Evening Bamboo Insight: 13 Jul 2014

Evening Bamboo Insight: 13 Jul 2014


1. Philips: Lights out; The Dutch electronics firm restructures, yet again; In the early 1980s the company that had invented the rotary shaver


2. Junk-Rated Loans Could Incur Big Losses: OCC Comptroller; Should the economy come under stress, a large number of leveraged loans could default and cause record losses, according to one banking regulator.


3. UK banks may have to hold more capital than under global rule


4. A Cash Headache for Companies


5. (Taiwan/Tech) – TSMC Starts Shipping Microprocessors to Apple; After Samsung Dispute, the iPhone and iPad Maker Seeks to Diversify Suppliers


Asia Pacific

1. Japanese electronics firms: Eclipsed by Apple; Electronics companies in Japan are starting to turn themselves around, but they are a shadow of their former selves


2. (China/Tech) – Alibaba Has a Long Runway for Growth


3. (Spore) – $5 meals, $500 holidays and $50k homes for SG50, Singapore’s 50th anniversary


4. (China/Tech) – Alibaba Sets Latest Value at $130 Billion; The Chinese E-Commerce Company Values Each Share at $56, up from $50 in an Earlier Filing


5. (Asean/Tech) – Southeast Asia E-Commerce Set to Boom


6. (China) – China Unveils Measures to Regulate Banks’ Wealth-Management Products; New Requirements Another Step to Tighten Grip on Shadow-Banking Business



1. The Epic Story Of How A ‘Genius’ Hedge Fund Almost Caused A Global Financial Meltdown


2. The Surprising Benefits Of Being Superstitious


3. 2 Economists Have A Radical Proposal To Make It Legal To Steal Other People’s Ideas


4. German lessons: Many countries want a Mittelstand like Germany’s. It is not so easy to copy


5. Kimberly-Clark Finance Chief to Staff: Think Like a CFO; Mark Buthman’s ‘Power of a CFO’ mantra aims to instill a business-leader mindset in every team member


6. 5 Great Business Books To Look Out For In Q3


7. The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company


8. Driving Honda: Inside the World’s Most Innovative Car Company


9. The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See


10. The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload


11. Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success


12. The small BIG: small changes that spark big influence


13. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future


14. The Innovator’s Hypothesis: How Cheap Experiments Are Worth More than Good Ideas


15. The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century


16. The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution


17. Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office by SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott


18. Would You Buy Abraham Lincoln’s Sweater? Many believe that people leave their immaterial essences on objects they owned


19. Skin Cells’ Sense of Smell; Researchers have found that skin has olfactory receptors-and that a synthetic sandalwood scent facilitates wound-healing


20. Disinformation: A Deliberately Devious Word; The CIA’s style guide makes a careful distinction between misinformation and disinformation


21. Famous Lost Words; A brief history of dubious edits, from a book-burning Chinese emperor to the Bowdlers’ rewrites of Shakespeare



1. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Just Rejected Steve Ballmer’s Big Plan to be a “devices and services” company (devices came first) by becoming a “productivity and platforms” company


2. The biggest internet companies


3. Japanese electronics firms: Eclipsed by Apple; Electronics companies in Japan are starting to turn themselves around, but they are a shadow of their former selves


4. Intel’s Answer to iPad: Cheap Tablets; Chip Maker, Frozen Out of Market, Is Wooing Little-Known Suppliers in Shenzhen, China



1. Levi Strauss: The Boss and the yogi; The world’s biggest jeans-maker makes an unfashionable bet on the middle market


Investing Process

1. Accounting fraud: Got ’em, Gotham; The company-accounts detectives collar another suspect



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 (www.heroinnovator.com), 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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