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Surprises from launching UXstamps.com

One of the early prototypes for UXstamps.com

I actually had the idea for UXstamps more than a year ago. I was in London at the time and shared the idea with a few mates, the response was “OK”, no excitement, no drama. Still, I went ahead and got a prototype done via Taobao.com. What came back was a rather ugly bulky 3d printed stamp, it kinda worked but was also hideous, the idea was left aside. Fast forward just 2 months ago, I mentioned the idea to a good friend and was encouraged to make the idea happen.
The very first 2016 Prototype for Uxstamps

So I ordered some prototyped, sacrificed on the size of the stamp for cost and launched a website I was remotely happy about. I wouldn’t allow myself to fire up a woocommerce site, Shopify crossed my mind too, but that also took time to set up). The goal was to test demand and that was it. The plan was pretty simple:

  1. Make a super simple website
  2. Get some prototypes made (cheaper the better)
  3. Give it to some friends in the UX industry to try
  4. Share Photos / Videos on Social Media
  5. Buy some ads on Google and FB
  6. Watch response then decide

What I was expecting

When I launched the site in early November, it didn’t even have payment on it, . The “Buy Now” button was actually a mailto link for users to email me if they are interested in a particular stamp, but then I felt it wasn’t really testing demand if people didn’t have to pay, so i setup payment by Paypal. I then made a video shared it on Instagram and FB


The response was “OK”, nothing like the amount of noise I would like. Almost like an afterthought I decided to post it on Linkedin… and bam, i started getting tons of Likes, Comments, Shares and finally Orders!

At the time of this blog post, there had been over 1700 Likes and 120 comments via Linkedin, I’m now even sure if I ever had 7 likes on my Linkedin posts before, I’m rather impressed by Linkedin, a lot of users were simply tagging other users, really helping it spread.

The Problem

Somehow, completely without me knowing UXstamps somehow made it to both Hacker News and Product Hunt, had some pretty brutal feedbacks on Hacker News, so much so, i decided to stop reading them. There will always be nay-sayers and that’s fine, they just aren’t my audience.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely a happy problem to have, but I was just not ready for the number of orders I received, I very quickly went into panic mode and had to get everything ready. The stamps itself, the packaging, the posting and making sure the right stamp went to the right people. It was an incredible rush and I did not want to disappoint anyone (If I have, please get in touch with me, I can offer you a refund).

 

 

The Result so far

Up until today (11/12/2017), we have sold UXstamps to 8 countries over 4 Continents, I’ve been more than happy with the results and are currently looking for a better supplier to mass produce the stamps in actual size, instead of the current scaled down ones at a more reasonable price. The risk is that I’ve only received the number of orders I did because it’s so close to Christmas and it makes a nice gift, and not because of the actual need of end-users to help them wireframe better, on any paper or notepad they like.
This project is still on-going, please sign up to our newsletters to find out how we are moving forward. I’m also planning on writing a separate blog post on how we put the product together.
 

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Weekly top 5 #35 – Our brain, training it and understanding it

One Article:
Train your brain to get what you really want

“Never ask advice of someone with whom you wouldn’t want to trade places.” That’s only one example of insightful article on how our brain really works and how to make things happen.

One Video
Five Principles of Persuasive Product Design

An informative talk by Nathalie Nahai, web psychologist (@NathalieNahai) on five principles to bear in mind when designing sticky products.

One fantastic offer
Udemy Black Friday offers – $12 per course

If you want to thrive in business or tech, you have to continue to learn and Udemy is one heck of a platform to help you to do so, even more so when they have promotions that are 95% off. I bought 5 courses, on Javascript, marketing and (not without irony) learning

One Twitter account to follow
@I Am Devloper

Programmers and web dev geeks would understand. Example:
“The Top 100 JavaScript Frameworks of 2015″
ಠ_ಠ this is an issue..

One Tool
Brain.fm

Have you ever wanted to focus but couldn’t? or tried to rest but your mind was just too busy? Well it turns out sound wave at particular frequencies can help in just this way. Well worth trying out the free trial.

