Presentation of JoyfulHelper

JoyfulHelper at RISE@CoCoon

JoyfulHelper.com

At JoyfulHelper, we believe in equality and professional treatment for migrant domestic workers.  Our mission is to help migrant women lead a happier more meaningful life.  We do this by matching them with employers who will treat them with respect, creating a happy work environment.  We also help them develop new skills and knowledge to empower them to contribute meaningfully when they return to their home country.

 

We offer our services online, so that we can reach as many people as possible and meet the unique time and internet access challenges faced by domestic workers.

 

How JoyfulHelper started

Mark and Martin, the cofounders of JoyfulHelper both share a passion for helping society and using technology to improve the lives of others.  JoyfulHelper was born at StartupWeekendHK, when Mark and Martin met and realized they shared the same vision for helping migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong and across Asia.

 

After StartupWeekendHK they decided to make JoyfulHelper their priority and immerse themselves in the market identifying what are the pain points they could address using technology.

 

Why did we join RISE@CoCoon?

Joining RISE@CoCoon was a natural progression from StartupWeekendHK, as the focus was on the steps a startup needs to go through at its early stages.  We knew that the program included great mentors and speakers who themselves had successful startups.

 

With limited capital, we wanted to make sure that we put our attention on the activities that would lead to the greatest growth and impact.

 

What was the most valuable lesson?

The program provided us with a wealth of resources to prepare for each class with excellent reading, videos, and exercises. We were also introduced to frameworks for managing information and decision making in the formative stages of a startup, with the goal of getting us toward product-market fit.

 

One of the first frameworks introduced to us was the SPA treatment for segmenting markets, helping us determine their size potential and accessibility. A useful and quick sanity check for any startup!

 

Who would benefit from attending the next sessions and why?

Entrepreneurship in HK has been thriving recently and the number of startups has been on the rise. Not all succeed because, let’s face it, transforming an idea into a viable product is hard. That is, it is hard without the right tools, frameworks, customer and market focus.

 

RISE helps early-stage startups validate and fine-tune their idea and design a product that is the right fit for the market. It does so through an extremely thorough use of models and frameworks and also by bringing industry experts sharing their feedback and their recipes for success.

 

RISE is great for first time entrepreneurs or tech-heavy startups looking for market-driven product direction, as well as anyone looking to practically apply the tools that make businesses focused and successful.

 

If you have a passion for using technology to help lives of migrant women, and want to contribute to the benefit of society, we are looking to grow our development team.  Contact us at info@joyfulhelper.com.

 

Post written by the team behind JoyfulHelper.com

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Presentation of Flippercast

After the Startup Weekend of April 2014, I found out about a new program organized by the same organizing team. RISE @ Cocoon should guide early startups on what would be next after SWHK. I was eager to learn more, because I felt that I was onto something with my idea, but it was still hard to define the path forward.

 

For my startup idea, Flippercast, I still needed to find the all combining element that would strike a chord with my target audience. The scope is broad, since I want to build a new open-source web content management sytem that eases collaboration between web designers and web developers. Feature creep easily happens. I hoped RISE @ Cocoon would be able to help me to discover the essence of my idea, and finding a way to build my MVP.

 

So it was thrilling to learn that Flippercast was accepted into the program. There were weekly gatherings together with 3 other teams. Every week we would get assignments to learn more about a topic in the Lean Startup methodology.

 

Now you might think ‘oh, I know about that already,’ which were my thoughts exactly. However, this is where I felt the program shines. During those gatherings we had workshops with mentors to exercise a topic. These workshops are great, because there is a big difference between reading about something and actually doing it.

 

We also did workshops on topics that were not applicable to the current stage of our startups, however likely to happen in the months up ahead. That was a nice introduction on what was to come, and to set focus for the current stage.

 

The mentors that participated in the progam were very hands-on, and gave great advice. Not only on methodologies, but also on things that would reflect whether you would be fit for running a startup, and encouragement to keep going.

 

The one thing that had the most impact, was the way of interviewing customers and relating this to customer discovery elements. The assignments were a great demonstration of the effectiveness, and it had a big influence on how I shaped my idea into a clear direction. With that I was able to explain myself better, and I believe this helped to excite others. Thanks to that I’m happy that I’ve been able to welcome 2 new co-founders to the team.

 

The program kept the startup buzz going after the Startup Weekend, and I can recommend anyone who is serious about continuing their idea after the weekend, to join this program the next time. It doesn’t take a lot of effort, and you’ll learn exactly about what you’re up against. Give it a shot!

