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


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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