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


  • 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)

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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