Since 2010s, the start-up scene in Hong Kong has grown substantially, however, the phrase start-up is common used as an excuse for failure. I have always criticized people for saying “it has failed because this is a start up.” “we failed because we are in Hong Kong”, in my opinion, the only reason you fail is that your business is not fit for the environment, no one is interested in your product for the price you are charging, period.
When I was searching for start up failures in Hong Kong out of curiosity, I come across Startup Postmortem (Postmortem.hk) when it was over. Startup Postmortem is a gathering and sharing event dedicated for failed start-up founders and owners alike, or what they called a start-up failure conference
Startup Postmortem has come up with a list of Youtube Videos and I think anyone interested in the subject should take a look at.
(Written by Conrad Ko, Edited by Margaret Jarvis)
I recorded this today at the KFC in Ho Man Tin. The old man in the video was cleaning after himself and the leftovers of others for FREE. As a volunteer. However, this man is demonstrating the best of us humans who care for others without return. We should never underestimate what the elderly can do, they have been the jewel of Hong Kong, and one can learn a lot about what it takes to be a great man.
The majority of Hong Kong are immigrants or descendant of immigrants, the first few waves of immigrants were basically penniless but they still pledge to help their pals from the same hometown. And because of that we have trust within the society, which is more strong and more reliable than any social safety net so far. Base on this high level of mutual dependence, Hong Kong prospered. But since the materialism of late 80s and 90s, some of us has already forgot who we are, and what made us strong, that is the help of each other. If most of Hong Kong can behave half as good as he is, we will be competitive again. Being caring, love giving and harmony is the key of being competitive.
(Note: The word harmony can shed negative light if one interpret it sarcastically. But as you can see, the KFC restaurant is a good demonstration of what a nice elderly home can be. Harmony without suffering.)
(Written by Conrad Ko, Edited by Margaret Javis)
Name: The Hong Kong Screenwriters’ Circle
Venue: Caffe Habitu at Hutchison House
Date: 3/1/2015 15:30-17:00
The Hong Kong Screenwriters’ Circle meetup was basically a bunch of people gathering to share their stories and scripts. To my surprise, most of the participants came unprepared, there wasn’t much in the way of bonding, and the synergy was rather weak. There were not enough materials presented, only a minimum amount of debate happening, and no major kind of contribution made. In fact, people were rather shy. I am hoping the next meetup will be more intriguing – I can probably submit some work with my “pick your own adventure” and share it with the group.