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http://OpenClass.hk ranking at ALEXA

After a lot of hard work, the project that I found is inching slowly towards traction, cutting all possible costs, scrambling  jobs of all kinds and only maintaining a talent technical person. We are now ranking at 4,198. Soon we will be top 1,000 http://OpenClass.hk a search, review, booking management portal and it follows my original published work of ClassBooking.com framework (click here to see) . ClassBooking.com is a SaaS based platform.

Alexa-rank-OpenClass

This is way better than other websites that are consumer-friendly, well funded.

Peegaboo.com 8,754 ( a media company that runs online digital and shuts down their magazine empire)
Finddoc.com 9,161 (a well funded startup in HK in finding doctors / booking)
Lovemy3.com  5,807  (a local fashion retail commerce site started by Angel)
Hohojo.com   4,779    ( a fellow Cyberport Incubatee that received HKICT award)
Mybb.com.hk 13,396 ( a baby / parenting digital portal)
Festivalwalk.com.hk 5,320 (a shopping mall in HK)
Harbourcity.com.hk  2,405 (a shopping mall in HK)
Kijiji.com.hk 1,246 (an ebay classified for locals)

 

#the rankings changed everyday of the week and I keep track of this important KPIs from time to time to understand and communicate to others about the importance of actual utility value of an online product (learning category) !!

 

 

Andre K. Fowlkes: Why not a ‘venture fund’ to support community initiatives?

Found a tweet from Andre K. Fowlkes: Why not a ‘venture fund’ to support community initiatives? http://t.co/dh4aMVgI — djychun (@djychun)

Isn’t what Philanthropy Capital or Foundations like Gates Foundation does ? setup to provide funding to meaningful ventures with a cause ? This article presents some great notions but yet hasn’t left any pointers to how it can be executed.20120813070022-Screen_Shot_2012-08-13_at_9.57.08_PM

A new month in August – pivoting, operating milestones, papers

I am about to start reviewing more literature and papers relating to professional practice in Archivist, KM practitioners and librarians and assessing the type of ICT and Web 2.0 educational technologies and how these emergent methods (online, mobile, social, pervasive) computing-enabled , whether synchronous or asynchronous in nature can deliver the promise social learning and group learning, collaborative learning outcomes.

And this month just happen to be a new month for our ClassBooking and team as we moved out of nice office at Cyberport and now be closer to our customers having a smartspace office in Central.

And for myself, i will be picking up the case study in BOS to revisit how to complete it and end the chase.

Telco meet and China E-Learning market study

Today was a big day for a couple of reason. I just had a first meeting with HK’s largest telco, celco, ISP and TV franchise (all-in-one) and through a contact I had knew for a while. And it marks the beginning to build traction and content partnership, inching our progress towards 2014 disruptive innovation.

As I also started my B.D work with my China partnership, I start evaluating various opportunities. Canada’s B.C government actually had published a report on the E-Learning opportunity available in PRC China. (see this link http://www.britishcolumbia.ca/Partnerships/Documents/China-E-Learning.pdf) ; this report says Asia Pacific and all I really see is China. There are however some real good source of information for research and business case study.

PRCEdu.com and ChinaEDU.net

Sooker.com – a search/directory/e-learning list similar to our CB.
51edu.com – a e-learning portal
StudyEZ.com – a e-learning portal
NewOriental.org (a NYSE:EDU) which has KooLearn.com and XDF.cn with Search course at http://souke.xdf.cn/
Ambow http://www.ambow.com.cn/

Mobile Learning at the crossroads of ????? disruptive innovations

The reason why I chose the above title is that while many writers (whether they are scholars, management gurus, journalists and web bloggers) have written much about new disruptive innovations business models. Not many covers the subject in the learning industry; many covers “disruptive technologies” in daily deals, gaming, payments, gadgets and devices.

Applying the theory of disruptive innovation (?????), Clayton Christensen refers often that the incumbent is failing to recognize newer way of creating customers based on nonconsumption often with lower margin, and hence an incumbent will typically focus in segment of the market with higher margin, while a disruptive innovation may start small and move higher up this chain, until the disruptive innovation push the incumbent out of the market (eg. Blockbuster vs Netlfix). I met a celco/telco that was also the company that kick started my career in mobile data and boy do they act like an incumbent in this context.

In the coming weeks, I will have the pleasure to introduce our innovations to another major telco/celco in HK to an ex-colleague who is now the head of product management. I will meet in person (in Shenzhen) the president of a tablet company to discuss about mobile learning cloud; and I will engage with a HK based potential angel investor for a deeper dialog; and I will also have a 15 minute conference with the MD of a Boston -based Disruptive Innovation fund; and I will be meeting again some ex-colleague who is offering major cloud services in China and meeting an advisor for his expert opinion on LBS/daily deals.

Why I choose the word “Crossroads” ?

