Bamboo Innovator Daily Insight: 20 Feb (Fri) – Jack Bogle’s success principles to live by


  • Jack Bogle’s success principles to live by: CNBC
  • Ellen Langer on the Value of Mindfulness in Business; companies can promote innovation and their own rejuvenation by setting the right context. Strategy&
  • A galactic vampire: The Milky Way is not as young as it looks: Economist
  • The Reader on the Prowl: Even the smartphone-toting, text-messaging generation prefers to study using real books. It makes things easier to remember.: WSJ

Investing Process & Research

  • False hope: Most trading strategies are not tested rigorously enough: Economist
  • Murky Press Releases Can Conceal Poor Results; Poorly written earnings releases can be used to manipulate investors by encasing bad results in murky language, says a study. CFO
  • François Sicart: Mistakes Must Service a Purpose: Some Early Lessons: Tocqueville
  • Understanding Chinese accounting — from the 18th century: FT

Greater China

  • Sliced and diced loans take off in China; CLOs emerge as country’s fastest-growing new asset class: FT
  • Chinese Dump Milk as Prices Fall; Farmers in other countries scale back herds, brace for lower incomes: WSJ
  • Need for accounts for surrendered bribe money questioned in China: WCT
  • Snaring a tiger: the 3 main strategies of the CCDI (China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection): WCT
  • E-commerce in China enters the age of the oligarchs: WCT
  • Ling Jihua’s youngest brother rumored to be hiding in US: WCT
  • Graft drive: Roads in China paved with bad intentions: WCT


  • India’s economy: A chance to fly; India has a rare opportunity to become the world’s most dynamic big economy: Economist
  • Inside India: Can Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal Really Collaborate?: WSJ

Japan & Korea

  • After Google Glass and Apple Watch, Japan offers wearable tomatoes: JT
  • Abe and Toyoda: Marriage of Mutual Need: WSJ
  • Softbank Bets on a Robot for the Home: WSJ


  • Concerns persist over Asean economic bloc: FT
  • Expat Squeeze Belies Widodo’s Invitation to Invest: Bloomberg


  • Global jihad: Rolling into town; How the rise of Islamic State is changing history in the Middle East: Economist
  • Worse than nothing: Negative interest rates do not seem to spur inflation or growth—but they do hurt banks: Economist
  • A wary investor’s guide to negative yields: FT
  • City of London ‘black book’ is called for to track ‘bad apple’ traders: FT


  • Meet the Hottest Tech Startups; Awash in venture capital, 48 new companies join WSJ’s Billion Dollar Startup Club: WSJ
  • How Korea-Japan’s Line App Became A Culture-Changing, Revenue-Generating Phenomenon: FastCo
  • Peter Thiel just funded a wearable device that aims to measure exactly how stressed you are: BI
  • The ‘connected car’ is creating a massive new business opportunity for auto, tech, and telecom companies; Apple Wants to Start Producing Cars as Soon as 2020: BI, Bloomberg
  • The revolution wasn’t televised: The early days of YouTube: Mashable
  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Looks to a Future Beyond Windows: Bloomberg
  • How Wearable Startups Can Win Big In The Medical Industry: Techcrunch
  • A Year Later, $19 Billion For WhatsApp Doesn’t Sound So Crazy: Techcrunch
  • Investors Create a Billion-Dollar-Baby Boom: NYT
  • Ten Billion Dollar Ideas You’ve Never Heard Of; 73 private companies world-wide are valued at $1 billion by venture-capital investors: WSJ
  •  Pandora: A Victim of Its Own Success; A Pending Ruling on Artist Rates Could Make Things Worse: WSJ


  • Building bodies: Epic genomics; An avalanche of papers published this week look at why body cells are different from one another, and how that can cause disease: Economist
  • Treating blindness: Bionic eyes; A new device may restore vision to those whose sight is dwindling: Economist
  • The molecule magicians: Forget the tech bubble. It’s the biotech bubble you should worry about: Quartz
  • Drug-resistant malaria found close to Myanmar border with India: Reuters

Consumer & Others

  • Here’s how Under Armour grew into a $15 billion athletic-apparel empire: BI
  • Ikea has created its own emoji: For when you’ve run out of ways to nag your flatmate to tidy the kitchen: Telegraph

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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