Morning Bamboo Insight: 14 Aug 2014

Morning Bamboo Insight: 14 Aug 2014


  1. Mergers and acquisitions: When giant deals fail, life rarely goes back to normal

  1. US groups ponder the great tax escape

  1. How to Get America Moving Again; The world is in turmoil and needs a stronger U.S. It’s time to wake the sleeping giant by taking these specific steps to rev up the economy

Asia Pacific

  1. (Asia) – Neither truth nor justice: Efforts to confront Asian atrocities founder on the rocks of political expediency

  1. (India) – India’s civil-service exams: The unlevel field; Fights over English speak to deeper problems in education

  1. (Msia) – Malaysian politics: What’s Malay for gerrymandering? This year’s delineation of electoral boundaries will determine the future of Malaysian politics

  1. (Thai) – Thailand: Peace, order, stagnation; As the economy stumbles, the junta has an image problem

  1. (India) – India’s car market shifts up a gear

  1. (China) – Meet China’s Boomerang Kids: One-Third of Graduates Still Rely on Parents, Survey Says


  1. Leading light: The man who invented the study of corporate leadership, Warren Bennis, died on July 31st aged 89

  1. Unilever: In search of the good business; For the second time in its 120-year history, Unilever is trying to redefine what it means to be a virtuous company

  1. The Guy Who’s Trying To Build The Next Microsoft Wrote This Epic Resignation Letter When He Left Yahoo

  1. How Great Entrepreneurs Think

  1. The 13 Best Books The Army Wants Its Leaders To Read

  1. Barbie as a role model; Barbie had notched up 150 careers by the age of 50, including dolphin trainer

  1. The Youngest Are Hungriest: Why do eldest sons in India overshadow their siblings? Because they’re literally taller

8. A Field Guide to Getting Lost: Rebecca Solnit on How We Find Ourselves

  1. On Doubt

  1. Books – Philosophy Bites Back

  1. Art & Physics: Leonard Shlain on Integrating Wonder and Wisdom

  1. Books – Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How A Lone American Star Defeated the Soviet Chess Machine


  1. Travel websites: David vs two Goliaths; TripAdvisor could challenge the big two providers of online travel services

  1. Why This Extremely Hyped-Up Startup Completely Disappeared For Two Years

  1. (China/Tech) – Alibaba Tells Media Watchdog about Tech Magazine’s ‘Organized Extortion’; Net titan says IT Times and an affiliated website are trying to get it to pay to stop negative coverage ahead of New York listing

  1. (China/Healthcare/Tech) – Backed by Investors, Chinese Health Apps Flex Muscle

  1. Big Data’s High-Priests of Algorithms; ‘Data Scientists’ Meld Statistics and Software for Find Lucrative High-Tech Jobs


  1. (China/Consumer) – 5 Ways Starbucks Is Different In China


  1. Patents that kill: The patent system encourages pharmaceuticals to pump out drugs aimed at those who have no chance of survival

Investing Process

  1. Finding Smart Beta in the Factor Zoo

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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