Bamboo Innovator Daily Insight: 23 Jan (Fri) – Take back control of your time in 3 simple steps: Commit to self-mastery; 7 Valuable Leadership Lessons From LinkedIn’s Billionaire Founder; 10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned


Take back control of your time in 3 simple steps: Commit to self-mastery: BRW

7 Valuable Leadership Lessons From LinkedIn’s Billionaire Founder; 10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned: BI, Casnocha

The Devotion Leap: The ability to move from the self-centeredness of dating to the self-sacrifice of love requires one to lower the boundaries between self and self.: NYT

“Invisibilia” and the Evolving Art of Radio; NPR’s “Invisibilia” combines storytelling with scientific reporting, yielding astonishing stories that can seem too good to be true. NewYorker

Call him ‘chief delegation officer’: how Vend founder Vaughan Rowsell built a $100m business in four years: BRW

Learn for competence, not grades: TODAY

Bill Gates Says We Could Wipe At Least 4 Diseases Off The Face Of The Earth In The Next 15 Years: BI

The Weird Science of Naming New Products: NYT

Meet The Entrepreneur Transforming The Black Hair Care Industry; Vixxenn founder Nicole Sanchez visits her hairstylist regularly as an escape. She’s getting investors excited about hair extensions. FastCo

America’s new aristocracy: As the importance of intellectual capital grows, privilege has become increasingly heritable: Economist

Amazing New Material Is So Water Resistant That Liquid Bounces Right Off: BI

Here Are 2 Common Reasons Talented People Walk Out On Employers: BI

Why Stack Ranking Systems, Like The One Marissa Mayer Instituted At Yahoo, Are Completely Outdated: BI

Teaching Capitalism to Catholics: Why I’m joining Charles Koch and others in funding a program to teach about free markets.: WSJ

Full VII Interview With David Herro: Courage of Convictions: Oakmark


An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood: Amazon

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination : Amazon

Greater China

Chinese banks pile up risks through loans to financial leasing firms; “Lending to a bank-owned leasing company with a guarantee from the parent means a lender only has to set aside capital for 25 percent of the loan, whereas for straight debt, it is 100 percent”: Reuters

‘I Will Not Give Up’ Says Chinese Mother Who Can’t Find Anyone to Bribe for Daughter’s Schooling: Bloomberg

Ratio of Chinese Banks’ Bad Loans Jumps Most in at Least a Decade: Bloomberg

Anxiety Over Government Probes Spreads to Top-Rated Chinese Borrowers: Bloomberg

Hong Kong Falls Out of Top 30 Most-Livable Cities: Bloomberg

Robeco So Afraid of China ‘Miracle’ Is Turning to Russian Bonds; “We are extremely afraid of the whole Chinese miracle” : Bloomberg

China’s “new normal” masks old anxieties: Reuters

China’s Communist Party Sounds Death Knell for Arrest, Conviction Quotas: WSJ

Here’s The Ridiculous Loot That’s Been Found With Corrupt Chinese Officials: BI

Chinese Chairman of Credit Suisse Venture Is Missing: Bloomberg

Wenzhou to speed up bad debt disposal: official: WCT

Chinese bun maker Goubuli runs Australian coffee chain brand Gloria Jean’s Coffees in China: WCT

China’s e-commerce transactions hit US$2tril in 2014: TheStar


Good morning India! Obama, Modi plan radio show to reach out to masses: Reuters

India’s Message to Women: Come Visit, We’ll Become Safer: Bloomberg

Kala Ghoda, Mumbai: India’s Emerging Art District: WSJ

Japan & Korea

South Korean children navigate rocky road to K-pop stardom: Reuters

Dongbu chairman’s grip of insurance unit shaky; Dongbu Insurance is the most profitable affiliate in Dongbu Group, so collapse of the insurance unit will serve a serious blow to the chairman, who dreams of reviving its old glory: KT


Govt Puts Jakarta-Surabaya High-Speed Train Project on Hold; high-speed train ticket would be more expensive than some airline tickets: JG

Perks used by property firms in Singapore to entice buyers of luxury apartments are under scrutiny after a bank sued a developer for allegedly conspiring with borrowers to inflate about $182 million of home loans.: AsiaOne

Philippines Strives for Public-Private Solution to Infrastructure Woes: WSJ

As Thai Ex-Leader Faces Impeachment, Supporters Voice Discontent; Yingluck Shinawatra’s Supporters Grow Bolder in Expressing Frustration; Thaksin Casting Long Shadow Over Sister Yingluck’s Impeachment in Thailand: WSJ, Bloomberg

Thailand Needs to Fight a Different Battle: Bloomberg


A Few Savvy Investors Had Swiss Central Bank Figured Out; Quaesta Capital’s Options Trade Pays Off: WSJ

Flight to Volatility Is What You Get in Flight-to-Safety Trades: Bloomberg

Accentuate the negative: Why investors would opt to lose money: Economist

James Grant: The balance sheet that ate Switzerland: LinkedIn

Private equity in Africa: Unblocking the pipes; Africa needs a lot of capital. Private equity offers lessons on how to get it there: Economist

Simplifying the Pricing Puzzle? A new trading network will make buying and selling of complex structured products easier and more transparent: Barron’s

Regulators need to crack down earlier, harder to head off market malpractices: SCMP

The Struggle to Simplify Accounting: Companies just don’t want to give up the flexibility to manage financial reporting that’s provided by the complexity of accounting standards.: CFO

Investors Wanting to Stay Anonymous Hide in Asian ‘Dark Pools’: Bloomberg


How to get a $1 billion valuation in just eight months; How can Slack, a business software company that makes a product that’s less than a year old, be worth more than $1 billion?: Fortune

The Age of Unicorns: The billion-dollar tech startup was supposed to be the stuff of myth. Now they seem to be … everywhere.: Fortune

How to catch the overfishermen: Big data allow fish to be protected as never before. Governments should take advantage of this: Economist

Financial technology: Connect 450; A tech startup helps rejig America’s capital markets: Economist

Materials science: A simple treatment using a laser makes for surfaces that clean themselves: Economist

The Truth About How A 12-Month Old Company Gets A $1 Billion Valuation: BI

Automated Copywriting Startup Persado Raises $21M: Techcrunch

Robots will never take over the world, says Google’s Eric Schmidt; Google boss rubbishes idea that technology only benefits the rich and will leave everyone else “rioting”: Telegraph

Haunted by historical images in digital form: Two online archivists have made businesses from forgotten photos: FT

Microsoft takes lead in battle for artificial reality; The stakes are much higher as tech group shows off HoloLens device: FT

Pinterest’s Problem: Getting Men to Commit: Social Site Adds ‘Geek’ Content, Tweaks Search Results but 71% of Visitors Are Still Women: WSJ

Energy & Commodities

King Abdullah, Saudi Monarch Who Modernized Economy, Dies: Bloomberg

How high break-even costs are challenging new oilsands projects: FP

‘Sexy’ No Longer, Solar May See More Consolidation, Hanwha Says: Bloomberg


A little market medicine to prevent the next pandemic; ‘Pandemic bonds’ could inject private-sector rigour into global medical bureaucracies: FT

Consumer & Others

Businessweek Used A 80-Year-Old, Shirtless Male Model On Its Cover To Represent How Abercrombie & Fitch Has Aged: BI

McDonald’s fixes its marketing, Chipotle fixes its product: Fortune

Beef Jerky Reborn? KRAVE Seeks To Update An Old Snack: Forbes

Haagen-Dazs Upgrades Ice Cream Shops to Keep Mom and Kids Longer: Bloomberg


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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