Evening Bamboo Insight: 08/07/2014

Evening Bamboo Insight: 08/07/2014


1. Inside One of the U.S.’s Biggest-Ever Investment-Fraud Stings; FBI’s Operation Pennypincher Targets Murky World of Penny Stocks, a Haven ‘Rife With Fraud’

2. Bond Anxiety in $1.6 Trillion Repo Market as Failures Soar

3. Blackrock: The $4.3 trillion force; Larry Fink has spent 26 years building BlackRock into the manager of the most assets on the planet. Now he’s finding that size (and power) can be a mixed blessing

4. Looking for short seller abuse

5. (Macro) – In Home Loans, Subprime Fades as a Dirty Word

Asia Pacific

1. (Japan/Consumer) – Calbee jumps on breakfast boom

2. (Japan) – Japan Pins Hopes on Floating Trains; Government Sees Magnetic-Levitation Rail System Spurring Country’s Technological Rebirth

3. (Korea) – Ex bureaucrats take up half of Dongbu’s outside board directors

4. (Korea) – 6 lessons Korea can teach the world

5. (Korea/Tech) – After beating Google in Korea, Naver’s billionaire Lee Hae-jin tries to take on Google abroad

6. (Korea) – Koreans slim down weddings amid economic woes, but social norms bite

7. More rice missing from storage or in poor condition in Thailand

8. (China/Tech) – China’s Alibaba And Tencent Gobbling Up Everything In Sight

9. (China/Tech) – Alibaba-Backed Kuaidi Challenges Uber in China With BMWs

10. (Korea/Tech) – Samsung Electronics faces falling profits as succession looms

11. (China) – U.S. companies feel a chill in China, even as many still rake in profits

12. (China) – Xi’s Anti-Corruption Campaign Signals Power Play for 2017

13. (China) – New Offices Reflect Growth of China’s Busy Anticorruption Agency

14. (China) – Chinese Tycoon Guo Copying Buffett Rises From Bread to Club Med

15. (China) – China’s top graft-buster says no off limits in probes

16. (China) – China takes on ‘rat traders’ in stock market insider trading probe


1. Fine Perfumes of the Animal World; We are by no means the only species trying to smell like anything but ourselves

2. Build on Your Strengths Instead of Focusing on Flaws

3. A nose for crime: counterfeit wines

4. How To Be Resilient: 8 Steps To Success When Life Gets Hard

5. To Lead, You Must Focus

6. The holes in holacracy: The latest big idea in management deserves some scepticism

7. Make Your Marketing Content Useful

8. In an inspiring rags to riches story, a Malaysian-born street vendor who once lived a life of poverty is now set to open a 15,000 square foot restaurant in Twitter’s headquarters at San Francisco’s Bay Area

9. How To Start In Value Investing (Children’s Edition)

10. Christopher Nassetta: The man who turned around Hilton; How the CEO saved one of private equity’s most expensive deals

11. How Resilient People Stand Back Up When Life Knocks Them Down

12. Look East For Management Innovation

13. Jay Gould: Flush with success as America’s toilet CEO

14. The secretive billionaire who built Silicon Valley


1. (Australia/Tech) – Wotif hits its use by date as big players dominate

2. The long tail weapon of your e-commerce store

3. G.M. OnStar Data Has Potential as Safety Tool

4. Google Co-Founders Talk Regulation, Innovation, And More In Fireside Chat With Vinod Khosla

5. How the music streaming battle is now pitting tech giants Apple, Google against upstarts

6. Is Silicon Valley Funding the Wrong Stuff?

7. (China/Tech) – China’s Alibaba And Tencent Gobbling Up Everything In Sight

8. BlaBlaCar: Sharing à la française; A French startup is the sharing economy’s newest star

9. A New Media Landscape in Sun Valley; Sun Valley Gathering Brings Together Cable, Content and Tech Bigwigs

10. Steve Jobs to Larry Page: ‘You guys are doing too much’; Larry Page to Apple: “It sounds stupid if you have this big company and you can only do, like, five things.”


1. How to fix a broken market in antibiotics


1. The dedicated followers of fast fashion: Spain’s most successful fashion retailer, Inditex/Zara, has two ambitious local rivals snapping at its heels

2. Japanese drink up RTD cocktails; Diageo Korea ramps up Icheon production for low-alcohol exports

3. In discounter war, will Aldi’s Coke rush fall flat?

4. Tupperware’s Party Goes World-Wide; Food-Storage Container Maker Derives 60% of Revenue From Emerging Markets; Indonesia leads the way



About bambooinnovator
Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (, the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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