H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (10 November 2018) – J. Jacobs – 10 Strategies to Be Happier Through Gratitude (Tim Ferris #344); Aphorisms on Kindness


  • Trend Micro Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results; Overall growth of 11 percent in enterprise business anchored its success (BW)
  • Chinese auto marketplace TuanChe sets terms for $34 million US IPO (Nasdaq)
  • MediaTek gaining ground in global ASIC market; MediaTek has greatly benefited from shipments of ASICs for Amazon’s smart speakers, with shipments amounting to millions of units in less than one year. (Digitimes)

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

  • Alibaba’s future is cloud computing, CEO Daniel Zhang says (Technode)
  • Ant Financial plugs its credit scoring system into Chinese rental economy through acquisitions (KRA)

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

  • ‘Keep Talkin’ Larry’: Amazon Is Close to Tossing Oracle Software; By the end of 2018, Amazon will stop using 88 percent of its Oracle databases, including 97 percent of its mission-critical databases (Bloomberg)
  • Behind iPhone Face ID Is a Battle Over Costs; The $3.2 billion acquisition of Finisar by II-VI tries to give more negotiating power to suppliers. (Bloomberg)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • International logistics transaction platform Yun Lian raised USD 10 million Series A2; According to founder, the platform’s revenue this year will exceed 500 million RMB, and the annual container volume is about 300,000. (KRA)
  • How food tech major Zomato is making an audacious bid to transform itself into a farm-to-fork company (Forbes); Food tech platforms Swiggy and Zomato are fighting a pitched battle for supremacy, backed by top investors Naspers and Alibaba (Forbes)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Yelp’s Growth Strategy ‘Completely Fell Apart’ (Bloomberg)
  • Dropbox Jumps With Subscription Numbers Blowing Past Forecasts (Bloomberg)
  • Spotify to Musicians: Let Us Be Your Label (Bloomberg)


  • J. Jacobs – 10 Strategies to Be Happier Through Gratitude (#344) (Tim Ferris)
  • A Biological Approach to Management: Resilience, rather than efficiency (WSJ)
  • Why You Should Stick With ‘Buy and Hold’: Beware of those who claim they have a strategy to capture the upside of market volatility and avoid the downside. (Bloomberg)
  • 40 Things I Wish I’d Known About Building A Career in The Arts (Medium)
  • Aphorisms on Kindness (TSOL)
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