Easiway sponsors STARTUP GRIND talk with GaryVee talk in Hong Kong

Courtesy of STARTUP GRIND

Courtesy of STARTUP GRIND

Easiway, ride-booking app in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, is one of the official sponsors of STARTUP GRIND’s FIRESIDE CHAT WITH THE LEGENDARY GARY VAYNERCHUK, held on July 12. (Thank you, Jan Smejkal! We can’t wait to see you talk with this guy on stage.)

This is exciting for us because Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO and co-founder of VaynerMedia, represents what everyone at Easiway believes in which is loving people.

In the world where social media takes over, we tend to take relationships lightly and become more isolated. Thanks to the online dating apps, it is easier for us to meet new people with every swipe and more people get ghosted. It’s halloween every day. (YouGov/Huffington Post’s 2015 survey shows over 10% Americans have ghosted someone. Just awful!)

We should use social media to engage with others regardless of any boundaries. Gary here does not take the social media for granted and he is a guy who hasn’t forgotten what’s important.

Digital era or not, one thing is constant: we all matter.

But do we treat each other like we do?

Gary is proof that caring for others and using social media to show that can lead us to bigger success. He calls empathy “one of the biggest things to which he attribute his success.”

You can move people if they believe that you genuinely care about them. In the beginning of his legacy, he replied hundreds of email every day, even the trivial ones asking him which wine goes well with beef. That’s why this guy is influencing so many people now. It all started with one email or one view that he engaged with.

He understands happiness ultimately drives motivation which explains why he constantly stresses that family comes before work. He even walked you through his 18-hours of daily work. So when he says, “I beg you. Please do what you love!!!” it is not an empty statement. He further backs this statement by saying that you can do what you love from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. after work and spending time with family. That’s enough.

He is creating a community that people want to be a part of and we should all learn from this guy.

The Fireside Chat will cover what entrepreneurship is all about, the current state and future of social media and Gary’s strategy in Asia.

The event will take place in Mettā in Central on July 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are sold here.

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Work hard, play hard

Work hard, play hard

We’re on the seventh floor of a garden apartment in Longhua, Shenzhen. The whole team will be here for awhile. The boot camp mode is ON!

Many ask us how is Easiway different from other platforms. We are creating a professional fleet management system called Easishare Management System for car rental companies to effectively manage drivers and vehicles. Dispatchers can keep a close eye on drivers so they are not late and such. You know the drill.

Long story short, we make all players in the industry happy.

Definitely, it’s hard work for all team members. A good product calls for a close communicaton. That’s why we’re all here. We talk night and day fixing things, making things, having fun and enduring the occasional stressed-out phase.

There are other moments when you try to not feel awkward when an arguement between other team members get pretty heated up. Of course, we argue because we all care and it’s required for a good product to surface.

It all works beautifully because the sales team can give feedback to the dev team right away and the product becomes better each day.

We work hard. So we play hard (once in a while).

Guangzhou Tower

Guangzhou Tower

All team members went along with the sales team who had a meeting with a vendor in Guangzhou and got to see this beauty. Not a cloud in the sky. It was a good day.

We also stopped by Shamian Island to see some vintage buildings that stole our hearts. We did nothing, but walk and it was perfect.

Shamian Island

Shamian Island

In Guangzhou, there are a lot of fashion hopefuls who sell on online shopping giant Tao Bao which explains the ton of fashion photo shoots going on down the streets.

Young, but fierce

Young, but fierce

I shouldn’t stare at people but she was really pretty.

I shouldn’t stare at people but she was really pretty.

It was soothing especially because the atmostphere was so chill. Away from the boot camp, we enjoyed the peaceful faces there.

Work hard, play hard

Work hard, play hard

Work hard, play hard

After this trip, we’re here back to work.

This will be a time that will never come again. When will the team members ever be working together this closely to build something that we believe in?

It’s a process that needs dedication and commitment. Communication is key to bring everyone on the same page. Years and years later, we will keep remembering this time: our own good old days that made history.

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Being Frances Ha

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She’s lovable, but you don’t want to be her.

Frances is a 27-year-old woman who starts out in Brooklyn to become a dancer. She is an apprentice dancer in a small company. But she doesn’t get a full membership and her life unravels. Her best friend/roommate moves out to live in Tribeca where Frances can’t afford. Frances is up in the air with no place to live, no job and alone.

She wears a dorky smile to hide her agony as she struggles. There is something uncomfortable about her attitude in life. She is in between. Why can’t she just get a real job like everybody else? You may think.

But hey! Give her a break. She’s only trying to climb over the fence that the industrial age had built.

This fence had trapped us with “the bait of decent pay and plenty of prizes” as Seth Godin puts it. As the industrial age fades, this fence that makes us feel safe disappears too, but we are not aware of it. Not yet.

“Following instructions is overrated.”

