something that would raise the educational, professional level as well as attracting people from outside to settle down and invest in remote places like this.
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That's it! What are your favorite MacApps? BTW, as for blogging I use Ecto, but I haven't really found any good blog app for Mac. Wish BlogJet ran on Mac..
The ONLY thing I really miss on my Mac is Maxthon..Firefox, Safari and Opera just sucks. The don't even reach the heels of Maxthon. I guess we really have to make a Mac version...