Daily Bamboo Innovator Insight: Wed 26 Nov 2014 – Google HR Boss Says This Is The Secret To Happiness: An “attitude of gratitude” is the secret to happiness


Google HR Boss Says This Is The Secret To Happiness: BusinessInsider, LinkedIn

Ndamukong Suh: “I want to understand [Buffett] as a person, not a stock tip or the next thing he’s getting involved in. I want to understand what made him successful.”: WSJ

Nations thrive by uniting professors and entrepreneurs; Business opportunities are lost when academics and entrepreneurs inhabit separate worlds: FT

How Marvel is opening up its universe to women and minorities; Marvel is addressing women and minorities more than ever before-in film, television, and print comics. Fortune

The Lives of Alexander Grothendieck, a Mathematical Visionary: NYTimes

How the Chicken Built America: NYTimes

Here’s How Legendary Industrialist Andrew Carnegie Defined Success: BusinessInsider

12 Surprising Things That Can Make You Successful: BusinessInsider

What yellow slime-yes, slime-can teach your organization: Explore, Remoeve hierarchies, Remember what you did wrong and tell someone: Quartz

Rethinking start-ups: The start-up spirit is important. But even more importantly, we need more successful entrepreneurs. JoongAng

How to Disagree with Your Boss: HBR

It Doesn’t Matter If Competitors Know Your Strategy: HBR

How to Give a Stellar Presentation: HBR

Fight fraud with six levels of authentication: BT

THE rise of Lockton Inc in the last 48 years to become the world’s largest privately-owned insurance broker is no mystery, says CEO John Lumelleau who attributes the glowing success to his people. BT

CEOs’ Test: Contending With Activist Investors; Executives Devise Strategies to Deal With Shareholders, Who Are More Assertive Since Financial Crisis: WSJ


How to Lie with Statistics: Amazon

The Value Proposition: Sionna’s Common Sense Path to Investment Success: Amazon, CFA

Best Books for Investors: A Short Shelf: WSJ

Greater China

Microsoft to pay China $140 million for ‘tax evasion’: Reuters

Fake invoicing rampant to disguise black money, say analysts: Reuters

Be careful what you do in China, you may be surcharged for it: WantChinaTimes

Why Family Business Succession is China’s Biggest Threat: CampdenFB

Spreading Black Friday Fever to China’s Shoppers: WSJ

Why $4 Trillion of China Stocks Are Hostage to a Few IPOs: Bloomberg

The 51% Chinese Stock Rout That Analysts Never Saw Coming: Bloomberg


Bollywood’s Window Onto India: Bloomberg

Rajan Seeks More Power for India’s Banks Over Big Bad Defaulters: Bloomberg

Japan & Korea

South Korea targets 5G global supremacy: FT

Chung taking Hyundai Motor Group global: KoreaTimes

Samsung to Sell Chemical, Defense Units for $1.7 Billion to Hanwha; Samsung Techwin Drops Most in 14 Yrs on Sale Plan; Hanwha Surges: Bloomberg


How Thai junta should respond to three-finger protest: TODAY

Vietnam Expands Foreign Property Ownership to Boost Economy: Bloomberg

Remisiers feel the chill as investors shun local market: AsiaOne

Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s appointment of Franky Sibarani, a businessman, as the new chief of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), reiterates the President’s overriding concern with expediting the bureaucracy of investment licensing: JakartaPost

Indonesia Cannot Afford Food Nationalism: JakartaGlobe

Indonesian politics will always be shaped by the Golkar Party regardless of the regime or president. As Indonesia’s own Grand Old Party, Golkar is a survivor and has managed to adapt to whatever changes the country has faced. JakartaGlobe

Blue Bird’s Road Forks in Family Feud, IPO: JakartaGlobe

Leaders Gather to Embrace Indonesia’s Consumers: JakartaGlobe

Bankers Doubt Indonesia’s Liquidity Rules Will Have Desired Effect: JakartaGlobe

Jokowi Urged to ‘Show Teeth’ to Transform BKPM in Simplifying Investment: JakartaGlobe


