What you feel like the day after your demo day and the last social gathering

We killed it (again) at demo day! 😛

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We had the tough job of going first and we kicked it off to a good show. The rest of the cohorts did an amazing job as well. Of course, we had to have an afterparty and I want to thank those of you who came out and congratulated us. 

I also hope that the startup community got to feel that the bar can be higher for startups in Hong Kong and don’t settle for less. Great demo days can happen, great companies and great teams and I think we are just beginning to see startup talents coming to light.

Now that we have finished demo day and AcceleratorHK program, it does feel like weights have been lifted off my shoulder. I feel…happy and sad, both at the same time. Why? Imagine you are learning how to ride your bike for the first time. Without assistance, one would most likely fall down a lot, get bruises, and cuts but AcceleratorHK is like your parent putting training wheels on your bike. They stabilize you, guide you, and make sure you stay on the road and not ride to the dirt.

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But at some point, the training wheels have to come off. It’s sad because you are on your own but great because you know can ride by yourself and its up to you to choose where to go. I’ve come to think of the cohorts and Paul (dad) and Steve (mom) as our family. We have been through a lot, helped, criticized, and shared this journey together. Thank you 100village, Gonnect, PayAllies, Dynamino, and SurroundApp for this family trip.

When the program first started, I started to plan weekly dinner dubbed “Social Nights” every Thursday night where Steve and I came up with the cheering phrase Social for bumping drinks. We would often go eat at all you can eat or cheap local food since half of our team are not from Hong Kong then head out for a drink to blow stress away. Once a week, just social. I’m sorry to say that tonight will be the last AcceleratorHK Social for our group. Some people will leave the next day back to their home countries and since Chinese New Year is also starting Sunday, there may not be a lot of activities happening. 

What’s going to happen to my startup Taxiwise and us? Well its time to push the envelope higher, now that we have our training wheels off, its time to win the bike race. At some point in life, you get accustom to have support but know when you need to grow and be independent. But always remember to enjoy the bike ride. The journey is all worth it.

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