H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (31 December 2018) – Artificial Intelligence Is Coming to Disrupt Customer Service – and Sooner Than You Think + Paulo Coelho 30 SEC READ: Success

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (31 December 2018) – Artificial Intelligence Is Coming to Disrupt Customer Service – and Sooner Than You Think + Paulo Coelho 30 SEC READ: Success

Companies

  • KGI’s top picks among suppliers of automotive semiconductors, parts for electric vehicle and advanced driver-assistance systems include Cub Elecparts Inc (為升), which makes electric switches and sensors for automobiles (Taipei Times)

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

  • Tencent left out as China approves the release of 80 new video games (Techcrunch)

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

  • Amazon, to Win in Booming Rural India, Reinvents Itself; The retailer is targeting hundreds of millions of new online shoppers in India’s countryside by adding Hindi and videos to its order screen and opening stores to help people shop; local deliverymen take cash (WSJ)
  • Popular apps share data with Facebook without user consent; Developers say social network’s default option puts them in breach of EU regulations (FT)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Digital tech tops list of Asian hits in 2018; Video streaming, e-sports and other lifestyle among Asian in-things (Nikkei)
  • 2019 China tech look ahead: trade war likely to cast a shadow as AI, e-commerce, smartphone progress continues (SCMP)
  • China’s Rival to GPS Technology Is Looking to Go Global (Bloomberg)
  • NTT DoCoMo secures 40% stake in Japanese restaurant reservation platform Toreta (Bridge)
  • Live streaming shopping trending up in Malaysia (Star)
  • Indonesia is playing catch-up with its regional rivals when it comes to cashless payments; But there are rich rewards on offer for companies that unlock its potential (SCMP)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Artificial Intelligence Is Coming to Disrupt Customer Service – and Sooner Than You Think (Barron’s)
  • AI Innovators: A Researcher Finds A Lifetime Of Lessons Discovering Radiology (Forbes)
  • Bypass Long Lines At The Supermarket With This Self-Checkout App (Forbes)
  • French start-up offers ‘dark Web’ compass, but it is not for everyone; Not wanting the tool to fall into wrong hands, Aleph has refused 30-40 per cent of licensing requests (BT)
  • Working More Magic at Disney (Barron’s)
  • “Delivery Hell” Goes Mainstream As Auto Dealers Embrace Online Car Ordering And Home Delivery (ZH)

Life

  • Paulo Coelho 30 SEC READ: Success (Paulo Coelho)
  • The Best of Farnam Street 2018 (FS)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (29 December 2018) – AI Competition Is the New Space Race + Stoicism: Finding the courage to live a better life

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (29 December 2018) – AI Competition Is the New Space Race + Stoicism: Finding the courage to live a better life

Companies

  • Bandai Namco is Looking Into Launching Their Own Esports System (BC)
  • Alibaba’s Ele.me teams up with Bilibili to target China’s indoorsy crowd (Technode)
  • Conservative attitude weakens MediaTek presence in high-end mobile chip market (Digitimes)

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

  • Chinese payment platform Alipay will launch facial recognition payment services at 300 bakeries in Beijing, showing traditional retailers’ resolve in adopting new technologies. (Technode)

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

  • Smart speakers hit critical mass in 2018, with around 41 percent of U.S. consumers now owning a voice-activated speaker, up from 21.5 percent in 2017. Amazon has a 66% share to Google’s 29%. HomePod had 5% (Techcrunch)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • ByteDance will take over B in China’s BAT (Reuters)
  • E-scooter sharing start-ups ‘not sustainable’, says scooter maker; Tony Ho of Segway-Ninebot says takeovers by bigger rivals are necessary (FT)
  • Chinese children are driving wearable tech in China (Technode)
  • Beijing is speeding up the adoption of facial recognition-enabled smart locks in its public housing programmes as part of efforts to clamp down on tenancy abuse, such as illegal subletting (SCMP)
  • China e-commerce tax cut to boost imports of diapers and cameras (Nikkei)
  • ‘No market can keep us away’: Huawei defiant amid ‘malicious’ backlash (Age)
  • FamilyMart joins chase for Japan’s cashless purses; Japan’s convenience chains gear up to battle internet giants Alibaba and Apple (Nikkei)
  • Hyundai introduces smart self-parking tech (Investor)
  • Video technology company Atomos that makes video camera add-ons for the increasing number of social media influencers has begun trading on the ASX. (AFR)
  • New India Tech Rules Could Face Pushback from U.S. Firms; Data-storage changes and proposals affecting foreign players raise issues for Google, Facebook and others (WSJ)
  • A look at India’s newly minted unicorns (ET)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • AI Competition Is the New Space Race (Bloomberg)
  • The year social networks were no longer social; In praise of private communities (Techcrunch)
  • US dating apps woo Indian market; New entrants Bumble, Tinder and Happn have yet to prove their model can work locally (FT)
  • Researchers Explore Emerging Memories for AI (EE Times)
  • Brain-computer interface: neurozone (FT)
  • Dell returns to market with NYSE listing (Reuters)