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6 lessons I learnt from Google EYE, trip to Mountain view

EYE stands for Empowering Young Entrepreneurs, it’s a joint program from Google HK and Chinese University of Hong Kong to help students and young entrepreneurs in Hong Kong to innovate and thrive in the startup scene in Hong Kong.
The program started off with 900 applicants back in January and somehow I managed to get myself in a rather fortunate position to be amongst one of the 6 winning teams to go to Google HQ in Mountain View, I’m a self confessed geek and I’ve never been to the states, so needless to say, this was extremely exciting and rewarding.
Empowering-Young-Entrepreneurs-Program

1. Reading/Hearing, Understanding, Accepting, Doing and Succeeding are all very different.

It’s so much easier being an armchair wantrepreneur, someone just sits on a nice comfy armchair and read all best selling books on businesses, management and entrepreneurship but never actually get off their lazy behind to start making something.
Reading Lean Startup might mean know what MVP stands for, but it doesn’t mean you understand it. Are you flicking through the pages, or are you understanding the message and jotting notes in the margin? I can listen to someone speak Japanese, but i wouldn’t have a clue what they are say.
Even when you understand a concept, have you spent the time to think for yourself if it works for you, don’t just follow someone blindly. Then there’s the interesting part in my eyes, the Doing. Getting your
you can read all the very best of business and management books, you can even understand all the principle for an amazing MVP product. but the question is, does that until you start getting your hands dirty, would you
No one really talks about what they are planning to do, they are always I’m DOING. I gotta get my ass in gear. At very least move faster.

2. Humour is very important, specially in presentations

During our trip, we went to a number of talks and it became very clear to me, the best speakers and presenters are those that can add a touch of humour to their stories, it makes its more fun, memorable and the group is less likely to fall asleep. Although I’m not a music person, my favourite was visiting Smule and hearing from Jeff Smith on their founding story, mixing just the right balance of insight, struggle, knowledge and humour. Speaking in public has never been easy for me, this is something I really need to work on.
smule-is-global

3. Hong Kong really isn’t that far behind Silicon Valley

This is perhaps the biggest surprise to me, chatting to people in SV doesn’t feel that different to chatting to fellow entrepreneurs and startup teams in Hong Kong. We chatted about similar topics and everyone is just as open. Thinking back to 2011 on when I first joined the Startup co-working space Cocoon, I don’t think everyone were as eager to share, everyone was scared their brilliant idea would be stolen, luckily that has changed over the years as we realised if they were to develop good products and businesses, they have to chat with other people (Side note: the reason for not wanting to chat about your idea went from “they might steal it” to “it might be dumb”)
There’s no denying their ecosystem is much much more mature than what we have in Hong Kong, I’ve heard it’s easier to get funding in the states than Hong Kong, as far as I’m aware it’s easiER and not actually easy, no investor would ever throw money at you begging you to take it, you still have to work you back off for it. The energy level for startup scene is also amazingly impressive in Silicon Valley, there’s respect to those in working in startups, fighting their way to build something meaningful, something which isn’t really as obvious in Hong Kong, but from what I’ve seen so far in the Hong Kong startup scene, I trust it will change.

4. The importance of surrounding yourself with like minded people

Only entrepreneurs would truly understand how hard it is One of the biggest outcome for me in this trip is getting to know a group of amazing budding entrepreneurs. These are smart people willing to work hard toward their dreams. The support has been phenomenal, Google EYE may have started out as competition, but that was definitely no longer the case when we got to MTV. There’s an unspoken bond amongst everyone because we understand the struggle we all had to get through to have what we have now and it felt amazing, if someone overheard someone chatting about a problem that they have encountered before they would happily jump in to share their experience, suggest ideas and technical information. The group felt incredibly alive.
Needless to say your team is just as important, on the night before we had to pitch to SV investors, the entire Myflat.hk/Around team (Matt, Antony, Copland, Eric and our Mentor Alex) worked until 5am in the morning to get our slides ready, it was hard work, but having a team like that, being able to talk about every detail openly is extremely valuable.  I’m proud of being part of this team and what we have done so far, this has been an incredible journey and the nerve racking/exciting thing is, it’s only the beginning.
evernote

5. This is not a race, it is not a zero sum game

If I ask you which would you pay more money for? A jacket or antibiotics, what would you say? Well the answer should be it depends, am I cold or am I ill and in need of antibiotics?  That’s exactly how businesses should be perceived, what each startup is doing should not be used to measure the success of another. Even if we are all looking for investors, it still doesn’t mean we are competing, because an investor who is willing to put money in a Augmented Reality startup would most likely not be suitable for your Entertainment booking startup.
The likes of GoGoVan and Divide has done incredibly well but there really is no point in being jealous of them, so there really is no point in being jealous. Instead, I would advice you to think in terms of abundance, think if they can do it, I can too. There are so much resource out there, get out there and get your share.

