The international tech scene is no longer a private playground for Silicon Valley companies, with Asian players making waves on this side of the globe and beyond.
To celebrate the talented individuals who are changing the face of the industry, the Asia Tatler editors and a panel of experts compiled a list of the top 50 rising tech stars in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Phillippines, Taiwan and Indonesia.
Here are eight of Hong Kong's technological elite on the list:
The biz: Planning a trip and want to read some personal, first-hand reviews? Or perhaps you’re looking for a good wedding blog? In a content-rich, time-poor world, Notey filters the web, delivering the most relevant, engaging stories from thousands of blogs based on the reading habits of its millions of users.
The biz: From a simple saliva swab, users can discover their risk for common cancers and major diseases, their optimal diet and their likely response to specific drugs.
The biz: It’s now a well-respected authority on all things street culture—from high fashion to music and graffiti—and gets 47 million page views a month. It has spawned a quarterly print magazine and an online store, HBX, carrying 300+ brands. Ma has managed to harness the power of cool.
The biz: By cutting out the middleman, the company—with US$10 million in fresh funding secured last year led by Alibaba’s entrepreneurship fund—offers high-quality basics at a fraction of the usual price.
The biz: What began as a one-day, girls-only coding workshop has grown into a range of courses for children of both genders. There’s now a five-year curriculum, and three students were recently invited to show off their apps at MIT. The company recently expanded operations to Singapore.
Why him? This Stanford graduate aims to democratise access to credit with WeLab, the online lending platform he founded in 2013.
The biz: WeLab has already acquired more than 13 million users and processed US$9 billion in loan applications. Last year WeLab was described in a KPMG report as the No. 6 fintech company in China. Loong is also an avid kick-boxer, so you’d better not be late with your repayments.
The biz: Gone are the days of waiting hours for a call centre to locate your man-with-a-van. The 31-year-old’s on-demand logistics app puts businesses and individuals directly in touch with drivers, allowing bookings to be made 24/7 and within minutes.
The biz: With Snapchat marketing and celebrity endorsements, the 35-year-old has created the world’s third-largest tech accessories brand in just five years.
Read the full list here: Asia's Top 50 Rising Tech Stars
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