Swapit got covered by e-zone

swapit-blog-communicationWe’ve actually got covered twice by e-zone, which is a publication that’s part of the Hong Kong Economic Times group. The coverage is in Cantonese, so if you can read Chinese, feel free to check out the original articles:

Coverage of the Swapit app alone:
免費二手特賣場 Swapit 按地區追蹤心水物品!

Coverage of SoftLayer/IBM supported startups (incl. Swapit):
智識經濟有錢途?(下) 創意有價推倒舊模式

More coverage of Swapit in local and international media can be found here: https://swapitblogit.wordpress.com/category/media-coverage/

Did you try Swapit yet? Download it for free from: http://get.swapit.la


Swapit got covered by ButterBoom

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 11.56.25 amWe received some great coverage on ButterBoom!

Here are some of the quotes from them:

We spotted a $10,000 couch from Timothy Oulton and iPads at a fraction of their original price on Swapit.

[…] Swapit has rapidly grown […]

You can read the full article here: Swapit: The Mobile App For Buying & Selling Second-hand Goods

About ButterBoom

Butterboom.com is the ultimate guide to fashion and beauty shopping in Hong Kong. Our aim is to keep you up-to-date what matters in Asia’s fashion capital. ButterBoom.com is a digital publication showcasing all that are important to fashionistas, trendsetters and shopaholics in Hong Kong. ButterBoom.com reports on the latest events and developments in retail fashion from store openings to new brands and designers entering the Hong Kong and Asia market. Covering a broad range of styles from well-known designer brands to up-and-coming labels, Butterboom is the online destination for discovering fashion and related life style content including beauty, design and travel. Our Insider section provides a platform for trendsetters and industry insiders to share their insight and knowledge and gives our readers and family community access into the industry.

Want to read more media coverage of Swapit? Check out our Media Coverage category.

e27 Says Swapit is Mind-Blowing

swapit-blog_e20-top100The great folks at e27 have just published a new article on Startups in Asia. They cover 30 great and mind-blowing startups across the region and Swapit is one of them.

Here is a quick quote:

Receiving seed funding from Aria Ventures in December, Swapit is a mobile app that allows users to easily buy and sell stuff nearby. With instant messaging and maps integration, Swapit […] pro-actively reaches out to potential buyers who are nearby. Swapit is an app that promotes face-to-face deals rather than impersonal online orders.

True that! We love to connect buyers and sellers in densely populated places like Hong Kong. People who are nearby each other can trade in real-time and therefore, make everyone’s life a lot easier.

You can read the full e27 article here: 30 mind-blowing companies you should definitely meet

Want to give Swapit a try? Download it for free from: http://get.swapit.la

Swapit got covered by Unwire.PRO

We’ve just received some new coverage by Unwire.PRO, a Hong Kong online media website with some great content covering big name companies like Lenovo and Tesla, and also what’s happening in the startup scene in Hong Kong.

Following our participation at the Startup Connect 2016 event by IBM SoftLayer, we’ve already gotten some great coverage from StartupBeat of the HK Economic Journal as well as coverage on Mingpao Weekly. Now, Unwire.PRO has joined the club and covered us as part of their feature about the Startup Connect 2016 event.


You can read the full article (Chinese) here: 共享交流創業心得 IBM SoftLayer Catalyst 初創成員齊聚 Startup Connect 2016

About Unwire
Unwire.PRO has over 17,000 fans on Facebook and their local general news Unwire.HK has a whopping 183,000 fans on Facebook and 2,900 followers on Twitter.

Swapit covered by Mingpao Weekly

swapit-blog_hkSwapit has just gotten some great coverage by the local Hong Kong magazine Mingpao Weekly. The whole article is in Chinese, but we’ve got our own English translation for you:

Pairing/Matching Users, Trade/Exchange Conveniently

Alex wants to achieve (economic autonomy/economic independence) with (internet/internet platforms). Patrick Kosiol, a German residing in Hong Kong, target the uniqueness of Hong Kong’s dense population. Developed a mobile app Swapit.la, using GPS to (locate/connect) users in different areas to find items nearby, reducing the time to close the deal.

Patrick is a software developer, when he became a father last year, he realised baby items on the market are expensive, but kids grow up so fast, the items won’t be needed a year later. But searching on second hand or swapping items groups and forums often find out the location is far after some exchange in messages, making exchanging/closing the deal difficult and annoying. So he started developing Swapit.la, using user’s device and preset locations to show nearby items posted. Allowing users to set both home and work locations to increase their posted items exposure, the in app chat messenger also has snippets with basic exchanging phrases to reduce typing time, very detailed designed.