6. There is no going back

The startup word to me is a bit like realising what chocolate chip ice-cream taste like for the very first time, once you know what wonderful it is, it’s rather difficult to forget. Too much of it can make you feel extremely ill and begging to have it kept away from you, but eventually you know you would want more.
I love building and creating things, I enjoy the creation process so much, working in a startup seems to be the ideal way for me to vent that energy. It definitely is not without pain, when the stress gets to me, when time and money becomes extremely tight I do wonder why I put myself in such a position, but at the end of the day, I know I can’t escape from this world. If I ever have to go back to the “real world” I know I will have to eventually come back.
This is where I belong and this program has shown me I am not the only one crazy enough to think so.

Why not?
Why not?

Overall, what an incredible trip, thank you everyone: Betty and [email protected] HK, Sharon, Serena and [email protected]CUHK, [email protected]Hita, Edward and [email protected], Xania and Mary @Jobdoh, [email protected], Alex and [email protected] and of course all the ever generous mentors and friends in media. Thank you for a trip to remember.

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My Surprising Fear of Public Speaking

As a entrepreneur it’s inevitable for me to have to pitch my ideas to different people, whether it is to potential investors, partners, clients or just staff. I should be able to present my idea clearly.
Last Friday was the 3rd time I had to present my idea in front of a group of people and I was still far too nervous. My heart was racing, legs shaking and mind was completely blank. I was originally worried about going over 5 mins, but ended up finishing at 4:10, not because I was speaking too fast but because I actually missed out a big chunk of my presentation, … I am of course disappointed at myself, but I am also incredibly curious on why this happens. The transformation is interesting but also painful.

But I’m not normally like this

Being a reasonably confident (read, thick skinned/shameless) person, I’m actually somewhat surprised by how nervous I get, I don’t normally have any problem talking in a small group of friends, but when there are masses of strangers, its entirely a different story. I am perfectly comfortable leading fitness classes, is it the material that I’m nervous about? Maybe a lack of confidence in my project GetFit.hk?
Another strange thing I noticed was the fact that being MORE comfortable with than Q&A than the presentation it self. I would have thought the need to be able to react to whatever question would be harder and therefore I would be even less comfortable, but i guess not, at least not for me.

Some amazing advices from my friends

Please note this list on giving presentation, and does not cover advices on the business side. My own thoughts are in blue

