Meet Freehunter, a social network that connects creatives directly with clients. CEO Harris Cheng got the idea for the company while struggling as a freelance photographer and designer. Not only did Freehunter end up solving his own problem of finding meaningful and steady work, but it showed Harris that there was an entire market of like-minded folks facing similar struggles.
SELF TOKEN, a digital entertainment blockchain startup based in Taiwan, aims to create an “immersive entertainment ecosystem,” beginning by creating Asia’s first blockchain warfare film, The Last Thieves. Co-founder, CEO, and director Jack Hsu, along with the movie’s economic advisor, Dr. Tom Lam, sat down to tell us more.
Sarah Garner, Founder of Retykle, an online platform for buying and selling designer baby and kids’ clothing, explains what inspired her to found the Hong Kong-based startup, what her best advice is for founders, and what’s on the roadmap for 2019.
Developer workflow KintoHub enables developers to build cloud-native apps. Founder Joseph Cooper shares how trying to find the sweet spot between a gaming API development platform and GitHub eventually led to KintoHub’s creation. Cooper also talks through how customers use KintoHub, how many startups he has founded, and what his thoughts are on the Hong Kong startup scene.
Temi is a personal robot that hopes to revolutionize communication. CEO Gal Goren shares how temi’s autonomous nature allows for an improved user experience, like hands-free video calling or tight subject matter focus. He also walks through the depth of its integration with Amazon Alexa, what its use cases are, and why the time for temi is now.
China and US-based startup Castbox, unofficially known as the Netflix of podcasts, allows users to stream live podcasts, engage with speakers, and upload their own premium content. Founder and CEO Renee Wang explains how the app works, who its main users are, and where she sees the podcast industry heading in the future.
Jack Chu, CEO of data management startup FST Network, explains how the company utilizes blockchain technology to provide de-identified customer relationship management tools. Chu also chats about why this technology is valuable to monolithic enterprise customers, what inspired him to build it, and how it works.
Claudia Sin, Founder, CEO, and CTO of ChatCampaign, shares how by moving loyalty program messaging from email to applications like What’sApp and Facebook Messenger, the Hong Kong-based startup helps programs provide a more engaging, authentic experience. She also shares why this technology is necessary, what she’s learned as a founder of multiple startups, and what’s next for ChatCampaign.
For Stephen Chung, Co-founder and CEO of Breakup Tours, travel is the best medicine for heartbreak. The Hong Kong-based travel activity app recommends travel itineraries for customers based on the emotions they experience after a breakup, whether it’s anger, sadness, or something else. As the app gathers customer data, it becomes more intelligent with its recommendations. Chung shares what inspired him to found the company, why its technology is relevant, and what his vision is for its future.
It’s safe to say that Gen Y and Gen Z are intimately more connected to their peers—and social influencers—than previous generations and are less connected to cold advertising. “Advertising that just pops up? They don’t watch it,” says ReCactus CEO and Founder Bernard Tan.