Fol­low­ing the Leader

Hong Kong Tatler - - Editor’s Note -

hen we pre­sented tech-savvy busi­ness­man Kent Ho with our Leader of To­mor­row award at the Hong Kong Tatler Ball last Septem­ber, we had no idea he would end up guid­ing our mag­a­zine into the fu­ture too. Be­cause not only is Kent this month’s cover star, he is also the guest ed­i­tor of this, our in­au­gu­ral Fu­ture Is­sue. How did it hap­pen? Well, like many of the best ideas, over a few bot­tles of wine.

A month af­ter the ball, Kent threw a din­ner party to thank Team Tatler for the recog­ni­tion. Over the course of the evening it be­came ob­vi­ous that not only did this successful ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist have a tal­ent for in­vest­ing in pi­o­neer­ing tech com­pa­nies, he also had a keen eye for a story. A decade work­ing in Sil­i­con Val­ley be­fore re­turn­ing to Hong Kong to launch early-stage ven­ture cap­i­tal fund Spec­trum 28 af­forded him unique in­sights into the US and Asian tech scenes—from fin­tech and re­tail to con­struc­tion, dig­i­tal health and even de­fence drones—and brought an en­vi­able net­work of in­flu­en­tial friends. As a re­sult, Kent’s ideas for ed­i­to­rial con­tent were fresh, for­ward­think­ing and kinda mind-blow­ing. As the Bordeaux flowed, the con­cept for Tatler’s first techthemed Fu­ture Is­sue took shape, and when we sug­gested Kent put his ideas on pa­per by as­sum­ing the role of guest ed­i­tor, he popped an­other cork and said, “Why not!”

Over the past six months Kent has helped cu­rate a com­pelling line-up of in­ter­views with renowned in­no­va­tors, in­clud­ing Sil­i­con Val­ley en­tre­pre­neur Philippe Kahn (p.178), the in­ven­tor of the cam­era phone, and Jaz Banga, an ex­pert in air­borne sur­veil­lance drones (p.180). He also sat on the ad­vi­sory panel for Asia’s Top 50 Ris­ing Tech Stars—our de­fin­i­tive who’s who of the re­gion’s young tech whizzes (p.148). And while Kent was help­ing us give birth to a mag­a­zine, his wife, Emily, re­ally was giv­ing birth—to their sec­ond child, a baby girl. See if you can spot Kent’s coded love mes­sage to Emily on the front cover.

Thank­fully, jug­gling a sta­ble of bil­lion-dol­lar start-ups, a new baby and a mag­a­zine hasn’t put Kent off his first foray into ed­i­tor­ship. Re­flect­ing on his ex­pe­ri­ence, he says, “It’s been my plea­sure to work with the Tatler team as guest ed­i­tor of the in­au­gu­ral Fu­ture Is­sue and to take part in selecting Asia’s top 50 tech stars. Tech­nol­ogy is some­thing near and dear to my heart, and I’m glad that I can con­trib­ute to help­ing peo­ple and Hong Kong to un­der­stand how trans­for­ma­tive tech­nol­ogy will be to our lives both at home and in the work­place. I’m for­tu­nate to be able to work with some of the bright­est and most pas­sion­ate en­trepreneurs in the world, and I look for­ward to help­ing to bring that in­spi­ra­tion to Hong Kong in the com­ing years.”

If we haven’t all been re­placed by me­dia droids by 2018, then we hope to see Kent back in the ed­i­tor’s chair for the sec­ond in­stal­ment of the Fu­ture Is­sue.

Fu­ture Proof Kent Ho ac­cepts the Leader of To­mor­row award from Hong Kong Tatler man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Sean Fitz­patrick at last year’s Tatler Ball

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