20 October 2018

Ben Ng

EJ Insight writer
  • Ofo HK general manager Quentin Zhang said the firm is keen to work closely with regulators to develop a set of consumer-friendly guidelines for Hong Kong's bike-sharing sector. Photo: Ofo

    Ofo calls for self-regulation of HK bike-sharing industry

    - Oct 19, 2018 9:01am
    The bike-sharing trend has taken Hong Kong by storm – and appears to have subsided just as fast. Since last year, six bike-sharing operators have emerged in the city. But amid fast-paced expansion and intense competition, went...
  • LINE Corp., the Tokyo-based messaging giant, has unveiled its first cryptocurrency token, LINK, and its blockchain network, LINK Chain, with the aim of creating a strong token economy. Photo: Reuters

    Japan’s LINE to go big on blockchain with crypto ventures

    - Oct 2, 2018 4:01pm
    LINE, a Japan-based mobile messaging app owned by South Korean internet giant Naver, aims to create a blockchain ecosystem for its service offerings. Its blockchain efforts have included the establishment of “LINE Blockchain Lab,” a blockchain...
  • Jeff Yu is founder and managing director of online office rental platform Zoom Offices. Yu and his team participated in the TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018 earlier this month. Photo: Zoom Offices

    Zoom Offices brings full online experience to office leasing

    - Sep 28, 2018 4:13pm
    Most companies seeking to lease offices still rely on the services of real estate agencies.  Hong Kong startup Zoom Offices wants to digitize this traditional lease model by providing an online platform that connects office property owners, operators,...
  • Sigal Atzmon, president and CEO of healthcare management service firm Medix, believes China will lead the pack in disrupting the healthcare sector with advanced technology. Photo: Medix

    China leading in healthcare technology, says Medix chief

    - Sep 6, 2018 1:04pm
    Accelerating tech innovations are transforming the healthcare industry, and both tech giants and startups are quick to seize business opportunities in such fields as pharmaceuticals and genomics. Sigal Atzmon, president and chief executive of Medix Global, a...
  • CurrencyFair is tapping into the renminbi market in an Asia push, with the segment seen as a big part of the company’s future growth, according to COO and CFO Ruth Fletcher. Photo: CurrencyFair

    P2P money exchange platform CurrencyFair bets big on RMB biz

    - Sep 3, 2018 5:05pm
    CurrencyFair, a Dublin-based online peer-to-peer (P2P) foreign exchange marketplace, announced last month the acquisition of Hong Kong payment services firm Convoy Payments, signaling the fintech startup’s major ambitions for expansion into Asia. Ruth Fletcher, the Irish firm’s...
  • Hype’s founder and CEO Henek Lo (left) and its co-founder and COO Robert Hao said the company is leveraging its local market expertise and operational networks to help startups expand in Asia. Photo: HKEJ

    Meet Hype, venture builders helping startups expand in Asia

    - Aug 23, 2018 12:27pm
    With its booming startup ecosystem, Asia has made great strides in technology and innovation over the past couple of years. Despite being a hive of investment activity, however, the regional market remains a puzzle to many from the outside....
  • Ben Richman, Director of Data Services at Blockstream, says his firm is committed to enhancing the Bitcoin scale while maintaining privacy for users. Photos: Reuters, Blockstream

    How Blockstream is scaling up Bitcoin-related technologies

    - Aug 23, 2018 11:52am
    In 2016, Blockstream, a provider of blockchain technology, won backing from Horizons Ventures, a venture capital firm owned by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing. Ben Richman, Director of Data Services at Blockstream, describes Li as a “visionary”...
  • Data laws in Asia are not entirely motivated by the same objectives as in Europe, where there is consensus that individual rights should prevail over the economic interests of businesses, says DLA Piper's Scott Thiel. Photos: Reuters, DLA Piper

    GDPR and its effect on technology innovation

    - Aug 22, 2018 12:20pm
    In an article published on Monday, we presented the comments of Scott Thiel, a partner at DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office, on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what companies should do to...
  • Scott Thiel, a partner at DLA Piper's Hong Kong office, said the fundamental difference between the Europe’s GDPR and other privacy regimes poses a big challenge for multinational firms with large data sets. Photo: Bloomberg, DLA Piper

    Ignore at your own risk: How GDPR impacts China and HK companies

    - Aug 20, 2018 12:52pm
    Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on May 25, has been billed as the biggest shake-up of data privacy laws since the birth of the web. With an aim to give citizens...
  • Matthias Herrmann, managing director of Roy Ceramics, believes there is still some way to go for China when it comes to pursuing intelligent manufacturing. Photo: HKEJ