Life

  • Stoicism: Finding the courage to live a better life (Medium)
  • Nietzsche and Redemption (Medium)
  • Legacy in the Making: Building a Long-Term Brand to Stand Out in a Short-Term World Hardcover – March 30, 2018 (Amazon); Podcast (TFR)
  • Patrick Collison – CEO of Stripe (Tim Ferris Podcast #353)
  • What Is the Meaning of Life? (TSOL)
  • Create Dangerously: Albert Camus on the Artist as a Voice of Resistance and a Liberator of Society (BP)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (28 December 2018) – Sony Corp., the biggest maker of camera chips used in smartphones, is boosting production of next-generation 3D sensors after getting interest from customers including Apple + 44 Paulo Coelho Quotes On Love, Life, And Friendship

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (28 December 2018) – Sony Corp., the biggest maker of camera chips used in smartphones, is boosting production of next-generation 3D sensors after getting interest from customers including Apple + 44 Paulo Coelho Quotes On Love, Life, And Friendship

Companies

  • Shareholder Retreats From Chinese Companies Signal More Gloom; Large shareholders have sold more than $28 billion worth of stock in Chinese companies this year; Margin calls were likely behind stock sales by some shareholders of Hangzhou Hikvision (WSJ)
  • Sony Corp., the biggest maker of camera chips used in smartphones, is boosting production of next-generation 3D sensors after getting interest from customers including Apple Inc. (Japan Times)
  • Connector and cable assembly maker Sinbon Electronics invested NT$800-900 million (US$25.9-29.2 million) to increase its production capacity in 2018 to meet increased orders, and the capacity expansion will continue in 2019 and 2020 (Digitimes)
  • Taiwan-based ASIC vendors expect staggering growth in orders in the next few years, driven by demand from the high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) sectors that are set to grow exponentially; dedicated third-party ASIC makers including Global Unichip, Alchip and Faraday Semiconductor have all been busy fulfilling orders from clients in 2018 (Digitimes)
  • Tech can help break free of market clutter: Info Edge/Naukri founder (HBL)

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

  • Alibaba just gave Chinese youth another reason to never leave their desk; Alibaba and Bilibili call their joint membership “Zhai E Kuai,” a wordplay on “be otaku together.” (Techcrunch)
  • Alibaba opens futuristic hotel FlyZoo in Hangzhou (KRA)
  • Tencent will become world e-sports champion (Reuters)