SEC Encouraging Firms to ‘Tell Their Story’ in MD&A: CFO

Radical cures for unusual economic ills; The crisis left a grim legacy, and the answers are likely to be unorthodox: FT

Asia needs to deepen financial markets: Xinhua

Let’s Make a Deal: The Outlook for Merger Funds; How increased merger activity shapes the risks and opportunities for this niche group of mutual funds. Morningstar

How Macquarie Makes Money By Losing Money on Toll Roads: StreetsBlog

How pensions make investing too complex; Pricey consultants have convinced many pension funds to pile into private equity, real estate and hedge funds, which don’t necessarily promise higher returns or long-term investing. Fortune

Poison-pill loans against hostile takeovers turn against some boards: TheAge

UK Government appoints 50 ‘watchdogs’ to safeguard interests of small firms; The officially titled Small Business Champions will handle appeals against decisions by regulators: Telegraph

Modi to Abe Favor Oil Bears as Price Plunge Aids Asian Economies: Bloomberg

How The World’s Most Leveraged Hedge Fund Got Away With Insider Trading: ZeroHedge


The Slippery Slope of Silicon Valley; Uber, Facebook and Others Bedeviled by Moral Issues: NYTimes

One Simple Fact Explains How Enormous Amazon Could Become: BusinessInsider

Apple joins the one-company $700bn club: FT

Jon Oringer, Shutterstock: the big picture in Silicon Alley; Shutterstock shows how NYC is a natural home for tech start-ups: FT

SnapShop CEO says you can buy an item within 20 seconds: JoongAng

3D printers coming close to daily life as patents related to 3D printers held by foreign companies were expired successively: Maeil

Samsung seeks to hit back as Alipay and Apple Pay fare well: Maeil

Venture Money Pours into Robotics Startups: WSJ

Accounting SaaS Japan raises US$8.5 million in Series B round: e27

Xiaomi The Money! No. 1 smartphone maker in the world’s biggest market is not publicly listed, but here are 3 ways to dial into Xiaomi’s boom. Barron’s

The Sharing Company: Behind the hype of peer-to-peer economics is a quiet B2B revolution. Strategy@

Energy & Commodities

HSBC, Goldman Rigged Metals’ Prices for Years, Suit Says: Bloomberg

Expect iron ore prices to stay weak for longer, says ex-Rio boss Tom Albanese: TheAge

New mining projects at 10-year low: TheAge

World’s worst junk bond fueled by mining malaise: MineWeb

Consumer & Others

How Coca-Cola built a sugary empire, by outsourcing as much as possible: Fortune

Made in America, From Sheep to Shelf: Zady’s Feel-Good Sweater; Online Retailer Makes Imperial Sheep Ranch, Other Suppliers the Focus of Socially Conscious Marketing: WSJ


About bambooinnovator
KB Kee is the Managing Editor of the Moat Report Asia (, a research service focused exclusively on highlighting undervalued wide-moat businesses in Asia; subscribers from North America, Europe, the Oceania and Asia include professional value investors with over $20 billion in asset under management in equities, some of the world’s biggest secretive global hedge fund giants, and savvy private individual investors who are lifelong learners in the art of value investing. KB has been rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as an analyst in Asian capital markets. He was head of research and fund manager at a Singapore-based value investment firm. As a member of the investment committee, he helped the firm’s Asia-focused equity funds significantly outperform the benchmark index. He was previously the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. KB has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy, value investing, macroeconomic and industry trends, and detecting accounting frauds in Singapore, HK and China. KB was a faculty (accounting) at SMU teaching accounting courses. KB is currently the Chief Investment Officer at an ASX-listed investment holdings company since September 2015, helping to manage the listed Asian equities investments in the Hidden Champions Fund. Disclaimer: This article is for discussion purposes only and does not constitute an offer, recommendation or solicitation to buy or sell any investments, securities, futures or options. All articles in the website reflect the personal opinions of the writer.

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