Daily Bamboo Innovator Insight: Sat 22 Nov 2014 – How to Tell if You’ve Made a Good Decision; The End of China’s Economic Miracle? Debt and corruption are hobbling the Asian giant.


How to Tell if You’ve Made a Good Decision: HBR

America excels at absorbing immigrants; There is simply no precedent in US history for deporting millions of people in one fell swoop: FT

The Surprising Secret To Performing At Your Best: Forbes

Tony Robbins Shares His 3 Best Public Speaking Tips: Add more value than anyone expects. Tap your audience’s emotions. BusinessInsider

What Makes Employee Resilience Possible: NYTimes

How Christianity Explains Beauty and Suffering; An argument for a religion based not on cosmology but the way it makes sense of the author’s everyday life. WSJ

Automation Makes Us Dumb: Human intelligence is withering as computers do more, but there’s a solution.: WSJ

What Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, And 11 Other Tech Visionaries Were Like In College: BusinessInsider

Companies Use This Four-Step Process To Hook You To Their Products: BusinessInsider

17 Top Executives Share Their Favorite Interview Question: BusinessInsider

Carolyn McCall: Flying high at easyJet; Initially seen as an outsider, the airline’s chief executive has won over staff and investors: FT

Entrepreneurial UK: 10 things Britain has given the world; The UK has been named the most entrepreneurial country in Europe and comes fourth overall in the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Index. Here are some of the best innovations invented in UK: Guardian

How a Tim Minchin song inspired 73 year-old Buderim Ginger to reinvent itself: BRW

Japanese construction company says modern-day Atlantis is possible from 2030; Forget colonies in space, one construction company says in the future humans could live in huge underwater complexes that corkscrew deep into the ocean. JapanTimes

Poetry is the most democratic of the arts, says Vijay Seshadri; Pulitzer-winning poet Vijay Seshadri talks about his craft, what inspires him, and how poetry can perhaps not be taught: Forbes

Talent Strategies in Asia: Do Asian Leaders Behave Differently? Forbes

The Discipline of Business Experimentation: HBR

Are Most CEOs Too Old to Innovate? HBR

7 Gift Books on Leadership: WSJ

Growing a Second Green Revolution; The ‘golden rice’ champion on the bewildering campaign to stop a miracle food that could save millions of children from blindness and death: WSJ

The young Stalin made a name by organizing “expropriations”-audacious robberies of banks and armored couriers-to raise the funds for the revolution. WSJ

The Trouble With Trustees: Beneficiaries Can Clash With Trust Officials. Here’s How to Manage a Delicate Relationship. WSJ

Wall Street Stunned As Iceland Dares To Jail Banker Involved In 2008 Crash In Manipulating the Bank’s Stock Price: ZeroHedge

Investing Process

Rocked by accounting scandal, Penn West has now turned the corner, CEO says: FP

IMF Working Paper Suggests Dual Criteria For Spotting Bubbles: ValueWalk, PDF

Call to close ‘loophole’ that allows shadowy short selling: FT

No need for the Tiger’s elaborate camouflage; Short selling is a legitimate activity that does not need to be disguised: FT

What Is Russell Investments? Lured by the indexing business, the London Stock Exchange got a consultancy and asset manager in the bargain. So what happens to them?: CIO

Baidu’s Andrew Ng on Deep Learning and Innovation in Silicon Valley: WSJ

Ex-Longtop CFO Blamed for ‘Foundation of Lies’; An investor lawsuit accuses a CFO of ignoring signs of fraud when he signed off on financial results, but the CFO says he believed they were accurate. CFO


China’s surprise rate cut shows how freaked out the government is by the slowdown: Quartz

The End of China’s Economic Miracle? Debt and corruption are hobbling the Asian giant.: WSJ

Rethinking China’s state-owned enterprises: FT

What to make of the Chinese Stock Connect’s big, splashy bellyflop: Quartz

The Art of Xi Jinping; Xi said the emphasis by artists on “quantity over quality” has led to a one-size-fits-all approach to the production of art that is “mechanized fast food” : NYTimes

The world’s oldest monopoly is finally coming to an end; Starting in 2016, China will start liberalizing its nearly 2,600-year-old monopoly on table salt—opening up the world’s oldest monopoly to competition at last: Quartz

China’s Interest-Rate Cut: A Primer: Quartz

Japan & Korea

Pantech fails to secure a single bid: JoongAng

Japanese artists and performers find that YouTube brings them pay and applause: JapanTimes