“Hong Kong is very densely populated, people are always exchanging items or making second hand deals at the MTR stations, a lot of people want to get rid of their stuff, so this is very convenient. If this is Germany, it’s hard to make it work because the population is spread out.” said Patrick. Tailor made for Hong Kong, that is why the name of the app also contains the culture of local language.

Inquiry: swapit.la

If you’re interested in reading the full article in Chinese, you can find on the Mingpao website: 斷捨離 清空生活
(click “羣組分享 交換平台” on the right side and then “1” at the bottom)

Swapit Funding Round – Press Coverage

Just recently, we announced some seed funding for Swapit. There has been an overwhelming response by the media. Here are some selected quotes of that coverage:

Hannah from e27 said:

Swiping away the competitors

Read the full article on e27.

Michael from TechInAsia wrote:

Swapit from Hong Kong threw its mobile gauntlet in the fight this year, and now it’s armed with some seed funding

Read the full article on TechInAsia.

Jorge from Top Funded knows what’s to come:

Swapit […] has no doubt got a boost in its armory

Read the full article on Top Funded.

According to the Tech News Today, Swapit is one of

5 Hottest E-Commerce Startups to Look out for in 2016

Read the full article on Tech News Today.

Following our announcement and media coverage, we were approached by several media for an interview. Of course, we’ll always try to make time for that. For instance, our #StartupPassion friends at WHub had some questions and I was happy to provide them with answers. Here is a quote from the interview:

How do you see your project in 2 years?
In 2 years time, we will have revolutionized the way everyone trades pre-loved and new items with people who are nearby right now. Our market share will be dominant in two to three densely populated cities in the region. […]

Read the full interview on WHub.

There are a couple more interviews and features lined up to be published in other media.

Swapit covered by Startupily

The folks at Startupily reached out to us to get some insight information on our journey thus far. Of course, I was happy to talk a bit about our experience and our road ahead. Here is a quick excerpt:

How is your company different from the competition?

We have built the Swapit marketplace from the ground-up for hyper-local trading. When an item is offered on our platform, we automatically attach a location to it and pro-actively reach out to all interested buyers who are nearby right now. It is something that sounds easy, yet it’s a rather unique way of bringing buyers and sellers together. No one else does it this way.

Do you want to read the full interview? Just head over to the original Swapit on Startupily Article.

Have you tried Swapit yet? It’s free to download from http://get.swapit.la

Swapit Covered by Jumpstart Magazine

swapit-blog_hkThe Jumpstart Magazine reached out to us and we were happy to provide them with answers to a couple of questions they had. Here is a quick excerpt:

The best way of marketing our app is word-of-mouth. We are building Swapit to provide an outstanding user experience and that’s what’s driving people to recommend it to their friends. If you have a great app and provide a lot of value to your users, you can really quickly see them being enthusiastic about your product and recommending it to their peers. […]

Of course, there is much more to that. So perhaps you might want to head to Jumpstart Magazine and read the full article at? Here’s the link: Interview with Swapit, a mobile app for buying local

You can also view me on the Jumpstart Directory of Hong Kong Entrepreneurs

Swapit Covered by Top Funded

swapit-blog_topfundedA while back, I met Jorge from TopFunded.com at Echelon 2015 in Singapore. We had a great chat back then and so I kept him up to date with our latest developments at swapit.

Just recently, Jorge reached out to me and was interested in an interview. Of course, I am always happy to speak about our story and our vision. Jorge actually came up with the term “hyper-local marketplace” which I kind of like. We never used that term before, but I believe it is quite fitting to swapit. So if you’d like to know read the full interview, please head over to Top Funded and enjoy.

Read the full interview: Hong Kong’s Swapit App a Hyper-local Marketplace Solution

You have not tried swapit yet? Download it for free today: http://get.swapit.la

Swapit Covered by Hong Kong Business

Swapit got covered by Hong Kong Business – “the only English-language business monthly dedicated to Hong Kong and China“.

To all followers of our swapit blog, there are no actual new “news” in the Hong Kong Business article, but it is a great sign of recognition in local media, that swapit is becoming more and more known across the territory.

All in all, it’s not easy to buy nor sell second hand items in Hong Kong. That’s exactly what we built Swapit for!

Of course, we have also been sporting our great green T-Shirts in the photo. If you see someone of us walking through the streets of Hong Kong, you’ll know where we come from!


Read the full article on Hong Kong Business September 2015 Edition.