Bamboo Innovator Daily Insight: 3 May (Sun) – The Case Against Competing; Buffett Says Next Berkshire CEO Should Be More Than Stock Picker

Berkshire Hathaway 50th Anniversary

  • Buffett Says Next Berkshire CEO Should Be More Than Stock Picker: Bloomberg
  • What You Should – and Shouldn’t – Learn from Warren Buffett: WSJ
  • Berkshire Shareholders Pepper Warren Buffett With Some Hard Questions: WSJ, Reuters, Fortune
  • 50 Years of Warren Buffett in The Wall Street Journal: WSJ
  • WSJ Recap: The 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting: WSJ
  • 7 Takeaways From the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting: WSJ


  • The Case Against Competing: HBR
  • The Workhorse and the Butterfly: Ann Patchett on Writing and Why Self-Forgiveness Is the Most Important Ingredient of Great Art: BP
  • JFK on Poetry, Power, and the Artist’s Role in Society: His Eulogy for Robert Frost, One of the Greatest Speeches of All Time: BP
  • Creating values through horizontal leadership: Mayora Indah’s Ricky Afrianto is strengthening brand positioning and boosting sales by saying now to bureaucratic management constraints. JP
  • 3 Steps to Break Out in a Tired Industry: HBR
  • Mental Model: Bias from Overconfidence: Farnam
  • Michael Mauboussin on Intuition, Experts, Technology, and Making Better Decisions: Farnam
  • The Procrastination Doom Loop-and How to Break It: Atlantic
  • The Art of Staying Focused in a Distracting World: Atlantic
  • Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other; The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone’s emotions: Atlantic
  • SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg Dies Suddenly at 47: WSJ

AsianExtractor: Unearthing Accounting Fraud in Asia

  • Detecting Accounting Fraud in Asia (Part 4): Introducing Six New Measures: AsianExtractor
  • Sihuan (460 HK) Updates on Audit Delay: Improper accounting treatment in consolidation trick of using MRAs (Market Research Agents) to exclude hidden sales and distribution expenses to artificially boost profits: AsianExtractor
  • China Environment FY2014: Significant Deterioration in Receivables Collectability And No Provision for Impairment: AsianExtractor
  • China Environment (SES: 50U, Bloomberg: CENV SP): Auditor Emphasis of Matter raises more questions on potential accounting tunneling risk: AsianExtractor
  • 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
  • Does Auditor Explanatory Language in Unqualified Audit Reports Indicate Increased Financial Misstatement Risk? “Emphasis of matter” language predicts restatements + China Environment’s Auditor Emphasis of Matter: AsianExtractor


  • Why Indonesia Is the Worst Performing Market in Emerging Asia; Indonesian stocks are the worst performing in emerging Asia and investors are starting to question its leadership. Barron’s


  • Pension Funds Can Only Guess at Private Equity’s Cost; One study estimated that more than half of what private equity charges pension funds to manage their investments is not being disclosed. NYT


  • Myriad Genetics Fights Off Threats From Rivals; Nearly two years after Supreme Court struck down gene patents, DNA testing firm fights to sustain business model: WSJ


  • These photos Apple’s first employees showed us from the company’s earliest days are absolutely wonderful: BI
  • Hands-Free Cars Take Wheel, and Law Isn’t Stopping Them: NYT
  • The Myth of the High Growth Software Company; McKinsey analyzed more than 3,000 software and online-services firms from a 22-year period, finding that fewer than a third reached $100 million in revenue growth: HBR

Consumer & Others

  • McDonald’s in crisis: can it fight off the Five Guys threat? New British CEO Steve Easterbrook set to unveil turnaround plan to bring back lost customers and profits as rivals muscle in on burger market: Guardian

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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