  • Janis:  but if you can be more assertive and humorous (like when you’re socializing out there) and start with a story (of how you come across this idea from your family), it will be great  and you can do it!
  • Oliver: The best thing of entrepreneurship is that it makes you step out your comfort zone and have breakthrough!  (I guess I am stepping out of my comfort zone, so it’s only normal for me to feel so uneased)
  • Eric: I remember when I first spoke in court, I felt myself calm. Then I looked at my hands and saw them shaking (Lesson here is, the nerves could play with your mind)
  • Jennifer: Practice really does make perfect. I tend to focus on one or two people in the audience and pretend I’m just talking to them. (I like this advice, maybe it would intimate me less – Jennifer has a PhD so I would definiately listen to her)
  • JM: I always take a shot or a drink before hand (I go BRIGHT red when i drink… so this could be a bad idea for me)
  • Jeffery:took an acting workshop, it helps. (Good idea, I might do just that, to learn how to feel at less nervous in front of others) 
    And for all the people who say: “I’m never nervous”: you lie. 
    Don’t matter if you forgot a piece of your presentation, the people listening didn’t know you forgot, because they didn’t know what you were going to tell them in the first place. 
    And: “never say sorry” (Good point, I guess apart from the awkwardness in the story where I missed out a big chuck, no one would have really noticed)
  • Nathanial: Best advice iv heard is remember the audience wants to hear what you have to say (Not so sure about this one, but I would like to think it’s true)
  • Vivanne: When I have to speak in public I try to just have me key words and then kind of speak like I usually do in a conversation. Because, in my opinion, the more important part is to get the message through to the audience then to get all the info out there. But when I have pitches to make it is with an audience who don’t really get impressed with jargon or technical words, but more humanly understandable terms.(This is exactly my problem, I find I’m rather particular in how I want to tell my story, I want to use exact words because I feel they do a better job at communication, but clearly the problem is that I wasn’t able to memorise the whole thing, So I think I will have to try this approach next time)
  • Kenny: Obligatory psychology advice:
    • Body language is important, not just for your audience’s reactions but for yourself as well. Force yourself to stand firm and upright, chin up, facing the audience, and this will be a natural boost to your confidence, esp. over allowing yourself the evolutionary instinct of scrunching up after embarrassment or a mistake. Being apologetic does not help you or the audience. (Fake it til you make it, so I got to learn to walk the walk and hopefully it will help me talk the talk)
    • Check out info on the Spotlight Effect, a theory that originated from Gilovich (2000). Basically, people don’t tend to notice or remember the things you do nearly as much as you do or you think they do. (Ada Wong suggested the same to me, to evoke emotions with my talk but the only way I could work emotion into my talk is to guilt trip people, another friend of mine wasn’t too keen on this slap-in-the-face approach, I am curious if that would have work so I might try for it next time)
    • Attributions (or “self-talk”) also have major effects on your motivation and resilience. Make sure you acknowledge all the things you did well (it helps to ask friends), and avoid allowing yourself to cringe at errors – instead view them as workable objectives for each time afterwards. Try different rituals to amp yourself up or calm yourself down before each time you talk. For me personally, what’s worked is to visualize myself doing an amazing job for the first 10-20 seconds, and I can usually ride that momentum through. (Make perfect sense to me, I used to visualise great performance in sports, make sense to do the same here)
    • Finally, it certainly would help to take an acting class – after all, we’re always acting in front of people anyway. However, “acting” doesn’t mean you have to be fake. Don’t bother memorizing a script. Familiarize yourself with a simple “flow” of information/key points, and speak from your heart the rest of the way. Passion and sincerity can be much more effective at winning an audience than a flawless but robotic speech. (Like Vivanne mentioned, I should remember key points only, this way i can deliver with more passion and sincerity)
  • Tony already knew of my struggle with public speaking and suggested I look into this ted talk by Amy Cuddy  Your Body Language shapes who you are (Very similar to what Kenny mentioned above, the key take away for me is how you act/pretend can effect how you feel)

 

What I learnt

  1. I need to spend a lot more time practicing my pitch, the few hours leading up to it was not enough
  2. Don’t try to memorise word for word
  3. Don’t try to throw too much in there. I had visions of being really funny, but also make people feel guilty and wanting them to understand my concept, idea, business model and drive. I still have this problem.
  4. Taking deep breathes didn’t work for me, i later read that the trick is actually focus on the exhale, the inhale will then come in natrually instead of being forced (Little known fact, Our heartbeat actually slows down when we inhale)
  5. It helps when I see people in the audience smiling, even if there were my friends.
  6. Filming myself to walk through the step helps, but i need to do it without paper
  7. Reminder cards are ok, as long as I don’t READ
  8. CHECK slide spelling
  9. Check SPELLING on slide

Yes, This is an actual slide I used in front of audience of 150+
Yes, This is an actual slide (looking without the ‘K’) I used in front of audience of 150+

Other references

  1. http://thenextweb.com/lifehacks/2014/06/20/become-confident-public-speaker/
  2. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/richard-newman/standing-out-in-business_b_5408844.html

 

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Back to the world of HK startups! Joining Myflat.hk

