中國訂單急升!罐裝加拿大「空氣」$239 RMB照搶

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中國空氣污染問題到底有幾嚴重?從經常聽到各大城市受到霧霾威脅的消息已可略知一二。現時想在中國吸一口新鮮空氣並不是易事,不過有人卻從中找到商機,因為最近加拿大公司 Vitality Air 就將當地的空氣放到網店發售,並且更成功吸引到不少中國消費者選購。

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Vitality Air 是由加拿大華裔青年 Moses Lam 成立的公司,而他之所以能創業其實只是誤打誤撞,因為之前他眼見不少地方都受到污染問題影響,於是便決定將一包裝有當地旅遊勝地 Banff 的空氣放到 eBay 上出售,殊不知其後竟然有人以 168 美元(約 1,302 港元)的價格購入。眼見「賣空氣」竟然都可以賺大錢,於是 Moses 便決定擴展業務,最後更成立了 Vitality Air 這間公司。

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Vitality Air 現時主要收集當地 Banff 及 Lake Louise 的新鮮空氣,並以人手製成一支又一支「空氣樽」,雖然整個收集過程相當花時間,故大大提高了該產品的售價,但由於當中的空氣標榜潔淨,再加上來自海外,所以自推出後每月平均能賣出約 300 支。現時大家已可於淘寶網等地方看到這款產品出售,當中分別有 7.7 及 3 升兩個版本,兩者的空氣最多可以吸 150 及 80 次,至於價格方面各售 239 及 179 元人民幣(約 286 及 214 港元)。

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來源:Initium

How China’s young entrepreneurs are ‘overthrowing tradition’ to revitalise business through technology

Standing under the stage lights with a confident smile, 18-year-old Zhou Bangwei tried to persuade a full-house audience that the new mobile app he designed would rejuvenate his father’s declining business.
Metersbonwe, a major home-grown fast fashion brand whose profits have shrunk in the past few years as Western brands and e-commerce platforms flooded the market, is now pinning its hopes on the mobile internet. It’s new shopping app allows users to start their own shops where they share “dress collocations” – or how people match clothes to improve their appearance – and get commission from the company if the outfits are picked and purchased by others.
Targeting young consumers born in the 1990s, the app avoids “stiff” business procedures and allows them to “create beauty, share and spread it, and make profits while benefiting others,” said the son of Wenzhou billionaire Zhou Chengjian at the company’s 20th anniversary celebration in Shanghai last week.
Many contemporaries of the junior Zhou, the so-called post-90s generation known for their tech savviness and individuality, are playing a increasingly important role in the transformation of traditional industries by utilising the internet, a strategy that Premier Li Keqiang raised in his work report last month.
Called “internet plus”, the strategy focuses on internet-powered start-ups and how new technology can be applied to traditional sectors as the world’s second biggest economy looks for an effective way to restructure itself.
“I’m combining the resources of a post-60s and the mindset of a post-90s, who has the internet gene flowing in his blood,” said Zhou Chengjian, who was forced to close some 800 stores last year in an effort to restructure the company, once one of the most popular brands among young mainlanders.
“If we don’t know how to use the internet to refresh our experience and knowledge, there will be absolutely colder winter, and if we do, then the spring is approaching,” he said.
Others may not have a billionaire father, but they are also adding renewed vigour to old industries.
Daxiang, a condom manufacturer co-founded by post-90s college classmates Liu Kenan and Zhao Chuan in Beijing just over a year ago, became popular among young internet users overnight and won investment from several venture capital firms for its novel business model.
Unlike other condoms that are typically sold in supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores, the company sells its products only online without a bricks-and-mortar distributor.
Its condoms are also designed to improve the sexual experience for women, instead of the industry’s stereotyped focus on men.
“We vowed to ‘overthrow tradition’ because we’re the youngest in this sector and have a better sense of entertainment,” said Zhao, who leads a team of fewer than 30 members who are mostly in their twenties.
Liu Yongjie, a senior student in Guangzhou’s South China University of Technology, has also seen business burgeoning at his Western-style restaurants that were started with online crowd-sourced funding.
He opened his first Bepotato restaurant near the Wushan campus with an investment of 850,000 yuan (HK$1 million) a year ago, of which 350,000 yuan was funded from Liu’s school mates via WeChat, the mainlands’ most popular social media platform.
With two other outlets opened recently and two more being fitted out, each of the restaurants has more than 160 shareholders with an aggregate investment of 1 million yuan, said Liu.
He said what also made the restaurants different was that they allowed students to participate, whether in terms of decoration, participating in offline weekly events or even waiting on tables.
“We serve for college student start-ups. Our shareholders are at the same time our most important customers,” he said, adding that three restaurants now operating have all started to make a profit.
Zhou Meihua, head of Shanghai Yingzhi Investment Consulting that advises young entrepreneurs, believes more students will launch businesses by embracing new technology, thereby changing traditional industries.
“I’m confident that the cultivation of youth’s creativity and entrepreneurship will make a group of outstanding business people in the future,” she said.
Young people today have characters that encourage entrepreneurship, she explained, adding that the growing number of organisations providing support for start-ups would also help.