    How a bathroom ceramics firm is riding Germany’s ‘Industry 4.0′

    - Jul 30, 2018 4:23pm
    In 2012, Germany launched the concept of “Industry 4.0″ in its manufacturing sector. Three years later, China implemented a similar initiative, dubbed “Made in China 2025″ plan, to modernize the country’s manufacturing through technological upgrades, and...
  • George Zhao is pictured on the stage during the Honor 10 global launch event earlier this year. The Honor smartphone brand chief aims to boost overseas sales in a big way as the domestic Chinese market has become very crowded. Photo: Honor

    Honor, Huawei’s mid-range brand, steps up overseas push

    - Jul 30, 2018 10:56am
    Honor, a smartphone brand established by Huawei Group in 2013, has stood out in the crowded Chinese smartphone market. As a budget-friendly Huawei sub-brand, Honor offers consumers an alternative in the lower to mid-range smartphone segment, helping...
  • Stock markets could be impacted by the World Cup match results, according to a study. Photo: Reuters.

    World Cup elimination could wipe billions from stock markets

    - Jul 23, 2018 4:19pm
    Stock markets could be impacted by the World Cup match results, according to a study led by Alex Edmans, a professor of finance at the London Business School. The study, based on analyses of 1,100 football...
  • VeChain's chief marketing officer Noah Huo (upper left) said PwC is committed to helping promote the startup’s business to its global customer base.  Photo: VeChain

    With PwC, VeChain is building supply chain of the future

    - Jul 17, 2018 3:21pm
    Following the meteoric surge of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, many businesses have shown heightened interest in the blockchain technology behind those virtual currencies and have sought to harness its potentials. The growing interest in the technology...
  • Alan Ai, general manager of WeWork Greater China, said the firm is going to enter eight cities in China this year. Photo: WeWork

    WeWork goes full throttle in China

    - Jun 4, 2018 2:13pm
    A platform for creators, WeWork is bent on establishing a global presence. Founded in New York City in 2010, the company now has about 248,000 members around the world. As WeWork continues to expand, China, with its government...
  • Circle Internet Financial is 'definitely not interested in an IPO' at this point in time, says CEO Jeremy Allaire. Photo: Bloomberg

    No plans to go public anytime soon: Circle CEO

    - Apr 10, 2018 10:00am
    In an article published on Monday, we presented the views of Jeremy Allaire, co-founder and CEO of blockchain-based payments startup Circle on the rationale behind the company’s decision to set up its Asian operations in Hong...
  • Circle is targeting large corporations and investors in Asia, says Jeremy Allaire,  co-founder and CEO of the blockchain-based financial services firm. Photo: Circle

    Circle gaining more clients in Asia, says CEO

    - Apr 9, 2018 11:56am
    Digital currencies such as bitcoin have caused a financial frenzy in the West, and some of the leading players in this new sector are now looking to Asia for business growth opportunities. Seeking to capitalize on...
  • BitMEX's Arthur Hayes believes large tech companies will try to get into the cryptocurrency platform business. Photos: Reuters, BitMEX

    Crypto units are here to stay, says BitMEX’s Hayes

    - Mar 7, 2018 10:10am
    In an article published on Tuesday, we presented the comments of BitMEX co-founder and CEO Arthur Hayes on the cryptocurrency derivatives exchange’s business model and derivatives trading. Now, in the second part of the interview, we outline the...
  • BitMex has seen record growth in user base in recent months, says CEO Arthur Hayes. Photo: Bloomberg

    We love bitcoin volatility: BitMEX chief

    - Mar 6, 2018 11:32am
    Bitcoin and other virtual units have grabbed the attention of everyone in the financial world since mid-2017, sparking a boom in cryptocurrency exchanges in markets worldwide and prompting a host of investors to rush into crypto...
  • With the launch of a news aggregation service, LINE aim to become the No.1 content portal in Hong Kong, says Hyun-bin Kang, senior VP, business development, at LINE Plus Corp. Photo: LINE

    LINE aims big with news aggregation service in HK

    - Mar 6, 2018 11:31am
    Japanese messaging company LINE announced recently the official launch of its news aggregation service, LINE Today, as parts of efforts to expand its footprint in the Hong Kong market. In an interview with EJ Insight, Hyun-bin...
  • Blockchain technology will be put to use for many more applications in the coming years, according to JP Nicols, managing director of of FinTech Forge.

    Banks still in testing mode on blockchain: JP Nicols

    - Feb 7, 2018 10:07am
    In an article carried Tuesday, we outlined the views of JP Nicols, a prominent bank innovation consultation expert, on the future of banking industry in China and Hong Kong. Now, in the second part of the interview,...

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