At the start of March, I finally took the plunge going back into the world of startups. I officially joined Myflat.hk as a full time UX & Product developer. Myflat.hk is local startup working on creating Hong Kong’s very own neighbourhood social network, it’s rather fascinating in what they (or we) are trying to build, essentially it’s all about connecting neighbours back together, when I was little, I knew every single one of my neighbours, my friends and I would ride our bikes and play at each other’s home until it was time for dinner, and there was a real sense of community and it felt safe. Over the years HK has changed, it has turned in to a rather cold place where we hardly even say Good morning to each other anymore. I hope this online platform I am helping to create would allow neighbours to connect and care about each other again.
I believe my fascination with startups and entrepreneur ship started during my teens, when I came across a book called “The idiot’s guide to Making Millions from the Internet” (I’m not ashamed to admit my love for  “Idiots guide” and “For Dummies” books, they make learning easy) this book not only planted the idea of making money online in my head, it also made me realise how interested I was in various aspect of a business (Minus the tax side that is). As I was growing up, I worked with my parents in a Chinese Take Away and it was a very very hard job, my Mum and Dad would regularly work 16 hour days and would only get one day off a week, I really want them to have an easier life where they didn’t have to worry about money so much. The combination of the two meant building my own business a bit of a mission for me – and is still what drives me forward to this very day.

“On-tra-pre-what”? Entrepreneurship

During my university years, I remember speaking to my friends about my goal of running my own business and I was told that would make me an entrepreneur, as much as I like the sound of this word, I struggle for the longest time to learn how to say it right, don’t even get me started on the spelling, I am incredibly grateful for autocorrect.
After graduation, i went into full time work and the idea of running my own business slowly faded to the back of my mind. Fortunately, a few years ago two things happened. The first, I started working in MixMedia –  a Hong Kong web production house. I enjoyed my time there, the people were nice and the job was fascinating but also rather challenging, it pushed me both physically and mentally in so many ways. I’ve learnt so much during my time there (Tracey and Jeremy – thank you so much), I learnt about how to communicate with clients, how much effort it is to operate a business and most surprisingly of all, I learnt a few things about myself. I learnt that I am capable of being creative and I am more resilient than I realise (I also learnt of my bad temper specially when I get little sleep).

Just another day in the MixMedia office
Just another day in the MixMedia office

The second thing that happened is a book called 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. (I later found out this book also changed the lives of many entrepreneurs and startup founders) This incredible book woke up something inside me, it made me realise I still want to be an entrepreneur, I’ve just been waiting. Exactly waiting for what I’m not too sure, maybe it was for the right idea, the right skills, the right network, to have enough money or maybe it was for the moon to aligned correctly with the sun? This book really opened my eyes and kicked all my excused out of the window, it shown me what was possible in terms of building a your own business, some of my favourite ideas are:

  • The importance of tiny experiments – trying and failing is a 100x better than to not doing anything.
  • The 80-20 rule (Also known as the Pareto principle) – working more does not necessarily mean earning more, it’s about working on the right task
  • Benefit of out sourcing and virtual assistance

This lead me to make the final decision to venture into my first startup company with another cofounded, without going into too much details it was a failure (point 1 above checked), learnt some valuable lessons but at the end I had little choice but to find myself a proper full time job. It was sad and I was angry, I felt like I had failed and I really enjoyed the HK startup scene where I made a number of good friends.
For that entire year at my “normal” job, I constantly felt the itch at the back of my mind. It was certainly good to be receiving a cheque at the end of every month, but it just didn’t feel right, I kept up with a number of side projects and experiments and kept my sight close to the HK startup scene, watching the HK startup scene gain momentum was very exciting, but I felt like I was missing out on something incredibly interesting and exciting. Finally, at the end of January that itch got the better of me and I decided to step back into the startup world, that’s when I decided to joining Matt and Antony at Myflat.hk.

Why Myflat.hk

There are a number of reason why I’ve joined Myflat.hk, the actual decision was relatively easy because I’ve actually been freelancing for them for a good while already, I have been working on the user-experience of the site and coding the HTML and CSS for their responsive site. Although I found the idea both fascinating and worthwhile from the very start the most important reason why I joined them is because I like them, I like the people I have been working with and I trust their ability to develop this project into something truly meaningful.
I think I joined at a pretty good time, our platform publicly launched in January this year and is gaining momentum, it’s pretty amazing to watch it all take place. I’ve read a few books on startups and entrepreneurship, but there’s nothing like really being inside one to see how growth takes place, how decisions are made. I also feel respected by the team by being trusted enough to have my opinion listened to. Unlike most large corporations, working in a startup also mean you get opportunities to work on so many different aspect of the business. My role ranges from writing codes, redesigning the on-boarding process to brain storming marketing campaigns, I even had a go at doing a voice-over an animations (and boy do I hate my own voice).  Plus, I can’t imagine too many teams being able to tolerant my less-than-normal behaviours, juggling in the middle of a team meeting, doing yoga all of a sudden, handstand against the front door and using the big water bottles for weight training – thanks for putting up with me guys.