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

  • Apple Lost $11 Billion Buying Back Its Own Stock In 2018 (ZH)
  • Has Google killed the trivia star? Even as search engines find answers in a flash, there is a role for nurturing knowledge (FT)
  • How Google Plans To Use AI To Reinvent The $3 Trillion US Healthcare Industry (CBI)
  • Nvidia, AMD Gaming-Card Prices Are Tanking, Says Analyst (Barron’s)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Asia’s tech titans face Nissan-style key-man risk (Reuters)
  • China’s alternative to GPS starts global service ahead of schedule; Beijing pushes ahead on ‘Made in China 2025’ with crucial technology (Nikkei)
  • A Chill From Beijing Buffets China’s Tech Sector; In recent months, pressure to fall in line with government mandates has intensified (WSJ)
  • The Airbnb of China is using facial recognition to check in guests (qz)
  • Smartphone manufacturer Oppo develops 10x zoom for smartphone cameras1 min read (Technode)
  • Rise of foreign stars in Chinese social media marks the beginning of a new trend (TNW)
  • NEC buys Danish IT leader to bolster e-government business; Japanese company taps KMD’s experience in servicing European public sector (Nikkei)
  • Moka launches payment aggregator Moka Pay in Indonesia; Indonesian fintech player launches an aggregator app to streamline offline payments. (KRA)
  • The journey of Indonesia’s unicorns in 2018 (KRA)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • “Everything Is Fake”: Ex-Reddit CEO Confirms Internet Traffic Metrics Are Bullshit; How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually. (ZH)
  • Welcome the new AI investment overlords (Reuters)
  • The AI Industry Series: Top Healthcare AI Trends To Watch (CBI)
  • The deepest problem with deep learning; Some reflections on an accidental Twitterstorm, the future of AI and deep learning, and what happens when you confuse a schoolbus with a snow plow. (Medium)
  • 32 new unicorns are romping in Silicon Valley this year (qz)
  • The 25 most valuable American startups that died in 2018 (BI)
  • Silicon Valley’s venture boom continues despite massive volatility; Familiar warning signs have not stopped money from being ploughed into tech stocks (FT)
  • Tech firm Sigfox develops tiny tracker to help fight rhino poaching; Sigfox, known for building networks that link objects to the internet, has developed sensors able to give the exact location of rhinos using the firm’s network over a longer period of time (Reuters)

Life

  • 44 Paulo Coelho Quotes On Love, Life, And Friendship (Paulo Coelho)
  • “The mistake I think we make in the startup/tech/VC sector is that we look at things like Google/Amazon/Facebook/Twitter, or more recently Uber/Airbnb/Slack, and we think that every business can execute the same playbook.” (AVC)
  • Warren Buffett says there are only 2 things you need to do when shares fall: “During such scary periods, you should never forget two things: First, widespread fear is your friend as an investor, because it serves up bargain purchases. Second, personal fear is your enemy. It will also be unwarranted. (AFR)
  • Indispensable Growth Frameworks from My Years at Facebook, Twitter and Wealthfront (First Round)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (27 December 2018) – Toyota Wants to Put a Robot Friend in Every Home + Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (27 December 2018) – Toyota Wants to Put a Robot Friend in Every Home + Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

Companies

  • Xiaomi to expand India stores 10-fold as online sales stagnate; Expansion of physical stores risks hurting price competitiveness (Nikkei)

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

  • Tencent-backed homework app jumps to $3B valuation after raising $300M (Techcrunch, KRA)
  • Philippine e-payment apps bank on Alibaba and Tencent for growth (Nikkei)

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

  • India tightens e-commerce rules, likely to hit Amazon, Flipkart (SCMP); Amazon, Walmart Face Tougher Rules as India Helps Small Traders (Bloomberg)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Ping An Technology vies for China’s cloud market leadership, taking on Alibaba and Tencent (SCMP)
  • Chinese home sharing site Xiaozhu to roll out facial recognition-enabled smart locks in Chengdu pilot scheme (SCMP)
  • Toyota Wants to Put a Robot Friend in Every Home (Bloomberg)
  • India’s start-ups fear extinction from ‘angel tax’; Government sends notices demanding payments for funds pumped in by individual investors (FT)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • AI 100: The Artificial Intelligence Startups Redefining Industries (CBI); 7 Predictions for AI in 2019 (EE Times)
  • Salesforce keeps rolling with another banner year in 2018 (Techcrunch)
  • Retailers’ Gift-Return Problem Has a High-Tech Solution; Store owners can use big-data tactics to tackle the challenge of managing costly merchandise returns. (Bloomberg)

Life

  • Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life Hardcover – April 19, 2011 (Amazon)
  • Why Creatives Should Quit Hustling (Ascent)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (26 December 2018) – 2018 proved that computer vision is the most powerful manifestation of AI

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (26 December 2018) – 2018 proved that computer vision is the most powerful manifestation of AI

Companies

  • Pinduoduo imposes stricter rules on merchants to crack down on fake goods (Technode)
  • Two million job ads missing? China’s 51job criticizes ‘improper’ research (Reuters)
  • How Chip Designer MediaTek Earned A 54% Profit Despite The Global Slump In Smartphones (Forbes)
  • East Asia’s reigning chat apps zero in on home turf; Line, Kakao and WeChat look to finance and mobility as US giants dominate abroad (Nikkei)

