Bamboo Innovator Daily Insight: 16 Feb (Mon) – If you want something done, do not write a to-do list


  • If you want something done, do not write a to-do list: FT
  • How To Be Someone People Love To Talk To: Bark
  • A new aristocracy? The beauty of Koreans’ zeal for education was that it gave people a chance, and a reason to work hard so they could build their own future. But a recent study paints an alarming picture: KT

Greater China

  • Deflation is making China’s debt mountain even more terrifying: BI
  • Internet payment portals luring Chinese customers with red envelope war: WCT
  • The Global Economy’s Chinese Headwinds: PS
  • China’s ‘blood famine’ drives patients to the black market: Reuters
  • HK needs more risk-takers to nurture start-up culture: SCMP
  • Hong Kong firms must break their family ties: SCMP


  • Delhi Wakes Up to an Air Pollution Problem It Cannot Ignore: NYT

Japan & Korea

  • ‘Nut rage’ prompts S.Korea to consider law against as “gabjil”, or high-handedness conduct by the rich and powerful: AsiaOne


  • Myanmar’s next steps depend on the generals: FT
  • Jokowi Has Forgotten Some Basic Truths About His Job: JG
  • In Indonesia, fresh chance to break gas pump monopoly: Reuters
  • The polemic on Indonesia’s wasteful and inefficient bureaucracy has resurfaced after ban on holding of meetings and other government events in hotels as from Dec. 1, 2014: JP
  • Indonesia Faces a Crossroads in Corruption Battle: WSJ


  • Corporate bonds: Emerging bubble; Signs of distress are appearing in companies’ debt: FT
  • Banks dismantle ‘strings of pearls’ as they turn to dust; Pressure from investors and regulators has led lenders to dismantle units built in boom years: FT
  • The $100m man’s guide to Brazilian graft: FT
  • Negative rates to rattle financial system; Impact to hit pension funds and insurance groups: FT

Energy & Commodities

  • Rigged, manipulated and opaque: the $3 trillion oil market needs reform: Telegraph


  • British companies are attempting to boldly go where no manufacturer has gone before by enabling huge pieces of hardware for satellites to be built in space. FT
  • Hoping Google’s Lab Is a Rainmaker: NYT
  • Slice and Carve: The Next Wave in Computer-Aided Creativity: NYT
  • Five Ways That Apple Is Already Positioned to Be a Car Company: Bloomberg
  • Online Bank Robbers Steal Up to $1 Billion: Researcher: Bloomberg

Consumer & Others

  • Starbucks in Britain: A loss-making machine; Why one of Starbucks’ divisions in a coffee-loving country is so unprofitable: Economist
  • Hello Kitty…For Men! But Can Sanrio’s New Fashion Line Overcome The Pussy Factor?: Forbes
  • Does Levi Strauss still fit America?: Fortune
  • Vitamins Hide the Low Quality of Our Food: NYT

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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