The humble life of Zara owner Amancio Ortega is to be admired; Despite being one of the world’s richest men, the tycoon behind Zara still eats lunch with his employees in the company cafeteria – Bamboo Innovator Daily: 7 Jun (Sun)


  • The humble life of Zara owner Amancio Ortega is to be admired; Despite being one of the world’s richest men, the tycoon behind Zara still eats lunch with his employees in the company cafeteria: Telegraph
  • How this 28-year-old turned a website he built when he was 12 into a media empire: BI
  • Red Hat CEO: How I traded top-down mandates for ‘open’ decision-making: Fortune
  • This Canadian company took a wood product once considered junk and turned it into a $2.3-billion business: FP
  • Chinese Firm Wins Warren Buffett Charity Auction With $2.3 Million Bid: WSJ
  • Emerson on Small Mercies, the True Measure of Wisdom, and How to Live with Maximum Aliveness: BP
  • The Science of Scarcity: A behavioral economist’s fresh perspectives on poverty: Harvard


  • Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing: Amazon

Investing Process

  • What the NFL Draft Can Teach Us About Investing; NFL general managers — like investors — pay too much for glamour and neglect duller, solid performers: Bloomberg
  • SEC Says the Man Allegedly Behind the Avon Hoax Has Fooled Wall Street Before: Bloomberg
  • The SEC Doesn’t Like It When Hedge Funds Talk to Each Other: Bloomberg

Greater China

  • China’s Stock Market on Track to Reach $10 Trillion in Value: Bloomberg
  • Apparel producers in China embrace big data: WCT


  • Profits of Drug Trade Drive Economic Boom in Myanmar: NYT


  • Maersk CEO Predicts Big Squeeze for Small Container-Ship Operators: WSJ


  • Pharma Execs Don’t Know Why Anyone Is Upset by a $94,500 Miracle Cure; The company selling a costly breakthrough to millions of hepatitis C sufferers thinks price is the wrong thing to talk about: Bloomberg
  •  Every Virus a Person Has Had Can Be Seen in a Drop of Blood, Researchers Find: NYT


  • Where Uber and Amazon rule: welcome to the world of the platform; Powerful tech firms are altering not just the way we buy things, but could sweep away an entire economic model: Guardian

Consumer & Others

  • How Nike shed its sweatshop image to dominate the shoe industry; Nike controls a shocking 62% of athletic footwear brand share in the US, more than four times the combined value of competitors Adidas, Skechers, and Asics: BI
  • A former Trader Joe’s executive is leading a revolution in cheap groceries: BI
  • The Story of How In-N-Out Made It Big Will Make You Love It Even More: MIC
  • Yummy Financial Engineering Returns Anyone?: Fortune
  • At Wal-Mart, a Son-in-Law for Chairman and just the third person to hold the job behind Rob Walton and the company’s iconic founder, Sam Walton.: WSJ

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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