Laurence Von Thomas has lived in Belgium, the UK, and the US for many years as a serial entrepreneur in film production and photography. In 2019 he moved to Shenzhen. What is he up to?
The traditional 35mm analog camere is very expensive, complex to operate, yet yields accurate and delicate photos. Along with the rapid replacement of the digital camera, more and more people have chosen the cost-effective way of taking pictures, forgetting the beauty and vintage brought by analog cameras.
Reflex was founded in 2017 by Laurence Von Thomas, a serial entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience in film and photography. He believes that with the convenience and resources provided by modern technology, a new generation of photographic equipment that combines digital and analog cameras will be born and be owned by the general public. But he was beaten down by the traditional camera giants, and no one believed there was room for a camera hardware startup.
At this experience talk, Laurence will share around his "five pillars of progress" as the main theme, to demonstrate how one can through online learning and resource, rapid prototyping, the crowdfunding, digital marketing and community, the global market, as well as open source makers, to disrupt a traditional industry on budget.
Currently, Laurence is in Shenzhen to create the prototype of Reflex, which will be exhibited in a New York photography exhibition in October. And the company is in seed funding.
On Sunday afternoon, October 13, Startup Grind Shenzhen will explore Laurence's multifaceted outlook towards entrepreneurship in different countries, and how he overcomes the challenges setting up a new business in Shenzhen.