Morning Bamboo Insight: 8 Sep 2014

Morning Bamboo Insight: 8 Sep 2014


1. Political booms, financial crises: Why popular governments are not always a good sign

Asia Pacific

  1. (India) – Roll up for the one-man band: Narendra Modi is proving dynamic, but he cannot run India on his own

  1. (China) – China imposes ceiling on the wages of state-owned enterprise leaders

  1. (China) – Media, PR Executives ‘Arrested over IPO Blackmail Schemes’; Chief and deputy chief editors of 21st Century News Group’s website among the eight people detained, state media reports

  1. (China) – Debts pile up, weighing on Chinese steelmakers; China’s steel industry now has an excess capacity between 180 million tonnes and 240 million tonnes

  1. (India) – Why Modi Cares About India’s ‘Neo Middle Class’; Tax Breaks, Job Training Seek to Boost Some 380 Million ‘Aspirants’

  1. (India) – How Jignesh Shah lost the plot & his empire; FTIL exits MCX completely, Shah is free and has time to reflect on the path ahead; Jignesh Shah could well have been India’s most mercurial financial market entrepreneur

  1. (Isia) – Across Indonesia, Local Chiefs Slam Plan to Stop All Direct Polls; Democratic Setback: Under a bill set to be passed this week, the House wants local leaders chosen by regional legislative councils

  1. (Isia) – Megawati’s Hand Seen in Jokowi’s Advisory Team; ‘Puppet President’: Fears that Megawati is the real power behind the scenes are only growing more acute; Editorial: Jokowi Should Avoid Diluting His Cabinet

  1. (Asean) – After 47 Years, Keeping Asean Relevant and Staying Together

  1. (Australia) – Meet Australia’s coffee pod tycoons; They’re part of a global market worth $10 billion and they’re spending millions on manufacturing facilities.


  1. Why Walking Helps Us Think

  1. Guess What: You Don’t “Implement” Innovation. It’s Created Through Principles

  1. Seneca on Saving Time

  1. Maya Angelou on Haters, Life, Reading, and Love

  1. Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

  1. Why Flunking Exams Is Actually a Good Thing; To learn how to study, start by bombing a pretest.

  1. Welcome to my genome: George Church is a genetics pioneer whose research spans treating diseases, altering bodies and a desire to breed woolly mammoths

  1. Crazy Is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags

  1. Books – Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

  1. Books – Your Inner Will: Finding Personal Strength in Critical Times


  1. (Isia/Tech) – Online shopping in Indonesia flourishes despite scam concerns

  1. The future of cars: Wireless wheels; Connected cars will make driving safer, cleaner and more efficient. Their introduction should be speeded up

  1. The connected car: Smartphones on wheels; The way cars are made, bought and driven is changing with mobile communications. This paves the way to a driverless future

  1. Demolition technology: New ways are being found to demolish old buildings in crowded cities

  1. The language of the internet of things: More and more devices are becoming connected, but will they speak the same language?

  1. In the moment of the heat: One way to keep warm is to heat people rather than expending energy heating the buildings they are in

  1. How Big Companies and Their Tech Suppliers Are Changing Together; cloud and mobility are reshaping the workplace, as well as the tech companies themselves.

  1. (China/Tech) – The Jack Ma Way: Alibaba, started by Jack Ma in 1999, is about to sell shares in the United States that could value the company at about $160 billion.

  1. Three Marks Of Real Data Science

  1. (Tech) – Too soon for consumer 3D printing, says Gartner; Consumer 3D printing adoption will be outpaced by business and medical applications that have more compelling needs in the short term




  1. Biohackers of the world, unite: Following the example of maker communities worldwide, hobbyists keen on biology have started to get together

Investing Process

  1. How to Pick Stocks by Recognizing the Flaws in Investors’ Thinking; Joe Huber, Huber Capital’s boss, tries to avoid the big mistake that many investors make.

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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