Well it’s been just over a month since we launched our product to the HK public, and as good a time as any to reflect on the journey so far, and some of the lessons we’ve learned from it.
Fear not; I'm not going to address company formation legal structures and other "dry" stuff here, just a few general tips and insights. If you're reading this and planning to launch a business/project of your own, hopefully some of these insights will be of use.
Nothing beats seeing your service actually work for your customers/clients...
VenueHub's ultimate aim, and raison d'etre, is to connect HK venue owners and venue seekers, for their mutual benefit. When those enquiry emails go through the system, it's an immensely rewarding thing to see from our perspective.
…especially when you have built up the platform from a concept on a dinner napkin
OK, so maybe there wasn't an actual napkin/beer mat/Moleskin sketch involved in the genesis of VenueHub, but the point stands. I have personally enjoyed every minute of seeing this platform grow. I'm sure every entrepreneur or startup employee has their own motivations for being in the game, I personally love the creative nature of building something genuinely useful that solves a real-life problem.
I personally believe it's so important for everyone involved in a business like VenueHub to embrace new challenges, technical and strategic, that come your way. I'm not talking about your often-used "think big" statements associated with startups, just a simple attitude that with the resources now available online, an awesome infographic, or new website feature, or geographic expansion plan can happen easily enough.
There really are some truly spectacular venues in HK
As Production & Content Manager, I receive the venue photos from clients and have to tweak them before submitting them into the system (so that they display correctly on the website). I also do the same thing for the venue virtual tours. As someone who is naturally very visually-minded, one of the best aspects of the job is seeing these incredible photos come through and opening them fullscreen in Photoshop. Also, the variety of venue types that we're listing is great to see as well.
Sevva, venue in Central