H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (29 September 2018) – Infibeam: WhatsApp Message Destroys 71% of Indian E-Commerce Firm’s Value

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (29 September 2018) – Infibeam: WhatsApp Message Destroys 71% of Indian E-Commerce Firm’s Value


  • Ahead of its IPO, TouchPal co-founder says the company has 180 million users (Technode)
  • Kakao Page invests W40b in 3 comic publishers (Investor)
  • Getac announces new F110-Ex tablet, for exceptional productivity in hazardous environments (RPCR)
  • Infibeam: WhatsApp Message Destroys 71% of Indian E-Commerce Firm’s Value (Bloomberg)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • How long can Hong Kong ride the IPO wave before it turns into the dotcom tsunami of 2000? (SCMP)
  • The Little Red Book is a social e-commerce platform that’s not an e-commerce platform at all (Technode)
  • Chinese Home-Sharing Platform Xiaozhu.com In Talks To Raise Over $200M (CMN)
  • Bytedance to raise money from SoftBank at $75bn valuation; News and video app group is one of few Chinese tech giants to succeed overseas (FT)
  • 450,000 Hong Kong bank customers to benefit from instant QR-code-based money transfer system from Sunday (SCMP)
  • I still give Flipkart an edge over Amazon: Naspers CEO (Forbes)
  • Law Enforcement Agencies In India Are Using Artificial Intelligence To Nab Criminals — Here’s How (Forbes)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Shares of Pet Insurer Trupanion Are Overvalued (Barron’s)
  • Hulu Is the Next Front in the Battle Between Disney and Comcast (Barron’s)
  • Why Sirius Wants Pandora (Barron’s)
  • Slack Actively Preparing for Early 2019 IPO; Messaging company, recently valued at roughly $7 billion, aims to debut in the first half (WSJ)
  • A Tesla Without Elon Musk Would Threaten Electric-Car Maker’s Future; Securities regulators’ lawsuit against the CEO raises the specter of an exit that could have dire consequences (WSJ)

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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