Bamboo Innovator Daily Insight: 22 Jan (Thurs) – Bill Gates says the best thing you can do for kids is read with them


Bill Gates says the best thing you can do for kids is read with them: Quartz

Bill Gates Talks About The Heartbreaking Moment That Turned Him To Philanthropy: BI

Bill and Melinda Gates want to fix another messy global problem: banking: Quartz

Bill Gates Is About To Unveil The Most Powerful Tool In The History of Social Activism: Forbes

How Colleges — and Employers — Fail to Prepare Students for Work: K@W

Art demands to be beautiful: SP

Do you have to love what you do? SVN

Michael Bloomberg Didn’t Achieve Massive Success Until He Was Let Go From A Job He’d Never Quit: BI

The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk: NYT

The power of saying no: ‘Every time we say yes to a request, we are also saying no to anything else we might accomplish with the time’: TimHarford

Power of creative content: KT

Building A Great Company May Not Be Enough To Get Acquired: Techcrunch

David Baazov: The king of online gambling is just 34; David Baazov went from sleeping on Montreal park benches to an $800 million personal fortune with a brazen bet on internet poker. Now he gets to up the ante: Forbes

These are the 10 commandments of Hinduism in the 21st century: Quartz

The future of innovation lies in customer experience: BT

Warning: The Article You’re About to Read Might Make You Laugh; These Days, Advertising Hyperbole Is Best Found in the Disclaimer; Giant IKEA Hot Dog: WSJ

Businesspeople, Educators Seek Ways to Teach Students Entrepreneurship: WSJ

Book review: Peter Diamandis’s ‘Bold’ a reminder of how entrepreneurs will control the world’s fate: WaPo

Lyoness: scam or straight? Customer loyalty program company company Lyoness is under investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for allegedly pyramid scheme: TheAge

Family-Owned Businesses Struggle to Manage Risks: WSJ

Value Chain Reintegration: Undoing Asset-Light Business Models: BCG

Greater China

Hong Kong steps up rescue reform for financial giants; A new proposed law will empower the regulators to take control of big financial players and the stock exchange if they are in trouble: SCMP

Forget the taxi, Beijing tourists can now be zipped around the city in a helicopter: SCMP

China Boots Up an Internet Banking Industry: Cyberspace borrowing is coming of age thanks to financial reforms and the arrival of online-only WeBank and ZBIC: Caixin

Chinese Banks Trying Direct Route to Online Future: Fifteen banks including ICBC are taking a cue from Internet companies with the new direct banking business model: Caixin

Chris Patten: Emperor Xi’s Dilemma: PS

China developers get bond market cold shoulder: FT

China’s European Shopping Spree; France was once Europe’s last bastion against Chinese takeovers of domestic brands. No longer.: WSJ

One Belt, One Road: Mixing metaphors and politics; Metaphors are a common feature of official plans from the Chinese government: Economist


‘Achchhe din’ no longer mere rhetoric: Indian entrepreneurs bullish about economy: Forbes

Rightwing Hindus stir up ‘battle of the babies’ in India: FT

Rajasthan spearheads India’s reform drive; A new phrase – “competitive federalism” – is on the lips of policy makers seeking to push forward the economic reforms of Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister.: FT

Out of the slum, into his own home, with a micro loan: FT

Samsung’s Tizen smartphone makes poor first impression in India: Reuters

Inside India: The Deadly Effects of Red Tape: WSJ

India Has the Look, and Buzz, of a Red-Hot Market: Bloomberg


Aging Japanese Prove Rich Pickings for Investment Fraud: Bloomberg

Japan Labor Minister Says Wages Haven’t Risen Because Country Has Lost Its Competitiveness: Bloomberg

Retailers cashing in on Japan’s craft beer craze: JT

Japan Government Presses Companies to Raise Wages; Tokyo Wants Executives to Pass On Profits to Workers: WSJ

Japan’s Ymobile Unveils Heart-Shaped Phone: WSJ

Japan firms struggle to lift prices two years into Abenomics -Reuters poll: Reuters


Thailand -based firms rated on ESG; The ESG100 is the first such ranking in Thailand. It also marks the first time Thailand’s listed companies are ranked on the basis of business-sustainability development. NM

Doubts Mount About Thailand’s Markets: WSJ

Vietnam’s creaking education system pushes students overseas: AsiaOne

Nails in Yingluck’s impeachment coffin?: AsiaOne


Hedge Fund Manager Loses 99.8% In 9 Months, Tells Investors He Is “Sorry” For “Overzealousness”: ZeroHedge

Traders Once Starved for Volatility Now See Too Much: Bloomberg

Central bankers lurch from ‘whatever it takes’ to ‘whatever next’: Reuters

Clawbacks Can Lead to Accounting Gimmicks: AccountingToday

Dollar’s Rise Squeezes U.S. Firms: Avon, Expedia, P&G Face Challenges as Currency Strengthens: WSJ

Sweden flies into a corporate storm; Excessive and questionable use of private jets has drawn criticism: FT

The World’s Monetary Dead End: The European Central Bank embraces quantitative easing despite the sorry track record of ‘helicopter money.’: WSJ

A Kinder, Gentler Investor Activism: NYT

A Theme in Davos: Fear of Financial Instability: NYT


The HoloLens: A Vision of the PC’s Future: NYT, WSJ, WSJ2

Amazon: A very modern media mogul; Jeff Bezos is shaking up film and newspapers, but both sectors will test his customer-first, profits-later strategy: FT

The staggering challenges of the online grocery business: WaPo

The Best Digital Business Models Put Evolution Before Revolution: HBR

Everybody hates Pearson; Liberals distrust Pearson’s profits: “Always earning,” snipes a teacher in a blog, mocking the company’s “always learning” slogan. Fortune

This is what Netflix means by “efficient content”; Unlike its competitors for content, which are for domestic TV stations, Netflix can spread out the costs of its content bets over a global, rather than : Quartz

The search engines of the future will be able to see and hear like humans: Quartz

EBay’s breakup plans may open door for e-commerce M&A: Reuters

Technology has to create more than disruption; Start-ups need to augment jobs rather than eliminate them: FT

Goldman Sachs Bets on Big Data in Asia: WSJ

In Netflix China push, domestic tech giants, online habits block path to success: Reuters


‘A bit of luck’ halted Ebola, says Gates: FT

Medtech startup set to revolutionise cancer diagnostics; VolitionRx has developed a blood-based – therefore non-invasive – test platform that can potentially diagnose a wide range of cancers: BT

Energy & Commodities

Commodities explained: The price-supply disconnect; Reasons why producers fail to respond to market falls: FT

As oil prices plunge the politics are pivotal; Blind focus on markets just as risky as manipulation and collusion: FT

Oil export losses to reach $300bil in Middle East: TheStar

BHP Billiton will scale back its US shale oil and gas operations and report multimillion-dollar impairments: theAge

Consumer & Others

Why Target’s Canadian Expansion Failed: HBR

Women Embrace the ‘No Makeup’ Look, Companies Pitch Products to Help; Lighter Formulas, Contour Products and Brow-Shaping Gel Help Create the ‘I Woke Up Like This’ Face: WSJ

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