H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (22 November 2018) – Koh Young’s Joel Scutchfield on Smart Factory Connectivity

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (22 November 2018) – Koh Young’s Joel Scutchfield on Smart Factory Connectivity


  • Solid-state batteries ready to debut in home appliances; TDK reduces the devices to fingertip-size, with the ability to recharge 1,000 times (Nikkei)
  • Koh Young’s Joel Scutchfield on Smart Factory Connectivity (iconnect)
  • Apple iPhone Supplier Foxconn Planning Deep Cost Cuts (Bloomberg)

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

  • Alibaba’s new hotel: robot bellboys and face-recognition gimmick (KRA)
  • Alibaba suffers rare ‘down round’ investment as Babytree’s HK IPO prices low – sources (Reuters)
  • Investments fuel a third of profits at Tencent and Alibaba; Chinese technology giants are becoming increasingly reliant on M&A activities (FT)
  • Tencent e-wallet is following Alibaba to Hong Kong subways (Techcrunch)

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

  • S. chipmaker Nvidia to provide AI platform for Chinese EV start-ups (Reuters)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Suning sets sights on big data to serve evolving retail needs (Technode)
  • Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020 (Bloomberg)
  • Southeast Asia must guard against digital domination risks; Global technology giants threaten region’s local entrepreneurs (Nikkei)
  • PT Tokopedia, Indonesia’s largest online marketplace, has become the country’s most valuable startup after raising $1 billion from existing investors including SoftBank (Bloomberg)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Ford’s Autonomous Cars Will Whisk Walmart Deliveries to Doorsteps; The automaker will put its self-driving vehicles to use for the world’s biggest retailer. (Bloomberg)
  • STMicro, Automotive Chipmakers Say There’s Gas Left in Car Chips (Bloomberg)
  • Inside the New Industrial Revolution; The mobile internet, automation and AI will have profound implications. Here’s a closer look at how the old and new economies compare. (WSJ)
  • Europe’s 100 digital champions: Explore the people and companies leading Europe’s growth in five categories (FT)
  • How Disney’s Channels Are Doing in the Era of Shrinking TV Bundles (Bloomberg)
  • With ‘licence to expand’, Schibsted spin-off eyes classified ad mergers (Reuters)
  • Online Fashion Thrives for New Retailer Where Women Call Shots (Bloomberg)


  • Noble – too much faith in a ‘clean’ audit? (BT)
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