Bamboo Innovator Daily Insight: 11 Mar (Wed) – The crazy, true-life adventures of Norway’s most radical billionaire


  •  The crazy, true-life adventures of Norway’s most radical billionaire: Fortune
  • The first time Bill Gates asked Melinda Gates out on a date, she turned him down: BI
  • When babies outsmart the business experts; Leaders who say their predecessors are wrong are often advocates of useless reorganisation: FT
  • A gadget that lies between sorcery and science; Polygraphs are capable of exonerating the guilty and framing the innocent: FT
  • The Unavoidable Truth Of Moving Fast And Breaking Things: Techcrunch
  • No friends, no money, no sleep: the dark side of entrepreneurship: Telegraph
  • Electrifying secrets behind killer eels: Reuters

Greater China

  • Open Letter to SGX/MAS: Reply to CFO of SGX-Listed China Environment (CENV SP) on report “Potential Accounting Tunneling Fraud at China Environment?” – Address the accounting and governance concerns in an SGX/MAS announcement: AsianExtractor
  • Seven resignations, two sackings and two suspensions on board of troubled Birmingham International; In January, Birmingham announced that HK$38 million was suspected to have been misappropriated by an unnamed former employee and Hong Kong police were investigating the matter. SCMP
  • Local government financing vehicles struggling to repay loans: SCMP
  • China’s Biggest Shipyard Is Now a Ghost Ship; Padded order books and delivery delays preceded the demise of Rongsheng Heavy Industries, once the country’s busiest shipbuilder: Caixin
  • China’s Solution to $3 Trillion Debt Is to Deal with It Later: Bloomberg
  • Retired generals point to ‘horrible’ graft in PLA; Money, connections and personal bonds decide promotions, and the culture of confidentiality makes exposing wrong-doers difficult, former top brass says: SCMP
  • 80% of bitcoin is exchanged for Chinese yuan: Quartz
  • China Prepares Mergers for Big State-Owned Enterprises: WSJ
  • Is China’s 1929 moment coming?: WaPo
  • Xi Relishes Carefully Crafted Humble Past; Mao-Style Focus on Chinese Leader’s Personal Life Comes With Risks: WSJ
  • Toothpaste maker Crest fined 6 million yuan for faking white teeth in advert: SCMP
  • China shipbuilders urged to merge ito stay afloat: FT
  • Knock-off Apple Watches go on sale in China: FT
  • Top local developer Cheung Kong Holdings (0001) ended its 42-year listing yesterday, with market capitalization having grown more than 2,800 times from its debut. Standard
  • Dairy producers in China explore online opportunities: WCT
  • Sensitive Words: Prince (Zeng) Qing(hong): CDT
  • Reading Xi’s Modern Twist on Plato’s “The Republic”: Inside
  • Some Chinese companies are finding that borrowing just across the Hong Kong border, once a quick and easy way to make money, is no longer so fruitful.: WSJ
  • The one Chinese innovation that could change the way we think about money: WaPo

Japan & Korea

  • 50 top brands in Korea change with times: JA


  • Open Letter to SGX/MAS: Reply to CFO of SGX-Listed China Environment (CENV SP) on report “Potential Accounting Tunneling Fraud at China Environment?” – Address the accounting and governance concerns in an SGX/MAS announcement: AsianExtractor
  • Changes in transfer pricing in Singapore: BT
  • Myanmar Tests Foreign Telecom Entrants; Qatar’s Ooredoo and Norway’s Telenor struggle with bureaucracy, ambiguous land ownership structures, hiring and even religious tensions: WSJ
  • Year of plenty? Vietnamese brokerages raise funds to build war chest: AsiaOne
  • Malaysia Reels as Asia’s Worst Dollar Debt Shunned: Asean Credit: Bloomberg
  • Swiss businessman Yves Bouvier is facing charges of fraud and money laundering, Bouvier is known in Singapore for co-founding the Singapore Freeport and is one of the partners behind Art Heritage Singapore: Artnet
  • Sentosa Cove unit sold at $1.2m loss after selling it around the rate of a mass-market home: AsiaOne


  • Survey: Companies Finding More Whistleblower Retaliation: WSJ
  • A New Tool to Investigate Inside Tippers: NYT
  • Survey: Companies Finding More Whistleblower Retaliation: WSJ
  • Outsourcing: Trading places; A proprietary trading firm has clawed its way into the big leagues using recruits from India, Kenya and China: FT
  • Former SEC Director Admits The Truth: The Market Is Rigged: Bloomberg
  • Why Vanguard Is Secretive on Stock ETFs; Uncommon delays in reporting of components protect shareholders: WSJ
  • How The World Is Being Fooled About Chinese Gold Demand: Zerohedge
  • Developing Nations Lose Their Luster: NYT


  • The Future of Health Is More, Better, Cheaper: Strategy&


  • Tech Blog GigaOm Abruptly Shuts Down: NYT
  • The Apple Watch has a unique signalling ability that will ensure it is a massive success: BI
  • This startup may have found the answer for getting people to pay for journalism online: BI
  • Happy aniversary, Nasdaq looks different 15 years after its peak: Star
  • Apple Watch makes the wearables race real: JA
  • What Is the Next ‘Next Silicon Valley’?: NYT
  • Learning the Duolingo – how one app speaks volumes for language learning: Guardian
  • The New Tech-Stock Temptation; The Nasdaq rally is stirring memories of the dot-com boom. Forget 2000. It’s a different investing ballgame.: WSJ
  • Swatch Co-Inventor: Apple Will Succeed and an Ice Age Is Coming for Swiss Watches: Bloomberg
  • Apple Watch Targets China Aspirations in $16 Billion Market: Bloomberg

Consumer & Others

  • The Sephora effect: How the cosmetics retailer transformed the beauty industry: WaPo
  • A hit YouTube video launched Dollar Shave Club into the minds (and medicine cabinets) of men everywhere. But the company is just getting started. Fortune, YouTube
  • How Ikea took over the world: Fortune
  • Ikea researched people’s morning routines around the world — and made this mirror to solve a universal problem: BI
  • The cappuccino kings changing the way Cambodians drink coffee: FT
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