Being human now means being something bigger. Being human now means to fly a lot closer to the sun if you wanted to. So we need to create wings not made of wax, but something stronger. We all need to be artists and be more human.

Not a lot of us has tried this before. We do not have mentors.  So it’s only natural that Frances’s new attempt look awkward and uneasy.

We don’t want to be her yet, but we should. We will.

I got a real job!

You may be still in school at the age of 30. You may have a law degree but choose to work as a tollbooth attendant.

Yeah. You sound like someone who is outside the fence living a risky life. Ooooooor you may be the artist that shows the world how much higher we can fly. You may feel out of place because you’re not on the path that others are on. But you’re not alone.

The old industrial age mostly taught us that other players in the market are your competitors and we have to fight against each other to survive. But we at easi6 created a platform so rental car companies can cooperate to survive. We are helping them to serve more orders with the same number of fleets. We are outside of the fence. We are showing how high we can fly and the vendors are joining us.

So in a way, we are artists.

Good news is you can be one, too.

Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Inc., IFC Films

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Easiway rides to Web Summit

Web Summit

The easi6 team is back from Dublin’s Web Summit. Thank you, Web Summit, for the booth and wonderful time. Never had we ever met such inspirational people. We picked four keywords that best describe our experience there.

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#Big Heart
Many tech blog posts say to set up meetings in advance, especially if the event is as large as the Web Summit. This is very true. But, beauty also came from being surprised while wandering round the booths. We ran into this 10-year-old young star with a big heart, who claims to be the youngest CEO at the Web Summit, being interviewed by a major TV reporter. This little guy made the Ability App that helps people with disabilities find locations, employments, businesses and services that are disability friendly. With this guy in the spotlight, it shows that anyone can make change. All you need is to care for others.

#Conviction
The talks arranged by the event were also interesting. What are the chances you get to meet Mike Krieger, co-Founder of Instagram, or Ed Catmull, President of Pixar & Disney Animation Studios. Man, that big hall was packed with so many people, it was hard to breath. (Well, sort of.)

What really hit us hard was the word conviction stressed by Jeff Lawson, co-Founder and CEO of Twilio. He told us a story of how he was in other businesses before, but had to leave because he did not love his business, customers and everything about it. You hear about tools useful for your business. But what good will they do if you do not love what you do? The key is to do what you believe in. Are you sure this is what you want to do? Are certain people need your product? If your answer is yes, you will always find a way to make it.

Walk4Eva

#Equality
In the final moments of the event, Paddy Crosgrave, Founder of the Web Summit, gave a speech that exuded great influence over us. He stressed equality. He encouraged members of the Web Summit audience to join the Walk4Eva, a campaign against the Catholic control of education in Ireland. The campaign is named after Eva Panicker, a Hindu girl struggling to find a nearby school that would accept her. Everyone deserves education regardless of your religion, gender and nationality. Equality leads us to diversity, a fuel that generates new ideas. Without this, an industry will not survive and a country will not grow. Paddy really showed us to fight for what we believe in. He showed us the courage to build a better future, not just for your business but for others.

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#Perseverance 
The Korean media frequently talks about how the government is pushing to create momentum for the startup scene, as part of nation’s drive for ‘creative economy.’ But is it difficult to obtain press coverage because we do not have significant numbers yet. The stress is on the results rather than the story. This did not stop us from reaching out. We sought out reporters and media that would be interested in our service Easiway and told our story in the most sincere way. Then we met Lourda Sexton from CCTV News at the Web Summit and her wonderful coverage hit the airwaves on Nov. 5. Above is the a scene of the interview of our CEO Kay Woo with Sexton. Sexton said, “Kay Woo [CEO of Easishare Limited] developed an app called Easiway that allows passengers to book cross-border transport between Hong Kong and Shenzhen.” We were patient and persistent and finally found our way to tell the world about our service. Opportunities may rely on chances, but great opportunities are made.

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[강연 이벤트] 중국 시장 진입과 전략적 판매

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 *신청을 위해 여기를 눌러주세요.

중국 시장. 기회의 땅이라지만 막막하게 다가 오기도 하죠.

그.래.서 이지식스가 준비했습니다.

“HW 영업 전문가가 말하는 중국 시장 진입과 전략적 판매”라는 강연!

중국 시장에 관심 있는 분이면 누구나 참석 가능합니다. 

이번 강연은 무료로 진행됩니다. 오시는 분들만큼 1인당 5,000원의 기금을 저희 부담으로 기부하려고 합니다.

지금부터 기부하는 습관을 길러서 나중에 이지식스가 크게 성장해도 더 많은 분들을 도울 수 있었으면 좋겠습니다. *^^*

그럼 21일에 만나요.

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[Press Release] Share 12-sec of Your Story with Voice Recording App ‘VOX’

 

App that shares your 12-second voice with friends, now available for both Android and iPhone users

 VOX

SEOUL, April 7, 2015—Voice app “VOX”’ offers a platform where people can share ideas in the form of a 12-second recording now for both Android and iPhone users.

