Postmortem conference 2014

PostMortem 2014 is over. We met great people, saw fantastic questions and heard heart-wrenching stories. We want to thank you all for attending this year’s first PostMortem event.

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  • All 8 speakers and 2 fireside chats of the PostmortemHK conference held 22 November 2014

    Introduction and opening speech, why PostmortemHK. And word of venue sponsor: Cyberport Hong Kong at PostmortemHK startup failure conference 22nd November 2014.

    Opening talk about the many bullshit things on startups at PostmortemHK startup failure conference 22nd November 2014.

    Martin shares his very personal experience with failure on the PostmortemHK conference at 22 November 2014

    Jon talks about his experience on startup failures, communication and choosing co-founders.

    Derek shares his experience with investments in startups.

    A fire side chat with the first 4 speakers on the conference, Jeffrey Broer, Martin Kessler, Jon Buford, Derek Kwik

    Michael Michelini speaks about entrepreneurship as a career. Taking the leap from idea to reality.

    Constant shares his experience in numerous startups he was involved in, the good, that bad and the ugly.

    Raphael shares his experience with changes and itterations on HotelQuickly

    Richard Lai shares his experience on unsuccessful gadgets he encountered over the years as a journalist.

    The PostmortemHK fireside chat with Michael Michelini, Constant Tedder, Raphael Cohen and Richard Lai.

    Crowdsourced at the begin of the conference, the topic is “Uber for hearses”. Jon only had a an hour to put this pitch together.


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  • PostMortem 2014 Speakers

    Jon Buford



    Makible was originally created as a company connecting crowd funding, rapid prototyping, and manufacturing together as one unit. Today it is the home of the MakiBox, the world’s first $200 complete 3D printer kit.

    Michael Michelini



    American internet dude living in China (since ’07) helping western companies leverage Chinese social media for business. Passionate for working with more like-minded internet entrepreneurs. Love international business & connecting, and working on ways to give hard working people global opportunities.

    Elsa Chan



    Jetlun is Elsa’s 2nd startup and it provides a full serviced, vertically integrated energy management platform comprised of hardware, software and analytics. Our patented and innovative connectivity technology fills in the gaps where wireless falls short, providing seamless integration of disparate building systems by enabling data access to drive energy efficiencies and energy savings through analytics and business intelligence.

    Sjef van Oekel



    An incomparable entrepreneur, know all over the world, Sjef van Oekel founder of countless startups, owner of Kiekeboes, Hagelslag and Stoopwafels.For the past ̶y̶e̶a̶r̶ month Sjef successfully developed 126.3 startups each funded for $1,351,261,695. By far, Sjef holds half of the Kickstarter’s successfully funded projects number with pride.

    Martin Kessler



    Over 5 years experience in hardware, startups and product marketing. Passionate about growth hacking. Unreasonably attracted to big challenges, Martin enjoys playing games on very hard difficulty. Previously, he served as the founder and CEO of Phonejoy, a hardware startup based in Hong Kong behind the iconic Phonejoy game controller that turns ordinary smartphones into a handheld gaming consoles. Now supporting Ambi Labs’ marketing strategy.

    Raphael Cohen



    Raphael is the Co-Founder and Chief Sales Officer of HotelQuickly, Asia’s largest last-minute hotel booking app. Before starting HotelQuickly, he worked for Rocket Internet, the world’s largest internet incubator, as Managing Director of Foodpanda Vietnam and DropGifts Singapore. As a serial entrepreneur, he previously founded the online graphic design outsourcing company Corporate Edesign, as well as CGHK Export, a China-focused trading company. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce, and also studied at the University of Hong Kong and Shanghai Jiaotong University. Raphael was born and raised in Paris, but lived in Toronto, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong, which is also the reason why he speaks 6 languages and is so passionate about travelling.

    Richard Lai



    Richard’s love for gadgets was probably triggered by an electric shock at the age of five while poking his finger into power sockets for no reason. Since then he has managed to destroy a few more desktops and phones until he was sent to England to start secondary education. Somehow he ended up in London, where he had the golden opportunity to buy a then senior editor a pint of lager, and here we are. Follow Richard around in electronic stores and you will witness some intense exchanges between him and the sales reps.

    Derek Kwik



    Derek was the CEO of SiimTech Global Corporation, a leading developer of contactless mobile payment technology funded by SoftBank China Venture Capital. Under his direction, Derek managed the company’s operations in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Bangkok and established their relationship with Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) and its fleet of mobile operators. In Thailand, he led their commercial development with Bangkok Transit System (BTS), Advanced Info Service (AIS), Total Access Communication (DTAC) and True Move Corporation.

    Constant Tedder


    The Hive

    Five years ago, Constant sold his stake in Jagex, creators of Runescape, and instead of retiring off to some beach, moved to Hong Kong and opened up the Hive coworking space in Wan Chai. Today the Hive has locations in Kennedy Town and Sai Kung, and Bangkok, Thailand.
    He started his first business at the age of 16 when he published a magazine whilst as school. After that Constant has started and run several ventures, including, Frontier Media,,,, Dawn Energy and The Hive.

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