Bamboo Innovator Daily Insight: 23 Feb (Mon) – The Making of the (First) President: How a conservative planter became the ‘indispensable man’ in revolution and war


  • The Making of the (First) President; How a conservative planter became the ‘indispensable man’ in revolution and war. WSJ
  • The Art of Stillness: Farnam
  • Naming revolution can hold key to group’s evolution: FT
  • ‘I am not a martyr’, says LuxLeaks whistleblower facing jail: FT
  • The Bright Side of Parkinson’s: To understand this disease is to understand the brain.: NYT

Greater China

  • Chinese Cars Fall Farther Behind; The Xiali, once a status symbol, struggles to keep pace with Volkswagen and Chevrolet: WSJ
  • Hong Kong’s tech dreams tied to unrestricted mainland access: SCMP
  • Can Hong Kong be a dream city for start-ups to scale up?: SCMP
  • AliPay and TenPay set for clash with UnionPay: SCMP
  • China opens up to foreign short sellers; Strict limits on shorting volumes criticised: FT
  • Online education sector to see push in China: WCT
  • Manufacturing center Dongguan aims to become China’s robot capital: WCT


  • Indian corporate espionage scandal deepens as employees held: FT
  • India Readies Budget as Investors Seek Proof Modinomics Is Real: Bloomberg
  • Modi Takes on India Billionaires With Probe Into Stolen Secrets: Bloomberg
  • India’s overleveraged companies seek new dawn; Suzlon’s asset sales have given hope to other highly leveraged groups: FT

Japan & Korea

  • Unemployment puts a strain on young Koreans; Those in their 20s and 30s are being forced to delay major milestones: JA
  • Korea’s Finance Minister Choi says, “our good old days are gone”: Maeil
  • Daewoo’s global business legacy lives on; Founder Kim Woo-choong’s formula for success in emerging markets still applicable, says professor?: KH
  • Clocking off: Japan calls time on long-hours work culture; As stress levels and karoshi – deaths through overwork – increase, the Japanese government is planning a law to force workers to take paid holiday: Guardian
  • Abenomics Divides Stocks as Smallest Shares Left Behind: Bloomberg


  • Housing glut worries over Johor’s mega projects: AsiaOne
  • Singapore Set to Boost Welfare Ahead of Election in 2017: Bloomberg


  • New Cancer Technology Gives Investors a Shot in the Arm: WSJ

Energy & Commodities

  • Global dairy crisis simmers as supply overwhelms: Reuters


  • Robots are not going to steal your job, says Yaskawa chairman: FT
  • Insider reveals why investors are going crazy about companies like Uber, Snapchat, and Pinterest: BI
  • Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay in fight for your dashboard: TheAge
  • Monday interview: Shantanu Narayen, Adobe CEO: FT
  • Artificial intelligence: Digital designs for life: FT
  • Asian Startups Claim 11% Of Billion Dollar Club: Forbes

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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