H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (3 December 2018) – ‘Natural language understanding’ poised to transform how we work + Charlie Munger: Character Traits You Should Cultivate

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (3 December 2018) – ‘Natural language understanding’ poised to transform how we work + Charlie Munger: Character Traits You Should Cultivate


  • China’s Weibo eyes global expansion, foreign-language products (AFP)
  • How Afterpay and Zip dodged an ASIC bullet (AFR)

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

  • Tencent’s WeChat to deploy AI tools in education in push into industrial internet; Move is part of tech giant’s plans to tap on potential of industrial internet (SCMP)

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

  • Flipkart, Amazon bleed: E-commerce burns cash, but investments keep pouring in (FE)
  • How Facebook Uses ‘WhatsApp Phones’ to Tap Next Emerging Market (Bloomberg)
  • Amazon tests cashierless tech for stores with bigger spaces – WSJ (Reuters)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • How China Is Planning to Rank 1.3 Billion People (Bloomberg)
  • China ‘Is the Only One in the Race’ to Make Electric Buses, Taxis and Trucks; Chinese makers produced 99% of electric buses deployed globally from 2014 to 2017 (WSJ)
  • Aussie app store for AI Unleash Live raises $4.75m (AFR)
  • Singapore startup helps offline stores face e-commerce onslaught; Honestbee opens tech-driven outlet, eyes 3 markets in Asia (Nikkei)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • ‘Natural language understanding’ poised to transform how we work; Written communication will become a less exclusively human task if machines can extract meaning from text (FT)
  • Tech companies tinker under the hood of the automobile industry; As the car becomes a smart device, there will be a shift in what consumers want (FT)
  • Targeted online video to be advertising industry’s star performer – Zenith (Reuters)


  • Charlie Munger: Character Traits You Should Cultivate; Become a better investor by improving these 13 ways of thinking and behaving (GF)
  • Paulo Coelho: 18 Phrases (Paulo Coelho)

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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