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


  • 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)


  • 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)

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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