H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (3 January 2019) – Nifty.com harnesses Zenrin’s data + How to Be Brave

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (3 January 2019) – Nifty.com harnesses Zenrin’s data + How to Be Brave


  • NetEase Cloud Music Enters into Strategic Partnership with CUBE Entertainment (PRNW)
  • Nifty.com harnesses Zenrin’s data (AIM)
  • En-Japan offers HROnBoard free of charge (AIM)
  • Vietnam’s Airbnb-like startup Luxstay raises $3m bridge round from CyberAgent, others (DSA)
  • New Kakao M CEO to challenge Netflix, CJ ENM in original content (KT)
  • Nexon founder to sell controlling stake in gaming company’s holding firm: Korea Economic Daily (Reuters)

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

  • WhatsApp’s push into mobile payments: Messaging app owned by Facebook builds business model on money transfers (FT)
  • Apple sales woes suggest iPhone is losing its lustre’ Tim Cook blames China’s economy, but analysts see deeper problems in revenue warning (FT); Apple sales warning is a Chinese joint venture (Reuters); Apple’s iPhone Warning Comes Years Too Late; The company has reached the end of its denial phase. (Bloomberg); Buffett’s Apple Losses Make His Track Record in Tech Even Worse (Bloomberg)
  • Amazon’s Biggest Bull Says It Should Disrupt Gas Stations (Bloomberg)
  • New Netflix CFO to Tackle Cash Flow Conundrum; Spencer Neumann must convince investors that Netflix’s billions of investments in original content will grow subscribers and earnings, analysts say (WSJ)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Why Ofo Failed? (KRA)
  • Investor Interest in Chinese Tech Begins 2019 Not With a Bang but a Whimper; Thousands of private Chinese tech companies raised a record $69.4 billion in equity in 2018, but the volume of stock sales has dropped off sharply of late (WSJ)
  • Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing enters financial services amid profit push (SCMP)
  • Chinese app developers have invaded India (Techcrunch)
  • How Japan Is Harnessing IoT Technology To Support Its Aging Population (Forbes)
  • How Poshmark transcended secondhand clothing to become a $625 million fashion marketplace, complete with its own homegrown entrepreneurs (Forbes)
  • Superapps will starve the rest in Southeast Asia (Reuters)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Here’s what AI experts think will happen in 2019 (TNW)
  • Roku to launch subscription video channels business (Reuters); Roku Hopes a New Look Will Make It Easier to Buy Premium Content (Barron’s)
  • High-Flying MedTech Caught in Market Drop Amid Rising Scrutiny (Bloomberg)
  • Tech to disrupt supply chains more than trade wars (Reuters)
  • Robocar Tech Faces ‘Major Pain’ in 2019 (EE Times)
  • Outlook Dims for 3D Printer Makers (Morningstar)


  • How to Be Brave (Medium)
  • The 20%-a-Year Stock Picker Who Wishes His Edge Would Disappear (Bloomberg)
  • What Would Ben Franklin Say?: Discussion groups take on the founding father’s 13 virtues and put a modern spin on temperance and chastity (WSJ)
  • How Not To Be Stupid (FS)
  • When A Billionaire Needs A Boss: The Story Of The Jimmy John’s Sandwich Empire (Forbes)
  • What anthropologists can teach tech titans: ‘These leaders have been operating with dangerous blind spots’ (FT)
  • I.a.P. Meets C.R.a.P.; Amazon recently announced that they are combing through the list of things they warehouse and sell to determine which items “can’t realize a profit” (C.R.a.P.) (Smead)
  • Motivation Over Discipline (AOM)

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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