H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (13 September 2018) – Kakao injects W513b into new contents subsidiary Kakao M + Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most Hardcover

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (13 September 2018) – Kakao injects W513b into new contents subsidiary Kakao M + Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most Hardcover


  • Shanda Games to sell online gaming affiliate to Shenzhen-listed company at $4.4 billion (Technode)
  • Pinduoduo stock soars 19 per cent as it aligns with genuine brands to clean up counterfeit image (SCMP)
  • Kakao injects W513b into new contents subsidiary Kakao M (Investor)
  • Backend firm Kingpak expanding capacity for auto CIS (Digitimes)
  • LG Display struggles for footing after LCD forecasting error leads to crisis (Reuters)
  • Xero to hero: Accounting platform finds its feet as Rod Drury steps back (Age)

BATTSS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Softbank, Samsung

  • Alibaba-backed apparel-sharing company YCloset brings sharing economy to a new level (KRA)

FAANNMG – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Nvidia, Netflix, Microsoft, Google

  • Apple’s new innovation: tap fear as well as greed (Reuters); The new Apple Watch is going to have more of your health data than your doctor (qz); Apple Adds Heart-Monitoring, Fall-Detection Features to Its Watch; Addition of medical apps broadens appeal of device originally marketed as fitness and fashion product (WSJ)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Coffee pod company iCapsulate collapses into administration after being offered biggest ever Shark Tank deal (SmartCo)
  • Driverless cars are coming as on-demand Intellicar prepares to hit Perth streets (AFR)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Goldman Sees Only Headwinds for Semiconductors (Bloomberg); Semiconductor Pricing Woes May Linger, Prompting Cuts at Goldman (Bloomberg)
  • ‘Expedia of Latin America’ Could Jump 140% (Barron’s)
  • Wayfair: Without a Clearer Path to Profits, the Stock May Be ‘Topping Out’ (Barron’s)
  • How Tech is Drawing Shoppers Back to Bricks-and-Mortar Stores; Innovative dressing rooms. Apps to choose clothes in advance. Introducing the digitally enhanced shopping trip (WSJ)
  • Opendoor Acquires Open Listings To Make Buying A Home Easier (Crunchbase)
  • The global smartphone supply chain needs an upgrade: Its vulnerabilities are smartphone saturation, weak firms and protectionism (Economist)


  • Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most Hardcover – September 4, 2018 (Amazon)
  • a16z Podcast: Seeing into the Future – Making Decisions, Telling Stories (a16z)
  • How to Be a Person Who Can Make a Damn Decision (MM)

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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