【startup chat】港青北上攪「風水 App」 3 千萬下載 , 員工 50 名

風水、算命從來都是老一輩人的玩意,來到今時今日科技資訊發達的年代,竟然還有年輕人對傳統中國文化感到興趣,而且更轉化成為總下載率逾千萬次、Apps Store 中國區總榜第一的命理測算 App,可算為香港人爭了一口氣。今次 unwire 便訪問了《靈機妙算》Apps 創辦人之一 Teddy,讓大家了解一下如何結合這個傳統中華文化和生活科技,在 App 界殺出一條新血路
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遊戲市場飽和難搵食
Teddy 和幾位朋友合作組成的「靈機」公司早於 2008 年成立,早期公司發展以開發 I.T 類應用程式、替客戶做 Research 及建立及維護 game server 為主。不過大約於 3 年前,他們發現開發手機遊戲開始飽和,市場競爭又大,加上當時 SmartPhone 熱潮開始爆發,所以便加速開發新市場的念頭,希望以傳統文化題材的 App 來吸引用家。 而雖然自己在香港出生,不過從小都是讀國際學校,又在美國讀大學,自己對於幾千年的傳統中國文化很有興趣,最後便決定把「風水、命理」作為主題,以娛樂化、有趣一點的手法來開發 App ,並於這藍海上殺出一條新血路。
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回本期長超辛酸
講起創業時的困難之處,Teddy 指出遊戲 App 很容易搵錢、不過風水 App 卻需要慢慢培養一班 users,他們一定要試得清清楚楚才肯「比錢」,而且風水「準唔準」有時並非一時三刻可以看出來。另外,風水 App 又需要一個非常龐大的數據庫,我們集合中港台等地逾 30 位主攻玄學、風水、命理、易學、佛教等多位師傅提供專業意見的顧問團隊,而且又要不斷比對他們所提供資料的準確性,花費了大量時間和人力物力完善 Database。在開始這款 App 開始運作時,收入並不足以應付支出,初期仍要幫手寫 App、做 research 幫補收入,最後 2-3 年後此 App 才開始回本
決定北上擴展
在 2008 年公司移到國內成立辦公室,此舉有效讓減低營運成本外,最重要是客戶巿場比香港更大,Teddy 由北上至今公司已擁有近 50 名員工。
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建立龐大的風水、命理、八字資料庫,還要和顧問團隊合作保持資料準確性,可算是成立此 App 時其中一個最大難題。
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成功主因:多元化及容易解讀
傳統的風水學說一般都要靠經驗豐富的師傳才能解讀,對於一般人而言太過深奧,所以設計方向要較大眾化、具娛樂性及趣味才易引起用家注意。Teddy 開發的那款 APP 最特別的地方是主 App 之下亦有各式各樣超過 100 款的支線 Apps 可在 InApp Store 下載,例如: 星座、塔羅、性格分析、占星等,透過中西合壁的方法,由淺入深讓用戶更加容易接受和上手。為了照顧更多不同用戶,我們更成立了自己的用戶群組,可以讓他們互相發問及協助對方解答問題。此外,App 內亦設有特別的預約服務可和各位大師以面對面方式進行 Video Chat 指點迷津,收費按每小時計算,即使用戶足不出戶亦能夠在網上「睇相」呢!
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靈機 App 同時提供傳統命相及西方星相選擇,由淺入深,滿足不同人士需要。
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透過網上 Video Chat 來睇相可算是靈機妙算 App 其中一個最特別的功能,而且師傳亦已分門別類,讓用戶因應需要而選擇,不過記得他們的收費各有不同喔!
