August 31, 1837: Emerson’s Superb Speech on the Life of the Mind, the Art of Creative Reading, and the Building Blocks of Genius – Bamboo Innovator Daily: 31 Aug (Mon)


  • August 31, 1837: Emerson’s Superb Speech on the Life of the Mind, the Art of Creative Reading, and the Building Blocks of Genius: BP
  • Bias from Association: Why We Shoot the Messenger: BP
  • Guidance for the negative thinker in all of us: WaPo
  • A Technique for Producing Ideas: Farnam

Investing Process

  • Avoid Buying Put Insurance When You are Most Afraid: AA
  • Toshiba Probing 10 New Accounting Issues Including at U.S. Unit: Bloomberg

Greater China

  • Beijing abandons large-scale share purchases: FT
  • If the Options Market Is Right, China’s Stock Rescue Is Doomed: Bloomberg
  • Policy Confusion Reigns As China Caps Muni Debt, Uncaps Bank Debt, And Sees Bad Loans Soar: zh
  • China Places $2.5 Trillion Cap on Local Government Debt; The latest government estimate put China’s local debt load at about $2.8 trillion as of the middle of 2013: WSJ
  • China’s Next Problem: Paying for Its Stock-Market Bailout: WSJ
  • How farmers from rural China bet on the stock market and lost: WaPo
  • As China Celebrates WWII Victory, Businesses Cope With Loss; Preparation for military parade in Beijing adds strain to slowing economy: WSJ
  • The Verdict on China’s Easing of Foreign Property Rules? A Resounding ‘Meh’: WSJ
  • China Slowdown’s Next Victim: Asian Parts Suppliers; Chip and screen makers may take a hit from a slowdown in smartphone sales: WSJ
  • China’s problem is the economy itself, not the market sell-off: FT
  • China’s Communists embrace an old enemy: FT
  • Crises Put First Dents in Xi Jinping’s Power; Chinese president is looking more vulnerable than at any time since taking office in 2012, insiders say: WSJ


  • Lupin’s retail therapy; The pharma company’s recent string of acquisitions is not just another bout of binge buying but a concerted effort to unlock the next phase of growth: Forbes
  • 40 years on, Sholay keeps smouldering: Forbes
  •  Caste Quotas in India Come Under Attack: NYT

Japan & Korea

  • Volkswagen Is Told to Shed Suzuki Stake; Arbitrator orders VW to unload its 19.9% stake in the Japanese auto maker: WSJ
  • ‘Social’ shopping services evolve as retail industry shifts in Korea: JA
  • Samsung Loses $44 Billion of Value in Worst Streak Since 1983: Bloomberg
  • Japan’s unconventional discount retailer Don Quijote rides inbound tourism surge: FT


  • Malaysia’s Mahathir calls for ‘people power’ movement to topple PM: Reuters


  • Some Stock-Market Experts Still Bracing For More Trouble: WSJ
  • 30-Minute VIX Frenzy Exposes Obsession With Volatility Hedging: Bloomberg
  • Meet the Private Watchdogs Who Police Financial Institutions; Prosecutors rely on small cadre of outside monitors; friction at Western Union: WSJ
  • Institutions Bring Activism In-House: Martin Lipton: WSJ

Energy & Commodities

  • Suppliers Feel Pain as Coal Miners Struggle; Thousands of firms scramble for new customers; ‘it’s been catastrophic’: WSJ


  • Here are the signs that point to Apple’s next big innovation in computing: Augmented reality: BI
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting an Apple Car; Company’s auto venture could easily span decades: WSJ

Consumer & Others

  • Why J.Crew Decided to Ditch High Fashion: Bloomberg

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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