Simply put, we are at the crossroads, each path that we take will help us move to a new territory ; yet we will still demonstrate how we can disrupt, change the way people consume or work because of our products, and how we can make profit from these activities and finally how we can execute. The Mobile + Learning + Cloud opportunity and market is converging, the interplay opportunity for a disruptive business model like our ClassBooking is “TIMELY” entry to capture the lower end of the business – yet delighting the consumers at large – thereby inducing consumption, activities, traffic and monetization.

At this crossroads, we will pitch our story – passion, insights, research and management capability to Mentors/Advisors, Angel investors (seed round), VCs (early stage,series A), Customers, distribution network, and device manufacturers. Traction, Adoption and Utilization are some of our key metrics.

The game is on. BTW, i recently registered these domain names
Cloud2Learn.com MobileLearningCloud.com

Cloud and Mobile in Education

This following diagram is originally from page 58 (or 74 in the pdf) of NETP 2010 Education Transformation from US Government. Quite impressive insights for their willingness to embrace CLOUD and MOBILE.

World Entrepreneurship Forum, Nov 2-5, Singapore

A couple of weeks ago, I received an invitation from the World Entrepreneurship Forum to attend their November forum in Singapore. Apparently, this is an invitation only to invite for think tanks.

More details available from their website
http://www.world-entrepreneurship-forum.com/

World Entrepreneurship Forum 2011, Singapore

Our ClassBooking is also finding its roots to Malaysia/Indonesia and this timely participation will hopefully bring us to another level.

ClassBooking – Mobile Learning Article at Capital Weekly Dec-24, 2010

Our company has recently been awarded with a few industry recognitions in Asia Pacific and as a researcher in Mobile Learning, we also help develop advocacy and public awareness.  In a recent interview with the Chairman of HKWTIA –  Kenneth Fong, we were able to present our solution to an existing problems in the marketplace and the potential of distribution of Mobile Learning content or objects through an efficient information market exchange.

The article is in CHINESE and can be viewed in the blog created by Kenneth Fong.

http://kencept.blogspot.com/2010/12/blog-post_25.html

http://www.capital-weekly.com/common_emag/view_content.php?issue_no=267&pub_id=26&top_id=51&art_id=121875

ArtGroup enters Red Herring Asia 100

On Oct 18, I received an email from Red Herring’s Founder Alex Vieux and congratulating our company being shortlist into the Red Herring Asia 100. We have responded courteously that we will present our company’s vision and product roadmap and why we will become one of the most promising company in Asia Pacific
It is now confirmed that our humble startup – a lean startup as they called it, has been shortlist  as Red Herring Asia 100 and as a founder of the company, i am invited to attend a conference in Shanghai to present our case to hopefully win Red Herring Asia 100.  I have done some survey for this year shortlist candidates, there are 206 in total, 70+ from India, 6 from Malaysia, 8 from HK and 30+ from China. Within the 8 from HK, there are 4 that has a HK Science and Technology Park address, 1 other is EnglishTown which has ads all over GOOGLE and also printed magazines. Our company Art Group Limited is the only company (and I am proud to say this) that are from HK Cyberport.
http://www.herring100.com/rha2010/finalists/2010finalists.html

Attending this conference is training cum networking event in the Startup and VC community and indeed our business requires the same level of trajectory growth as other equally strong candidates. So, part of the goal for me of course is to WIN the award, the other part of the goal is to GET TRAINED in pitching, negotiating term sheets, turning down offers from the investing – Super Angels, Angels or VCs interested in us.

We wholeheartedly thank Cyberport IncuTrain Center to have selected our company (award us the incubation back in 2009 Dec), a little over 10 months, we have published a paper in March in academic conference in Mobile Learning regarding the potential market, we also published our research framework in HELP (Heterogeneous E-Learning Portal) and potentially the roadmap of Mobile Learning (HELP-ME) for Mobile Edition. We have been awarded the Recognition in Mobile Learning Initiative by the Asia Pacific Mobile Learning and Edutainment Advisory Panel in Malaysia., our company has been selected by UCSI Blue Ocean Strategy as the partner to develop its knowledge-base training and consultancy for Greater China market, now to top it off, we have been shortlist for as one of 206 candidates to win RED HERRING ASIA 100.
This has to be good. Now We just need traction and sales to prove it. !!!

Blue Ocean Strategy

It’s not unusual for a b-school student or graduate to have read about the various strategy frameworks such as Porter’s Five Forces, Value-Chain analysis, Barney’s Resource-based View, and the Blue Ocean Strategy by Kim & Mauborgne. I am delighted to have the opportunity to have hands on experience and training from the authorised regional center of BOS this coming week. UCSI University of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will be hosting a practitioner course and certification workshops and I have been invited to join. On this occasion, my participation as the founder of Art Group Limited at HK Cyberport had also sponsored as part of the training subsidy to send me to this center to be trained and certified. xD: Oct 27-29, 2010. Click this link for details of UCSI. The workshop details for the 1st sessions can be found here.

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