Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: “Somebody comes into the Zen center with a lighted cigarette, walks up to the Buddha statue, blows smoke in its face, and drops ashes on its lap. You are standing there. What can you do?” – Bamboo Innovator Daily: 2 Aug (Sun)


  • What You Miss When You Take Notes on Your Laptop; Research shows the many benefits of taking notes by hand. HBR
  • How Finns Make Sports Part Of Everyday Life: NPR
  • How HeyHuman Uses Neuroscience To Motivate Consumers: Forbes
  • America’s Oldest Billion-Dollar Family Fortunes: Forbes


  • Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: The Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn; “Somebody comes into the Zen center with a lighted cigarette, walks up to the Buddha statue, blows smoke in its face, and drops ashes on its lap. You are standing there. What can you do?” Amazon

Investing Process

  • Vipshop: Upon Closer Examination, Cash Flow Is More Like ‘Cash No’: Seekingalpha
  • What’s Next for ETF Provider WisdomTree; WisdomTree’s explosive growth has come from its ability to pivot ahead of market trends. So far, so good. Barron’s


Japan & Korea

  • Lotte family rivals flock before vote showdown: AsiaOne


  • Leaping Vietnamese markets spark bubble worries: Nikkei



  • “Soft” Sensors Are Breaking Into Four Major Industries: Techcrunch
  • Why Homejoy Failed … And The Future Of The On-Demand Economy: Techcrunch

Consumer & Others

  • Starbucks Market Cap Could Soon Surpass McDonald’s: Barron’s
  • Ice-Cream Recall Sends Chill Through Food Industry; mistakes are fueling broader rethinking of how to keep ice cream and other foods free of deadly bacteria: 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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