H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (31 December 2018) – Artificial Intelligence Is Coming to Disrupt Customer Service – and Sooner Than You Think + Paulo Coelho 30 SEC READ: Success

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (31 December 2018) – Artificial Intelligence Is Coming to Disrupt Customer Service – and Sooner Than You Think + Paulo Coelho 30 SEC READ: Success


  • KGI’s top picks among suppliers of automotive semiconductors, parts for electric vehicle and advanced driver-assistance systems include Cub Elecparts Inc (為升), which makes electric switches and sensors for automobiles (Taipei Times)

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

  • Tencent left out as China approves the release of 80 new video games (Techcrunch)

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

  • Amazon, to Win in Booming Rural India, Reinvents Itself; The retailer is targeting hundreds of millions of new online shoppers in India’s countryside by adding Hindi and videos to its order screen and opening stores to help people shop; local deliverymen take cash (WSJ)
  • Popular apps share data with Facebook without user consent; Developers say social network’s default option puts them in breach of EU regulations (FT)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Digital tech tops list of Asian hits in 2018; Video streaming, e-sports and other lifestyle among Asian in-things (Nikkei)
  • 2019 China tech look ahead: trade war likely to cast a shadow as AI, e-commerce, smartphone progress continues (SCMP)
  • China’s Rival to GPS Technology Is Looking to Go Global (Bloomberg)
  • NTT DoCoMo secures 40% stake in Japanese restaurant reservation platform Toreta (Bridge)
  • Live streaming shopping trending up in Malaysia (Star)
  • Indonesia is playing catch-up with its regional rivals when it comes to cashless payments; But there are rich rewards on offer for companies that unlock its potential (SCMP)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Artificial Intelligence Is Coming to Disrupt Customer Service – and Sooner Than You Think (Barron’s)
  • AI Innovators: A Researcher Finds A Lifetime Of Lessons Discovering Radiology (Forbes)
  • Bypass Long Lines At The Supermarket With This Self-Checkout App (Forbes)
  • French start-up offers ‘dark Web’ compass, but it is not for everyone; Not wanting the tool to fall into wrong hands, Aleph has refused 30-40 per cent of licensing requests (BT)
  • Working More Magic at Disney (Barron’s)
  • “Delivery Hell” Goes Mainstream As Auto Dealers Embrace Online Car Ordering And Home Delivery (ZH)


  • Paulo Coelho 30 SEC READ: Success (Paulo Coelho)
  • The Best of Farnam Street 2018 (FS)

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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