HYPE is a team of passionate Venture Builders that help Startups demystify, unlock, and succeed in Asia.
Henek is a Co-Founder and CEO of HYPE.
He was previously part of the first landing team to expand WeWork into the APAC region in 2016 as the General Manager for Asia ex. China – launching 5 locations in Australia, Hong Kong and S. Korea.Previous to WeWork – Henek was the General Manager for Greater China at Airbnb and part of its 2012 landing team that started Airbnb operations in Asia through setting up the Singapore hub. In his various roles with Airbnb, Henek helped grow Airbnb’s presence in the region and oversaw the hyper-growth of the company.
At the start of his career – Henek worked in Bear Stearn, JP Morgan and Macquarie – departing as VP in Sales Trading where he serviced large institutions and funds that traded in APAC. He holds a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in the USA.
Patrick is a Co-Founder and CSO of HYPE.
Prior to HYPE, he led Airbnb in Korea as General Manager for 4 years, driving hyper-growth in both inbound and outbound travel in one of the world’s most heavily regulated markets. Prior to Airbnb, Patrick was with Google for 8 years as Korea’s Head of SMB Development. As a founding member of the Korean team at Google, he oversaw the hyper-growth of Youtube and advertising businesses. At the start of his career, Patrick worked for EMC as a strategic alliance manager for storage-as-a service (early concept of cloud computing), and with Accenture, as an energy consultant.
He holds a Master’s degree in Electronic Commerce from Carnegie Mellon University and Master’s / Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with specialized major on Superconductor from Yonsei University in Korea.
Robert is a Co-Founder and COO of HYPE.
HYPE is a team of passionate Venture Builders that help Startups demystify, unlock, and succeed in Asia. At HYPE, Robert is responsible for overall Deal Ops. In 2012, he helped form the Asia landing team to expand Airbnb into the APAC region. From 2013-2017, Robert relocated to Beijing to lead Business Operations and Strategy and built China operations from the ground up. During his time in Beijing, he grew the team to over a hundred headcount sitting across all business units and was instrumental in turning the China business into the fastest growing market globally for the company. Prior to Airbnb, Robert built a recruitment, e-commerce, and apparel business. Robert is bilingual American born Chinese from Oakland, California and has resided in Asia for the last 12 years.
Ryan is the Managing Director for Korea at HYPE.
Ryan has been leading market strategy and business development within Consumer Electronics, Information Technology and Content industries for the past 12 years. He was previously the Head of Digital Partnerships for Southeast Asia at The Walt Disney Company. In his various roles at Disney, he helped to grow the company’s digital presence in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) through disruptive partnerships and successfully launched Disney Branded OTT services with key partners in the region. Prior to Disney, Ryan was a New Business Development Lead at Google, based in Tokyo and Seoul, where he built the team ground up, from recruiting, training, managing an acquisition and sales ops team, to expanding new High Potential (HIPO) SMB developments in local markets.
Kevin is the Market Lead for Singapore and Malaysia at HYPE.
Prior to HYPE, he was part of Airbnb’s Asia growth team when the company first landed in the region. He was initially the Market Manager for Malaysia, where he led business development, marketing and community building. During this period, the hosts and guests community grew over 10x in major markets like Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Kevin later joined Airbnb’s business travel team (B2B) as a Sales Lead, spearheading corporate sales operations in Asia Pacific. He successfully sold Airbnb’s corporate product to enterprises like Hyundai Motor, LG Electronics, Tech Mahindra, and Deloitte. Prior to Airbnb, he also started his own company in the social dining space and had a stint in the insurance industry working as an assistant underwriter in London.
Kevin graduated from University College London with a BA in Economics.
Antonia is a Senior Associate at HYPE.
She was previously positioned as Senior Research Analyst at Oddup – a startup research platform where she made investment recommendations on startups in Asia. She specializes in Fintech, Edtech, Recruitment Tech and Social Media. She has on-stage experiences in startup events, and has published multiple in-depth company, location and industry analysis on media channels such as Economic Times, Hong Kong Economic Journal, etc.
At the start of her career, Antonia was the Data Analyst at Bloomberg where she covered the renewable energy sector in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from University of Hong Kong, and a BA in Economics from University of California, San Diego.
Maurice is a Senior Associate at HYPE.
Prior to joining HYPE, Maurice spent time in Berlin, Germany, working in strategy, business development, and investor relations with a B2B cross-border platform start-up in the Construction sector, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina, working with a venture capital firm, supporting portfolio companies in the FinTech, SaaS, and Social verticals on fundraising and growth strategies. Before entering the start-up space, Maurice worked with Monitor Deloitte, the strategy practice of Deloitte Consulting, in China, where he specialized in corporate strategy, market entry strategy, supply chain and distribution strategy, target operating model design, and project management.
Maurice graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, USA with a BA in Mathematics-Economics.
Bolong is a Senior Associate at HYPE.
He was previously a management consultant at Accenture Strategy where he worked with many of the leading financial services institutions across Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. He specialized in digital transformation, go-to-market strategy and led several business cases for his clients. Prior to Accenture Strategy, Bolong also served as project lead on pro-bono consulting projects for non-profits and social enterprises in Singapore, and was formerly with PwC Strategy and Procter and Gamble. He is passionate about using technology to create scalable change and to improve the way we live in future.
