Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter; What it Takes to Become a Socially Intelligent Leader – Bamboo Innovator Daily: 22 Aug (Sat)


  • What it Takes to Become a Socially Intelligent Leader: BI
  • The head of Silicon Valley’s most intense startup factory shares how founders can double their chance of success: “In general, startups get distracted by fake work. Fake work is both easier and more fun than real work for many founders”; What happens to those startups is that they go on to focus more on speaking at conferences, talking to the media, or rearchitecting their infrastructure than they do at focusing on growth. BI
  • What Makes a Great Investment Article?: TII
  • How Jennifer Lawrence went from obscurity to become the highest-paid actress in the world in 5 years: BI
  • 42 easily confused English terms that make global travelers look ridiculous: qz


  • Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter: Amazon
  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts : Amazon

Investing Process

  • ‘Boomerang’ Auditors Make Better Fraud Detectives, Experiment Shows; Auditors who spend time as CFOs and then return to public accounting are likely to do a better job of catching earnings cheaters. CFO
  • Probe news hits stocks in Pacific Andes stable: MAS, CAD investigating an offence under Securities and Futures Act: BT
  • Jim Chanos is betting against Elon Musk’s solar company: BI

Greater China

  • The Chinese model is nearing its end; The country is now going through a crisis of transition, unparalleled since Deng Xiaoping: FT
  • Blindspot affirms Wenzhou dialect as China’s most unintelligible: WCT
  • Can Taiwan create innovative companies like DJI?: WCT
  • How Coursera Cracked The Chinese Market: techcrunch
  • Lenovo Needs a Reboot: Stock is down 50% in 3 months as headwinds hit its PC and smartphone units. Caution is warranted amid a shakeup of the business. Barron’s
  • Why China’s Currency Could Fall 20%: Strategist Russell Napier says further weakness is needed to reflate the world’s second largest economy.: Barron’s
  • Of China’s “dirty peg” and spreading EM pain: FT
  • More on questioning China’s weirdly stable unemployment rate: FT
  • China firms may take a beating from forex losses as a result of huge US-dollar debts; Slowdown in Johor property market likely to hurt them further: Star


  • Reverse innovation in India: Low cost does not mean low technology: Cityam

Japan & Korea

  • Fanuc Invests in Startup as Robot Intelligence Race Heats Up: Bloomberg
  • Japan’s shift to shareholder dialogue continues to gather steam: Nikkei
  • Shigeru Miyamoto talks Nintendo’s return to the movie world: Fortune


  •  Indonesia needs action not talk from Joko Widodo: SCMP
  • Joko to Scrap Indonesian Language Requirement for Foreign Workers: JG
  • AS the ringgit zooms towards the RM4.20 level to the US dollar, the impact of the depreciation of the ringgit can be felt in many ways: Star
  • Tycoon Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan’s move to sell out from a significant Chinese property development project has got the market trying to second-guess the reasons behind the savvy investor’s move. Star


  • What’s the diet for growth?  ‘Without a strong banking sector to lend money to businesses, it is very hard for a poor country to grow’: FT
  • Why investors need to know about indices; The growing power of market gauges makes understanding them important: FT
  • What has gone wrong for emerging markets?: FT
  • Are We Heading Into Another Asian Financial Crisis?: Barron’s

Energy & Commodities

  • The Power Revolutions: Natural gas, solar power and data-driven efficiency are making big gains, but history shows that the shift away from coal and oil won’t be fast or neat: WSJ
  • Oil plunged below $40 a barrel in New York for the first time in more than six years, extending the longest decline since 1986 on concern slower demand growth will prolong a global glut. Bloomberg


  • Nearly Half of Cancer Patients Suffer a ‘Financial Catastrophe’: JG


  • How the ‘millisecond market’ can deter tech IPOs: FT
  • Free Lunch: How artists survived the internet. Even if rent-extracting businesses surrounding them didn’t. ; The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t: FT, NYT
  • What next for the BBC? With its budget squeezed by the government, the world’s most famous public broadcaster will have to slim down to survive: FT
  • Online media: Small screen, big money; YouTube stars gain appeal even as rivals line up to snatch a piece of the video advertising market: FT
  • Zocdoc, a doctor-booking app, is now the third-most valuable startup in NYC: BI
  • The 25 fintech ‘unicorns’ worth over $1 billion ranked by value: BI
  • Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: IBM, Oracle, SAP are ‘big dinosaurs’: BI
  • Airbnb signs up more than 1,000 companies for business travel; Facebook, Google, Salesforce and Eventbrite are also using Airbnb for corporate travel. JP

Consumer & Others

  • Heroic effort as Barbie changes her shoes but not her career; Toymaker Mattel seeks to revive fortunes for iconic doll: FT
  • How the Social Mission of Ben & Jerry’s Survived Being Gobbled Up: NYT

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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