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

  • Tencent Cloud doubles presence in India to consolidate South Asia expansion (Technode)

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

  • What We Can Learn From Netflix’s Failed Community Strategy; Netflix’s failed attempt to make friend recommendations a “thing” holds valuable lessons for product leaders (Medium)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Chinese girl idol group SNH48 creates digital clones built by AI; The four-minute music video, co-produced by Tencent-backed artificial intelligence (AI) start-up ObEN, claims to be the world’s first commercially released song co-starring human singers and their AI 3D avatars (SCMP)
  • Bike-sharing firm Ofo’s dramatic fall a warning to China’s tech investors (Reuters)
  • It was once on the verge of global success, but this Chinese smartphone maker just went bust (TIA)
  • China to speed up creation of new board for technology start-ups at Shanghai Stock Exchange (SCMP)
  • Silicon Valley faces four challengers, all in China (Nikkei)
  • Chinese short video app Kuaishou launches AR avatar feature (Technode)
  • Hong Kong startup Pickupp raises funding from Alibaba, Spark Ventures, Axis Capital (e27)
  • Crowdsourced manga translation app wins entertainment firm’s incubator Demo Day (Bridge)
  • LetsTransport raises $13.5M to digitize and improve last-mile logistics in India (Techcrunch)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • 2018 proved that computer vision is the most powerful manifestation of AI (TNW)
  • An Early Player in Artificial Intelligence for Stocks Gets Funding (Barron’s)
  • Tracking Stock for VMware Slides Ahead of Dell’s Return to Public Market (WSJ)
  • Mindbody which develops software platforms for fitness, yoga and spa businesses, is going private after spending about three years in the public markets. (WSJ)
  • Robinhood’s Regulatory Saga (Barron’s)
  • A game changer for gaming: 5G will transform industry by giving streaming services a chance to become big competitors (Nikkei)
  • What happens when algorithms design a concert hall? The stunning Elbphilharmonie (Wired)
  • Evaluating Early Stage Startups — The Three Metrics that Matter (UJ)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (24 December 2018) – 3 ways AI will improve healthcare in 2019 + How to Free Your Mind from Toxic Behaviors

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (24 December 2018) – 3 ways AI will improve healthcare in 2019 + How to Free Your Mind from Toxic Behaviors

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

  • China game licensing to gradually resume from next month; But companies fear tighter censorship and huge approval backlog (FT)

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

  • Jeff Bezos starts to resemble Sam Walton (Reuters)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • 2018 China tech review: look back at a year when gaming was whacked, AI moved ahead and technology took centre stage in trade war (SCMP)
  • Behind the Myth of China’s Great Technology Grab; The issue of forced transfers is overstated. Carmakers know how to safeguard their most advanced know-how. (Bloomberg)
  • China’s state-owned venture capital funds battle to make an impact; Obstacles to raising and deploying cash might indicate $1.8tn hoard is overstated (FT)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Evan Spiegel’s Imperious Style Made Snapchat a Success-Until Users Fled; Snap, once seen as a viable competitor to Facebook, is struggling after the CEO ignored warnings about a redesign that proved unpopular (WSJ)
  • On-Demand Warehouse Space Gains Traction in Tight Real-Estate Market; Retailers are turning to ‘pop-up’ warehouses and short-term leases to get more nimble in volatile, uncertain markets (WSJ)
  • 3 ways AI will improve healthcare in 2019 (TNW)

Life

  • Duolingo CEO’s founder advice: Don’t try to do everything and trust the ranks (Japan Times)
  • How to Free Your Mind from Toxic Behaviors (Medium)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (22 December 2018) – ‘Canada’s Warren Buffett’ Drives His Own Pickup Truck: On the road with billionaire Jim Pattison

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (22 December 2018) – ‘Canada’s Warren Buffett’ Drives His Own Pickup Truck: On the road with billionaire Jim Pattison

Companies

  • Line Man, the assistant service under Line Thailand, expects online ordering and delivery to become mainstream by 2023, thanks to urbanisation and the digital lifestyle. (BP)
  • Sony’s turnaround will be an activist casting call (Reuters)
  • Foxconn plans $9bn China chip project amid trade war (Nikkei)
  • Info Edge invests more in ed-tech startup NoPaperForms (VCC)

