Evening Bamboo Insight: 4 Sep 2014

Evening Bamboo Insight: 4 Sep 2014


  1. Why Bill Gates And Warren Buffett Are Railroad Rivals


  1. Watch out for companies splashing cash; They are underperformers, in company with cash hoarders


  1. With Wikistrat, crowdsourcing gets geopolitical; A consultancy is trying to out-forecast intelligence agencies


  1. Germany’s taxis should not triumph over Uber; The problem is not that cabs are endangered but overly protected


Asia Pacific

  1. (China) – Q. and A.: Ren Jianming on the Fight Against Corruption in China, and His Own Solution


  1. (Msia) – Najib: ‘Every citizen has a place under the Malaysian sun’


  1. (China) – China Auto Industry Revved Up over Reports Rules for Imports May Change


  1. (Korea) – Kumho brothers at each other again; Kumho Petrochem Chairman Park Chan-koo has asked local prosecutors to investigate his older brother and the chairman of Kumho Asiana Group, Park Sam-koo, for breach of trust.


  1. (Australia) – It’s change or die for Australia Post


  1. (HK) – HK University’s Law Professor Benny Tai leads fight for Hong Kong democracy, vows to push ahead with a Gandhi-style civil disobedience campaign


  1. (China) – Wheels come off China’s bike-share schemes


  1. (China) – China fraud unit questions Morgan Stanley arm over ‘princeling’


  1. (China) – China fraud unit questions Morgan Stanley arm over ‘princeling’


  1. (India) – India CEOs Look For Ways To Get Manufacturing Back On Growth Track


  1. (Korea) – Helping a Korean Electronics Giant Stay Nimble; feature of Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy officer for Samsung Electronics



  1. If This Company Succeeds, We Won’t Be Fighting About Reclining Airline Seats


  1. 7 Hard Truths About Life That People Don’t Like To Admit; The world is full of suffering.


  1. If You Can Solve This Math Problem, You’ll Get A $1 Million Prize, And Change Internet Security As We Know It


  1. History channel’s miniseries are finding a happy medium between actual history and mindless entertainment


  1. It’s draining men (and women): how staff loyalty took plumbing firm Cooke & Dowsett to nationwide success


  1. “If you can get good at destroying your own wrong ideas, that is a great gift.” – Charlie Munger


  1. Five Tips That Will Free You From Mediocrity


  1. Jeffrey Katzenberg: ‘Do good — just don’t do too good’



  1. (China/Tech) – WeChat and third-party Android app stores: How China’s mobile ecosystem is different from the West


  1. (China/Tech) – PPTV, a former industry leader, is slowly getting carved up among investors as it is forced to scrap some of its most promising new products.


  1. (China/Tech) – MIT professor looks into Baidu’s big data strategy


  1. (China/Tech) – Baidu is a fixture of online life in China, but it wants to become a global power. Can one of the world’s leading artificial intelligence researchers help it challenge Silicon Valley’s biggest companies?


  1. (Tech) – The Met Plans To Become The Most Digitally Influential Museum In The World


  1. Salesforce.com Exec: ‘We’re Gonna Suck The Life Out Of’ Microsoft


  1. Google Glass supplier to develop new smart glasses with French firm


  1. (Korea/Tech) – Korean Gov’t reduces online verifications; Koreans, foreigners must only enter name and address to shop


  1. Why Apple’s mobile-payments system might actually work


  1. Arrowgrass Capital, the $5bn London hedge fund, is planning to develop an electronic invoicing service in the latest move into disruptive financial services businesses by alternative investors



  1. Luxottica’s board revamp exposes Renzi’s old concerns



  1. Letting Foreign Investors Open Wholly Owned Hospitals Hardly a Cure-All; The reform would not fix the big problems facing the health care industry and might not even appeal to the facilities’ backers


Investing Process

  1. Shenguan Holdings (0829), a mainland- based sausage-casing maker, has been accused by short-seller Emerson Analytics of exaggerating revenue and concealing high costs of raw materials





  1. Canada watchdog says Sino-Forest execs deceived investors



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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