 

If you’d like to know more about what I’ve learned during the program, feel free to chat with me at the meetups I organize every friday. Just search for ‘Friday Beer Bay’ on meetup.com.

 

Post written by Bart Verkoeijen

Featured image from http://startupstockphotos.com/

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Learn how to get traction by Andrea Livotto

Startup Weekend has introduced many of you to Customer Development. You’ve learned how to “get out of the building” and validate your hypotheses. You’ve been on the journey to product/market fit. Some of you have reached a clear value proposition that really addresses the needs of a specific customer segment. Congratulations!

But once you get there, do you know how to scale the reach of your offer? Do you know how to give your product the popularity it really deserves?

Enter Traction, the new book by Gabriel Weinberg (founder of DuckDuckGo) and Justin Mares.

The authors interviewed 40 well known startup entrepreneurs – including Jimmy Wales, Alexis Ohanian and Noah Kagan to mention but a few – and analysed many more startups, to understand how their products reached traction. The results are some great insights into many different traction channels, and a very practical framework that you can apply in your own search for traction.

The book devotes 19 chapters to analysis and suggestions on as many traction channels. Some are online – from SEM and social ads to content marketing and email marketing – and some are offline – including trade shows, community building, and – yes – newspaper ads.

The most important observation the authors make is that, just based on the product you have, there is no way to tell in advance what traction channel may work for you. Because of this, the authors devised a framework that lets you consider all channels, and select a few to run some test on.

Only after some testing and measurements, can you then confidently focus all your marketing energies on the one channel that shows the most promise. Never select your channels just based on what you may think will work, or you may miss some great opportunities.

Traction is out at the end of August. I’ve had the luck to have early access to the book. I strongly believe its framework to search for traction is going to be as helpful to startups as Steve Blank’s customer development and Osterwalder’s business model canvas. I definitely advise you read it too.

 

Post written by Andrea Livotto, Director at Clarity – a web agency in Hong Kong – and organiser of many SWHK!

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【2014两岸创业周末】温馨小贴士

QQ20141023-1@2x创业周末是什么?

StartupWeekend(创业周末)是一个总部设立于西雅图的非盈利组织,在全球各大城市不定期举行的互联网创业活动。自2011年以来,满怀热忱的创业者们已经在120多个国家举办过超过1800场活动,创业周末目前是全球最大的创业者社团组织。

 

什么是两岸创业周末?

2014年厦门和台北首次跨岸举行两岸创业周末,来自台北和厦门的创业小伙伴将齐聚厦门,展开54小时的创业合作,代表两岸城市角逐2014年的创业周末全球大奖。

 

关于GSB(Global Startup Battle) 2014

全球创业竞赛(Global Startup Battle)是由创业周末发起的一项活动,旨在通过全球最大的一场创业比赛搭建一个氛围浓厚的全球创业社区,是联系全球各地的创业者的纽带。

每年的此时,全世界的目光都聚焦于创业者,GSB为创业者搭建了一个可以展示自己的国际舞台;另外,比赛的奖励、导师的指导以及媒体的报导,是团队取得成功之路上不可多得的机会。

 

2013年全球创业大赛总冠军的获得者Pawly  (一家开发互动宠物玩具的公司). 作为2013年的冠军获得者,他们的团队取得了2万美元的奖金,谷歌总部的参观机会(含机票及住宿),持续媒体报导、导师辅导以及产品推广等多方面的支持。

通过参加GSB比赛,他们得到了媒体超乎寻常的关注,这也使得他们仅仅从一个概念想法演变成一家公司。GSB之后,他们加入了一家孵化器公司进行了项目的孵化。

 

创业周末玩法?

这是一场由有策划者、决策者、设计师、市场分析师、产品经理、市场销售者、以及有创业热情的人共同参与的活动。通过活动,有创业Idea的小伙伴提出创业点子,组成团队,经过市场验证、创造自己的产品,最终在54小时内,形成产品的商业模式或产品demo接受评委和导师的反馈。通过为时两天多的活动,创业者或有创业抱负的人能找到自己的未来创业道路上的伙伴,找出他们的创业点子最终是否是可行。

 

是否可以带已有的产品来参赛?

创业周末是一场验证创业想法的创业实践活动,而非项目demo show,每个人心中的创业想法都可以在这里得到实践和反馈。不可带已有的项目或正在开发中的项目参赛哦!