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

  • Baidu Maps tests traffic alarm for emergency services (Technode)

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

  • ‘Kill your foster parents’: Amazon’s Alexa talks murder, sex in AI experiment (Reuters); Here’s How Amazon’s Alexa Hooks You (SUP)
  • Nvidia’s 54 percent plunge this quarter makes it the biggest loser in S&P 500 (CNBC)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo went global. Now it may go bust (CNN)
  • Short video app Kuaishou doubles down on domestic e-commerce (Technode)
  • HNA Group is in discussions to sell Ingram Micro, one of America’s largest distributors of personal computers and other technology products, for $7.5 billion (Nikkei)
  • What Will Happen to Chinese Solar Stocks as Beijing’s Support Dims? (Barron’s)
  • AI head hunting service “scouty” raised 300 million yen (Techcrunch)
  • Japan’s Farmnote, developer of wearables and SaaS for dairy cows, raises $3.5M (Bridge)
  • SoftBank’s Vision Fund nearing $1.5 billion investment in SE Asia’s Grab: source (Reuters)
  • Woowa Brothers becomes ‘unicorn’ after raising US$320m (Investor)
  • Indonesian e-wallet OVO sees 75 times transactions growth in 2018 amidst local mobile payment momentum (KRA)
  • Singapore’s RedDoorz Is Building A Standard For Business And Domestic Travel Across Southeast Asia (Forbes)
  • India’s Biometric Feat: Big Boon or Big Brother? (WSJ)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • How apps like Fitbit, Waze, and Duolingo use gamification in their design (TNW)
  • Existential education error: Failing to train students on software (Techcrunch)
  • California lets self-driving startup Zoox offer autonomous rides (Reuters)
  • The Competitive Landscape of AI Startups (HBR)
  • Zynga buys Empires & Puzzles gamemaker in largest deal to date (Reuters)
  • As FAANG stocks falter, fund managers make bets on survivors (Reuters)
  • Twilio Is Up 400% Since Its IPO and That Provides Hope for the Unicorns (Barron’s)
  • What’s Next for Silicon Valley? Our VC Roundtable Points the Way (Barron’s)
  • Why Investors Should be Wary as the Unicorns Finally Seek IPOs (Barron’s)
  • Chat Startup Discord Tops $2 Billion Valuation; The company plans to spend $150 million to move into new areas, including selling videogames online (WSJ)
  • Online clothing retailers hunt for better fit to cut costly returns (Reuters)
  • Payment Stocks Are Poised for a Sunny 2019 (Bloomberg)
  • Delivery Businesses Had A Good 2018. What’s Next? (Bloomberg); Delivery Hero Divests German Business To Dutch Rival As Food Delivery Matures (Crunchbase)
  • com Pushes the Limits of SoftBank’s Approach (Bloomberg)
  • The Sinclair POCO: Build your own and start gaming (Reuters)
  • How Fortnite Triggered an Unwinnable War Between Parents and Their Boys; The last-man-standing videogame has grabbed onto American boyhood, pushing aside other pastimes and hobbies and transforming family dynamics (WSJ)
  • SEC Goes After Robo Advisers for the First Time; Wealthfront Advisers and Hedgeable misled customers, agency says; they will pay $250,000 and $80,000, respectively, to settle claims (WSJ)

Life

  • ‘Canada’s Warren Buffett’ Drives His Own Pickup Truck: On the road with billionaire Jim Pattison. (Bloomberg)
  • The Laws of Human Nature with Robert Greene (Kaufman)
  • How to Motivate Yourself to Do Things You Don’t Want to Do (HBR)
  • The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy Hardcover – September 11, 2018 (Amazon); Mariana Mazzucato on who creates value (FT)
  • New PCAOB rules direct auditors to pay more attention to addressing potential management bias in accounting estimates such as fair-value measurements and goodwill which involve subjective assumptions by managers (WSJ)
  • Goodwill Impairments Continue to Climb Despite Strong Economy; U.S. companies slashed $35.1 billion in goodwill from their balance sheets last year, with 2018 on track to exceed those totals (WSJ)
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