This is part 1 of a 2 part series. The next series goes into the 3 structures when raising startup capital.
About Jon Buford
A startup entrepreneur, founded Hong Kong’s first co-work space BootHK and currently building up Makible.com A Carnegie Melon robotics and mech engineering graduate.
Topics Covered in this Episode
- BootHk and startup community in hk – Jon’s story of how Hong Kong startup scene evolved –
in 2008 he was doing a project management system, 2009 Cyberport held a forum for technology startups.
- StartupsHK starting to host coffee shop meet ups, “self help” for startups
- 500 people at StartupsHK’s first Startup Saturday August 2010
- Beginnings of Boot.hk coworking space
- Hackerspace and Coworking beginning in Boot.hk
- Opening Boot.hk in October 2010 with $15,000usd raised / committed
in Wan Chai district, 1,000 square feet space. 15 – 20 active members working in the space at any given time.
- Weekly meet ups, “Startup Monday” – From 6 to 8 people at those first coffee shop meet ups to a standing room only meet up at Boot.hk
- During his boot.hk time, he was transitioning for a new business
- Makible story how it started – Started Makible – for crowd funding and better manufacturing
- Makibot, an affordable 3D printer that was listed in the makible platform, was a huge success, and it became Makible’s flagship product
- Future of Makible – a Hong Kong rapid manufacturing space by mid 2014
- Makible’s Fundraising process- Process of raising funds for his startup
- How to get a position of strength when raising funds
- Tips for early stage startups in hk or considering relocating to Hong Kong