 

是否可以转换参赛角色?

是的!!如果你有好的idea欢迎上场pitch,并赢得属于你的团队成员的认可。但是,如果你的项目没有招募到足够的成员来共同完成,也可以用你的技能来加入到感兴趣的项目中哦~!

 

什么是早鸟票?

10月31日前,为了回馈创业爱好者们,特别设置了100张优惠的早鸟票,10月31日之后,将恢复原价哦~快去抢购吧~!

 

……Q&A将陆续补充中……如有问题请私信爱特咖啡吧!!!

微博:爱特咖啡

微信公众号:xmatcafeme

 

 








Startup Weekend创业周末背后的故事……

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54小时的启动Weekend创业周末虽已结束,但是,54小时后的此刻,我的微博,微信依旧热度不减。 作为一个全程参与活动的主办人,想跟大家分享几个我看到的故事

1.来自导师的故事 他叫黄何,一个热心的小胡子,talkbox原中国区负责人。在talkbox还发展迅猛的时候因为参加了sw hk后,把自己对邮件的需求衍生为项目想法,开始了他的创业之路。在54小时内,他基本从早到晚在现场呆着,既充当导师,又充当工作人员,又是兼职翻译,帮每个团队理清思路,帮他们一起头脑风暴,每天嗓子哑着回到酒店。

2.来自抑郁症患者的故事 她叫钟琦,深度抑郁症患者。曾喝过农药,自杀过,九死一生。她的狗狗陪伴她度过最困难的时期,她想做个app,用她的狗狗作为原型,设计游戏,语音,陪伴和她一样的患者们。他们团队的技术开发者,是原本的项目发起者,在听到她的项目宣讲时,毅然决定,转到她的项目帮助她,他们的团队堪称本次活动人数最多的团队。无论最后项目如何,感谢所有人关注抑郁症患者的朋友们的爱心。前天,钟琦在群里跟大家说,医生说最近她已转为中度抑郁症患者,期待她早日康复。

3.来自对岸同胞的故事 他们是第一名的团队宠幸,项目人来自对岸宝岛,发起之初做的是一个叫pet needs的项目,最终的票选没有选上前十,直到那晚结束都还未组团成功,项目发起人并不放弃,四周游说技术人员和设计人员们,并在导师的辅导下确定了项目方向,开始努力开发。活动结束第二天,项目发起人便回到台湾了,也许团队解散,但是项目的意义对所有宠物主来说意义非凡。

4.来自蔡文胜老乡的故事 29号项目发起人,我对他印象尤为深刻,一口浓重的闽南口音普通话,第一个来到现场,怕大家听不懂他的普通话,一遍遍的向周围的人诉说他的项目想法,说完总是不停的说,里听不听的懂,我的普通话不biu准。直到第二天,还是很少人听懂他是做什么的,拼拼凑凑出三个人的团队,开始项目开发。蔡文胜笑称,在他身上看到十年前自己的影子。

5.来自别人口中的故事 有人加入了别人的团队,确因产品想法理念不同而成立的自己的团队。 有的团队在会场关闭后,跑到可通宵的地方,通宵干到凌晨5点。 有的团队,为了做项目市场调查,跑到古玩城做了一百多份问卷。 有人跑遍软件园让所有经过的人填写问卷 ……………… 这场活动,并不是传统的demo show,来练胆,来作秀。看秀的观众也许你会失望所看到的项目他们粗糙,不成熟。这场活动之于每个人他的收获各不相同,也许项目方向,也许合伙人,也许创业激情,也许只是一片吐槽。但是,不管如何,所有人的努力让人感动。 厦门的安逸环境也渐渐的把许多人内心的那份梦想压抑了,但从这54小时,我感受到的是他们内心重燃起的那份激情,他们对创业的理解和认识,他们对团队协作的精神,他们对突破自我的努力。 54小时的创业周末故事已渐渐被埋没,期待所有参加创业周末的人们你们后续的故事…… 人如果没有梦想,跟咸鱼有什么区别?! 造梦者,加油!








介绍成都创业周末评委Steve Li, 天使投资人, 抱团科技

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成都新一轮惊人版创业周末11月14-16精彩登入。
出类拔萃的评委和导师,加入与全球互动战役吧!

