H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (27 November 2018) – Forget FAANG – focus on the next tech stars + Authenticity, Kindness, and Self Love: Farnam Street’s Conversation with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (27 November 2018) – Forget FAANG – focus on the next tech stars + Authenticity, Kindness, and Self Love: Farnam Street’s Conversation with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau


  • Japan’s Line jumps 17 percent after Nikkei reports Tencent tie-up to offer mobile payment services (Reuters)
  • Chinese food delivery giant Meituan considers consolidating data from its different platforms after loss widens amid price war with Alibaba (SCMP)
  • Tencent-backed online travel agency Tongcheng-eLong plans to use Hong Kong IPO to build brand awareness (SCMP)
  • Forget FAANG – focus on the next Australian tech stars (AFR)

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

  • Alibaba’s Daniel Zhang launches restructuring hot on the heels of US$30.8bn Singles’ Day record (SCMP)

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

  • The Facebook Era is Over (LinkedIn)
  • Microsoft’s stock market value catches up with Apple (Reuters)
  • Amazon, With Little Fanfare, Emerges as an Advertising Giant; Its push challenges the big ad sellers, including Facebook, Google and TV networks (WSJ)
  • Nvidia Stock Is a Buy After Losing Half Its Value, Says Credit Suisse (Barron’s)
  • Netflix and market chills: why tech giants are hurting the most (Age)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Chinese AI chipmaker Horizon Robotics raises up to $1bn; Funding round values Intel-backed company at between $3bn to $4bn (FT)
  • Finance education platform Golden Education scored RMB80m from Hillhouse Capital and Morgan Stanley with 3M active users on top of 50K corporate clients (KRA)
  • Hangzhou is investing in becoming the esports capital of the world (qz)
  • How Cheap Labor Drives China’s A.I. Ambitions (NYT)
  • Japan to hold companies accountable for AI decisions; Legal guidelines aim for increased transparency on how the technology is used (Nikkei)
  • Startups look to make life easier for new arrivals in Japan; Helping with living arrangements and health care are among new growth businesses (Nikkei)
  • Singapore-based mobility solutions provider V3 Smart Technologies sees huge opportunities integrating AR into its workforce products. (BT)
  • American private equity firm HIG Capital is considering listing its global translation software company Lionbridge on the Australian Securities Exchange. (AFR)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Did Slack help NASA land on Mars? (qz)
  • Your Smart TV Is Only Going to Get Dumber; Connected TVs, expensive and huge, are like cars depreciating as they drive off the lot, but it doesn’t have to be that way (WSJ)
  • This Website Is the Stock Market for Nikes and Rolexes; StockX, a Dan Gilbert backed start-up has revolutionized the secondary market for sneakers, streetwear, handbags and watches. With a new London office, it has its sights set on global expansion (WSJ)
  • How theSkimm Grew to 7 Million Subscribers in 7 Years (PH)
  • Automotive Remains Hot Market for Chips (EE Times)
  • Twitch CEO’s advice for tech addicts is not good news for those in China who love attention-seeking apps (SCMP)
  • Bedtime battles: how I turned to AI so my baby can get a good night’s sleep (SCMP)
  • Deliveroo’s Banker Boss Takes a $4 Billion Uber Ride; Will Shu seems to be taking advantage of deal speculation around the British meal delivery specialist to try to raise more funds and boost its value. (Bloomberg)
  • Genetically Modified Babies Were Inevitable as DNA Tech Advanced (Bloomberg)


  • Authenticity, Kindness, and Self Love: My Conversation with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau [The Knowledge Project Ep. #46] (Farnam Street)
  • Battling Entropy: Making Order of the Chaos in Our Lives (Farnam Street)
  • The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers Hardcover – June 5, 2018 (Amazon); How Warren Buffett And Steven Spielberg Used Strategic Relationships To Launch Their Careers (Medium)
  • Paulo Coelho Quotes (Paulo Coelho)
  • Tunneling for Sunlight: Twenty-One Maxims of Living Wisdom from Buddhism and Japanese Psychology to Cope with Difficult Times Kindle Edition (Amazon)
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