H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (13 December 2018) – How the world’s most successful founders approach failure; Examine Life Outside the Boundaries of Your Suffering

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (13 December 2018) – How the world’s most successful founders approach failure; Examine Life Outside the Boundaries of Your Suffering


  • Tencent Music aims to get Chinese users to pay; Group makes debut on public market and chief executive eyes the ‘Spotify model’ (FT); The Music’s Stopping for Chinese IPOs Overseas: Tencent’s streaming service may have gained on its U.S. debut, but the signs of impending trouble are unmistakable. (Bloomberg)
  • Huawei Freezes Orders From Japan Industrial Robot Supplier Yaskawa After CFO Arrest (Bloomberg)
  • ASPEED announces Cupola360 at CES 2019; The Cupola360 is a System-on-Chip (SoC) solution designed from the ground up for 360-degree image processing (Hexus)

BATTS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Samsung

  • Huawei Troubles Spell Opportunity for Samsung as 5G Nears (Bloomberg)

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

  • Apple Suppliers Are Considering Moving iPhone Output if Tariffs Hit 25% (Bloomberg)
  • Apple Tightens Its Belt as Analyst Cites a Decline in Services Growth (Bloomberg)
  • Apple’s ‘Netflix for Magazines’ Getting a Chilly Reception (Bloomberg)
  • After losing half its value, Nvidia faces reckoning (Techcrunch)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Quora-like Zhihu rumored to lay off hundreds of employees (Technode)
  • Inside Huawei’s Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future (Bloomberg); Don’t Worry About a U.S. Component Ban on Huawei; History suggests a deal will be made, with Trump already indicating his willingness to use the case as a bargaining chip in trade talks. (Bloomberg)
  • China Considers Delaying High-Tech ‘Made in China 2025’ Plans (Bloomberg)
  • Why Southeast Asia’s biggest ride-hailing company is on a mapping spree (qz)
  • NinjaCart, a marketing and delivery platform for agricultural produce raised US$35m; New investors, including founder of ZiGeXn Jo Hirao (Livemint)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Salesforce Churns Out $50 Billion Rally as Challenges Mount (Bloomberg)
  • Unicorns Leave the Enchanted Forest (Bloomberg)
  • The State of Technology at the End of 2018 (Stratechery)
  • Mobility tech firm Optibus raises $40 million, Alibaba takes stake (Reuters)
  • Intel plans ‘stacked’ circuits in bid to regain its chipmaking lead (Reuters)
  • Almost Everyone Involved in Facial Recognition Sees Problems; There are multiple calls for limits on this form of AI, but it will be hard for big tech to turn away business (Bloomberg)
  • Silicon Valley VCs Go South to Show They’re Not Out of Touch (Bloomberg)
  • Transistors Keep Moore’s Law Alive; An Intel fellow explores the outlook for Moore’s Law in this first in a series of articles, focusing here on changes in logic processes that led us to the present. (EE Times)
  • An Intel breakthrough rethinks how chips are made (Wired)
  • For Palantir, a partnership with the government is a chance to innovate (BINYC)
  • Pinterest’s Push in Visual Search (Wired)
  • When venture capital becomes vanity capital (Techcrunch)
  • Morgan Stanley Wants Alexa, Siri to Coo Advisors’ Names (Barron’s)


  • Examine Life Outside the Boundaries of Your Suffering (TTD)
  • How the world’s most successful founders approach failure (Medium)
  • Rational vs. Reasonable (Morgan Housel)
  • Urgency Could Kill Your Startup (Medium)
  • A Small Dark Light: Ursula K. Le Guin on the Legacy of the Tao Te Ching and What It Continues to Teach Us About Personal and Political Power 2,500 Years Later (BP)
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