H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (19 October 2018) – CyberAgent Establishes CAAnimation Label for Original Anime + Bill Gates: How Paul Allen Changed My Life

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (19 October 2018) – CyberAgent Establishes CAAnimation Label for Original Anime + Bill Gates: How Paul Allen Changed My Life


  • CyberAgent Establishes CAAnimation Label for Original Anime (ANN)
  • Murata expects ceramic parts shortages to last another 2 years (Reuters); Kyocera, Murata reportedly to expand MLCC production capacities (Digitimes)
  • Line makes a big new push to turn Japan cashless (TIA); Japan’s Line invests in Thai startup for the first time (Nikkei)
  • China’s One-Time Richest Woman Becomes Biggest Loser in Wealth Rout; Lens Technology’s Zhou Qunfei loses 66% of fortune this year (Bloomberg)
  • China Electric Scooter Maker Raises $63 Million in Downsized IPO (Bloomberg)
  • China Post’s Sichuan arm partners with e-commerce platform Pinduoduo (Technode); Meituan challenges Pinduoduo with group deal mini-program (Technode)

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

  • Meet the 18 original founders of Alibaba (e27); Cute or cult? Inside Alibaba’s curious nickname culture (Technode)
  • Alibaba uncorks $290 million deal with stake purchase in wine e-tailer 1919.cn (Reuters)
  • Tencent to bring WeChat and mini programs to autonomous driving (Technode, TIA)
  • Struggling Tencent seeks to heal internal rifts; Once China’s most valuable company, tech giant hopes reboot ends fragmented culture (FT)
  • Apple IPhone Helps Give TSMC an Instant Hit; Its latest chipmaking technology has had one of the fastest uptakes in recent history. (Bloomberg); TSMC’s Troubles Piling Up Show Risk for Global Tech; Keep an eye on inventory levels at electronics makers as this earnings season (Bloomberg); Apple chip maker TSMC’s sales outlook disappoints as global smartphone, cryptocurrency mining demand stalls (SCMP); TSMC to Remain Sole iPhone Chip Supplier, Could Provide ARM-Based Chips for Mac in 2020, Apple Car Chips in 2023 (MR)

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

  • Amazon Wants India to Shop Online, and It’s Battling Walmart for Supremacy (Bloomberg)
  • Netflix and Amazon Leave Little Room for Streaming Video Latecomers (Bloomberg); After Uber, Netflix May Be Next to Tap Starved Junk Market (Bloomberg); Netflix needs lower prices to woo India (Reuters); Netflix’s pricing power (II)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • China’s ByteDance is taking the social media world by storm (CNN)
  • Hong Kong sweeteners fail to lure Chinese tech listings; Start-ups put off by HKEX’s lengthy IPO vetting procedures and stricter scrutiny (FT)
  • Ucommune makes fifth acquisition this year as it seeks to battle co-working space rival WeWork in China (SCMP)
  • Small China e-commerce firms to be hit hard by US withdrawal from Universal Postal Union (SCMP)
  • Myanmar’s new e-book app cracks unopened market; Top telecom MPT sees opportunity in country’s bookstore shortage (Nikkei)
  • India’s Oyo aims to disrupt global hotel industry; Born entrepreneur brings high tech hospitality to budget business (Nikkei); SoftBank-backed budget hotel aggregator OYO to invest US$100M in Indonesia (e27)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Collaboration software company Atlassian is targeting growth from its core user base of IT teams, envisioning a future in which developers are on call 24/7 to handle tech outages. (AFR)
  • Rent the Runway and WeWork’s deal encourages you to wear rented clothes at your rented desk (qz)
  • Planned IPO will test the value of Uber’s network; With its army of human drivers, the group should be best placed to bring in new tech (FT)
  • SAP: partly cloudy; Business transitions require patience (FT)
  • WeWork targets Japanese big business in aggressive expansion; Push comes as large groups try to adapt to digital era with flexible work spaces; WeWork believes Japan can become one of its core international growth markets (FT)
  • Can Sonos beat back the tech giants? An American maker of high-end wireless speakers battles Google and Amazon (Economist)
  • Building a Smart Robot for Seniors; Danielle Ishak left Alphabet’s X in search of a home assistant the elderly might actually want. (Bloomberg)
  • Square Unveils ‘Terminal’ to Rival Keypad Credit-Card Machines (Bloomberg)
  • Micron to buy Intel’s stake in joint venture IM Flash Technologies (Reuters)
  • De Beers eyes tech markets for synthetic diamonds future (Reuters)
  • CIS demand from handset, automotive sectors set to boom in 2019 (Digitimes)
  • Arm’s Neoverse will be the infrastructure for a trillion intelligent devices (VB)
  • Introducing Vehicle 2.0 (Forbes)
  • WarnerMedia to Launch Direct to Consumer Streaming Service in Late 2019 (Variety)


  • Bill Gates: How Paul Allen Changed My Life (WSJ)
  • Podcast #450: How to Make Time for What Really Matters Every Day (AOM)
  • Man Who Bared `Enigma Network’ Has New Hong Kong Stock Alert (Bloomberg); The Huarong-CMB network: 26 stocks not to own (Webb); Huarong and China Singyes Solar Technologies (0750) (Webb); Three missing chairmen among top 10 most wanted fraud suspects in Hong Kong (SCMP)
  • Elizabeth Gilbert on Love, Loss, and How to Move Through Grief as Grief Moves Through You (BP)
  • How To Have More Energy: 3 Powerful Secrets From Research (Eric Barker)
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