On last Saturday we took part in Cocoon’s startup pitch day final, after already winning at the semi finals last month, we once again pitched our startup against 6 other businesses. I had no part in the pitch but I was surprisingly anxious, I felt like my own work is being put under the microscope. Although I personally think we did a great job, the result was not in our favour. I was slightly disappointed but quickly realise it didn’t matter, because I know not only do we have a good idea, we also have an amazing team to make it happen, a team that I am dead proud to be a part of.

What about Getfit.hk?

I’m still working on this project, but progress is frustratingly slow. I would like to be working on this a lot more, but as always, life has a habit of getting in the way of the most perfect of plans. My current dilemma is if I should spend my time building the product or should I be working on the business plan for funding?

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My Startup Project: Getfit.hk

Several months ago, I had the idea of developing Getfit.hk, a website that promotes sports and fitness as well as provide a comprehensive listing of all Sports clubs, Yoga studios, Martial Dojos and Training Gyms available in Hong Kong. I wanted to build this website because I’ve been wanting to work on my own project for sometime now and I do firmly believe it is a genuine solution for individuals looking to be healthier but are struggling to make it happen, my leap of faith presumption is if people find an activity they enjoy, they would actually stick with it.

I love feeling good and hate getting headaches

The title might be true for many people, but how many are willing to do something about it. There’s always too much work, not enough tired, too tired, a good show is on TV, have to waste time on the internet and play that game on my phone. I personally love that feeling of pure bliss after a good training session or a fun game of badminton, I would rather have that then to give my any of the excuse above. I’m hoping others will feel the same way with the help of useful and interesting health related information through the Getfit.hk platform.

Will it work?

Frankly, i have no idea if this idea would work or not, but i am going to give it a good shot. First month alone after the soft launch, I had over 500 unique visitors, which I think is a pretty good for zero marketing .

Phase 1: the ugly baby I love

I would openly admit, the current version of getfit.hk is built using a premium wordpress theme as base and was heavily customised to fit my needs. It’s pretty darn ugly, doesn’t exact “sell” and has performance issues, but at least it’s out there, as said many times “Better done than perfect”, this is an MVP to test reaction and I think so far it’s relatively positive, enough to convince me to move forward with it.
Big Thanks to my friend Kenny Li for making me push this out.
getfit-screenshot

What’s next?

I’m currently trying to apply for some funding for the project, with or without funding, I am determined to make it happen.  Moving forward my aims are

  1. Develop high quality contents (Text articles and Infographics)
  2. Expand listing for gyms
  3. Get gyms to sign up for premium plans
  4. Redesign the site (Really want to do this NOW, but content is King, so most work on that first)

What do you think?

So what do you think about Getfit.hk so far? I would love to hear your thoughts using the form below.

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Ultimate guide for HK Startups: Office Space

There are a variety of co-working spaces in the Hong Kong area. Perfect for start ups and those seeking to be in an environment that fosters entrepreneurship, co-working spaces are an excellent way to get affordable office space. In addition, co-working spaces provide excellent networking opportunities with other business owners.

X. Coffee Shops & Libraries

Lets get the most obvious option out of the way first, coffee shops and libraries. What better place to be creative then a caffeine filled atmosphere?
Starbucks – No introduction required!
Pacific Coffee – A popular chain of coffee shops in HK
Hong Kong Libraries – free wifi and air conditioning but can be rather crowded

Co-working space

I personally would highly recommend co-working spaces, you can meet a lot of interesting people and separate your home/work life.

