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


  • 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)


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

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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