VOX, built by easi6, a startup based in Seoul, enable users to share their 12-second recording after creating a user name. One can easily find recordings of their interest simply using the hashtag feature. VOX is basically a platform where images are not used to tell who you are, but where you can express yourself only with the sound of your voice. Commenting on contents can be done by voice as well as text.

“VOX is where you can express your true self because it delivers your unique voice and tone,” said Sunny Hong, designer of VOX. “With VOX, people can get an idea of who you are only by your voice because the application does not require you to upload photos or video.”

easi6 team’s mission has always been to make people’s life easy by connecting them. Take their past project “Tomoni” for example. The application helps users connect with nearby people of the same interest and set up meetings. Also, their “Doors & Dots” organizes near-term meeting and provides a real-time meeting map.

So what’s next for easi6? This year will be a busy year for easi6. First of all, the team aims to launch an O2O project in China during the first half of 2015. Also, they are developing a new product of combining software and hardware systems in the U.S. market. So stay tuned to their social media page and official website for update news.

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홍콩-심천을 이동하는 밴 기사와 승객 연결하는 이지웨이(Easiway)

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이지식스(easi6)가 드디어 홍콩과 심천을 이동하는 밴 기사와 승객을 모바일로 연결하는 이지웨이(Easiway)를 출시했습니다. ^^

이 사업은 매일 홍콩과 심천을 출퇴근하는 한 지인으로부터 시작됐습니다. 저스틴(Justin)은 7년째 대중교통을 통해 심천에서 홍콩으로 출퇴근하는 친구입니다. 이 여정은 총 4시간이 걸리는데요. 문제는 차에서 내려서 사무실에서 심사를 받아야 하며 대부분의 경우 줄을 서서 기다려야 한다는 것입니다. 국경을 한 번 넘을 때마다 낭비되는 시간은 약 1시간. 저스틴과 같이 국경을 통과한 사람들의 숫자는 2014년도 한 해 동안 약 2.19억 명, 하루 평균 약 60만 명입니다. 국경을 한번 넘는데 약 70년이라는 시간이 줄에서 낭비되고 있는 거죠…

이 문제를 해결하고자 이지식스가 나섰습니다. 이지웨이가 호출하는 밴은 심천과 홍콩에 등록됐기 때문에 두 개의 번호판을 가지고 있습니다. 때문에 탑승객은 줄을 설 필요 없이 톨게이트를 지나가듯이 차에서 바로 입국 심사를 받을 수 있게 되며, 총 여행 시간을 50분가량 줄일 수 있습니다.

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현재 약 2,000개의 렌터카 회사가 두 개의 번호판을 가지고 있는 2만 대의 밴을 운영하고 있는데요. 이지웨이가 출시되기 전까지 이러한 밴은 주로 전화로만 예약 가능했으며, 손으로 기록됐었습니다.

처음에는 다른 택시 호출 앱처럼 기사와 승객을 연결하면 된다고 생각했습니다. 그런데 렌터카 업체들의 입장은 좀 달랐습니다. 그들은 단골손님을 유지하고 싶었기 때문에 전화로 예약을 계속 받고 싶어 했습니다. 그래서 이지식스는 매니저 툴(manager tool)을 만들었습니다. 이 툴은 손님의 전화 예약을 기자용 애플리케이션에 등록하는 기능입니다. 또 이지식스는 CEO 툴(CEO tool)도 마련했는데요. 이 툴을 통해 기업 대표는 매출표, 예매율 등 회사가 어떻게 운영되고 있는지 손쉽게 볼 수 있습니다. 이지웨이는 단순히 밴과 승객을 연결하는 앱을 넘어 매니저와 기업 대표까지 포함하는 하나의 생태계라고 말할 수 있습니다.

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이지식스는 중국 파트너사와의 긴밀한 협력을 통해 이지웨이의 안정적인 서비스 확장에 박차를 가하고 있습니다. 또한, 효율적인 알고리즘으로 빈 차로 국경을 넘는 횟수를 줄이고 렌터카 업체들이 이익을 높일 수 있도록 돕습니다. 이러한 노력이 지속한다면 자연스럽게 홍콩과 심천을 방문하는 글로벌 사용자들까지 본 서비스를 이용할 것이라고 확신합니다.

이지식스가 가장 중요하게 생각하는 것이 사람과 사람을 연결하는 것입니다. 그러기 위해서 항상 열린 자세로 사람들의 의견을 귀담아 들으려고 노력합니다. 또한, 사람들의 필요를 제품에 반영시킬 수 있는 실력을 키우기 위해 앞으로도 노력할 것입니다.

글. 우경식 이지식스 대표 kay.woo@easi6.com
그림. 홍경선 디자이너겸 파트너

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