初創成功關鍵 – 信報財經新聞, StartUpBeat

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初創成功關鍵

 

能夠成為估值達10億美元(約78億港元)的「獨角獸」, 比率只是百中得一。

 

美國研究公司CB Insights追蹤了自2008至2010年1100多間在發展初期已有種子基金投資的科技初創,發現不足一半可以有第二輪融資,然後數目不斷遞減。能夠得到第四輪融資的只有15%,攀得上「獨角獸」這個位置的,更僅得1%或12間公司,它們包括Uber和Airbnb等;而能夠以超過5億美元(約39億港元)賣出的,也只有13家,都是行內的龍頭企業,如社交媒體Instagram、客戶服務軟件Zendesk等。

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New smart city blueprint should bring us revolutionary change – China Daily

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New smart city blueprint should bring us revolutionary change
A special feature of The Economist in December pointed out that Hong Kong and the other three Asian tigers (South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan), which had created economic miracles from the 1960s to 1990s, are all facing development bottleneck today, and each of them has to find a way forward.

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Japan e-payments: Opportunities and challenges – ejinsight

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Japan e-payments: Opportunities and challenges

 

The Olympic organizing committee expects over half a million tourists from mainland China to come for the Tokyo Olympics in July next year. This will lead to a problem: How can Japan, a country that features mostly cash transactions cope with the demand for electronic payment (“e-payment") from a large number of Chinese tourists?

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Maintaining a unicorn: how to not crash and burn your startup – Harbour Times

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Maintaining a unicorn: how to not crash and burn your startup

 

Tink Labs and WeWork: unicorns gone wrong

 

Governments all over the world have been promoting startup culture in recent years, and Hong Kong is no exception. Startups of innovative technologies are seen as drivers to the new economy. However, there were two unicorn (valued at US$10 billion or over HK$ 7.8 billion) failures this year; one originating in Hong Kong and the other in the United States. There are a number of lessons we can learn from these unsuccessful projects.

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Airbnb引以為戒的兩個教訓 – 信報財經新聞, StartUpBeat

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Airbnb引以為戒的兩個教訓

 

上次說到兩家同樣從事租賃的初創企業,分別是旅遊上網手機的Tink Labs和共享辦公室的WeWork都恰巧在今年被扯下神壇。打算明年上市,也是從事租賃度假房業務的Airbnb,其創辦人兼行政總裁切斯基(Brian Chesky)在《紐約時報》一個論壇上表示,從WeWork事件中看出兩個教訓,值得細看。

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港智慧城市藍圖2.0 怎突破樽頸? – 香港經濟日報

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港智慧城市藍圖2.0 怎突破樽頸?

 

12月《經濟學人》的專題指出,香港與其他亞洲三小龍(南韓、新加坡和台灣)在上世紀60至90年代創造了經濟奇迹,由農產、假髮等製造業主導,一躍成為今天的半導體和服務業為本。不過,與過往的高速發展相比,今天四小龍都面臨發展樽頸,不約而同要摸索何去何從。

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Smart city strategy should be sustainable – Harbour Times

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Smart city strategy should be sustainable

 

The government will soon announce the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong 2.0. It has been two years since the first blueprint was launched, and it is time for us to review the progress and look forward to the future.

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兩獨角獸失利個案剖析 – 信報財經新聞, StartUpBeat

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兩獨角獸失利個案剖析

 

2019年即將結束,回望過去一年,社會動盪固然令人神傷,初創界也經歷了不少由天堂跌落谷底的震盪,曾經被熱捧的共享工作間WeWork,估值由高達470億美元(逾3666億港元),暴挫至不足50億美元(約390億港元),跌幅近九成;經營租賃旅遊手機的Tink Labs也由年前的「獨角獸」(估值在10億美元以上的初創),到今年7月傳出拖欠員工薪酬、瀕臨倒閉的消息,聞之令人黯然。

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How location tech enhances understanding of complex issues – ejinsight

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How location tech enhances understanding of complex issues

 

It is estimated that nearly 18 billion internet-enabled smart devices (including mobile phones, smart bracelets and home appliances) and sensors had been connected last year, and at the end of this year, the number will reach 20 billion. To make the sense of the data, we need to link them together with their locations using geographic information system (GIS), a digital map technology. By analyzing location data, we can create more understanding, collaboration and systematic action for everyone in the globe.

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