Bamboo Innovator Daily Insight: 13 Feb (Fri) – 11 inspiring quotes from Abraham Lincoln on liberty, leadership, and character; How a frugal janitor saved, invested and ultimately amassed $8 million


  • 11 inspiring quotes from Abraham Lincoln on liberty, leadership, and character: BI
  • How a frugal janitor saved, invested and ultimately amassed $8 million: WaPo
  • Authorpreneurship: To succeed these days, authors must be more businesslike than ever: Economist
  • How a 23-year-old makes $500,000 a year tweeting random facts: BI
  • Charles Darwin, Natural Novelist: Why style was so important to the theory of evolution: NewYorker
  • “Guys, Let’s Grow The Hell Out Of This Company”: How Y Combinator Startups Go Big: FastCo
  • Those who can: How to turn teaching into a job that attracts high-flyers: Economist
  • Lois Braverman of the Ackerman Institute: Making Room for Differences: NYT
  • Seven secrets to nailing your pitch: Shark Tank judge Naomi Simson: BRW
  • Turn email responses into blog posts, and other ways to protect your time without being rude: BRW
  • Are National Champions Really Winners?: PS
  • The trouble with the family compact: Bombardier Inc’s new CEO Alain Bellemare is on a short leash: FP
  • Identify Blue Oceans by Mapping Your Product Portfolio: HBR
  • 15 Habits Of Exceptionally Persuasive People: Forbes
  • Opera: The Economic Stimulus That Lasts for Centuries: Bloomberg

Greater China

  • From Wealth to Health: Rich Chinese Seek Spiritual Fulfillment; Executives Spurn M.B.A.s for Philosophy Classes, Shopping Excursions for Buddhist Meditations: WSJ
  • Bunge says China lenders distorting soyabean trade: FT
  • China’s increase in debt is massive and unsustainable: WaPo
  • Without corruption, some ask, can the Chinese Communist Party function? WaPo
  • Shaanxi Government to Probe Missing Funds After Mass Investor Protests: RFA
  • China’s Two Largest Taxi-Hailing App Companies Discuss Merger; Alibaba-Backed Kuaidi Dache and Tencent-Backed Didi Dache Enter Advanced Talks: WSJ
  • It’s a Wanda-ful life: China’s biggest property tycoon wants to become an entertainment colossus: Economist
  • China’s army: Lifting the veil; Xi Jinping is bringing a corrupt army to heel. Now he must make it behave responsibly: Economist
  • For many of China’s biotech brains-in-exile, it’s time to come home: reuters
  • A third of China’s $2.5 trillion corporate bond market is going to be hung out to dry: BI
  • Burst of Taiwan’s real estate bubble likely: regulator; Taxes to be levied on combined value of property and land in Taiwan: WCT
  • Thinking Big in Guizhou with Big Data Business: caixin
  • Collateral Damage From China’s Antigraft Drive: Bloomberg
  • Hong Kong Civics Class Puts Beijing on Edge: WSJ
  • China’s lending push bypasses cash-starved farm sector: Reuters


  • Slumdog Millionaires: A colorful range of everyday entrepreneurs disprove the notion that India is simply a ‘socialist country in which the state is the key.’: WSJ

Japan & Korea

  • GS E&C faces a class action suit for losses a group of individual investors suffered as the result of allegedly deceptive notices made through the stock market. KT
  • Japan’s Oldest Businesses Have Survived for More Than 1,000 Years: Atlantic
  • Lotte Group’s “exorbitant” bid to win the largest amount of duty free space at Incheon International Airport (ICN) is triggering concerns that it may fall victim to a “winner’s curse.”: KT
  • Korean Air shocked by one-year jail ruling on heiress: AsiaOne
  • Japan Rally Mutating With Abe Beneficiaries Becoming Biggest Losers: Bloomberg
  • How Two Small Rocks Stop Japan and South Korea Getting Along: Bloomberg


  • Vietnam’s migrant labourers: Going to debt mountain; Working abroad is no bargain: Economist
  • Thai PM pushes ‘business as usual’ amid slow politics: Nikkei


  • The mystery of negative bond yields: SCMP
  • Equities bask in “weird world” of negative yields: Reuters
  • Britain’s markets watchdog says investigating 67 fund managers: Reuters
  • How businesses linked to blacklisted oligarchs avoid Western sanctions: Economist
  • The tax havens hidden in plain sight: FT
  • How Mortgage Fraud Made the Financial Crisis Worse: NYT
  • Credit Suisse’s Superbad Bank; The last assets are so risky they are risk-weighted at more than 100%. Eventually, what is left in the bad bank then may end up once again just being part of the bank.: WSJ
  • Central Banks Now Open 24/7 Fighting Currency Wars and Deflation: Bloomberg
  • Even Berkshire’s Boardroom Ties Can’t Prevent the Costco-AmEx Divorce: Bloomberg


  • Automated Insights, the guys with ‘robots’ writing stories, acquired by owner of Stats, LLC: WaPo
  • The entrepreneur who is beating Amazon at same-day delivery: FastCo
  • Holographic movies: Light at the end of a tunnel; Affordable moving holography may not be too far away: Economist
  • Web pioneer Vint Cerf warns of internet history ‘black hole’: FT
  • Tim Cook Doesn’t Believe This Made-Up Math Law Will Limit Apple’s Growth: Bloomberg
  • 10 years of Google Maps: 10 ways it changed the world: TheAge
  • Google, Mighty Now, but Not Forever: NYT


  • The Coming Boom In Brain Medicines: Forbes
  • Why Isn’t Health Care More Like Starbucks? Forbes
  • Vaccines and Politicized Science; Jenny McCarthy knows the credibility of science is a house of cards. WSJ
  • Toxic Ganges adds to spread of drug-resistant bacteria: FT
  • How CVS turned its cigarette ban into a strategic weapon: BI
  • Does a Real Anti-Aging Pill Already Exist? Inside Novartis’s push to produce the first legitimate anti-aging drug; The bacterium Streptomyces hygroscopicus is found only on Easter Island. Bloomberg

Consumer & Others

  • Levi Strauss CEO on a ‘mission to get women back into jeans’: Fortune
  • Tesla: The Road to Riches Is Littered With Potholes: WSJ
  • Even Pasta and Cheese Makers Now Want Their Own Small Jet: 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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