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配合手機、平板的重力感應器功能,可在智能裝置上面「求籤」呢!
女性姻緣問題佔最多
Teddy 認為,風水、算命已經不再是老一輩人的專利,隨著科技發達,年輕人更容易接觸各式各樣的資訊。雖然 Teddy 開發的 APP 沒有特定的對象或用戶群,不過他們從數據中發現,18 至 40 歲的女性用戶最多,最常見的問題都是一些關於戀愛、情侶匹配之類的問題,因此亦啟發他們開發更多和星座、塔羅等題材有關的支線 Apps,其後亦大受用戶歡迎,在 App Store 及 Google play 相關應用搜尋結果首幾隻 App 都是我們的產品呢!一系列 App 推出至今 3 年時間,在 Google Play、App Store、百度應用、91助手、360助手、豌豆夾等國內 App 市場,錄得近 3,500 萬次下載,足見用戶對傳統文化和科技融和的接受程度相當高。
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Teddy 指出註冊成為用戶後便可以和其他來自國內、台灣及香港逾百萬用戶交流,亦可接收每日由我們提供的最新資訊和貼士。
未來大計 : 足不出戶 Virtual 外遊
當筆者問及未來的發展大計,Teddy 因為現時主流 App 都以圖片和文字為主,對於博大精深而又十分複雜的風水 App 來說更易令人覺得沉悶。稍後希望可以透過新科技來優化視聽體驗。例如 : 配合一些配戴式裝備如: Google Glass、GPS 定位功能、數碼指南針等,我們計劃設計一款 Virtual Tour App 帶領用戶到一些充滿正能量的地方如: 耶路撒冷、尼泊爾及世界各地的廟宇及寺院等,好讓用戶可以洗滌一下心靈。他直言,風水學說有人信有人不信,但是數千年的文化能夠流傳下來總有它的原因。雖然準與不準十分視乎個人睇法及經歷,但是卻肯定可以為壓力爆煲的香港人減壓,只要算命/求籤結果理想,人自然開心就會產生正能量,亦會變得「Think Positive」,好事自然亦會隨之而來呢。
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我們也一樣玩生活、樂科技!
當小記問到 Teddy 對「玩生活、樂科技」的看法,他指出 unwire 的宗旨跟靈機公司的定位也有相似的地方,他們開發這個 App,就是科技不單和生活融合,更要和傳統文化緊合起來!現在香港人生活節奏快、精神壓力大,希望利用科技的便利,為人們帶來心靈上的和諧、淨化及寄託,讓大家在生活充滿正能量,努力面對每日生活上的挑戰。大家常常都會聽到:「香港人太攰太緊張了」,是時候讓科技協助我們把生活壓力釋放,重新思考、審視生活品質及價值,才能進一步了解傳統文化給予我們的啟示。
source from unwire.pro

國產電動巴士10秒極速充電 號稱全世最快

新華網報道,中國南車株洲電力機車有限公司今天宣布,成功研製出新型電動巴士,只需10秒就能夠將電池充滿,並維持行走5公里以上,成為全世界充電最快的巴士。
中國南車株機公司董事長周清和表示,這部電動巴士無須架設空中供電網,只需在巴士站設置充電器,就可以利用乘客上下車的時間充電。此外,巴士可以把80%以上的剎車能量換成電能,並儲起來使用,令巴士可以節省30%至50%的電力消耗。
南車首席專家楊穎解釋,電動巴士的超級電容器屬於世界領先技術,採用物理吸附技術而不是化學反應,因此不會像鋰電池般因為不穩定而發生爆炸。公司又指即使在極端天氣之下,電容器都能安全運作12年。
另據《大公報》報道,寧波市、鄞州區分別簽署了800及400台的採購訂單,將來這種電動巴士將可在寧波市上使用。另外集團與美國Green Power公司簽訂合作協議,將來這種電動巴士有望能打進海外市場。