An Interview with Roy Law on the Hong Kong App Industry

Mr. Roy Law, a graduate from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of London.  He is a serial entrepreneur and investor.  He has been in the information technology industry in Hong Kong for more than 20 years. Seoulz had an interview with the industry giant during “The Asia Smart App Awards 2018/2019” event.  The interview focused on his view of Hong Kong’s mobile app industry.  Especially when he is now the Chairman of the Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association (WTIA).  WTIA is one of the most influential tech associations in Hong Kong.  It aims to make Hong Kong and neighboring regions a leading wireless tech hub.

Roy Law“I am delighted to see that young and talented startups have participated in the Asia Smart App Awards,” Roy stated. “The award is hosted by WTIA.  It aims to recognize the best apps in Asia and connects domestics and foreign technology and innovation related parties gathering in Hong Kong to understand the current mobile industry trends.  As well as gain potential business opportunities and exchanges with top-notch practitioners.”

Seoulz:  What kind of opportunities is WTIA providing for mobile companies in Hong Kong?

Mr. Roy Law:  WTIA is a platform for the mobile app industry. It is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by mobile developers.  It is not only composed of large companies related to the mobile industry but also start-up companies. WTIA members are constantly cooperating and sharing with each other. WTIA is focused on working together to link developers, service providers, and governments for years, and to promote the development of wireless technology in Hong Kong. We have been working on establishing networks in the industry and we will continue to do practical work for the prosperity of the Hong Kong mobile industry.

He established AppTask and TeamNote, headquartered in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, and Malaysia. AppTask has won numerous regional and international awards. TeamNote was mentioned in TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal and several international media, and was officially launched worldwide in San Francisco with the support of renowned Silicon Valley accelerator Y-Combinator.

Seoulz:  As a key player in the Hong Kong mobile industry, what do you think is the most important thing in business?

Mr. Roy Law:  I think sharing is the most important thing in business. In 2015, I was lucky to work with an excellent company in Silicon Valley for a year and I realized that they had ‘Share DNA’. Unlike Asian companies, they share business and know-how with each other. I have been practicing ‘sharing’ while engaged in the technology industry and believe that this is the key to my success. WTIA is a place where ‘sharing’ is practiced and implemented through our networks. I believe that the Hong Kong mobile industry will advance and develop further with this sharing environment.

Seoulz:  What are the prospects of the Hong Kong mobile industry?

Mr. Roy Law:  Hong Kong has one of the fastest telecommunication backbones in Asia, and companies in the region are developing and growing via fast-speed networking services. Not only is Hong Kong’s mobile application sales growth very prominent, but Hong Kong is still being selected as a potential market within the mobile market. Hong Kong is growing and is a potential place in the global mobile industry in Asia.

Seoulz:  What are some of your thoughts on the Korean mobile industry?

Mr. Roy Law:  Korea has succeeded in commercializing 5G communications.  In addition, the 5G market in Korea is expected to grow rapidly. I was impressed by the fast 5G communications execution power led by the Korean government. Hong Kong is still in the process of launching 5G; Hong Kong should work with the government as well as Korea to quickly launch 5G so that new products and services can be developed in a multifaceted industry.

Roy has quite a future ahead of him.  His skills will be able to lead WTIA to a greater future.  With the goal of making Hong Kong and neighboring regions a leading wireless tech hub. With “sharing” as his key to success, he will be able to do so.