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H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (21 November 2018) – Yamaha’s CSP-170 makes learning piano easy with LED lights and one clever app + Podcast #459: Beyond Gratitude Lite: The Real Virtue of Thankfulness

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (21 November 2018) – Yamaha’s CSP-170 makes learning piano easy with LED lights and one clever app + Podcast #459: Beyond Gratitude Lite: The Real Virtue of Thankfulness

Companies

  • Yamaha’s CSP-170 makes learning piano easy with LED lights and one clever app (TNW)
  • Tencent-Backed Travel Site Raises $180 Million in Hong Kong IPO (Bloomberg)
  • Crunch time for Tencent Music’s 2018 $2 billion IPO hopes (Reuters)
  • NetEase Ding Lei: China will remain world’s best market for next decade (KRA)
  • Sea Ltd., operator of Southeast Asia’s biggest gaming platform, reported a wider third-quarter loss on rising investments at e-commerce unit Shopee. (Bloomberg)
  • How India is preparing for the Electric Mobility revolution: Why a robust ecosystem is critical; Delta is the name behind the Bharat Charger, a make in India Charger for the current crop of Indian Electric Cars (FE)

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

  • Alibaba makes strategic investment in home renovation platform “007 eService”; To Alibaba, this investment is about its New Retail plan. (KRA)
  • Samsung doubles down on virtual assistant in growth push; Digital assistant Bixby to be standard on all of company’s electronics products by 2020 (FT); Samsung is working on a version of Bixby that constantly learns new skills from its owners (AFR)
  • SoftBank to Invest $2 Billion in Korean E-Commerce Site Coupang (Bloomberg)

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

  • How Amazon marches to the beat of a different drum (BT)
  • Microsoft Finds Itself in Favor as Stock Rout Punishes FAANGs (Bloomberg)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Are China’s Billionaire Tech Founders Slipping Out of Touch? A #MeToo gaffe suggests that in entrepreneurship as in society, the old ways aren’t working too well. (Bloomberg)
  • Chinese Tech Companies Get a New Exchange in Shanghai (Bloomberg)
  • An intro into the e-commerce players in Vietnam (KRA)
  • How a battery of feet-on-street counsellors that doubles up as a sales army is helping Toppr score in revenue and reach. Will the offline gambit pay off for the edutech startup? (Forbes)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Founder’s Big Idea to Revive BuzzFeed’s Fortunes? A Merger With Rivals (NYT)
  • Disaster relief is dangerously broken. Can AI fix it? (FastCo)
  • Dot-Com Ghosts Haunt Emerging Stocks as Tech Profits Stall (Bloomberg)

Life

  • Podcast #459: Beyond Gratitude Lite: The Real Virtue of Thankfulness (AOM)
  • The Entrepreneur’s Journey — The Winding Road to Success through Failure (Medium)
  • Four Things Leonardo da Vinci Can Teach Us About Investing (ODD)
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