Bolong holds a Bachelor’s degree in Banking & Finance from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Carole is the Executive Assistant at HYPE.
She was from a corporate account management and business development background with a demonstrated history of working in various industries, such as Hospitality, FinTech and French wine distribution in international cities. For the wine business she also spent a few years in Shenzhen, China where she helped run the family business and investments into Cambodia. She did her major in international business and hotel management in Switzerland.
Renn is a leadership coach and advisor. He co-founded SNP Communications in 1992 with the mission of finding good people and making their truth persuasive. Based in San Francisco with offices in New York City and Dublin, Ireland, SNP is a premier leadership development consultancy on the forefront of the tech industry. They have worked with founders and senior leaders of iconic Silicon Valley brands including Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Google, Facebook, and Airbnb to name but a few.
Renn is known for helping leaders and their senior teams connect with their true values and mission as the basis for ethical leadership. His approach gives these leaders the permission to speak and act authentically as they build iconic high-performance companies for the long term. When not in Silicon Valley, Renn regularly works with leaders in Singapore, Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, London, and Berlin.
Prior to SNP, Renn worked in Washington, D.C. as a Congressional staffer and later worked with homeless teenagers in the streets of New York City. He earned his MBA from the University of San Francisco.
How We Work
We use our local market expertise to analyze and create a guidebook for Startups to understand and build operations in Asia.
Build, Operate, Transfer
HYPE will do the hands on work to build, operate and transfer the operations in new markets you want to build in.
HYPE will become a stakeholder not only via BOT services but also by investing in the partners we work with.
Our Experiences & Partners
Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries.
This is where the HYPE founders met each other. Henek Lo, Patrick Lee, and Robert Hao were instrumental in building Airbnb’s operations in Asia.
Learn more about Airbnb here.
Google is the search engine of the world, and a pioneer of the Information Technology / Internet age. HYPE’s leadership team in Korea was instrumental in Google’s initial traction and lasting success in the region.
Learn more about Google here.
WeWork is the premium co-working space in the world, and a juggernaut in the sharing economy. HYPE’s leadership team helped manage the landing and hyper-growth of WeWork across Asia Pacific, covering markets from Greater China to Australia.
Learn more about WeWork here.
Carousell is a mobile-driven, online P2P marketplace for the exchange of both new and secondhand goods. It is one of the most renowned success cases of start-ups growing out of Asia. HYPE spearheaded Carousell’s setup and market entry efforts into Hong Kong, built out a team in a new market, and are working on a few other growth initiatives for Carousell as well.
Learn more about Carousell here.
Snapask is an education technology company that thrives to make education more effective, personalized, and accessible to everyone. Through applying artificial intelligence and cloud services, education is made more effective, personalized, and accessible to everyone. HYPE spearheaded Snapask’s setup and market entry efforts into South Korea.
Learn more about Snapask here.
Homage is a trusted senior home care marketplace and technology platform seamlessly connecting seniors to the best quality of care on demand. The Homage platform uses a proprietary matching engine that pairs seniors with the best care professionals for their needs in real-time. Family members can schedule, manage, and monitor care visits through Homage family app from anywhere, stay in communication with the care professional and get real-time information on the care their senior is receiving.
Learn more about Homage here.
KKday is a leading travel e-commerce platform in Asia, providing a wide variety of unique experiences. KKday currently has branch offices in Hong Kong and China, and in the process of expanding into Singapore, South Korea and Japan.
Learn more about KKday here.
Surkus connects people to the brands and events tailored to their interests. Using unique technology, the Surkus platform curates a targeted group of tastemakers for client events – whether that be nightlife, comedy shows, classes, product launches or a digital campaign. In turn, Surkus members are invited to explore and discover these new experiences, with invitations tailored just for them. The HYPE team drove their entire Asia expansion effort.
Learn more about Surkus here.
Gini is a FinTech company based in Hong Kong, working to build a user-centric mobile app for personal finance and banking. Through Gini, users can better manage their finances and receive rewards for it. The application is powered by bank-level security, and allows interoperability between bank accounts of various banks in Hong Kong.
Learn more about Gini here.
The Bee Token is a blockchain-enabled, decentralized home-sharing platform. The team is building a middleman free, peer-to-peer network of hosts and guests on the decentralized web, while charging no fees and building an aligned incentive scheme between different parties.
Learn more about The Bee Token here.
Plutux is the first crypto-to-crypto exchange to empower traders with highly customizable and easy-to-use algorithmic trading features in a mobile-first environment.
Learn more about Plutux here.
Amazer is a video-sharing platform where content creators can upload short-form dance and performance videos. Users can get a following and “battle” with other users to gain rewards. The team at Amazer is trying to build a global community around K-Pop.
Learn more about Amazer here.
Eatigo is a restaurant reservation app which offers time-based discounts of up to 50% off, helping restaurants optimize their customer flow.There are no pre-payments or hidden cost. They currently have over 4000 restaurants onboarded across Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India and the Philippines.
Learn more about Eatigo here.
What's The HYPE?
Source: EJ Insights (Hong Kong Economic Journal)
August 27, 2018
Source: Hong Kong Business
June 19, 2018
Source: Korea Joongang Daily
May 31, 2018