Author Archives: seth.knutson

I have Failed. Time to become stronger and try again

For the past few months I’ve been looking for real co-founders, presenting Xingergy to investors, the public, the Hong Kong government, business plan competitions, anyone who will listen. I’ve failed. Now it is time to readjust, move somewhere else, get a technical degree, meet new people. Build a better foundation, try again.   Also, Someone […]

In Texas for R&R; moving to Ningbo, China

All the talk about enthusiasm, passion, desire, etc. being the most important part of a startup? It’s all bullshit. The most important part is other people. Co-founders, seed stage investors, supporters. After working in Hong Kong for 18 months on Xingergy without locating these element I am moving the startup to China. My buddy Paul Orlando summarizes […]

Hong Kong government joins the startup bandwagon with a new website

The Hong Kong government, via InvestHK, has released a website which is supposed to help startups get started. Good luck. Start Me Up!

If you live in Hong Kong and have eaten vegetables you’ve eaten garbage and heavy metals

Due to high fertilizer costs Chinese farmers are picking up MSW at the local dump, fermenting it, and using it to fertilize their crops. Notice I didn’t say “filter” or “clean”. These crops suck up the nutrients, and the heavy metals, then get shipped to Hong Kong where you enjoy the garbage laced veggies with your local cuisine. […]

Hong Kong Startups are 21x less valuable than other startups

Today I read an article in the South China Morning Post about Nest, one of the more well known startup incubators and investors here in Hong Kong. The outfit holds a pitch day once a month, startups apply and are selected to pitch their startup in hopes of entering into the incubation program. We haven’t applied or […]

Why I’m doing this

It dawned on me today that unless you are in Hong Kong and saw one of my presentations you don’t know what Xingergy is doing or why. A few weeks ago (this is my claim to fame) a women recognized me on the street and said, “hey, are you that guy working on the trash startup? I […]

Incu-Tech Admission panel at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park

So I’m sitting here in this lobby waiting for someone to let me onto the 8th floor where I’ll (finally) be making Xingergy’s pitch to the Incu-Tech admission panel. The Science Park has delayed my admission panel twice, so I’ve waited about three months. One thing that has me especially worried is a reply I […]