H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (2 October 2018) – Getac launches new F110-Ex tablet for exceptional productivity in hazardous environments + 11 Ways Emotionally Intelligent People Overcome Uncertainty

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (2 October 2018) – Getac launches new F110-Ex tablet for exceptional productivity in hazardous environments + 11 Ways Emotionally Intelligent People Overcome Uncertainty


  • Japan’s used clothing stores a perfect fit for other Asian markets; Treasure Factory, which has about 180 locations in Japan, already has two shops in Bangkok, with plans to add eight more by 2021. (Nikkei)
  • Pinduoduo’s rise: Are there lessons for Southeast Asia? On the surface, this region seems predestined for an app similar to the latest Chinese e-commerce disruptor. But once you look deeper, challenges outweigh the potential – for now. (KRA)
  • Getac launches new F110-Ex tablet for exceptional productivity in hazardous environments (SS)

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

  • Tencent: Investing machine; There’s a purpose behind Tencent’s frenzy of dealmaking: Keep users coming back to its platform (Forbes)
  • SoftBank seeking to invest US$500 million in Baidu education spin-off; Founded in 2014 by Chinese search giant Baidu Inc., Zuoyebang targets primary and secondary school students in China (SCMP)

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

  • Netflix is about to let viewers decide how their favourite shows end, with interactive storylines (SCMP)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • China tech companies still favor New York over local bourses; Looser listing rules in Hong Kong and mainland have limited impact (Nikkei)
  • China’s latest AI champion says technical standards needed for healthy development of facial recognition industry (SCMP)
  • Japanese gourmet media startup Favy raises $9M, with 67M MAU closing in on big players (Bridge)
  • Singapore’s NETS launches app for small businesses to accept QR code payments; The country’s most ubiquitous payment solution is now making it easier for merchants to receive QR code payments without a terminal. (KRA)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Fashion Emergency at Stitch Fix; The clothing subscription service had its first big stumble as the number of active clients stagnated (WSJ); Stitch Fix Investors Look to Results to Ease Worries Over Amazon (Bloomberg)
  • Deliveroo’s full-year loss deepens on expansion spend (Reuters)
  • Ex-Apple engineers show their startup’s self-driving car sensor (Reuters)
  • Electric cars cast growing shadow on profits (Reuters)
  • For Now, at Least, the World Isn’t Making Enough Batteries; Demand for batteries to power cars and store solar energy has overmatched the world’s few suppliers. (Bloomberg)


  • 11 Ways Emotionally Intelligent People Overcome Uncertainty (Medium)
  • Why Agile Goes Awry – and How to Fix It (HBR)
  • SEC Spots a Way to Starve the Most Suspicious Penny Stocks (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 (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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