H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (24 September 2018) – Why the Best Things in Life Can’t Be Planned

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (24 September 2018) – Why the Best Things in Life Can’t Be Planned


  • Chinese Maker of TouchPal Keyboard CooTeck Lowers US IPO Target To $57M (CMN)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Chinese Video Tech Start-Up Moviebook Raises $29.2M In Extended Series D Round (CMN)
  • To Find China’s Best Driverless Technology, Look in Silicon Valley; The talent needed to give Chinese startups an edge in autonomous vehicles can’t be found in Beijing or Shanghai. (Bloomberg)
  • Pioneer’s woes echo those of earlier Japanese audio legends: What became of Sansui, Nakamichi, and Akai? (Nikkei)
  • Japanese smart wheelchair Whill secures $45M to expand into North America, Europe (Bridge)
  • Paytm has a new strategy to beat the competition: snitching (qz)
  • Singapore competition watchdog fines Grab, Uber $9.5 million over merger (Reuters)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • A Shoemaker Turns Billionaire With Luxury Goods Online Retailer Farfetch IPO (Bloomberg)
  • Tech index refresh could give under-the-radar names their day in the sun (Reuters)
  • Cyber security legend Ken Xie slams Fortinet’s rivals Cisco and Juniper’s attempts to buy success (AFR)
  • Vox Media On Pace to Miss Revenue Target as Digital Advertising Disappoints; Other digital-media firms have struggled to live up to ambitious growth goals in a challenging online ad market (WSJ); Global spending on digital marketing nears $100 billion: study (Reuters)


  • Why the Best Things in Life Can’t Be Planned (Medium)

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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