1. BootHK

boothk
BootHK was Hong Kong’s very first co-working space. There are currently two locations in Sheung Wan and Lai Chi Kok. BootHK caters offers varied environments like hackerspaces, workshops and social meetups geared toward artists, technologists and entrepreneurs. Daily and monthly memberships are available and provide access to Wifi, workspace and various shared facilities.
Address
19/F, 231-233 Queen’s Rd E,
Wan Chai,
http://boot.hk

2. The Hive

the hive
The Hive is located in the Wan Chai area of Hong Kong and offers four floors of creative work space. Some floors are dedicated to private offices and others have various workstations and hotdesks, kitchen areas, conference rooms, libraries and more. Various membership levels are available to suit individual needs.
Address
21st Floor, The Phoenix Building
No.23 Luard Road, Wan Chai
http://thehive.com.hk

3. CoCoon

cocoon
Cocoon, located near Victoria Park, offers 14,000 square feet of eco-friendly co-working space, free Wifi, cafe, conference rooms and more. Cocoon hosts monthly events for sharing ideas and networking. Various membership levels are available with varying fees.
Address
3/F, Citicorp Centre
3 Whitfield Road
http://cocoonhk.org

4. Fill in the Blank

fillinblank
Fill in the Blank is located in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong and has a 1,000 square foot facility consisting of work tables and a lounge area. The space has a variety of uses and in addition to being an area for work, it can also be utilized as an event venue. There is a drop in rate as well as hourly rates for event rentals.
Address
13/F, Hang Wai Commercial Bldg
231-233 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai
http://www.fillintheblank.hk

5. The Good Lab

goodlab
The Good Lab provides 18,000 square feet of co-working and social space for its members. They offer flexible membership including fixed desk packages for startups. Perfect for those inspired to do good via social innovation. Located in Cheung Sha Wan designed to foster collaboration amongst thinkers, makers and doers. The space is an open floor plan to promote a collaborative environment.
Address
500 Tung Chau St,
Cheung Sa Wan
Hong Kong ‎
http://goodlab.hk

6. The Crafties

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The Crafties offers a creative co-working space for makers and crafters to work on their product and meet with other like-minded fellow entrepreneurs. They offer a varity of machinery and tools to create different physical products. You can showcase your products at The Crafties Campus & The Crafties Souk. Desk space can be rent hourly, daily and monthly
Address
1/F Sing Kui Commercial Building
No. 27 Des Voeux Road West
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
http://www.thecrafties.hk/

7. Startup Commune

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Startup Commune is a collaborative workspace that offers its members accounting services, reception and other business services.
Address
4E, Century Industrial Centre
33 – 35 An Pui Wan Street,
Fo Tan, N.T
http://startupcommune.org/

8. Dim Sum Labs

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Dim Sum Labs is a hackerspace that hosts public meetings (HackJam) on Tuesday evenings where they welcome the public to bring their hacks, ideas, questions and expertise. The space provides general tools, electronic parts, networking gear and PCs.
Address
14/F, 100 Jervois Street
Sheung Wan,
http://www.dimsumlabs.com/

9. Innovation Lab [Added 3rd October 2013]

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Innovation Lab is an 8,000 sq ft co-work community & private office space. With 7 private offices and over 1000 sq ft communal reception + meeting + showroom space. We’ve worked with numerous clients to create the best environment, and keep pushing for the highest standards. Check out the Innovation Lab pictures below. If you’d like to know more about what we do and think we could help improve your business, don’t hesitate to get in touch and find out how we can help you.
Address
8/F Cheung Hing Industrial Building,
12P Smithfield Road, Western
http://www.innovationlab.hk/
 

10. Wynd, the Co-working Space in LKF

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Added on: 30th October 2013
The Wynd co-working space has the advantage of being located at the bustling Lan Kwai Fong area in Central, offering its members easy access to one of the most vibrant social environment for both local and travelling businessmen. Wynd also bride itself in building a strong community of like minded entrepreneurs, innovators, and pioneers alike. Membership starts from $280 hkd a day.
Address
43-55, Wyndham Street
Central District, Hong Kong
http://www.wynd.hk
 

11. LAB + Dimension+

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Added on: 14th November 2013
A new maker lab based in the industrial area of Kwun Tong, creating physical art and design using a mixture of Digital-Physical
九龍觀塘駿業里10號
業運工業大廈3樓C座
http://www.dimensionplus.co/  |  https://www.facebook.com/dimensionP

