From working as a parking lot attendant to taming lions, here are the summer jobs 19 super successful people had before they were famous; How the microwave was invented by a radar engineer who accidentally cooked a candy bar in his pocket – Bamboo Innovator Daily: 4 Jul (Sat)


  • Behold Ontario’s truck stop king: Ken Tanenbaum’s empire sprawls over 1,000 kilometres and never closes: FP
  • From working as a parking lot attendant to taming lions, here are the summer jobs 19 super successful people had before they were famous: BI
  • How the microwave was invented by a radar engineer who accidentally cooked a candy bar in his pocket: BI
  • The ultimate lesson of being an astronaut: Trust your team: qz
  • 78 years ago, a journalist studied 500 rich men and boiled down their success into 13 steps: BI
  • Karl Lagerfeld: King of couture; The fashion designer on 50 years at Fendi and the power of ‘fantasy fur’: FT
  • Lunch with the FT: Pavel Durov, the tech entrepreneur talks about founding Russia’s biggest social networking app VKontakte which revolutionised the Russian internet, falling out with Putin and life as an international nomad: FT
  • What Jackie Chan Taught Will Smith And Jay Z: Forbes
  • What Did Lincoln Really Think of Jefferson?: NYT

Investing Process

  • [From archives] An increasing number of Chinese companies were delisted or privatized due to class action fraud litigations and short-selling pressure from institutional investors: HKTDC
  • China Firms Fleeing U.S. Listings Leave Bondholders in Dark; “The implication of the privatization wave for bondholders is once the company is delisted, there is likely to be less financial disclosure.. This means that if the company does any profit warning, they are not required to file in the stock exchange anymore.”: Bloomberg
  • Toshiba may need to mark down past earnings by over US$1.22 billion, nearly triple an earlier estimate, after an ongoing investigation into past accounting practices found more irregularities; Toshiba seen lopping more than 150bn yen off past profits; Toshiba is believed to have padded books in all its main businesses.: Nikkei, Reuters

Greater China

  • Nearly quarter of Chinese investors ‘suffer over 50 per cent losses’ as stock market slumps, survey suggests: SCMP
  • Untameable market: A bad week for China’s stockmarkets could be felt for years to come: Economist
  • China’s “shadow lenders” line pockets even as bourses bomb: Reuters
  • Accounts Receivables, China’s Other Credit Problem: MM
  • Chinese equities: Aren’t markets manipulated on the way up?: Economist
  • China Market Causes Headache for Big Foreign Drug Companies; The country used to be a source of fat profits for major medicine makers, but expiring patents and policy changes are forcing them to adjust: Caixin
  • The speed at which the focus of China’s volatile market has gone from slowing a runaway rally to stopping the rot has drawn comparisons with the bursting of the Nikkei bubble of the late 1980s, and the Nasdaq boom and bust cycle a decade later: FT
  • SFC bans chairmen of Chevalier, ENM from stock trading over code breach more than a decade ago by helping the late Nina Wang increase her holdings in a company without making a general offer to small shareholders. SCMP
  • Talk of ‘foreign crocodiles’ in China’s stock markets vastly overrated: SCMP
  • Troubling Lessons in China’s Crumbling Stock Market: WSJ
  • Liu Yiqian, a taxi-driver-turned-billionaire who made most of his money from the stock market, marked his return by posting a picture on WeChat of his five-computer trading desk. The market continued its downward spiral.: WSJ


  • Meet Swati Bhargava, a small town girl who built India’s top cashback site: e27

Japan & Korea

  • Korea’s wonky won defies convention; Emerging market currencies slide when the US raises rates, but the won defies gravity: FT
  • Smart tags to take on scourge of fake sake; Paper stickers embedded with smart tags devised by Toppan Printing will be stuck on top of sake bottles before shipment. Data from the tags will be read during inspections: Nikkei
  • Japan enacts law to ascribe employee inventions to firms: JT
  • Samsung Merger Not Backed by Proxy Advisers ISS, Glass Lewis; The two proxy-advisory firms say the proposed deal heavily favors Samsung’s controlling Lee family: WSJ


  •  Currency slump dents corporate Indonesia: FT
  • Malaysian Anticorruption Body to Look Into Flow of Money to Najib; Ringgit hits fresh 10-year low against U.S. dollar after Journal report: WSJ
  • On Uber’s Rocky Road Through Jakarta, the Relentless March of Technology: JG


  • Value Partners founder Cheah Cheng Hye sees a global financial crisis happening ‘sooner or later’.: Star1, Star2

Energy & Commodities

  • Shale glut turbocharges America’s motoring revival; Ford ramps up output as US drivers make use of lower fuel costs: FT


  • Medical Mysteries of the Heart: NYT
  • Effective Concussion Treatment Remains Frustratingly Elusive, Despite a Booming Industry; Start-ups and doctors are in zealous pursuit of new and sometimes controversial ways to prevent, detect and treat concussions: NYT


  • From Archives: Debunking myths in sheep land; meet the innovators of New Zealand: e27
  • Apple has filed a patent for a new feature that could kill off third-party payment apps: BI
  • The ‘terrifying’ moment in 2012 when YouTube changed its entire philosophy: BI
  • Bond traders face pitfalls of technology: FT
  • The business behind Minecraft; A look at the computer game’s swift journey from indie hit to Microsoft acquisition: FT
  • The physics of technology: Applied Materials’ former chairman Michael Splinter give his take on what moves technology. BT
  • How to Race With-and Not Against-Machines: WSJ

Consumer & Others

  • Nike co-founder Knight steps down from unrivalled sports empire; ‘Nike has always been more than just a company – it has been my life’s passion’, co-founder Phil Knight said in stepping down” FT
  • Electrolux’s Plan to Buy GE’s Appliances Unit Doesn’t Worry Major Customers; “They know that if they slip up a little bit, Whirlpool-KitchenAid is on their heels” : 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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