Hong Kong for work? A travel playlist from the head of Apple's Beats

Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:17pm EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Burt Helm

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Before headphones and speaker company Beats Electronics was sold to Apple for more than $3 billion, the company faced a crossroads: It had parted ways with partner Monster Electronics in 2012 and needed new manufacturing partners.

Luke Wood, then the chief operating officer and now the company's president, found himself traveling to Hong Kong every six to eight weeks to negotiate deals with Asian suppliers. In the process, he fell in love with the city.

"Hong Kong has this raw entrepreneurial spirit," says Wood, who is based in Los Angeles. "It's the gateway in and out of China, so there is this truly global, cosmopolitan set of people. There's a tremendous amount of optimism, a tremendous amount of energy."

When Wood visits the city these days, here's his playlist:

When he lands: "I go straight to the hotel and try to take as many calls as possible before North America goes to sleep. After that, I go for a run on Bowen Road toward Happy Valley. It turns into a fitness trail with great views and no cars."

Room with a view: The Upper House (Pacific Place, 88, Queensway). "My favorite room is an Upper Suite, with a corner city view. The staff are incredibly warm, professional and down-to-earth."

Quiet spot for meetings: The members-only China Club (13 F -14 F 2A Des Voeux Rd. C) has dim sum and a 1930s Hong Kong feel. Get a private room for smaller meetings or book the library for bigger ones.   Continued...

The Hong Kong skyline is seen from the Peak June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Bobby Yip