H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (2 January 2019) – Firm Led by Google Veterans Uses A.I. to ‘Nudge’ Workers Toward Happiness + Paulo Coelho: Hope

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (2 January 2019) – Firm Led by Google Veterans Uses A.I. to ‘Nudge’ Workers Toward Happiness + Paulo Coelho: Hope

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

  • Chinese merchants refuse cash as mobile payments take off; Central bank takes steps to ensure Ant Financial and Tencent do not grow too powerful (FT)

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

  • Firm Led by Google Veterans Uses A.I. to ‘Nudge’ Workers Toward Happiness (NYT)
  • Google wins US approval for Project Soli miniature radar, that could herald new era of touchless tech control (SCMP)
  • Netflix takes on the movie industry (Axios)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • The end of China’s ride-sharing gig (Techcrunch)
  • HK-based fashion startup Goxip leverages social media to grow its business; A Hong Kong-based fashion shopping aggregator uses social media to grow and expand its business, with a big plan for the fast-growing SEA market. (KRA)
  • Top Taiwan Investor in 2018 Plans to Deepen Bet on Tech Sector (Bloomberg)
  • Etailers battle to win ‘Amazon of South Korea’ crown; Many ecommerce groups are finding the market tough to crack despite rising revenues (FT)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • AI Innovators: Healthcare Startup Repurposes Ultrasound Imaging (Forbes)
  • This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task (Techcrunch)
  • “I don’t want to be their real-world mistake”: People lash out at Waymo’s self-driving cars (qz)
  • Self-Driving Cars Keep Tapping the Brakes; CES is more driverless-centric than ever this year, but the payoff remains well down the road. (Bloomberg)


  • Paulo Coelho: Hope (Paulo Coelho)
  • How to Develop Better Habits in 2019; Forget resolutions-these simple, proven methods can make lasting changes in your life (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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