Japanese wives’ secret savings triple that of their husbands: JapanTimes

KCC plunges on HHI stock buying plan; “If KCC would buy the shares directly from Hyundai Heavy or its affiliates, it could raise the suspicion that it is providing cash support to the shipbuilder”: KoreaTimes

Hyundai Mobis modules lead Hyundai Motor’s growth: KoreaTimes


Indonesia: The Winners and Losers from Reforms; Citi says the fuel hike signals first step of reforms. Which four sectors will benefit the most? Barron’s

Thai Junta Chief Brushes Off ‘Hunger Games’ Salutes: JakartaGlobe

A Mental Revolution; For some, the idea of having a non-Muslim and non-pribumi, or native Indonesian, becoming their leader, is not only unpalatable but outright abhorrent: JakartaGlobe

The AEC – end of 2015 and beyond: TheStar

Malaysian households are addicted to debt; the estimated debt-service-ratio of civil servants in the country at around 60%. TheStar

CREADOR the private equity fund and its founder Brahmal Vasudevan are fast becoming household names in Malaysia’s investment scene: TheStar

Keep watch over Jokowi’s business-licensing reform : JakartaPost

Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority (OJK) targets deeper financial market with new rules: JakartaPost

Singha to continue successful sports marketing; Singha was among the first Thai companies to use sports marketing to enhance brand awareness: Nation


Companies on trial: are they ‘too big to jail’? Brandon Garrett asks whether America’s legal system has swung too far towards rehabilitation at the expense of deterrence and punishment: FT

When It Comes to Stocks, No Investor Is an Island: WSJ

Private-Equity Firms Wrestle With Investors as Competitors; Politics of Industry Shift as Investors Seek to Commit More Money Under Fresh Terms: WSJ

The hidden opportunity in container shipping; By taking advantage of savings and revenue opportunities, container lines can return to profit.: McKinsey


Someone Invented A Watch That Can Shoot Real Lasers — And You Need To See It In Action To Believe It: BusinessInsiderYouTube

Thomas Middelhoff: the rise and fall of a dotcom evangelist; Former Bertelsmann chief finds sentence humiliating: FT

News Corp’s new reality: Rupert Murdoch losing grip on empire: TheAge

Big data key to success of modern businesses: Alibaba founder: WantChinaTimes

Alibaba wants to say “open sesame” to the world marketplace: WantChinaTimes

Indix: The ‘Google of Products’ Helps Retailers Take Real-Time Decisions: Forbes

Tech-savvy customers find their FairPrice online; With its portal mobile-optimised now, shopping for groceries on-the-go has become much easier: BT

Xiaomi’s CEO Knows How to Make an Entrance – And an Exit: Bloomberg

The Future of AI: An Ubiquitous, Invisible, Smart Utility: WSJ

Startup Aims to Be Amazon.com of Indonesia; Lazada Tries to Get a Head Start in a Country Where Just a Third of Population Has Web Access

The TechCrunch Bubble Index: Parsing Headlines to Quantify Startup Hype: TS

Not So “Fab”: From $1 Billion Valuation To $15 Million In A Year: ZeroHedge

Singapore to regulate taxi-booking apps Uber, GrabTaxi: Reuters

Megachips: Japan’s Best Kept Secret; Can it become Japan’s MediaTek?: EETImes


Surgeons embrace 3D printed implants to save NHS time and cash: FT

A Medical Device Is Sidelined, but Too Late for One Woman; New Scrutiny Over Morcellator Tool Used in Hysterectomies May Save Lives, but Some Women Pay : WSJ

Energy & Commodities

Oil ETF defies crude slide to break over $1bn: FT

The cocoa crisis: why the world’s stash of chocolate is melting away: Guardian

Oil Boom Returns to Gulf After Deepwater Horizon Disaster; Exxon, Shell-Even BP-Push Ahead With Giant Offshore Projects: WSJ

Consumer & Others

Nike Just Launched A Direct Threat To Lululemon: BusinessInsider

To Energize Sales, Nintendo Introduces Toys That Roam Virtual Realm: NYTimes

Aldi double-act that revolutionised the retailer to break up: Telegraph

What’s behind Target’s new openness; The once-insular company is embracing transparency. A top Target explains why. Fortune

Why Barnes & Noble Is Selling Beer Kits, Popcorn Makers: WSJ


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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