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From Zero to IPO: The secrets of GoGoX ⚡️
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DJI’s new Inspire 2 Drone ✈️
Google’s Graveyard ☠️
Sustainability on the Road 🚗
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From Zero to IPO: The secrets of GoGoX 🤓
Join us for a candid fireside chat with Steven Lam, the co-founder and CEO of GOGOX, as he shares his entrepreneurial journey from startup to IPO. This roller coaster ride is filled with trials, tribulations, and triumphs that only a few get to experience. Steven will provide raw insights, candid anecdotes, and actionable advice on building a successful startup that can withstand the test of time.
Topics to be Covered:
The real challenges and obstacles faced by Steven while building GOGOX
Tips on scaling a business in a competitive market
The importance of adaptability and resilience in entrepreneurship
Navigating funding, expansion, and going public
Lessons learned and mistakes to avoid in your own startup journey
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When: Wednesday, May 10 · 6 - 8pm HKT
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A TECH REVOLUTION 🛬
The Sleek Inspire 2 Drone ✈️
A top competitor in its industry-how will it break barriers?
DJI's grip on the consumer drone market has allowed the company to make a push into the commercial drone space. The introduction of Inspire 1 in 2014 aimed to bridge the gap between hobbyists and Hollywood with a drone that was expensive but still within reach of consumers. DJI has since released other drones such as the Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro that offer high-quality footage at a lower cost than the Inspire. Now, DJI has released the Inspire 2, a new version of its high-end model, targeted specifically at professional filmmakers. With this release, DJI hopes to solidify its position as the leader in commercial drones.
The Inspire 2, priced at $2,999, is not a drone that is aimed at the average consumer due to its high cost and top speed. DJI's release of the Inspire 2 raises two significant questions:
How many professionals in the film and television industry will opt for this drone instead of competitors' drones, such as Ascending Technologies and FreeFly?
Will Inspire 2's power be sufficient enough to attract numerous industrial customers carrying out tasks like infrastructure inspections, site surveys, and security?
💀 GOOGLE'S HIT LIST
Google No More 🤔
Google has a history of discontinuing products that are no longer popular or successful, with some of them ending up in the so-called "Google Graveyard." The company has a tradition of "spring cleaning," where it discontinues products that are no longer being supported or used. Many products have been shut down, including Google+, Google Reader, and Google Wave.
From Android Things to Nest alarm systems, there is a wide variety of failures they have witnessed. The reasons why are even more intriguing. How can such a successful company fail so often?
SUSTAINABLE LIVING 💚
Smart Ways to Save Our Planet 🌎
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new emissions standards for light-duty vehicles that could potentially increase electric vehicle (EV) sales by almost tenfold by 2032. The proposal aims to expand the current emissions standards, which are set to expire in 2026 and embrace clean-car technology that was not available when the previous standards were established. If the regulations are adopted, the EPA predicts that EVs would make up 67% of the US car market by 2032, a significant increase from the current 7% in January 2022. The proposed guidelines set an emissions limit of 82 grams/mile on average across a company's entire production line, a 56% reduction from the 2026 target.
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