H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (20 September 2018) – Koh Young Technology Highlighted Meister System at Semicon Taiwan + 14 lessons from Steve Jobs for all startup founders

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (20 September 2018) – Koh Young Technology Highlighted Meister System at Semicon Taiwan + 14 lessons from Steve Jobs for all startup founders


  • Trend Micro address regional challenges with managed security service launch (CNA)
  • 111 Inc.’s Xu Weihao: Online Healthcare Platform With Govt To Tackle China’s Medical Problems (CMN)
  • Xiaomi CEO on the ‘life-and-death’ changes he’s making (TIA)
  • Unit Of Debt-Ridden HNA Faces ‘Uncertainties’ In Buying China’s E-Commerce Site Dangdang (CMN)
  • Looking back on the eve of Meituan IPO; Meituan’s ups and downs, and its eventual success. (KRA); Downbeat stock market dampens retail enthusiasm for Meituan Dianping’s US$4.2 billion IPO in Hong Kong (SCMP); Meituan IPO Fact-Checks Mobike’s Fanciful Numbers; The prospectus paints a much different picture. (Bloomberg)

  • Southeast Asia’s production gains speed as China slows; Delta Electronics plans to turn affiliate Delta Electronics (Thailand) into a subsidiary to spread out its production bases, which are concentrated in mainland China and vulnerable to U.S. tariffs (Nikkei); NTU and Delta Electronics to expand joint research efforts in smart technologies (Eureka)
  • Getac launches new tablet for public safety agencies (AMAR)
  • Koh Young Technology Highlighted Meister System at Semicon Taiwan (iconnect)
  • Workforce management software company Damstra is readying for an ASX listing next year. (AFR)
  • Financial technology business Iress has integrated its Xplan financial advice software with Moneyinfo. (FTA)

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

  • Jack Ma sets out his New Manufacturing vision as Alibaba announces dedicated chip unit (SCMP)
  • Foreign, Korean Investors Duke It Out Over Samsung Electronics (Bloomberg)

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

  • Amazon Forecast to Be No. 3 Digital Advertising Player in 2018; Tech giant expected to surpass Verizon’s Oath and Microsoft, according to new eMarketer estimates (WSJ); Amazon Increases Ad Market Share at Expense of Google, Facebook (Bloomberg)
  • Amazon’s Shadow Continues to Loom Over Auto-Parts Retail (Barron’s)
  • Amazon Thinks Big, and That Doesn’t Come Cheap; If the e-commerce giant goes ahead with thousands of cashierless stores, it will cost a fortune. Still sure about those profit forecasts? (Bloomberg)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • AI will drive next wave of development in human civilization: SenseTime CEO Xu Li (Technode)
  • Hong Kong’s appeal as tech hub hammered by spiralling office rents and high salaries (SCMP)
  • India’s Livspace raises $70M for its one-stop-shop for interior design (Techcrunch)
  • Go-Jek acquires Indonesian adtech startup Promogo, introduces Go-Vend and Go-Ice; The acquisition enables Go-Jek drivers to earn extra income by having brands advertise on their vehicles, and even provide product samples in cars (e27)
  • Indonesian B2B marketplace Ralali raises US$7M for Thailand expansion; Led by Japan’s SBI Group, the round also saw participation from Addventures and startup incubator-cum-investor Digital Garage (e27)
  • Indonesia’s Newest Unicorn Eyes Top Slot With Help From Kiosks (Bloomberg)
  • Cotton On learns secret to online payments in Malaysia; Online sales now represent about 10 per cent of total sales of $2 billion and online penetration is as high as 15 per cent for brands such as Cotton On Kids. (AFR)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Strap on the Fitbit: John Hancock to sell only interactive life insurance (Reuters)
  • Why Yelp Could Rise 200% (Barron’s)
  • How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Companies Surf the Wave of Big Data (Barron’s)
  • Broadcom Stock Is a Cash Machine and Might Belong in Your Portfolio (Barron’s)
  • Expedia Group is working with the Thai government to list more hotels outside the country’s biggest tourist hot spots on its platform, encouraging tourists to venture beyond places like Bangkok and Phuket. (Nikkei)


  • 14 lessons from Steve Jobs for all startup founders (TIA)
  • The Demise of Blockbuster, and Other Failure Fairy Tales; When big companies collapse, the story is never simple (Medium)
  • How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives: Annie Dillard on Choosing Presence Over Productivity (BP)
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