13 brilliant ideas that turned these people into self-made billionaires; Nine Career Lessons I Learned From Comic Books: Don’t stop trying until the job is done. Focus on the needs of others more than your own needs – Bamboo Innovator Daily: 17 Jun (Wed)


  • 13 brilliant ideas that turned these people into self-made billionaires: BI
  • Nine Career Lessons I Learned From Comic Books: Forbes
  • The Wit And Wisdom Of Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger: Forbes
  • From obscurity to an unlikely comeback: how one leader turned a failing business around: FastCo
  • Kirk Kerkorian, investor, 1917-2015; Elusive billionaire who bought and sold his way to wealth via the airline, hotel, film and car businesses: FT
  • How science itself is coming under scrutiny: TheAge
  •  Are Companies Any Good at Picking Stars? Despite new assessment tools, the hunt for high-potential employees is more art than science: WSJ
  • ‘Makers’ are worth £18bn to the UK economy; Britain’s DIY disruptors, also known as makers, are revolutionising technology in the UK – boosting GDP and creating jobs while they’re at it: Telegraph
  • Three Essential Elements Of A Winning Mindset: Forbes
  • How Adobe keeps key employees from quitting; Ditching annual performance reviews has paid unexpected dividends. Fortune
  • A tech CEO explains the deceptively simple concept all leaders must understand: BI


  • We Need To Talk: Your Guide to Challenging Business Conversations : Amazon

Investing Process

  • Some lenders to commodities trader Noble Group are looking to reduce their exposure as questions continue to dog the company over its accounting practices: WSJ
  • Michael Dee unconvinced by Noble’s response; issues reply to firm; Noble Group, Michael Dee tit-for-tat amps up: BTFT
  • Asian Firms Scramble to Unravel Cross-Shareholding Structures; Corporate governance push throughout region impels firms to loosen grips on control: WSJ
  • Warren Buffett’s halo shines on IAG – but what’s in it for Berkshire Hathaway? Warren Buffett plans $2 billion a year Australian spending spree; Which Australian stocks will Warren Buffett buy?: AFR, TheAge, TheAge2

Greater China

  • The China Bubble Is Going to Burst: Bloomberg
  • Chinese Skip ‘Smelly’ Cabs in Favor of Free Rides With Uber: Bloomberg
  •  Legend Holdings: what’s in the box? How to value an IPO covering everything from PCs to blueberries: FT
  • Europe’s premium carmakers are warned the China ‘cash cow is dying’: FT
  • Chinese Firms Put Cash to Work in Stocks; Some borrow to buy shares; a challenge for policy makers: WSJ
  • Hong Kong boom-to-bust stocks show challenge of China link; Wild gyrations in Hong Kong share prices are raising concerns that a new trading link with mainland China is a conduit for questionable trading practices: JP


  • India Rising, China Slowing Doesn’t Mean Modi Wins: Bloomberg
  • Special Report: Why India’s medical schools are plagued with fraud: Reuters
  • A Glut of Mall Space Echoes in India; Developers built aggressively, but too few people have enough money to buy at the shopping centers regularly: WSJ
  • How Amazon Handholds India’s Small Traders Into Digital Selling: Forbes

Japan & Korea

  • Shouting at Japan CEOs Still Losing Strategy, Fidelity Says: Bloomberg
  • Japan’s Muji to form joint venture for move into India: Nikkei
  • Toshiba forced to hold two shareholders meetings: Nikkei
  • SoftBank, Foxconn to partner on humanoid robots: Nikkei


  • Manila in midst of ‘township’ boom: FT
  • New transfer pricing law in Thailand aims to counter tax planning: Nation


  • ‘Direct investors’ a growing force in private markets: FT
  • Billions held in passives with poor performance: FT
  • Money Flows Out of 401(k) Plans as Baby Boomers Age; Withdrawals from 401(k) retirement plans exceed new contributions, a shift that could shake up U.S. retirement industry: WSJ
  • Slumlords are the last rung of the shelter ladder: TheAge
  • All Hands to the Pump in Asia’s Search for Liquidity: Barron’s

Energy & Commodities

  • New oil order: Leaner times for Canada’s ‘Fort McMoney’: FT
  • A year after the crash, oil markets risk more trouble ahead: Reuters


  • Big hitters Mark Carnegie and James Dack back Aussie biotech Starpharma: SMH
  • People born in some months are more likely to develop certain diseases: BI


  • HoloLens Is Awesome, but Microsoft Has a Long Way to Go: Bloomberg
  • No one questions Google’s ability to innovate, so why do its moonshots look like money pits?: WaPo
  • London’s digital ad groups hit by complex changing business: FT
  • Guadalajara: Mexico’s second city is a Latin ‘Silicon Valley’: FT
  • Amazon’s Next Delivery Drone: You; Move would help Web retailer manage the shopping experience, rising shipping costs: WSJ
  • How Chase Carey Helped Build Fox Into a Major Player; The chief operating officer, who is stepping down, spearheaded deals for football and Fox News: WSJ
  • In Return to Twitter, Jack Dorsey Aims to Follow Path of Steve Jobs: NYT
  • All American tech “unicorns” put together barely make one Facebook: Quartz
  • Freelancer.com, the world really is becoming flat: e27
  • How this Israeli entrepreneur with Canadian roots is setting out to change the world with nanotechnology: FP
  • The social network that gets you a ride; Long-distance ride sharing marketplace BlaBlaCar is building a community of co-passengers, one ride at a time. Their model, strangely in these times, is built on trust, says the India head: Forbes
  • VMware is now targeting a market that Microsoft has dominated for decades: BI

Consumer & Others

  • What’s Wrong With Political Dynasties: Bloomberg
  • Why Under Armour CEO’s Power Play Looks Like Bad Governance: Bloomberg
  • IKEA Can’t Stop Obsessing About Its Packaging; Retailer increasingly designs furniture with shipping costs in mind from the start: 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 (www.heroinnovator.com), 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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