H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (10 December 2018) – The Mind Traps That Entrepreneurs Must Avoid: How you perceive advice and business models could determine your success or failure.

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (10 December 2018) – The Mind Traps That Entrepreneurs Must Avoid: How you perceive advice and business models could determine your success or failure.


  • Music Giant Backed by Pony Ma Is Poised to Spin New Billionaires (Bloomberg)
  • ACE Market-listed Revenue Group Bhd, which has launched Malaysia’s first all-in-one digital payment terminal — also known as smart EDC (electronic data capture) or android terminal — with Public Bank Bhd in November, expects the new terminals to flood the local market in the next three to four years, as the payment market here transitions to the new innovation (Edge)

BATTS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Samsung

  • Alibaba takes control of film group in $160 million share purchase (Reuters)
  • Alibaba Weighs Joining Megvii’s $500 Million Round, Sources Say (Bloomberg)
  • China says rejecting physical cash is illegal amid e-payments popularity (Reuters)
  • Tencent-backed fleet manager G7 racks up $320M in funding (Techcrunch)

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

  • Amazon’s Cloud Hasn’t Obscured Microsoft; Analysts say new AWS offerings target Microsoft, which has been closing the gap in cloud sales (WSJ)
  • Amazon and Microsoft claim AI can read human emotions. Experts say the science is shaky (qz)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • How Huawei used the UK to become a global giant; Chinese company’s focus on 5G development is worrying politicians and intelligence services (FT)
  • Online Property Sales Are Booming in China (Bloomberg)
  • Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M; Founded by a dentist, the startup wants to change how Koreans bank (Techcrunch)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Investor Frenzy for Scooter Startups Cools; Shared electric-scooter companies Bird and Lime temper their valuation goals as they deal with vandalism and other growing pains (WSJ)
  • Can Slack revolutionize Japanese in-house communication: Interview with CEO Stuart Butterfield (Techcrunch)
  • How Keith Block rose to join Marc Benioff co-CEO of Salesforce (AFR)
  • Applied Materials Stock Is a Cheap Bet on Big Data (Barron’s)
  • Netflix and Palo Alto Networks Offer Growth at a Discount (Barron’s)
  • How A Growing U.S.-China Rivalry Is Reshaping The Global Tech Landscape (Forbes)
  • E-Commerce Companies Get Creative in Quest for ‘Last Mile’ Space; Garages, unused lots come into play as firms seek warehousing closer to customers (WSJ)
  • Peak Tech Is a Tale of Evolution and Extinction; If the past is any indication, the long (and permanent) goodbye for fossil fuels has already begun. (Bloomberg)
  • Digital Wallet Launched by Dentist Is Valued at $1.2 Billion (Bloomberg)


  • The Mind Traps That Entrepreneurs Must Avoid: How you perceive advice and business models could determine your success or failure. (Medium)

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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