12. Office 8

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Added on: 19th November 2013
office8 located in Wyndham Street, Central provides a creative, convenient and affordable work space for small companies, startups, entrepreneurs and freelancers.  Additional services includes company setup, Chinese-English translation, Language lessons, Logo design, website design and email account set-ups
8A Winning Centre, 46-48 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
中環雲咸街46-48號雲明行8樓A
http://www.office8hk.com/

13. The Loft

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Added on: 19th November 2013
Located just 5 minutes from Diamond Hill MTR station,  The Loft offers 8,000 sq ft of co-working space for creative industry professionals to gather and collaborate. The modern space offers a range inspiring work surroundings for new startups and covers basic need such as High speed Wifi, Indoor cafe, event space and an outfoor sun terrance for BBQ. Membership starting from $180 hkd per day or $1,500 per month.
Block A, 4th Floor,
Lee King Industrial Building,
12 Ng Fong Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Co-working space in San Po Kong | The Loft

14. Partner

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Added on: 28th January 2014
PARTNER is a new concept of a shared workplace, it is both a cafe and a fully equipped co-working space. Located in Wanchai. The space is found by interior designer Mr. Freddie Ng who enjoyed working under the atmosphere of cafes, yet found it difficult to complete his work without printing and scanning facilities found in traditional offices.  The beautifully lit space is available for hire from as little as $38 HKD per hour per person and comes with free Nespresso Coffee and WIFI.
29/F Cheuk Nang Plaza
250 Hennessy Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong
http://www.partnerhk.com

15. 80/80 Space

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Added on: 1st February 2014

A much needed co-working space situated at Kowloon side. The multi-purpose 1,400 sq ft studio is designed for the needs of creatives, business professionals, investors, and technical experts to unite in exploring new opportunities. Conveniently located just a minute’s walk to Ngau Tau Kok MTR station.

Unit 2913, 29/F,
1 Hung To Road,
Ngau Tau Kok, Hong Kong
http://www.8080space.com

16. Paperclip HK

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Added on: 4th February 2014

The entrepreneur focus workspace located in Sheung Wan is fully equipped for all your startup business’ needs. With 5,000 sq ft of newly decorated workspace, it has an assortment of services that can help you along in your journey to entrepreneurship from business administration, infrastructure and marketing support to a lot of coffee.

3/F, Nam Wo Hong Building
148 Wing Lok Street
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
http://papercliphk.com

17. GoodLab (Prince Edward)

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Added 22nd March 2014
The second branch to the very popular GoodLab, co-working space for the social-entrepreneurs. Although this space is not nearly as big as the original branch, it carries the same warmth and comfort.
5/F, Le Prabelle Hotel,
372 Portland Street,
Mong Kok, Kowloon,
 
http://www.goodlab.hk
 

18. Platform

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Added 22nd March 2014
1-3/F 120 Connaught Road West,
Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
http://www.platform.hk/

19. Garage Society

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Added 29th March 2014
The cleverly named co-working workspace Garage Society give nods to the root of startups such as Google and Apple, who were both found in Garages. It is one of the biggest workspace we have seen, at over 8,000 square foot is located at heart of HK – Central. Package ranges from $2,000 HKD for hot desking to $10,000 dedicated offices. Headed by The Hive’s former director Elaine Tsung it is bound to be one of the attract some interesting startups.
9F, 33 Des Voeux Road Central,
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
http://www.thegaragesociety.com/ 

Government backed incubation programmes

In addition to co-working spaces, HK government also offering variety of incubator programmes, often with their own free or low cost working spaces.

A. HK Science Park

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Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTPC) provides incubation services for technology startups in the web, mobile and biotechnology industries. Their services include office space, general business support, marketing assistance and financial aid packages.
http://www.hkstp.org/

B. Cyperport

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Cyberport is an incubation program geared toward ICT startups. Their services include facilities and resources, business development, entrepreneurship training and financial assistance.
http://www.cyberport.hk

C. Innocenter

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The Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) offers startup companies in creative and design fields, HKDC offers an incubation program to assist design entrepreneurs. The incubation program receives funding support from the Hong Kong SAR Government and is a two year program that provides office space, business development and networking opportunities.
http://www.hkdesigncentre.org/
 

Just get started

Whether you’re a startup entrepreneur or a fast-growing business, co-working spaces can provide a monetized approach to running your business so you can reduce operating costs and stay focused on building your business.