成都有很多顶级导师和评委,首先向大家介绍的是Steve Li。

Steve Li抱团投资总监,Tap4Fun的天使投资人。
他是手机游戏行业爱好者和有兴趣投资的最好的游戏初创公司。

抱团(抱团科技)是一家服务,并与世界上最好的移动游戏创业者合作,在世界各地玩家面前展示其辉煌作品的天使投资基金。
由于Tap4Fun的子公司,世界顶级模拟游戏开发商位于成都,抱团具有独特的投资理念,行业洞察力,帮助创业上运行的无与伦比的手机游戏的整个过程的能力,并建立了长期制胜战略和员工队伍。

成都创业周末 #2 (11月14~16日)

Steve曾担任成都天府软件园。业务发展总监

SWCD#2 Spotlight: Steve Li, Angel Investor, BaoTuan

Get ready for another amazing edition of Startup Weekend in Chengdu in Nov 14-16. Amazing prizes. Interesting Judges and mentors. And the added interest of Global Startup Battle!

For Chengdu we have lots of great mentors and judges to tell you about. First up is Steve Li.

Steve Li is the Investment Director of BaoTuan, Tap4Fun’s angel fund. He is an enthusiast of mobile gaming industry and is interested in investing in the best gaming start-ups.

BaoTuan (抱团科技) is an angel investment fund serving and partnering with the world’s best mobile gaming entrepreneurs to present brilliant productions to players all around the world. As the subsidiary of Tap4Fun, the world’s top simulation game developer located in Chengdu, BaoTuan has a unique investment philosophy, industry insights and the ability to help start-ups on the whole process of running an unparalleled mobile game as well as building a long-term winning strategy and workforce.

Steve previously served as Business Development Director for the Chengdu Tianfu Software Park.

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11月14-16日: 第二轮创业周末 Nov 14-16: 2nd Startup Weekend Chengdu

Register now for Startup Weekend Chengdu #2 (Nov 14-16)

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. The non-profit organization is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world.

创业周末是一个全球性的草根运动,有创业抱负的人们致力于学习如何创业,以便成功创立新的企业。这个非盈利组织的总部在美国华盛顿州的西雅图。自2011年以来,富有热忱的创业者们,已经在100多个国家举办过超过400场活动,是全球最大的创业者社团组织。

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Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday and ending on Sunday, Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where anyone can share business ideas, get feedback from peers and create teams. Teams present their findings in front of local entrepreneur leaders, and get practical evaluation and feedback.
创业周末是一项持续54小时的活动,由周五的开放性陈述开始,周日晚结束。在这里任何人都可以分享创业点子,与同辈交流,并创建一个个团队。活动的亮点在于,团队将在本地的成功企业家领袖面前展现他们的成果,并且得到切实的评判和建议。

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual job, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.
所以无论你是想成立公司,寻找合伙人,结交新朋友,或学到日常朝九晚五工作之外的新技能,任何人都可以从创业这个看起来有些乱但是很有趣的世界里找到乐趣。

2014年6月, 第一届成都创业周末顺利闭幕.89名参与者,40个想法,13支队伍,16位导师和评委,18家赞助商,这就是成都创业周末奇妙的第一次。
The first Chengdu Startup Weekend was successfully organized in June 2014 [see pictures]. There were 89 participants, over 40 ideas pitched, 13 teams formed, 16 mentors/ judges, and 18 sponsors!

Register now for Startup Weekend Chengdu #2 (Nov 14-16)

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Join us!
Registration open now! Send us an email or go to our website.
加入我们,迎接你人生中一个难忘的创业周末。 快来注册吧!上我们网站查看详情或者发给我们邮件。

E-mail: SWChengdu@gmail.com
微博Weibo: 成都创业周末StartupWeChengdu
Linkedin: Startup Weekend Chengdu

Make friends. Build your idea. Improve your skill. Find a mentor. Start a company.

*Early bird price (Valid till Oct. 31th)/ 早鸟价(十月有效): RMB 160
*Normal price: RMB 200

Ticket price includes food for the entire weekend, as well as unlimited tea and water.

门票价格包含整个周末伙食,类似工作餐,以及无限茶水和柠檬水。
Sponsors/ Donations 赞助及捐款:
Startup Weekend is looking for support – cash, products and services.

创业周末正在寻找赞助商和捐赠为今年11月14日-16日举办的成都创业周末开幕盛会提供现金,物品或者服务。

For details, please contact our Marketing and Media coordinator Dieter [13730871837 or WeChat “waffleman”].
具体请和负责赞助和媒体事务的协调员Dieter先生联系。
手机13730871837,微信”waffleman”.

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