I want to share in detail on my presentation that I have delivered last week in the Open Web Asia conference, elaborating on the 5 principles which I deemed important for those are planning to build a start-up. The talk is entitled “5 Principles for Agile & High Speed Development” and shared the Chalkboard story with the delegates there who come from all over Asia. In essence, I discuss how Facebook, Twitter & FourSquare have successfully evolved quickly with their platform and data, and how common principles can used to provide a guideline to most start-ups when planning for their new ideas and getting them to market quickly. I also discuss how Chlkboard have rapidly evolved from the start of launching a platform to moving towards fast growth via 3rd party applications. Continue reading 5 Principles for Agile & High Speed Development @ Open Web Asia
Recently, I was invited by my collaborator, Assoc Prof Michael Netzley from Singapore Management University to speak to his students on the course module “Digital Media Across Asia”. The talk focus on a basic introduction to social networks and its applications to corporate communications for his students. While putting the whole talk together, I wanted to bring forward a couple of insights thru the observations and analysis (with Michael and Nicholas Khoo) that I have done on a couple of social networks in Asia, for e.g. mig33, QQ, CyWorld and demonstrate what a good set of best practices will be. We also tried for the first time do a recording of the talk and it allowed me to learn how to integrate as a slidecast on Slideshare.
A couple of things which I like to elaborate as we did not manage to steer the conversation during the class if you have heard the slidecast:
- Facebook has beaten CyWorld for the South Korea in early 2010: A new datapoint emerged in the beginning of Jan 2010. Facebook, in a very stealth way, has just displaced CyWorld to be the top social network in South Korea. This is probably the first crack in the East Asian bloc where a foreign social network has successfully toppled the incumbent. What is the reason? One probable reason is that a lot of Korean users are playing social games or tapping 3rd party applications on an open platform which CyWorld has not deployed out yet. I probably wanted to pose the question: is the beginning of a domino effect that may hit Japan soon given Mixi and Gree are in dead heat for the 1st place?
- Can the micro-transactions model work in Western based social networks?: We know that Facebook is now on the verge to deploy a beta-tested version of micro-transactions in the platform. The question as posed in the discussion by one of the students during my talk: does reverse engineering of an idea from the East will work in the West? I probably think so, given that Silicon Valley have been holding a lot of conferences of virtual goods and currency and talking about these models which are successful in the Far East. In fact, with the help of the mobile smartphones like the iPhone and Nexus One, it may be the beginning of an era where Western social networks may successfully monetize in their own homeground.
Today, I was invited by Institute of Infocomm Research, A-STAR to present on the status of mobile-web space in the 16th InfoComm & Media Horizons conference focusing on the theme “Quad Play Services – Maximizing Opportunities” in the Genexis Theatre, Fusionopolis. My talk centered on the how media content and apps play a part in the mobile-web ecosystem, the features of various mobile-web apps stores (Apple iTunes, Nokia Ovi Store, Google Android Market, Blackberry Apps World and Microsoft Marketplace) and what are the interesting lessons for developers to create, share and distribute apps thru the stores? Continue reading The Chronicles of a Mobile-Web Economy
Yesterday, I have delivered a seminar entitled “Building Online Communities: Strategies, Tools and Trends” for the Masters students in Technopreneurship and Innovation (创业与创新硕士课程). The whole session took about three hours in a seminar room. The focus of the talk is to collect some of the recent insights on the trends, tools and strategies on online social networks and also conduct a discussion forum with the students via their teams on two interesting case studies: CyWorld and Facebook. One of the key learnings which I wanted to bring across for the students is to experience both perspectives of thinking about expansion from either a local (CyWorld) or global company (Facebook). We did an interesting exercise where the students provide ideas and strategies on whether Facebook should enter into China and the challenges it entails. Unlike my other talks, this is my first lecture done in Chinese. Here are some of my thoughts from the seminar. Continue reading Building Online Communities & Social Networks: Strategies, Tools and Trends in Chinese
The TEDxSentosa (meaning independently organized TED event in Sentosa), thanks to Meng Weng Wong, has happened on 11 July 2009. Prior to this event, I have spoken in TEDxKL in Malaysia. For this evening, I will not use any slides but rather deliver a short talk about social networks and will put a short slideshow with the transcript in this post. The talk will be about my thoughts on social networks from offline to online, and an insight which I recently derived from my book project with Nicholas Khoo and Michael Netzley (SMU). Also check out the twittering with the hashtag #TEDxSentosa. Continue reading Thoughts on Social Networking from Offline to Online @ TEDxSentosa