Patrick from Swapit is one of the CoCoon First 100

swapit-blog_cocoonWe’re incredibly humbled that we’ve been honored with a full 3 pages in CoCoon’s First 100 book. Thanks a lot CoCoonians!

CoCoon was one of the first places I actually pitched Swapit publicly. In March 2015, we’ve been at the CoCoon Pitch Night Semi-Finals and it was a great event. I still remember vividly, how nervous I was. Personally, I believe my pitches have improved a lot since then and the nervousness before going on stage, has turned into excitement. In the following month in April, we went on to pitch at the CoCoon Pitch Finals, which was great as well!

Over the past 1.5 years, we’ve been involved in several events and exhibitions organized by CoCoon and their partners. It is a great community, which also runs a huge co-working space as well, by the way.

Thanks a lot CoCoon Team!

We are very grateful, that we’ve been chosen to be featured in their first CoCoon First 100 book. Yes, it is an actual book with real pages. Here are our three pages in there:

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If you want to find out more about CoCoon, just check out their website: http://www.hkcocoon.org

Have you tried Swapit yet? Get it for free from: http://get.swapit.la/now

Pitching to Harvard Business School Alumni

I am not very good at pitching. In the end, I am a tech guy and a product person who likes to see a creation come to life and put a smile on our customer’s face. Yet, from time to time, I have to get in front of a crowd and tell them about Swapit. Our vision, our approach and our strategy to move forward. I don’t mind that much any more to speaking publicly. It was much harder about 10 months ago when I had my first public appearances for Swapit.

Last week I got invited to talk about Swapit to the Harvard Business School Alumni at our friendly co-working space CoCoon.

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It was a very intimate setting with a quite interesting audience of 30 HBS alumni. Obviously, they all have strong business background and therefore, it was great to get their feedback on our platform and the way we approach our business.

From the event, I have not gotten any direct / promising leads in terms of partnerships or investors out of. However, getting feedback from folks with a very business-savvy and numbers orientated point of view, is invaluable. This is quite similar to the many discussions I have with actual potential investors or business partners. There might not be a direct benefit associated to that time and effort spent on these meetings and pitches, but indirectly it helps a lot when you get back to work the next morning and you realize you have to narrow your focus even more.

While, we are building Swapit to solve a very particular problem in densely populated places like Hong Kong, we need to make absolutely sure, that Swapit moves towards market domination, revenue generation and profitability. At all times, though, we need to make sure we are bringing people together in the most efficient and most enjoyable way. Every time we put a smile on the face of one of our customers, we created a moment of success. It’s not monetary success, it’s a success that shows appreciation and joy. If you’re looking at the top 10 global consumer brands, that’s exactly what they are creating every single day. And, that is what ensures they remain such large well-known brands, which everyone loves. By making people happy that use your product, you are set for success in all means possible.

Right, I also like to give stuff away for free.

Watch swapit Pitch at the TIA Tour to Tokyo at CoCoon (July 9th, 2015)

swapit-blog_techinasiaThe swapit team will pitch at the Tech In Asia Tour – Road to Tokyo 2015 event on July 9th, 2015.

Swapit has applied for the Tech In Asia Tour – Road to Tokyo a while back. Now we have received the invitation to pitch our platform to the audience and some great judges!

Since our last pitches, we have refined our value proposition a bit and especially worked on our business model which will come to swapit at the end of the year.

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Feel free to attend:

  • Get your ticket: RSVP here
  • Venue: CoCoon
  • Date: 9th July, 2015 — 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Location: 3/F, Citicorp Centre, 18 Whitfield Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong
    How to get there

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Just look out for the guys in green – sporting our great swapit T-shirts – and our great swapit logo that has become famous already!

If you haven’t used swapit yet, you can download it at http://swapit.la

Read more about our previous pitches at CoCoon:

Swapit to Pitch at the HK CoCoon Pitch Night Finals (April 16th, 2015)

swapit-blog_cocoonAfter rocking the HK CoCoon Pitch Night Semi-Finals a month ago, we are pitching at the HK CoCoon Pitch Finals tomorrow!

This means, we are back at CoCoon and will be talking swapit all night long. The swapit team is absolutely excited about that event and we hope you are too.

Come and and join us. We would really appreciate your support. Perhaps there are some other startups you might find interesting as well.

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You can RSVP yourself at the official CoCoon Pitch Night RSVP form and choose “Friends of pitch team” to get free access.

Event details:
  • Date: Thu, April 16th, 2015
  • Time: 18:30 – 21:00
  • Venue: CoCoon Seminar Area
  • Address: CoCoon, 3/F, Citicorp Centre, 18 Whitfield Road, Tin Hau

Address & Location: How to get to CoCoon

Side note: We are covering the event expenses for our beta testers. So better make sure you’re signed up for our beta. You can request your invite here: http://swapit.la 

Swapit Pitch Invitation on Thursday, March 26th

We will be pitching swapit at the CoCoon Pitch Semi-Finals 2015 and we would like to invite you to support us! 

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You can RSVP yourself at the official CoCoon Pitch Night RSVP form.

Event details:
  • Date: Thu, March 26, 2015
  • Time: 18:30 – 21:00
  • Venue: CoCoon Seminar Area
  • Address: CoCoon, 3/F, Citicorp Centre, 18 Whitfield Road, Tin Hau

Address & Location: How to get to CoCoon

Side note: We are covering the event expenses for our beta testers. So better make sure you’re signed up for our beta. You can request your invite here: http://swapit.la